(See also “Did Jesus have children? – 2″)
Did Jesus marry and have children?
First of all, remember, as humans, anybody can say anything about anyone at any time… even about Jesus. It’s always been this way with the human race, it always will be this way with the human race.
Yet, this isn’t my answer. Rather, I will answer this way:
It has been hundreds and thousands of years in which religions have been translated and re-translated, argued and then re-argued, debated and re-debated, passed on and kept hidden. Generations upon generations have passed in which spiritual beliefs have been taught from one person to another. During this time, there have been and still are gospel truths, half-truths, little white lies, and bald face lies all through the different religions, and spiritual belief systems. To some extent, this would be expected, because of the diversity that beliefs are applied to each individual’s personal life circumstances and experiences.
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter. For argument’s sake, here, this isn’t the main issue. The issue isn’t whether the man Jesus did or did not have children with Mary Magdalene. The issue is, and what matters more is - what do we do with our beliefs? Many will continue to believe he did regardless of any presentation of evidence to the contrary. Many will continue to believe he did not regardless of any presentation of evidence to the contrary. Jesus didn’t concern Himself with the differing beliefs of religions, He concerned Himself with our actions towards and relationships with each other. Jesus’ message was put simply, “Love God above all else and Love your neighbor as yourself.”
The same is true of every issue ever argued within the walls of any religion or spiritual system of beliefs, including the creationism vs. evolution arguments going on everywhere. Yet, the idea still is practiced by many that what we believe is somehow more important than how we use our beliefs to act towards those whose beliefs are different.
Can any of us say that we believe exactly like anyone else? With so many different versions of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, etc, can any of us say that we, and only we, have the truth? Alright that’s the wrong question to ask because almost every member of every different version of every religion tells themselves that they hold the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, and others are lying to themselves in a big way.
Every belief we have comes from our learning from a mixture of sources – parents, teachers, leaders – spiritual and non, friends, books, experiences, thoughts and feelings, television, movies, politicians, and many more sources. Because of this, everyone is going to draw upon their own life to develop their own unique set of beliefs. It makes sense that everyone would do this.
God knows this. That’s why the greatest spiritual teachers don’t say what to believe as much as how to relate to each other from within our chosen set of beliefs. The greatest spiritual teachers tell about our brotherhood and sisterhood among each other. The greatest spiritual messages don’t speak about what we think or believe, but rather what we feel in our hearts, then what we do with these feelings. Because it is in our heart that love resides, and it is in this Love, that God resides within us.
Jesus doesn’t ask so much the details of what we believe, He asks us what are we doing with our beliefs. Jesus asks us – that which we do believe – how are we using our beliefs to affect how we relate to our fellow man? He never spoke out against other religions that were prevalent in that time – and there were many. He told all that listened, that God is the God of all people. He spoke out against hypocrisy, which is a factor influencing how we relate to each other. He spoke out against placing oneself above others in God’s eyes, which is another factor influencing how we relate to each other.
Therein is the message that Jesus spoke of – that which is in a person’s heart. Our beliefs may be what builds religions, but what is in our hearts determines what we do with our beliefs.
Our beliefs bring us to the point of asking – Are we using our beliefs to recognize our unity and oneness with our fellow human beings, or are we using our beliefs to separate and divide? Are we using our beliefs to love God above all else, and our neighbor as ourselves, or are we using our beliefs to ostracize and push others away if they are different? Are we using our beliefs to celebrate diversity in peoples or to condemn diversity? Are we using our beliefs as gavels with which to judge others, or are we using our beliefs to recognize the value of every difference.
We all have our reasons for believing that which we do or don’t believe, and we all make choices pro and con. Very few logical, mental arguments from others are going to change the beliefs we grow to have. That is why the greatest spiritual messages speak about what is in the heart – the place where God’s love and our love can and does reside, when we bring that love forth.
This idea shows respect for the path of learning which we’ve each traveled to get where we are, with regards to our beliefs. And in time, opening our hearts, will help us to open to potential learning from views of our brothers and sisters, even those sometimes different. This in turn, can lead to finding more to add to our own understanding and to an even greater paradigm than we held in our consciousnesses before.
Do we lift others up or do we knock others down?
Finally, – Yes, the particular set of beliefs which we hold to is still important, as we see in the world today – many believe that killing others is spiritually good. Yet, if we looked deeper at the question presented here – “what are we doing with our beliefs?” – we then see that which is in people’s hearts actually fuels people’s actions, and a hate-filled heart uses any belief system, religion, or excuse they can find to serve their already hate-filled agenda.
Those whose hearts are filled with hate, will use any religion, any political persuasion, any reason or excuse to carry out their hatred. Likewise, those whose hearts are open or carry within them a caring and loving kindness, forgiveness, patience, gentleness, or mercy, in turn, can use any religion and any belief to carry out their caring, their kindness, their mercy, their patience, their recognition of the oneness of all life, the brotherhood of humankind, and peace and goodwill to all mankind. This is why the greatest spiritual messages are about our what lives inside our hearts, and not the different beliefs residing inside our minds.
I believe that Jesus did not marry and have children. I believe this because it makes sense to me with my current personal paradigm and falls in line with the life of the Christ Spirit that I’m aware of, coming to show people that God’s love is equal for all and available to all equally. In the Edgar Cayce readings, the readings say, that “He wanted to be her savior, not her lover.” Because I believe this, my beliefs could flavor that which I see psychically. So, what I say here can still be debated. No logical, mental arguement is going to change someone’s heart, if they don’t want it to be changed.