Indications that Jesus may not have had a heterosexual orientation:
That is, he was gay or bisexual:
Patrick Goodenough, writing for CrossWalk.com said:
"In the Gospel of John, the disciple John frequently refers to
himself in the third person as 'the disciple whom Jesus loved'." 1
One might argue that Jesus loved all of his followers in a
non-sexual way. Thus to identify Jesus' love for John in a special way might
indicate a sexual relationship. The disciple was "the" beloved. He
was in a class
During the Last Supper before Jesus'
execution, the author(s) of the Gospel of John describes how the
"beloved" disciple laid
himself on Jesus' inner tunic -- his undergarment. See John 13:25 and
21:20. Robert Goss, assistant professor of comparative religion at Webster
University in St. Louis, LA, noted that Jesus and the beloved disciple:
eat together, side by side. What's being portrayed here is a pederastic
relationship between an older man and a younger man. A Greek reader would
On the other hand:
Some commentators have suggested that it was a common practice in
Judea at that time for heterosexual man to lay his head on
another's undergarment. Such behavior was common between two heterosexuals in an
emotionally close but
non-erotic relationship during the first
century CE. 3
Jenny Stokes, research director for Saltshakers, a conservative
Christian group in Australia, said that there are five words for love in
Greek (the language in which the Gospels were written):
Agape: spiritual, unconditional love,
Eros: erotic love,
Philia: love between friends,
Storge: familial love.
The Gospel references to "the disciple whom Jesus loved" use the
word "agape." 4 Whether the
used "eros" and the word was subsequently changed is open to speculation.
"Jagannath" interprets the Gospels differently. He argues that Jesus may have been bisexual. He
"In the Book of John a word is used eight times that means 'is
in love with' with the implication of sexual intimacy. Five times it is
used with reference to Jesus' relationship with John. Once it is used to
define Jesus' relationship with Lazarus. And it is also used to describe
his relationship with Mary and with her sister Martha." 5
During the crucifixion, in John 19:26-28, Jesus is described as
seeing his mother and an unidentified man: "the disciple standing by,
whom he loved." Again, Jesus probably loved all of his 12 or 70 disciples in
a non-sexual manner. But this particular disciple is identified as "the"
disciple who Jesus loved. That might indicate a special intimate
relationship with one special disciple.
The late Morton Smith, of Columbia University reported in 1958 that he
had found a fragment of a manuscript which
at the Mar Saba monastery near Jerusalem. It contained the full text of Mark,
chapter 10. Apparently the version that is in the Christian Scriptures is
an edited version of the original. Additional verses allegedly formed part of the full version of Mark, and
were inserted after verse 34. It discusses how a young man, naked but for a
linen covering, expressed his love for Jesus and stayed with him at his place all night.
"J Richards" suggested that Mark 7:14-16 shows that
approves of homosexual acts. The critical phrase reads:
nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him..."
Richards suggests that Jesus gave great emphasis to this teaching,
directing it to everyone. Richards suggests that the sentence refers to
dietary laws and also
"blood transfusions, medication, organ
transplants, and artificial insemination"
He suggests that it could apply to homosexual acts as
On the other hand, these words have historically been interpreted as overturning the Mosaic law about eating,
Rollan McCleary, was awarded his doctorate from the University of
Queensland in Australia during 2003-MAY for his work
researching the sexual orientation of Jesus and his disciples. He
concluded that Jesus and at least three of his disciples were gay. He
based this conclusion on excerpts from the Gospel of John and on Jesus'
astrological chart based on the approximate year, month, day and place
where he was born.
Unfortunately, not even the year of Jesus' birth is actually known. Many theologians have concluded that
Jesus was born sometime in the Fall, of 4, 5, 6 or 7 BCE. Also, there is
disagreement about where Jesus was born. Different theologians argue for Bethlehem
in Judea,or either Nazareth, or Bethlehem in the Galilee.
Bethlehem in Judea has traditionally been regarded as Jesus' birth place. However, archeological studies have revealed that the area was not populated between 100 BCE and 100 CE.
Even if an astrological chart could accurately predict Jesus' sexual orientation, the task of creating such a chart appears quite impossible. Dr. McCleary told Australian Broadcasting Commission radio that, in the past:
"one or two queer theologians" had attempted to show Jesus was gay.
"People haven't taken them very seriously because they don't have any
evidence and they say things so sensationally that people are not really
going to listen or just be very angry. What I'm doing is showing a much
more theological and also astrological dimension on all this which will
make a lot more sense to people." 7
He has written a book based on his
doctoral thesis which was published in 2004. 8
An anonymous webmaster wrote about a revelation that he received
during her/his daily prayer and meditation:
"Suddenly many aspects of the New Testament made sense. Jesus
never married. He preached love, tolerance, and forgiveness of sins. He
did not condemn and vilify [others] as his so-called followers do today. He
surrounded himself with men whom he loved. The Bible says nothing of
Jesus' sexuality, yet we are taught that he was both divine and fully
man. Why did he never marry? Why is the New Testament silent about his
sexuality? It became so clear when I had the insight that Jesus was
probably gay and that He understood hatred and bigotry first-hand."
Unfortunately, this webmaster merely described
a type of vision that he/she had and did not provide any supporting
evidence. It is unlikely to be convincing to others. Unfortunately, the
statement is no longer online.
Mark 14:51-52 describes the incident when Jesus was arrested by the
religious police. It describes how one of Jesus' followers was scantily
dressed. The King James Version says he had a linen cloth cast on
his naked body; the size and location of the cloth is not defined. The
New International Version says that he was "wearing nothing but a
linen garment." When the police tried to seize him, they
were able to grab
only his cloth; the man ran away naked. Reverend Peter Murphy wrote:
don't know from the sources what really was going on, but we do know
that something was very peculiar between Jesus and young men."
(Emphasis in the original.)
Michael Kelly wrote of Jesus' attitude towards a same-sex couple as
described in Matthew 8:5-13: and Luke 7:2. He said:
"One day a Roman
Centurion asked him to heal his dying servant. Scholars of both Scripture
and Ancient History tell us that Roman Centurions, who were not permitted
to marry while in service, regularly chose a favorite male slave to be
their personal assistant and sexual servant. Such liaisons were common in
the Greco-Roman world and it was not unusual for them to deepen into
loving partnerships....Jesus offered to go to the servant, but the
centurion asked him simply to speak a word of healing, since he was not
worthy to welcome this itinerant Jewish teacher under his roof. Jesus
responded by healing the servant [from a distance] and proclaiming that even in Israel he
had never found faith like this! So, in the one Gospel story where Jesus
encountered people sharing what we would call a 'gay relationship,' we see
him simply concerned about -- and deeply moved by -- their faith and love."
Kelly implies that Jesus' sensitivity towards the gay couple might
have arisen from his own bisexual or homosexual orientation. 11
Some commentators argue from silence. They note that there is no
passage in the Christian Scriptures (New Testament) that directly
describes anything about Jesus' sexuality. There are many direct and
indirect references to Jesus' sensuality. He was accused of being a "drunkard
and a glutton" and of partying with "prostitutes and sinners."
He apparently enjoyed a tender foot massage from a woman. Yet, neither
Jesus' sexuality nor his celibacy is mentioned. Yet, sex is referred to,
elsewhere in the Bible quite often. One might argue that the books in the
Christian Scriptures might have once described Jesus' sexual
relationships, but that these passages have been vigorously censored by
the later church.