Alan Kraft on Immigration and Christians

Alan Kraft has posted a four-part series about Christian behaviors and attitudes surrounding immigration.

In the midst of all the heated rhetoric and political posturing occurring around the issue of immigration, I’m concerned that many Christians are ignoring a foundational question: What does God think? What is God’s heart regarding the issue of immigration?

We too easily adopt the perspective of whatever political party we are associated with, rather than thinking Biblically about the topic. We must remember that we are Christ followers first. Everything else is to align with that foundational reality. We are people of the kingdom, following a King. Our lives and hearts are to align with His heart.

Here are all four:

How to Date Jesus’ Wife

How to Date Jesus’ Wife

I like that the title of this post sounds like an advice column. Anyway:

In the Gospel of Philip, there are intimations of Jesus being married, or at least having a partner. The Coptic term is a little ambiguous, at least regarding Mary. It’s a mysterious text, but what’s going on, to the best of our knowledge, in the Gospel of Philip is that Jesus and Mary are reconstituting a kind of mythic primeval androgyny. What the folks behind the Gospel of Philip are saying about Jesus is that he is the new Adam and Mary is the new Eve. And the whole point about redemption is to get male and female together once again (in my interpretation) but this time without sexual intercourse.

I believe the Gospel of Philip represents a sect where men and women cohabitated and followed Jesus, but forbade sexual intercourse within what would otherwise be a marriage relationship. So the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife fragment could give theological warrant to that.

Neat stuff, and the article concludes with a reminder that, even if this does turn out to be accurate, it should unsettle no one’s faith.

The Wife of Jesus fragment should not be at all unsettling for the Christian faith. It reflects the belief of someone who was writing between the fifth and ninth century. That belief might go earlier, but when we know that there were all kinds of heretical beliefs cropping up around the end of the first century, so we also know this is nothing new.

‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ likely isn’t a modern forgery, scientists claim

‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ likely isn’t a modern forgery, scientists claim

Lead researcher Karen King acknowledges that her findings don’t prove that Jesus had a wife, though she believes it does indicate that early Christians were discussing issues related to sex and marriage. In her view, the document proves that “women who are mothers and wives can be disciples of Jesus,” though not everyone is convinced of its authenticity.

Fascinating stuff, but I’m not convinced that Jesus’ marital status would have any impact on His divinity or teachings.

Five Bible Verses You Need to Stop Misusing

Five Bible Verses You Need to Stop Misusing

Christians read (and quote) Scripture in tiny, artificial fragments all the time. And by doing so, do we alter the meaning without even realizing it.

Digital Bible apps make it easier than ever to Twitterize holy writ. But we’ve been doing it for ages. Here are some of the most commonly misused Bible verses.

Wonderful. I especially like the inclusion of Matthew 26:11, a verse I’ve heard too often used to justify some pretty callous worldviews.