So said a blog a couple days ago.
In the account of Jesus healing the Centurion’s servant the author of the blog says:
“The Greek word used in Matthew’s account to refer to the servant of the centurion is pais. In the language of the time, pais had three possible meanings depending upon the context in which it was used. It could mean “son or boy;” it could mean “servant,” or it could mean a particular type of servant — one who was “his master’s male lover.” Often these lovers were younger than their masters, even teenagers.”
Well, there you go. This was obviously a homosexual relationship between a man and a boy. Someone in a position of power owned a youth who was used for sex. That it was a homosexual relationship is clear to anyone who - well - you know who it’s clear to. Three possible interpretations are available to us and the sexually perverted one is the obvious choice to the author of this blog.
But let’s assume for a moment that this author is correct; that the Centurion’s “servant” was actually his sexual toy. Jesus healed the servant. According to the author, this means that Jesus affirms homosexual, bi sexual and paedophile relationships. After all, if it was accepted as normal in Roman civilization, why should we discriminate now?
Is that what Jesus’ healing means?
Did Jesus only heal those whose lifestyles He approved?
How about demon possession?
Thieves and traitors
Are we to assume that lepers led otherwise sinless lives?
How about the sick man at Bethesda
The Official’s son at Capernaum
The crippled woman
The blind men
The Canaanite woman’s daughter
We have over thirty documented healings that Jesus brought about and the Gospels state further that Jesus healed “everyone who came to him.” The author of this blog insinuates that by doing so, Jesus is affirming the lifestyle of those He healed.
It’s the kind of immature theology that says, If good things are happening in our lives, then it’s a sign that God must approve of what we're doing.
The Bible is clear that Jesus’ love for us is not determined by our lifestyle. Jesus’ offer to forgive us is NOT dependent on His approval or affirmation of how we’re living. On several occasions, Jesus is recorded as healing someone and then saying to the person just healed, “Now stop your life of sin,” and in one case He added, “Or something even worse will happen to you.”
Jesus’ love is given in spite of how we’re living, in spite of our wretchedness and sinfulness. "While we were still sinners, Jesus died for us."
So why would this author put such a spin on this account of Jesus’ healing?
Titus 1:15 - To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.
Matthew 12:34 - “How can you who are evil say anything good. For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The evil man brings evil out of the evil that is stored up in him. But I tell you that you will have to give account on the day of Judgement for every careless word you have spoken. Words can be your salvation, or words can also be your damnation.”