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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 19 2012 7:35 a.m. MDT

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Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

Sharrona,

I am confused. I can find nothing in my post that addresses polygamy. Please reread it and let me know if I am in error.

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

Re: "New Christian gospel indicates Jesus may have had a wife"

If it were actually important for us to know whether He did or didn't, I suspect we'd have heard before now.

In the meantime, why not leave Him with a little privacy, and move on to important matters -- like how many angels can dance on the head of a pin [the answer is 42].

I'm supremely confident that if and when He thinks it's important for us to know, we will.

jttheawesome
Scranton, PA

TylerD: I am most appreciative of your feedback. You are quite correct in assuming that I attended an evangelical Bible College here in the east, which indeed teaches straight-up orthodox Christianity, with a high view of the Bible as God’s Word, inerrant and complete.I have no qualms about believing the Bible as being in fact precisely how God wishes for it to be. As I mentioned earlier, believing in the Bible like this also is an act of faith, and faith is a gift from God. I will not, however, get into discussions about various sources or the mysterious “Q” or other such things; I do not need to prove the Bible to myself. Regarding the so-called Gospel of Thomas; while there are some scholars who favor an early date for its writing, according to my sources, the vast majority of scholars favor the later date. With regard to your claim of spurious authorship of the Gospels, I can only say that I respectfully disagree. My faith in the Bible is in line with the finest and most brilliant Bible scholars in the world, and I am quite satisfied with their research.

zoar63
Mesa, AZ

@jttheawesome

"With all the various documents and manuscripts we do have of the New Testament, even though we have nothing going back to Jesus' time on earth, there remains a plethora of manuscript evidence, both biblical and extra-biblical, that we indeed have an accurate transmission of God's Word today."

I am going to have to disagree. The oldest New Testament manuscripts can only be dated to the third century A.D., unless you know of any sources that pre-date that and I am saying complete sources not fragments of manuscripts allegedly written by an apostle. Since we do not have anything going back to Jesus time on earth it is really presumptuous to declare that Christ was not married just because it does not say so in the New Testament. The Roman persecutions destroyed a large portion of early Christian writings so we will never be able to say with certainty what Christ’s marital status was.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

RE: jttheawesome

I appreciate where you’re coming and I think your approach of not trying “to prove the Bible” to yourself (and I would add “to anyone else”) is a good approach. Faith and facts of history or science should remain separate domains, lest someone’s faith crumbles in the face of facts (as millions have since the Enlightenment Age).

I would only add that, with the exception of evangelical Bible colleges, no mainline Christian seminaries teach that the Bible is “inerrant” or error free. The Bible is filled with errors and contradictions of all kinds; that doesn’t make it wrong as a tool of faith. That said, I wish there was a distinct name for people who focus primarily on the Bible as “the perfect book” (perhaps Biblians) as opposed to Christians who simply treat as a nice collection of (even God inspired) stories written by imperfect Iron Age men. If nothing else it sure would reduce the cognitive dissonance in many people’s minds.

SLC gal
Salt Lake City, UT

Another article in this very paper as a matter of fact, about Mary, states that men were considered of marrigable age as of 18. He didn't start his ministry until he was 30. Why wouldn't he have had a wife? Didn't he also train to be a carpenter?

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