Analysis: Jesus OK’s Homosexuality?

http://www.jesusonhomosexuality.com/ and http://www.jesusonhomosexuality.com/Jesus%20on%20Homosexuality.pdf

Jewish law is often not quite what Christians or Muslims think it is, who confuse their views based on often mistranslated or obsolete ritual prohibitions meant for   Jews living in a tropical and disease-prone climate and especially ritually pure and segregated temple priests with natural and actual law for all persons. Jesus–as Jewsih rabbi and martyr, Christian icon, and Islamic prophet– tried to straighten it out but followers weren’t allowed to read the Bible for centuries by their leaders, say critics, and much of the Koran was re-written by statists or had local interpolations of custom, long after Mohammed died, creating confusion. Actul law is mopre similar to the Libertarian principle and it’s calls for consistency in the Gilson Reform .This website tries to figure it out.–RS

The Justices and Jobs Eliminate the Possibility that Jesus Condemned Homosexuality 

For the last 1,900 years, Christianity had been assuming that ancient Jewish law was divided into two categories: morality and ritual. The historical record documents that this simply wasn’t so. Christianity had been interpreting Jesus’ teachings based on an erroneous assumption.

The ancient Jewish nation didn’t divide the commandments of their law into ‘morality’ and ‘ritual.’ On the contrary! They divided the commandments of their law into Justices and Jobs:

  • Justices were all the commandments based on “Love your neighbor as yourself.”   
  • Jobs were all the rest (such as ritual and sexual taboos). 

As eminent scholars on ancient Jewish law attest:

“all of the commandments between man and man are included in this precept of loving one’s neighbor.”—Pinchas Horowitz

forbidden sexual acts are classified as transgressions between man and God.”—Maimonides

The commandments between man and man were the Justices. Justices were based on the precept, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” The commandments between man and God were the Jobs. Jobs included all ritual requirements and sexual taboos. The following are examples of the ancient Justices and Jobs:

Justices
(Love your neighbor)
Jobs
(Ritual and sexual taboos)
Do not murder Do not eat shellfish
Do not steal Do not wear garments made out of two fabrics
Do not lie Men with genital injuries cannot enter the congregation
Do not rape Do not engage in homosexual intercourse
Do not commit adultery Do not have sex with your wife during her menstrual cycle

In the first century, the precept “Love your neighbor as yourself” designated the Justices—the group of commandments that didn’t include the prohibition on homosexuality. Christianity overlooked a very important pattern regarding the New Testament’s use of this precept. Jesus, Paul, and James all have teachings in which they:

  • Only list Justices, and  
  • Cite the precept, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 

Consider the following teaching of Jesus:

And someone came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, which good thing must I do that I may have eternal life?”

But he answered him, “Why are you asking me about what is good? There is only one who is good. But if you want to enter into that life, keep the commandments.”

The man said to him, “Which ones?”

And Jesus said, “Don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, honor your father and mother—love your neighbor as yourself.”

Notice that Jesus:

  • Only listed Justices, and  
  • Cited the precept, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 

Jesus referenced the Justices group of commandments that was part and parcel of his culture. And his message was profound. When the man asked which commandments he must follow to inherit eternal life, Jesus said, “Only the Justices.” All the Jobs, including the prohibition on homosexuality, were deliberately and purposely excluded.

Consider the following teaching of Paul.

He who loves others has fulfilled the Law because “don’t commit adultery,” “don’t murder,” “don’t steal,” “don’t covet,” and if there is any other commandment it is summed up in these words: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Notice that Paul:

  • Only listed Justices, and  
  • Cited the precept, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 

Paul referenced the Justices group of commandments that was part and parcel of his culture. And his message was profound: Anyone who loves others fulfills the entire Law because only the Justices are the Law. None of the Jobs, including the prohibition on homosexuality, were part of the law.

Consider the following teaching of James:

If you are fulfilling the King’s law according to scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are behaving well. But if you are showing partiality based on personal appearances, you are committing sin, and are indicted under the Law as lawbreakers.

For anyone who keeps the whole law, but is at fault on one count, has turned guilty on all counts. He who said “Do not commit adultery” also said “Do not murder.” If you are not going to commit adultery, but are going to murder, you have become a lawbreaker.

Speak and act like people who are about to be judged by the Law of Freedom; for judgment without compassion will be for the one who has not shown compassion. Compassion triumphs over judgment.

Notice that James:

  • Only listed Justices, and  
  • Cited the precept, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 

James referenced the Justices group of commandments that was part and parcel of his culture. James taught that everyone will be judged by the Justices (what he called ’the Law of Freedom’). Therefore, he concluded that everyone who treats others compassionately will triumph on judgment day.

Here we have an undeniable pattern! Jesus, Paul, and James:

  • Only listed Justices, and  
  • Cited the precept, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 

Somehow Christianity overlooked this all-important pattern. Jesus, Paul, and James each taught about the Justices—the group of commandments that didn’t include the prohibition on homosexuality. And each, in their own particular way, taught that the Justices were the entirety of Christian obligation!

Jesus told the rich young ruler that everyone who keeps the Justices will inherit eternal life.

Paul taught that everyone who keeps the Justices fulfills the entire Law.

James taught that everyone who keeps the Justices will triumph on judgment day.

Jesus, Paul, and James all taught that only the Justices matter when it comes to salvation and judgment. Yet, for the last 1,900 years, Christianity was unaware of this. Lack of knowledge of the Justices and Jobs caused Christianity to miss Jesus’, Paul’s, and James’ entire point.

Christianity originally began as a sect within Judaism, at a time when their law was divided into Justices and Jobs. The writings of Justin Martyr show that when the Gentiles dominated the Faith in the second century, they brought with them the false assumption that the law was divided into morality and ritual. Incredibly, this false assumption persisted for the next 1,900 years.

Jesus on Homosexuality fully documents Christianity’s 1,900-year-old error. More importantly, it presents the necessary historical writings for the Church to reclaim her roots, should she decide to do so. (A free download of Jesus on Homosexuality is available below.)

Conclusion:

  • The ancient Jews divided their law into two groups: Justices and Jobs.  
  • The prohibition against homosexuality was a Job.  
  • Jesus repeatedly taught that only the Justices matter when it comes to salvation and judgment. 

Jesus taught five times that only the Justices matter. (See Jesus on Homosexuality for references.) Paul taught three times that only the Justices matter. (For more on Paul click here.) Historical reality was very different than religious scholars had previously thought.

Responding to the Critics

Objection: I don’t see any difference between the “Justices/Jobs” and “ritual/morality.” Aren’t they both saying the same thing? Isn’t this much ado about nothing? (J. Jackson)

The Response

‘Morality’ simply wasn’t the original criteria for dividing the commandments. The ancient Jews thought of the commandments in terms of ‘obligations to neighbor’ and ‘obligations to God.’ Rape violated the Mosaic obligation to neighbor; whereas homosexuality violated the Mosaic obligation to God. Therefore they were classified in two entirely different categories.

It is simply a historical fact that all sexual taboos were considered violations of Mosaic obligations to God:

“forbidden sexual acts are classified as transgressions between man and God.”—Maimonides

Also:

“The punishment for [false] measures is more severe than the punishment for illicit sexual relations, for the latter is between man and God, whereas the former is between man and his fellow.”—Maimonides

Maimonides was one of history’s most prolific expositors of ancient Jewish law. His legal expositions are still studied and referenced today. Another Jewish scholar of Maimonides’ caliber was Rabbi Pinchas. His explanation of ancient Jewish law is also studied and referenced today. He confirms that all the Justices (legal obligations to man) were delineated by the precept, “Love your neighbor as yourself”:

“all of the commandments between man and man are included in this precept of loving one’s neighbor.”—Rabbi Pinchas

The Jews of Jesus’ day used this precept to determine which commandments were Justices. The rest, including the prohibition on homosexuality, were Jobs. That’s why modern Christian scholars, such as E P Sanders, now note that sexual prohibitions that “do not involve the abuse of another person, but are more in the nature of taboos” were Jobs, not Justices. (The footnotes in chapter one include references for these quotes, as well as additional documentation from other sources.)

During Jesus’ day, the Justices and Jobs separated morality into two categories. Moral prohibitions involving the abuse of another were Justices. Moral prohibitions that didn’t abuse others were Jobs. Second century Christian Gentiles wrongly assumed that morality comprised one indivisible group during Jesus’ day. Therefore, they proceeded to misinterpret Jesus’ teachings based on this erroneous assumption.

The Church truly did get the division wrong for 1,900 years, and it’s high time that we finally correct the error. This is crucial because Jesus’ most important teachings were structured around the division that existed during his day. Therefore, it is impossible to fully grasp his message without first understanding the Justices and Jobs themselves.

* * * * *Objection: It’s helpful that leading Jewish and Christian scholars lend credence to Wood’s ancient division of Jewish law. But Jesus and Paul lived during the first century. Does any first century source confirm this? (J. Jackson)

The Response

In a word… yes. The writings of Philo Judaeus (20 BCE – 50 CE) document that the division was delineated based on love of neighbor (Decalogue 108-110) and that holiness purity issues were therefore classified as commandments between man and God. (Special Laws 2.63) Thus, both facts are attested in a first century source, a source that even slightly predates Jesus and Paul. This is the historical setting in which Jesus and Paul formulated their messages. Therefore, this is the historical setting one must know in order to interpret them correctly.

* * * * *

Objection: Paul wrote that no homosexual shall enter God’s kingdom in 1 Corinthians (see also 1 Timothy). The author’s arguments may work well with people who don’t know the Bible, but not with me. (J. Welker)

The Response 

Paul’s letters were written in Greek, not English. In the Greek, Paul condemned those who have sex with young boys. That is a violation of the Justices. Conventional translations have sadly taken a violation of the Justices and rewritten it as a violation of the Jobs.Paul used the Greek word arsenokoitai in 1 Corinthians and 1 Timothy. Even leading conservative anti-homosexual authors must concede the historical use of this word:

“Given Sib. Or. 3.185-87 (ca. 165-45 B.E.), the author [of Sib. Or.] may indeed have had in mind homosexual intercourse with call boys: ‘Male will have intercourse with male and they will set boys in houses of illfame’”—Dr. Robert Gagnon [Gagnon, Robert A. J. (2002-09-01). Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics (Kindle Locations 5802-5804). Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition.]

Gagnon further concedes that arsenokoitai referred to sex with a young boy in Aristides’ Apology (ca. 125-45 C.E.):

“Chapter 9 narrates the sexual escapades of Zeus who had sex with many women (human and divine) and carried off the handsome shepherd boy Ganymede to be his ‘beloved’; hence the two charges of adultery and arsenokoitias.”— Dr. Robert Gagnon [Gagnon, Robert A. J. (2002-09-01). Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics (Kindle Locations 5843-5845). Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition.]

The earliest documents consistently used arsenokoitai in reference to sex with young boys. Gagnon, however, argues that Paul must have used a broader meaning than that of his near contemporaries. Yet, Romans 13:8-9, Galatians 5:14, and Galatians 6:2 all beg to differ. In all of these passages, Paul taught that the Justices alone are the entire Law. Gagnon’s assumption of a broader definition is based on the assumption that Paul contradicted himself!

So here’s the situation: The historical meaning of the word fully maintains Paul’s consistency. However, Gagnon argues for a non-historical meaning that causes Paul to contradict himself! The anti-homosexual conservatives grasp at any straw to rewrite the Biblical text—even at the expense of rejecting the historical record and making Paul appear to repudiate his very own teachings in the process. This torturing of the Biblical text needs to finally come to an end.

Paul used arsenokoitai in the same way as his near contemporaries did—to condemn the unjust, disgusting practice of having sex with young boys. (Sex with young boys was as common as sex with women during Paul’s day.)

In Paul on Homosexuality, Michael Wood walks the reader through first century writings and archaeology, and then applies the historical record to Paul’s letters. In the end, we find that Paul dutifully toed the line when it came to the Justices and Jobs. Paul repeatedly taught that only the Justices are the law; the Jobs are not. It therefore would have been impossible for him to write that no homosexual can enter God’s kingdom, and the actual meanings of the Greek words confirm this.

The discovery of the Justices and Jobs is destined to finally awaken Christianity to the reality that neither Jesus nor Paul would have condemned committed, consensual, adult LGBT relationships. This is wonderful news for all advocates of equality.

* * * * *

Objection: Michael Wood makes an argument from silence. Frankly, arguments from silence are the kind of academics you expect from stones. Meaning of course, that they are dense and go nowhere on their own.

If Jesus said nothing about homosexuality, and he didn’t. Then Jesus said nothing on homosexuality. No contest. No matter how much we want him to say something on homosexuality there is nothing there. All anyone can do is speculate and no matter how you do that you are putting words into Jesus mouth which Jesus did not say.—(Rev. John)

 The Response 

Moses’ law contains two commandments about homosexuality. Jesus wasn’t silent or ambiguous about which commandments remain and which one’s don’t. Right?The question of whether the book argues from silence is not open to subjective debate. The book either argues from silence or it doesn’t:

  • If Jesus never specified which commandments remain and which one’s don’t, then he was silent on the issue of homosexuality.  
  • If Jesus specified which commandments remain and which one’s don’t, then he wasn’t silent on the issue of homosexuality. Period. 

This is what is so exciting about the Justices and Jobs. For it is they that inform us that Jesus did specify which commandments remain and which ones don’t. Hence, they inform us, for the first time in 1,900 years, that Jesus wasn’t silent about homosexuality after all!

* * * * *

Objection: Jesus condemned sexual immorality which includes engaging in prostitution. Prostitution doesn’t fall under the “Love your neighbor” commands. Doesn’t this refute the whole premise of the book? (J. Laugesen)
For response please click here.
Biography of Michael WoodJesus’ and Paul’s references to the Justices and Jobs were discovered by a man with a track record in making world renowned discoveries:

Michael Wood designed REDOC-II—one of the only unbreakable codes in existence today. The claim of impenetrability was tested by Eli Biham and Adi Shamir, the two Israelis who broke the standard US code designed by the National Security Agency. Biham and Shamir published a paper confirming that Wood’s code was completely impervious to the attack they used to compromise the US National encryption standard. (To view Wood’s encryption patent, click here.)

Michael Wood then turned his cryptanalytic attention to finding a way to solving the problem of managing the physical infrastructure of the internet. He designed an artificial intelligent system which instructed a computer how to decode the information flowing through its network wires. The computer then used artificial intelligence to assemble the deciphered information into a real-time map of the worldwide physical infrastructure. (To view Wood’s artificial intelligence internet patent, click here.)

The commercial success of this endeavor provided Michael Wood the benefit of early retirement. He used this time to apply cryptanalysis to personal areas of interest. For instance, he had been intrigued with the electrical ebb and flow of the human nervous system. The parasympathetic nerves (which shut off the stress response when activated) cause subtle changes in the human heart rate. Michael Wood developed a method to decipher the real-time level of the parasympathetic nerves from the subtle changes in heart rate measurements. His cryptanalytic solution was imbedded within a medical biofeedback device. The device has shown remarkable results in multiple clinical trials. (To view Wood’s medical biofeedback patent, click here.)

Wood then turned his cryptanalytic skills to finding patterns in first century language, culture, and law. After ten years of dedicated effort, this eventually led to the discovery of the Justices and Jobs in the writings of the Apostle Paul. (To view scholarly verification of Wood’s discovery of the Justices and Jobs, click here.)

Free Digital Books

Jesus on Homosexuality – Layman Edition
The layman edition has endnotes instead of footnotes for easier reading.Note: The author of Jesus on Homosexuality grants full permission for the book to be freely copied and distributed, provided it is done so in full, without any editing or modification.

Jesus on Homosexuality – Footnote Edition
Note: The author of Jesus on Homosexualitygrants full permission for the book to be freely copied and distributed, provided it is done so in full, without any editing or modification.Note: Kindle versions will be available September 1, 2012.

Documents
Jesus and Paul in a Nutshell

“Jesus and Paul in a Nutshell” is the simplest, most straightforward presentation of Wood’s discovery. This document is the best introduction to Wood’s revolutionary finding.

Dr. Berg on the Justices of the Torah

Wood’s discovery derives from two observations. First, that the ancient Jewish nation divided the commandments of their law into two groups demarcated by Leviticus 19:18. Second, that Romans 2:26 refers to the ‘Justices of the Torah’— the group of commandments based on Leviticus 19:18.The first century division of the Jewish Law is readily observable in ancient literature. Documentation of the phrase Justices of the Torah was obtained by independent research conducted by Classical Greek scholar Dr. William Berg. Dr. Berg’s research uncovered multiple ancient sources which fully validate Wood’s remarkable discovery.

The Enigma of Paul

The scholarly community has done a very good job keeping the laity in the dark regarding their inability to resolve the teachings of Paul. The Enigma of Paul shines a spotlight on those issues, and promises a solution to each and every one of them.
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