Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ
May 6, 2008 § 2 Comments
A veteran documentarist Bruce Burgess just held a press conference yesterday. Burgess announced that he has evidence that proves that Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ got married. He has proof. He took shots of a supposed grave of a Middle eastern man (or woman?) in the South of France. The corpse is wrapped in what has been believed to be a burial cloth bearing the seal of the Knights of Templar. There were also treasures found, including two cups, both used in marriage ceremonies of the Jews and some gold coins of the age. All of these, he says, are featured in his latest caper, the documentary “Bloodline.”
Well, some, especially the unorthodox Christians would dismiss this recent archeological claim to be plain stupid and heresy. There was no entry in the bible, they would say, suggesting that Mary and Jesus were married. The documentary could also be blasphemy, a “work of the devil”, to “deceive many so that their faiths will grow cold.”
I have’nt seen this documentary and I can’t judge. But based on what I’ve seen so far and the amount of literature written about Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ, there could be some truth to what Burgess discovered.
Okey, granting that this is true–that Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ did marry, what then? Is it not possible for a thirtish, single guy like Jesus to fall in love and marry a single woman? No, they say, because Christ is supposed to be the High Priest, the purest?
Well, if they say that, they have’nt really read the bible because prophets, teachers of the law, and priests like Jesus are all married guys. Point to me just one priest who has’nt been married in the bible. In fact, Levites, or the priestly class, were not prohibited from marrying. God, in fact, encourage Levites to marry because its obeying God’s basic commandments.
Now, if we accept this finding that Mary and Jesus were spouses, would it affect one’s faith? I think not. A married Jesus Christ does not negate his message. A sexually-active Christ will not change the very teachings of Jesus.
The problem is our prevalent perception or belief of Jesus Christ as a God. We don’t think that he’s man, when, in all of the bible, it points to Jesus as truly human. If we think him as a god, then, we actually negate or invalidate the very core message of the One True God which is for us to acknowledge the humanity of Jesus Christ.
Likewise, the fact that we put the concept of God in a box. That one being god should not do this thing, should act this way and that way. In thinking this way, we are actually acting as god ourselves.
Again, if we now discover that what Jesus taught about resurrection for example is just an allegory and not fact, will this break our faith? Will the pillars of Christianity crumble? No.
This very discovery of Jesus Christ and the affirmation of his humanity strengthens the very concept of resurrection. That resurrection, as taught by Christ, is a process of transformation. He was transformed. He did participate in this process of transforming from the old man to the new man, himself. By dying, he actually conquered death as what he preached. Because the very core of Jesus’ teaching is predicated on transforming man from a material or flesh to a spiritual being.
Now, can we say that we are threatened by Burgess’ discovery? A million times no.
Accepting Jesus’ humanity, believing that what he taught us is correct and that the use of the phrase “resurrection” was allegorical, are the true lessons that every believer should probably take seriously to heart.