The Faith of the Centurion

When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”

Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”

The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.

Matthew 8:5-13

The Greek word that the Roman centurion uses in this passage to describe the sick man – pais – is the same word used in ancient Greek to refer to a same-gender partner.

This is the actual Biblical example that Kim Davis should have been taught in Sunday school.

And as to whether Jesus felt people were born gay? Just keep reading to Matthew 19:10-12.

The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.”

Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”

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3 comments

  1. Sheepdog, I’m not sure who, or what was your source for this definition, but it sounds very much like the new gay Bible – The Queen James Bible. As to the text, there is no hint of a gay relationship with this centurion and his servant. To do so is disruptive of the text, and dishonest as well. But what is even more egregious is changing the meaning to Jesus’ words in order to promote something he did not stand for. Let’s look at the verses in question, and the meaning of key Greek words in question.
    First off, The story of the centrion who asked Jesus to heal his “pais”. The Greek word, pais {pronounced paheece} can mean any one of the following: 1) a child, boy or girl 1a) infants, children 2) servant, slave 2a) an attendant, servant, spec. a king’s attendant, minister (Source, Bibleworks 8. This is the system I used in seminary when I studied Hebrew and Greek.) Nowhere in the ancient world is “pais” synonymous with “a male sexually partner.” It always is used to describe a subornation, a servant; never a sexual companion. This seems to be what you were implying in our blog. If not, please explain what you were trying to say.
    Second, following Jesus’ teaching on divorce between a husband and wife, the disciples were disturbed by Jesus being stricter than Moses. In light of that, the disciples asked Jesus a question: Matthew 19:10-12. The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.”
    (And then Jesus gives an explanation that starts with his understanding that not everyone can live up to this new teaching on divorce) – “Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”
    What is a eunuch? Once more, Bookworks 8 provides several possible translations: eunouchos {yoo-noo’-khos} 1) a bed keeper, bed guard, superintendent of the bedchamber, chamberlain 1a) in the palace of oriental monarchs who support numerous wives the superintendent of the women’s apartment or harem, an office held by eunuchs 1b) an emasculated man, a eunuch 1b1) eunuchs in oriental courts held by other offices of greater, held by the Ethiopian eunuch mentioned in Ac. 8:27-39. 1c) one naturally incapacitated 1c1) for marriage 1c2) begetting children 1d) one who voluntarily abstains from marriage.
    Most generally, when eunuchs are mentioned in scripture it describes a man who had been castrated, or his testicles were removed, so that he could guard the king’s harem without being tempted to have intercourse with the King’s wives and concubines.
    So to imply that Jesus was talking about people being born gay is a disservice to scripture, and to the ones who seek to provide biblical cover for their sexual orientation. Sheepdog, there is not there here. None – zip – nada.
    Jesus did address sin and sexual sin during his sermon on the mount (Matthew 5:27-33). And he was referring to the Law that God had delivered to Moses, and recorded in Leviticus 18:1-24
    The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘I am the LORD your God. 3 You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices. 4 You must obey my laws and be careful to follow my decrees. I am the LORD your God. 5 Keep my decrees and laws, for the person who obeys them will live by them. I am the LORD.
    6 “‘No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am the LORD. 7 “‘Do not dishonor your father by having sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother; do not have relations with her. 8 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your father’s wife; that would dishonor your father. 9 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your sister, either your father’s daughter or your mother’s daughter, whether she was born in the same home or elsewhere. 10 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your son’s daughter or your daughter’s daughter; that would dishonor you. 11 “‘Do not have sexual relations with the daughter of your father’s wife, born to your father; she is your sister. 12 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your father’s sister; she is your father’s close relative. 13 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your mother’s sister, because she is your mother’s close relative. 14 “‘Do not dishonor your father’s brother by approaching his wife to have sexual relations; she is your aunt. 15 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law. She is your son’s wife; do not have relations with her. 16 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your brother’s wife; that would dishonor your brother. 17 “‘Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter. Do not have sexual relations with either her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter; they are her close relatives. That is wickedness. 18 “‘Do not take your wife’s sister as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living. 19 “‘Do not approach a woman to have sexual relations during the uncleanness of her monthly period. 20 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your neighbor’s wife and defile yourself with her. 21 “‘Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molek, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD. 22 “‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable. 23 “‘Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion. 24 “‘Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled.
    So when people say Jesus never spoke against homosexuality, they are mistaken. As stated above, Jesus was directly referring to the Leviticus laws on sexuality. Sorry, but no cigar.
    The Queen James Verse does try to alter verse 22 by interjecting – in the Temple of Molek.
    Verse 22 as it appears from the original Hebrew; 22 Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.
    Queen James interpretation 22 “‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman in the temple of Molek; that is detestable. (Emphasis added).
    There are NO ancient Hebrew manuscripts that have “in the temple of Molek” in its text. To do so, and I might add, the way your article presents Christ’s approval for same sex relations is unfounded, and frankly, underhanded. Seems to me I remember a scripture that warns against changing the meaning of scripture.
    The Big Dog

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