- Religion and Philosophy
Maryland’s Bishop Harry Jackson and the Bible
Ministers who never read the Bible
Harry Jackson of Maryland obviously has never read the Bible. He never preaches that Jesus never married, nor that Jesus even had a girlfriend. Jesus never had children, and Jesus never said one word about marriage. Today, scholars and churchmen, such as Paul Oestreicher, are publicly declaring that in all likelihood, Jesus was gay.
Jesus went to the wedding at Cana, but a wedding 2000 years ago was a wine-fest to celebrate the commitment of two people to work together. Harry Jackson of Maryland, obviously, has never studied Greek or Hebrew or Latin or Coptic or any of the languages that the Bible he distorts is written in. The word "marriage" actually means "to give out" (Greek) or "cohabitation" (Hebrew). In both languages, "marriage" is a feast with drunkenness the basic result.
No where in the Bible do we find any instruction that marriage is between one man and one woman. Abram (Abraham) married his sister (Genesis 20:12) Sarah--and sold her three times into marital prostitution (Pharaoh's harem (Genesis 12:18), to King Abimelech Genesis 20, 21)
As ignorant as Herbert W. Armstrong (founder of the Worldwide Church of God), Harold Jackson of Maryland ignores that the Bible is based on polygamy and same-sex unions. The first polygamist mention in the Bible is Lamech, who had two wives: Adah and Zillah (Gen 4:19). There was nothing holy about the first recorded liar and pimp, Abraham, who had no less than three wives: Sarah, Hagar (Gen 16:3, 21:1-13), Keturah (Gen 25:1), and concubines (which are also referred to as "wives" in other parts of the Bible) (Gen 25:6). Jacob was a consumate liar who had four wives (the first two were sisters: Leah and Rachel (Gen 29:28) and despite an oath with their father Laban to not take any additional wives (Gen 31:48-54), Jacob took Bilhah (Gen 30:4) and Zilpah (Gen 30:9). Moses' 2 wives were Zipporah (Ex 2:21, Ex 18:1-6) and an Ethiopian (Num 12:1). Gideon (also named Jerub-Baal) "had many wives" (Judges 8:29-32), and Elkanah, Samuel the priest's father, had 2 wives: Hannah and Peninnah (1 Samuel 1:1-2). David's had at least nine wives (one who was raped by his son Absalom), and these wives includeed: 1) Michal (1 Sam 18:27, 19:11-18, 25:44; 2 Sam 3:13-14, 6:20-23), 2) Abigail of Carmel (1 Sam 25:39, 1 Chr 3), 3) Ahinoam of Jezreel (1 Sam 25:43, 1 Chr 3), 4) Eglah (2 Sam 3:4-5, 1 Chr 3), and 5) Bathsheba (2 Sam 12:24). The other four wives were frequently listed as "wives and concubines" in 2 Sam 5:13, 12:7-8, 1 Chr 14:3. David's son, Solomon, chose 700 wives and 300 concubines, totaling 1,000 women in 1 Kings 11:3.
The Pentateuch lists guidelines and rules concerning the taking of multiple wives; noting that "If he takes another wife to himself, he shall not diminish her food, her clothing, or her marital rights," (Ex 21:10) and making it an obligation for men whose brothers have left a widow to marry her and support her family (Deut 25:5-10).These verses encourage or promote polygamy and there are no verses in the law or Old Testament Bible that clearly forbid this practice. Polygamy was not banned in the Jewish community until about 1000 CE by Rabbi Gershom.
As for same-sex marriages, David lived with (cohabited, another word for married that is "onah" in Hebrew as in Ex 21:10) Jonathan for fifteen years. David's love for Jonathan was universally known (1 Sam 18:1-4, 20:41-42) to be that "surpassing the love of any woman" (2 Samuel 1:23, 26-27).
We read of polygamy even in the New Testament. The New Testament treats us to the tawdry tale of a polygamist in 1 Cor 5:1: A son had fornicated with his "father's wife". Early records that still exist about community life among "Christians" (chrestianos and christianos) in the first two hundred years give us further proof of polygamy being a norm. It remained a custom even in the early Church that was established by the emperor Constantine I in 325 at the Council of Nicaea that he called into session in an effort to heal the splits within the empire.
Basil of Caesarea writing in the 4th century that plural marriages were common, but as a churchman, Basil considered them a form of legitimate fornication. It was not until 1052 and 1063 that Roman Catholic Church councils officially suspended from communion those laymen who had a wife and a concubine at the same time. What was inked on paper however was met with contempt by clergy that continued to have wives ahd children as well as nobility that married for reasons of state. The practice of polygamy continued through the sixteenth century--even among bishops, as with Joan Larke (born circa 1490) of Yarmouth, Norfolk the concubine/wife of Thomas Wolsey (1473-1530), by whom he had two children while bishop, cardinal, advisor and senior cleric to Henry VIII (read: Jack, Sybil M (2004). "Thomas Wolsey (1471–1530), royal minister, archbishop of York, and cardinal" in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography).
It is tragic that Harry Jackson of Maryland shows little knowledge of the Bible, Civil or Church history. There has never been an objection to homosexuality as the word did not exist until 1892 CE when it appears in C. G. Chaddock's translation of Krafft-Ebing's Psychopathia Sexualis. The word that Jackson mistranslates and cites in error as being a part of Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 is a discussion of "qadesh" that is a religious ritual practice in honor of the ancient Canaanite goddess Asherah (Astarte or Venus) who, in the past, married the agricultural god Yahweh (read my book: Yahweh's Wife). The same is true for the linguistic errors in the Book of Romans. No where is homosexuality condemned--except in the minds of those who protest too much--an action that repeated research and vigilant investigation shows to be a way that latent homosexuals try to hide or excuse their own homosexuality, as was the case with Rev. Ted Haggard, Bishop Eddie Long, Wisconsin Roman Catholic Bishop Weakland, Baptist Preacher George Reker, Paul Crouch (founder, President and chairman of the anti-gay Trinity Broadcasting Networking), John Geoghan (a Catholic priest who worked in the Boston area who was accused of molesting over 130 young boys), and others.