[Marxism] Evil Bible

Shane Mage shmage at pipeline.com
Wed Jul 14 13:11:34 MDT 2010

On Jul 14, 2010, at 2:18 PM, Louis Proyect wrote:
> http://www.evilbible.com/

This silly site contains the following:

     Jesus also promoted the idea that all men should castrate  
themselves to go to heaven:  "For there are eunuchs, that were so born  
from their mother's womb: and there are eunuchs, that were made  
eunuchs by men: and there are eunuchs, that made themselves eunuchs  
for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let  
him receive it."  (Matthew 19:12 ASV)  I don't know why anyone would  
follow the teachings of someone who literally tells all men to cut off  
their privates.

Leaving aside the vexed question of which Gospel quotes, and how much  
of each, are actual parts of a real oral tradition and not inventions  
by the Pauline authors of the canonical gospels, it is absolutely  
clear (I recently saw this pointed out, but I don't recollect the  
source) that "eunuchs, that were so born from their mothers' wombs"  
cannot conceivably be castrated men, because virtually no XYchromosome  
bearers are born without external sex organs and in the rarissime case  
of such a defective male being born it would, in the ancient world,  
have been exposed at birth.  Whatever Aramaic term was translated  
through Koine Greek into Jacobean English, such "eunuchs" could only  
be men of an unambiguously homosexual orientation.  The Greeks, Jews,  
and Romans held the self-castrated devotees of Kybele in contempt (see  
"The Golden Ass" of Apuleius) and no antisemite or antiChristian in  
the ancient world ever accused the followers of Jesus of such a thing.

Of course, one might argue (Morton Smith?) that in praising men who  
"make themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven," perhaps like the  
youth who "ran naked from His bed," Jesus was advocating a "homosexual  
life style;"  a view which, true or false, is much more in accord with  
the teachings of Jesus than most of what nowadays goes by that name.

Shane Mage

  Porphyry in his Abstinance from Animal Flesh suggests that there
  are appropriate offerings to all the Gods, and to the highest the
only offering acceptable is silence.

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