Over at CNN there is an excellent article on dismantling the clean image of Jesus. Literally speaking, Jesus was dirty. He suffered human problems, which could include things such as dysentery.
One paragraph reads:
To that end, I suggested recently to several astounded colleagues of mine that Jesus actually had to go to the bathroom, perhaps even on the side of the road between Capernaum and Jerusalem.
Although true, this instantly reminded me that some early Gnostics (Valentinus) thought Jesus did not go to the bathroom:
He was continent, enduring all things. Jesus digested divinity; he ate and drank in a special way, without excreting his solids. He had such a great capacity for continence that the nourishment within him was not corrupted, for he did not experience corruption.
He also was always holy, just, honest, and loving. But not always NICE. Thank God.
Interesting article Christopher.
My take is that Jesus being ‘the last Adam’ certainly went to the bathroom, meaning he was completely human; only perfect like Adam was before his disobedience. That’s why I don’t believe Jesus could have ever had dysentery.
Some of the other things in the article do seem very logical. He was a carpenter; Isaiah says of him ‘and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him’.
So of course he sweated when he worked or traveled, he became tired, had no patience with hypocrites (though he gave them every opportunity to change their behavior) in short; Jesus didn’t look like the picture many churches paint of him.
The scriptures are very clear on this.
Btw I like the way you tackle these points!
Thanks for sharing your insights on this blog.
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