19 October, 2005

Pardon Me, May I Blaspheme Our Lord and Faith?

*Warning* This post is blunt. If you don't like bluntness, change the channel.

The local progressive Christian blog has started a conversation about the humanity of Christ. Always a good conversation to have in my opinion. However, they've started a general musing in the public arena about Jesus' masturbatory habits.

Wonderful.

There ought to be a statistic. I'll make one up. Every 8 minutes someone in the world realises that the "fully God, fully man" Jesus enjoyed many of the more crude aspects of the "fully man" side of things. Someone somewhere right now is astonished anew at the thought of the Lord being constipated, having a runny nose or a bad hair day. Every now and then, this fixation with the bodily functions of God turns to the sexual. Sometimes it gets turned into a philosophically thoughtful and poetic book, a crap movie or a downright blasphemous play.

I don't think there is anything wrong with contemplating the humanity of Jesus. It helps us understand the depths of His sufferings and sacrifice. It shows us that He can relate to the most mundane of our issues. Where that contemplation takes a nasty turn is when He is ascribed sinful behaviours. I realise that many of you who read this think that Christ (of whom I am not ashamed) is a lunatic or liar. I, and billions like me, believe He is Lord. We believe He is Lord because He was the pure and blameless sacrifice. As death came through Adam, we receive Life anew through
Christ. Jesus' death and resurrection have brought us into renewed communication with God.

While He was undeniably fully human, He was also fully God and therefore without sin. The fully Human half of Jesus was born into a Jewish family, a descendant of David. (See Matthew 1 for His completel lineage.) That fully-human Jew was a member of a religion that holds masturbation to be a sin. To suppose that He masturbated is to blaspheme the Lord.

Cole Wakefield tells me that Jesus did not uphold the letter of the Jewish law. That is a misread of His conversations with the pharisees. When Jesus refuted their accusations He was able to do so not by saying that the law was obsolete, but by pointing to another section of the law the pharisees had overlooked in their zeal to persecute Jesus and His followers. In Matthew 5:17, He tells us that he did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it. Part of His fulfillment of the law surely includes abiding by its strictures.

Yes, Jesus was fully man. Yes He had to go to the bathroom, got hungry and thirsty and felt angry, sad and lonely. Did He sin? No. Contrary to popular culture, blasphemy is not enlightenment. I don't care if you burn Bibles, I don't care if you criticise me or other Christians. None of it has any significance. Please, I ask you, though. Do not profane the Cross of Christ.

16 Comments:

At 2:48 PM, October 19, 2005, Anonymous Sarcastro said...

Awww, c'mon. Just a little blasphemy, please...I've had a rough week and want to take it out on someone.

 
At 3:05 PM, October 19, 2005, Blogger Kat Coble said...

Especially not you. I worry about you because what with digging that pit and all, you're even closer to the gaping maw of hell.

 
At 4:03 PM, October 19, 2005, Anonymous Sarcastro said...

How about David? Can I talk about what a bag of shit David was? Or how about his nitwit son, Solomon? What about those horny old goats, Noah and Lot? Are there carnal desires off limits, too?

Because in the words of the Kinkster, "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore".

 
At 4:04 PM, October 19, 2005, Anonymous Sarcastro said...

...THEIR carnal desires. Damn keyboard.

 
At 4:16 PM, October 19, 2005, Blogger Kat Coble said...

Sure. David is an adultering, murderous king, who had so much blood on his hands God wouldn't even allow him to build the temple. Solomon was a depressive, moody bastard.

Noah was horny and raped by his own son. Lot was horny and raped by his own daughters. Ain't nothin' like the OT Patriarchs for a good sleazy story.

 
At 4:28 PM, October 19, 2005, Anonymous Sarcastro said...

You have to wonder if, when Noah woke up the next morning, what was going through his head. "Ugh, do I have a hangover. Damn wine. Why does my butt hurt? Oh, yeah. The boys. I should have let those little fuckers drown."

 
At 4:34 PM, October 19, 2005, Blogger Glen Dean said...

Good post Katherine. You're awesome!

 
At 4:38 PM, October 19, 2005, Blogger ColeWake said...

First off, I never suggested Jesus masturbated. I mearly suggested that if he didn't masturbate or have sex than he would have had wet dreams, at least in his youth.

Are wet dreams sinful? They are involuntary.

The question is relevant because it deals with the core of some of the most controversal issues the church is currently dealing with. I am not advocating on side or the other, just the discussion. What is wrong with that. I have not blasphemed by raising a question.

 
At 4:52 PM, October 19, 2005, Blogger Kat Coble said...

Cole, you didn't personally blaspheme. I'm sorry for not making that clearer in the post. Aunt B. was wondering what the issue (hah!) was with Jesus masturbating. I'm trying to draw the bright line here.

Are wet dreams sinful? I would think not, as they are purely physiological and require no willful participation. As for how the question of wet dreams deals with core issues affecting the modern church, I don't see where you're getting from point A to point Z, other than broaching the much-worn topic of the humanity of Jesus.

 
At 7:55 AM, October 20, 2005, Anonymous Sarcastro said...

Well now we know what topic is off-limits next time we have dinner together.

 
At 8:11 AM, October 20, 2005, Blogger Kat Coble said...

It's not off-limits. Just frought with peril.

When is this "next time" gonna be, anyway?

 
At 8:15 AM, October 20, 2005, Anonymous Sarcastro said...

Whenever you want, sunshine.

Let's wait until after the Mafiaoza's deal of Roboto's. Then we can find some more people to join our secret cabal.

 
At 8:24 AM, October 20, 2005, Blogger Kat Coble said...

Makes sense. Are you going to the Mafiaoza's thing? I'm there, because I've got to chip in for a pizza, last I knew. 'Sides, anything I partially instigate I have to check out.

 
At 8:56 AM, October 20, 2005, Blogger Michael said...

Well said....I give this post two thumbs up.

 
At 8:56 AM, October 20, 2005, Anonymous Sarcastro said...

Yes, I am going. Unless my flight crashes me on an island with the most annoying oblique bastards on the face of the globe.

 
At 4:08 PM, October 22, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen, sister!

 

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