Do you acknowledge pedophilia in any way? If not, why do you say that the centurion Jesus talked to in Matthew 8 had a gay lover?
(not the Founder of this website)
Beware of train-wreck theology
Your question implies that if gays view the Centurion and his servant as a partnered same sex couple, then gays must be pedophiles.
I've dealt with the false analogy of your question on the Beastiality page of this website.
Definiton of Pedophilia
Our modern word pedophilia comes from the Greek word paidophilia,
παιδοφιλία, from pais, παις, meaning child and philia,
φιλία, meaning love.
Pedophilia describes someone, male or female, who has a wrong, forbidden, ungodly, inordinate sexual interest in prepubescent (underage) children. The DSM of the American Psychiatric Association describes pedophilia as a paraphilia
not a sexual orientation.
Some, but not all, non-gay christians have the mistaken idea that gay people as a group are pedophiles.
I encourage you to read my pages about the gay centurion
on this website or in my book for a better understanding.
Your question seems to assume that pais
almost ALWAYS refers to a young child AND NOT a teenager or a full-grown adult male. As we shall see, authorities on Greek language and culture make it clear that is not the case.
Just the facts please
According to Sir Kenneth Dover, perhaps the greatest heterosexual scholar on ancient Greece:
“The pais in a homosexual relationship was often a youth who had attained full height.” p. 16.
“The junior partner in homosexual eros is called pais (or of course, paidika) even when he has reached adult height and hair has begun to grow on his face.” p. 85, Greek Homosexuality
Dr. Robert Gagnon, the leading evangelical anti-gay crusader of our time says this about pais.
“boy” (pais) could be used of any junior partner in a homosexual relationship, even one who was fullgrown.” Dr. Robert Gagnon, The Bible And Homosexual Practice, p. 163, footnote 6.
Quoting my book
I discuss the Biblical story of the centurion and his pais
on pages 193 - 221 of my book, Gay Christian 101 - Spiritual Self-Defense For Gay Christians.
"There are two reasons why Matthew 8 is rarely discussed as we discuss it here. Gay Christians tend to ignore the passage because they fear non-gays will view them as child molesters.
This common slur, that homosexual men in general tend to molest little boys is as baseless as saying that heterosexual men in general tend to molest little girls.
On the other hand, non-gay Christians ignore this passage because if pais, in this context, means beloved or same sex lover, it places Jesus in the position of healing a man in a same sex sexual relationship and praising the faith of the same sex partner, without condemning the relationship.
It is interesting that modern Christians shy away from the historical meaning of pais because they cannot imagine Jesus condoning a same sex relationship. Yet modern Christians have no problem accepting that Jesus condoned the master-slave relationship in this story.
Some Christians object that pais in the Bible could never mean beloved or same sex lover because that would imply that Jesus condoned pederasty, love between an adult male and a younger male.
However, pais in the context of Matthew 8 and Luke 7, does not indicate illicit love between an adult male and a child. No decent person would condone such behavior and neither Matthew nor Jesus condoned child abuse in these passages." - Gay Christian 101, p. 194.
Gays and lesbians are not pedophiles any more than heterosexuals are child molesters. Pedophiles represent a sick and depraved group that every decent person, gay or non-gay, condemns.
It is wrong for anti-gay christians to compare gays and lesbians to pedophiles. Christian integrity requires folks who make that comparison to stop because it is not true and someday, all Christians will stand before the judgment seat of Christ to give account to God, 1 Cor 3.Return to Gay Christian FAQ Page.
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