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My Take: I don't know if Jesus was married (and I don't care)
September 21st, 2012
09:28 AM ET

My Take: I don't know if Jesus was married (and I don't care)

Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

A few years ago I wrote a book about Jesus in the American imagination. What I learned along the way is that the American Jesus is a Gumby-like figure who can twist and turn in almost any direction.

Our Jesus has been black and white, gay and straight, a socialist and a capitalist, a pacifist and a warrior, a civil rights activist and a Ku Klux Klansman. Over the American centuries, he has stood not on some unchanging rock of ages but on the shifting sands of economic circumstances, political calculations and cultural trends.

Part Proteus, part Paul (who called himself "all things to all men"), he became during the Victorian period a sentimental Savior. During the Progressive era of Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, he flexed his muscles and carried a big stick. During the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s, he grew his hair long and strummed his guitar for peace.

Now, in an era in which Americans are debating who can marry and have sex with whom, we are given a Jesus who has given his body and soul in marriage, at least if we are to believe the scrap of ancient papyrus soon coming, via Harvard Divinity School professor Karen King and the Smithsonian Channel, to a television set near you.

“Jesus said, ‘My wife,'” this Coptic papyrus reads, and since King announced her finding at a Coptic studies conference in Rome on Tuesday, the world is trying to imagine not only what manner of man (and god) this might be, but what sort of woman he might have taken into his marriage bed.

As for the question everyone is asking — was Jesus married? — the only correct answer is that we do not know.

There are all sorts of reasons to be skeptical about this find. First, according to King it is owned by an anonymous dealer who is willing to give the fragment to Harvard, but only if it buys other parts of his collection.

Second, we don’t yet know anything about where this fragment was supposedly found or by whom, and the world of ancient Jewish and Christian manuscripts is replete with fakes and fakers.

Third, even if the papyrus is genuine, it points only to one author quoting Jesus as referring to his wife. Perhaps that author was simply trying to push the early Christian tradition away from a preference for celibacy over marriage.

Or perhaps the reference is to some symbolic or spiritual “wife,” rather than one of the flesh-and-blood type. (In the New Testament Jesus already refers to himself as the bridegroom.)

In the end, what intrigues me about this tiny fragment (it measures roughly 1.5-by-3 inches) is the huge hype. The original Belief Blog piece on this story has over 4,000 comments and counting. And a Smithsonian documentary is in the works for September 30.

Jesus may be one of the best attested figures in the ancient world, but we still know hardly anything about him. And because he is the key figure in the largest religion in the world, we are keen to fill in the blanks.

The Jewish tradition has a name for this: midrash, which refers to a way of storytelling that fills in the gaps. This is what Americans have been doing for centuries with Jesus. Not sure where he was during his “lost years” from the end of his childhood to the beginning of his ministry? Send him off to India. Not sure how he looked? Draw a painting or carve a statue.

What is going on here, as I see it, is a reluctance to say, “I don’t know.”

The truth of the matter is that we don’t know what Jesus looked like. We don’t know where he was or what he was doing when he turned 18. And we don’t know if he was ever married or divorced.

What we do know is that we live in a country besotted with Jesus and in an age obsessed with marriage and sexuality and the body, which is why this tiny papyrus is making such big waves.

As for me, I don’t much care what Jesus thought about marriage, or whether he engaged in it. I think we as a society tend to collapse religion far too readily into bedroom questions, as if Jesus came into the world to tell us with whom we should be having sex, and how.

I’m more interested in what Jesus has to say about wealth and poverty, the rich and the poor. And there is plenty in the available record to read and heed, "if only we have ears to hear."

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Stephen Prothero.

- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Coptic • Jesus • Sexuality • United States

soundoff (2,026 Responses)
  1. 2357

    Enough about these comedic musings. Get out, get mobilized, kidnap and torture a child from the nearest churchyard. Christians must be eliminated at all cost! Throw bombs at churches, not insults. Its a moral imperative for all serious atheists.

    September 22, 2012 at 8:13 am |
    • midwest rail

      False, but you already knew that.

      September 22, 2012 at 8:19 am |
    • American

      ...and Obama, the Muslim Lover!!!

      September 22, 2012 at 9:19 am |
  2. Reality

    One more time:

    So let us put Stevie P out of the book selling business and out of his job as a professor of religion moving him to the Department of Myths and Legends:

    –Recognizing the flaws, follies and frauds in the foundations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity, the "bowers", kneelers" and "pew peasants" are converging these religions into some simple rules of life. No koran, bible, clerics, nuns, monks, imams, evangelicals, ayatollahs, rabbis, professors of religion or priests needed or desired.

    Ditto for houses of "worthless worship" aka mosques, churches, basilicas, cathedrals, temples and synagogues–.

    September 22, 2012 at 7:34 am |
    • HAVE MUD WILL TRAVEL

      woof woof woof

      September 22, 2012 at 7:36 am |
    • ....

      @reality?
      ABSOLUTE TOTAL BULL SH IT

      September 22, 2012 at 7:39 am |
  3. HAVE MUD WILL TRAVEL

    Stevie sayz, ' I don't know if Jesus was married (and I don't care)....' Believe him. In the last 10 yrs higher educratists have doubled their prices. It is a privilege to skin the sheep, alright.......'1Ti 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.'.......The comments of many on these boards are the fruits of these people. They will reap their sorrows.

    September 22, 2012 at 6:57 am |
  4. Millennium3

    Jesus was married, or single does NOT matter here;
    For our eternal Salvation, what ABSOLUTELY matters is:

    Jesus was a true Messenger and honorable Servant of a real GOD
    who created His book of Universe and His book of Religion
    based on same 19 coded "Mathematical and Symmetrical Superb Language"
    as Jesus prophesied it 2000 years ago! (John 6/27, 40)

    Here is the ultimate Proof;
    so please, open your eyes now and clearly witness it
    in the beginning of this most critical Third and Last Day (=Millennium; John 6/40)

    here: http://www.holy-19-harvest.com
    UNIVERSAL MAGNIFICENT MIRACLES

    September 22, 2012 at 6:28 am |
    • Reality

      The Apostles' Creed 2012: -updated by yours truly and based on the studies of historians and theologians (Stevie P does not qualify for lack of proper education) included of the past 200 years-

      Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven??

      I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
      preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
      named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
      girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

      Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
      Jerusalem.

      Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
      and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

      Amen
      (references used are available upon request)

      September 22, 2012 at 7:33 am |
    • ....

      @reality?
      BULL SH IT ALERT

      September 22, 2012 at 7:39 am |
  5. lastofall

    We have the scriptures, this is nothing more than someone writing down their own view, just like if someone today were to write the same words as that on a piece of paper, and rip it up, and one thousand four hundred years from now it is found. And at that time the same sort of people would say the same thing they speculate on now; it is quite ridiculous.

    September 22, 2012 at 5:36 am |
    • Blessed Are the Cheesmakers

      Ummm, that is all the scriptures are too.

      September 22, 2012 at 7:28 am |
    • G. Zeus Kreiszchte

      "We have the scriptures, this is nothing more than someone writing down their own view"

      What do you think the "scriptures" are? Fact? Why doesn't it sink into your thick skull that the writings of the bible's authors are nothing more than points of view? DUH!

      September 22, 2012 at 9:23 am |
    • llɐq ʎʞɔnq

      Exactly. Scriptures are believers writing down what they believe, to remind themselves what they believe, and then reading the same thing to find out what they already said they already believe. How idiotic.

      September 22, 2012 at 11:08 am |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    September 22, 2012 at 5:05 am |
    • maristella

      A true eyeopener with regards to this topic you can read on http://www.thewarningsecondcoming.com

      September 22, 2012 at 5:20 am |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. The degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements is 0.0. To help you understand the degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements, I will access my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE). Using my IEE module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do.... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      September 22, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  7. truth

    New International Version 1984

    28I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. 29But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.”

    September 22, 2012 at 4:45 am |
    • llɐq ʎʞɔnq

      Delusions 1:1
      Yeah verily oh babble spouters, forsooth and indeed I say therefore unto thee : STFU.

      September 22, 2012 at 11:10 am |
  8. Plot twists in ancient fiction doesn'

    About as relevant as whether Elmer Fudd was gay.

    September 22, 2012 at 4:44 am |
    • Jim

      So then blasphem him then if your such a man, go for it right here in front of everyone.

      September 22, 2012 at 5:22 am |
  9. Truth

    Mark 3 >>
    New International Version 1984

    28I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. 29But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.”

    September 22, 2012 at 4:40 am |
    • llɐq ʎʞɔnq

      Why thank you. Threats are really nice. It's a great way to win people over. Yup. Go with the threats.

      September 22, 2012 at 5:11 am |
    • just sayin

      Truth only threatens those with a guilty conscience. God bless

      September 22, 2012 at 5:14 am |
    • truth

      Was a promise from Jesus not a threat.

      September 22, 2012 at 5:20 am |
  10. Real Fun Guy

    All religion must be completely obliterated as soon as possible.

    September 22, 2012 at 3:51 am |
    • nope

      @real...
      nope

      September 22, 2012 at 4:59 am |
    • ...

      NOPE IS A DOPE

      September 22, 2012 at 9:45 am |
  11. miscreantsall

    RELIGION……….a man made thing, is the curse and death of mankind. Jesus spoke to this in not so many words. SPIRITUALITY is divine and personal and NOT about control, domination, judgment, damnation, etc.

    I do care if Jesus was married or not. Furthermore, I hope he was married because it would continue to prove how corrupt religion is!!!!!

    September 22, 2012 at 3:16 am |
    • nope

      @mis..
      nope

      September 22, 2012 at 5:00 am |
    • nope

      @misreants...
      nope

      September 22, 2012 at 5:01 am |
  12. AKIN

    It is difficult to fully understand Christ if you have not been redeemed and justified by faith in Christ's atonement. A degree in theology or divinity OR professorship in divinity does not make one to fully understand Christ. What makes you a Christian is that you are like Christ. You cannot be like Christ if you are not redeemed, washed and cleansed by the blood of Christ. How many of the Catholics, Mormons, Evangelicals, Pentecostals and so called Christians of today are like Christ and have their names written in the book of life? Are they truly saved by grace through faith in Christ? Are they truly following all the teachings of Christ? Are they holy? If they are not, then they are not Christians. For the mere fact that someone goes to church does not make him a Christian. The perception and representation by the media of who a Christian is not the same with the biblical definition. All the writings about whether Christ was married or not are non-essentials. The central message about Christ is that he died to save sinners and resurrected from the dead on the 3rd day. There is hope for anyone who cares to believe in Christ for his salvation and redemption. No matter what anyone writes today, the truth about Christ will not change. Anything written about Christ that is not true will naturally fade away. There is no need to argue or demonstrate or even go to the extreme of disturbing public order and taking innocent lives.

    September 22, 2012 at 2:27 am |
    • It's more like this

      It's difficult to see reality once you have drunk heavily of the Jesus bathwater.

      September 22, 2012 at 2:34 am |
    • TravisL12

      I read your post and replaced "Christ" with "Elvis" and lol'ed. Check it out:

      It is difficult to fully understand Elvis if you have not been redeemed and justified by faith in Elvis's atonement. A degree in theology or divinity OR professorship in divinity does not make one to fully understand Elvis. What makes you a Elvisian is that you are like Elvis. You cannot be like Elvis if you are not redeemed, washed and cleansed by the blood of Elvis. How many of the Catholics, Mormons, Evangelicals, Pentecostals and so called Elvisians of today are like Elvis and have their names written in the book of life? Are they truly saved by grace through faith in Elvis? Are they truly following all the teachings of Elvis? Are they holy? If they are not, then they are not Elvisians. For the mere fact that someone goes to church does not make him a Elvisian. The perception and representation by the media of who a Elvisian is not the same with the biblical definition. All the writings about whether Elvis was married or not are non-essentials. The central message about Elvis is that he died to save sinners and resurrected from the dead on the 3rd day. There is hope for anyone who cares to believe in Elvis for his salvation and redemption. No matter what anyone writes today, the truth about Elvis will not change. Anything written about Elvis that is not true will naturally fade away. There is no need to argue or demonstrate or even go to the extreme of disturbing public order and taking innocent lives.

      September 22, 2012 at 3:12 am |
    • Attack of the 50 Foot Magical Underwear

      @ Travis – or replace "Elvis" with "Elves" – same silliness

      September 22, 2012 at 3:32 am |
    • llɐq ʎʞɔnq

      If the central message of Jesus was salvation, why did the gospel of Mark never mention it, even once ?
      You just made up all that bullsh1t, just as St. Paul did. When the young man in Matthew asked him "What must I do to gain eternal life ?" JESUS said to him "Keep the commandments". That's IT. No salvation BS, no "washing , no sin, no nuthing. You just made up that little religion you got there, and PRETEND it's Christianity. It's Akinanity. It's NOT what Jesus preached.

      September 22, 2012 at 5:16 am |
    • 2357

      Akin,
      Pearls to pigs.
      Your good testimony is wasted on this harem of demons. No place for a child of God, unless you like to fry live bacon with a torch. Did the Lord hand you a torch?

      September 22, 2012 at 8:24 am |
  13. rex

    tex, yeah many non-believers say that god is the product of human's imagination. if it were true, i say to you that it believing that there is god and following his teaching is still a force of good, and, still brings peace, love and harmony in our life. it has more benefits that harm, so i dont see it as a problem, really.

    September 22, 2012 at 12:38 am |
    • Canmav

      Your argument is flawed in the simple fact that the belief in god has led to more deaths in his name than any other conflicts in human history. So the idea that belief in a god promoting peace, love, happiness, etc is simply not true.

      September 22, 2012 at 1:38 am |
    • llɐq ʎʞɔnq

      That's called Utilitarianism. It's a slippery slope.

      September 22, 2012 at 2:08 am |
  14. rex

    im a catholic and i believe the existence of jesus. i believe that religion has a good impact in our lives. it influences our morals and the way we see and evaluate what is happening in our world. religion makes give a sense of the purpose of our lives, and that is to love and respect each other.

    September 22, 2012 at 12:25 am |
    • Tex

      rex, if you think believing in a story for which you have no evidence brings meaning to your life, you've got some serious mental health problems my friend.

      September 22, 2012 at 12:29 am |
    • Zoloft

      Religion may do all those things, but it is entirely a fabrication of the human imagination. Persistent as a fart in a phone box, but still all imaginary.

      September 22, 2012 at 12:30 am |
    • Athy

      Hey, for Rex it's OK. He needs the help. Don't knock it.

      September 22, 2012 at 12:35 am |
    • llɐq ʎʞɔnq

      "i believe that religion has a good impact in our lives. it influences our morals and the way we see and evaluate what is happening in our world. religion makes give a sense of the purpose of our lives, and that is to love and respect each other."

      Morality does not arise from religion. Anthropology and Neuro-psych knows where that comes from. It *can* give a reference point, but if it's not true, there is no reason to dump it. It's "usefulness" is no reason to keep something false.
      Non-religious people love and respect each other.

      September 22, 2012 at 2:12 am |
    • Attack of the 50 Foot Magical Underwear

      @ rex: you said, "religion makes give a sense of the purpose of our lives, and that is to love and respect each other." Well, sure – religion DOES give people a purpose in their lives. Why, Im thinking right now of about 20 young men who had a purpose in their lives, motivated and driven by their religion, and that purpose was fulfilled on September 11, 2001. I imagine that they were praying to their god for success and, based on the horrific result, their god answered their prayers.

      September 22, 2012 at 3:37 am |
  15. Giao Hoan

    If Yeshua was avert to taken a wife, he would have explicitly forbidden it right ? So where in Matthew, Mark, Luke, Jonh is it written ?

    September 22, 2012 at 12:23 am |
    • Zoloft

      It is not written that Jesus was averse to women, only that he preferred men.

      September 22, 2012 at 12:26 am |
  16. Reality

    So let us put Stevie P out of the book selling business and out of his job as a professor of religion moving him to the Department of Myths and Legends:

    –Recognizing the flaws, follies and frauds in the foundations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity, the "bowers", kneelers" and "pew peasants" are converging these religions into some simple rules of life. No koran, bible, clerics, nuns, monks, imams, evangelicals, ayatollahs, rabbis, professors of religion or priests needed or desired.

    Ditto for houses of "worthless worship" aka mosques, churches, basilicas, cathedrals, temples and synagogues–.

    September 22, 2012 at 12:03 am |
    • Chad

      I've had about as much Reality as I can stand. Gie us the Ardbeg Athy and it's time for bed!

      September 22, 2012 at 12:07 am |
    • Athy

      It's "Adbeg", and, yes, it is time for bed.

      September 22, 2012 at 12:19 am |
    • Chad

      Ardbeg Distillery (Scottish Gaelic: Taigh-stail Àirde Beaga)

      September 22, 2012 at 12:21 am |
    • Athy

      I stand corrected. It is indeed Ardbeg. First tasted it at the Freaking Frog in Las Vegas. Thank you for the correction.

      September 22, 2012 at 12:39 am |
  17. George

    If there was a god, there wouldn't be a Chad.

    September 21, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
    • Athy

      But if there were no Chads, would there be gods?

      September 21, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
    • AO

      If there were no Chads, there would not have been a W.

      September 22, 2012 at 12:06 am |
    • Tex

      AO, yeah I thought of that too.

      September 22, 2012 at 12:30 am |
    • Tex

      And I actually live near W.

      September 22, 2012 at 12:31 am |
  18. Ting

    My Take: I don't know if Jesus was gay (and I don't care). What say you, Christians?

    September 21, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
  19. Joe

    Just report abuse on AvdBerg linkspam.

    September 21, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
  20. AvdBerg

    Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6) and neither is there salvation in any other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).

    The Jesus figure portrayed by Stephen Prothero is not the true Christ. His books and articles are all heresies. He might be a so-called scholar at Boston University but he is spiritually blind and unless he repents he is unable to understand the Word of God as it is spiritually discerned (1 Cor. 2:14).

    For a better understanding we invite you to read the articles ‘Boston University – School of Theology and Stonehill College’ and ‘Can Christianity or Any Other Religion Save You?, listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    Also, are those that are referred to as ‘Christians’ by the media really the followers of Jesus Christ or do they follow after a false Christ (Matthew 24:24) and why is there so much division amongst religions? Please read on.

    The above mentioned article by Stephen Prothero is a good example how distorted things have become in society with the media industry as the main culprit.

    The local media, including CNN, Fox and your local TV stations and newspapers are a very important element of social and political behavior, as society is shaped by what it sees, hears and reads and it is conditioned by the events that influence the mind of every person. You reap what you sow.

    To allow anyone to be directed by public opinion is dangerous because most public opinion is the view of the media. If the media does not like something, their bias taints information getting to the public, and this forms public opinion. Public opinion is never based on research and facts. The public uses the media for its sole source of information and for this reason social behavior will continue to deteriorate and wax worse and worse (2 Timothy 3:13).

    For a better understanding of the role of the media we invite you to read the articles ‘Influence of the Media’ and ‘CNN Belief Blog – Sign of the Times’, listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    The media does not provide accurate information on ‘Religion’ as it continues to ignore the truth and the history of deceptions (John 14:17). They only report how they want you to hear things. They have created the big chasm that now exists without offering any solutions.

    Consider the truth about Catholicism, Islam, Mormonism, Judaism, Evangelicals and Christianity and all other religions and ask yourself the following question.

    Are so-called Catholics, Muslims, Mormons, Israelites and Evangelicals and all those that call themselves ‘Christians’ followers of the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Word of God, or do they follow after an image of a false god and a false Christ (Matthew 24:24; 2 Cor. 11:13-15; Gal. 4:8)?

    For a better understanding of the history of Catholicism, Islam, Mormonism, Christianity, and Judaism and its spread throughout the world, we invite you to read the articles ‘The Mystery Babylon’, ‘Can Christianity or Any Other Religion Save You?’, ‘World History and Developments in the Middle East’ and ‘Clash of Civilizations’, listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    Mitt Romney’s and Barack Obama’s faith does not stand in the teachings of Christ but rather in an image of the spirit and the god of this world and a false Christ (Matthew 24:24; 2 Cor. 11:13-15; Gal. 4:8).

    For a better understanding of the history of the Mormon Church and Mitt Romney’s quest for the Presidency of the USA, we invite you to read the articles ‘Mormon Church – Cult and Spiritual Harlot’ and ‘Barack Obama – President of the United States of America’, listed on our website.

    All of the other pages and articles listed on our website explain how and by whom this whole world has been deceived as confirmed in Revelation 12:9.

    September 21, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      After much meditation, reading and consultation with my brothers I have concluded that you have been deceived by Satan, AvdBerg. You have separated yourself from God's mercy. AMDG

      September 21, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
    • smitown

      You quote alot but do not show why this is.

      September 21, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
    • Athy

      AvdBerg. You should change your name. It is far too similar to Adbeg, an incredibly good Scotch maker. One of their products is called Rollercoaster, one of the greatest Scotch whiskies I've ever tasted.

      September 21, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
    • Sun of God

      Jesus represents the Sun in the age of Pisces. He is represented by a fish on bumper stickers on the backs of Christians SUV's. Moses represented the sun in the age of the Ram. The resurrection is Dec. 25 because that's when the sun rises from its lowest point on the horizon representing the resurrection and the salvation of longer days and the coming of spring or Easter after appearing dead for three days. Of the dozens of historians alive during Jesus's time, not one recorded him in their books even though he supposedly committed miracles. Jesus is a fraud based on pagan religions and the ancient worship of the sun and the stars and the twelve constellations.

      September 22, 2012 at 12:04 am |
    • midwest rail

      We should count our blessings – at least the self-published hack is done with yesterday's temper tantrums.

      September 22, 2012 at 6:19 am |
    • AvdBerg

      Tom, Tom, the Other One

      They may be your brothers but not mine. In order to be brothers you have to have the same fathers. Please read John 8:43-45 and learn who your fatther is.

      But the natural man (like yourself) receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him, neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Cor. 2:15).

      For this reason our message remains the same: Ye must repent and turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan (whose spirit you are of) unto God (Acts 26:18).

      But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man (1 Cor 2:15).

      http://WWW.AWORLDDECEIVED.CA

      September 22, 2012 at 9:11 am |
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