The LGBTQI Community – Love is Love
Jesus’ contemporaries, and some religious leaders of the early twenty-first century, use the physical as a reference point for their teachings—they are wrong to do so. When a Catholic person is encouraged to state that they are not worthy of Jesus, they harm their soul. They are denying their link to the Father/Source. In the Catholic Mass, the congregation replies to the priest’s proclamation of the Communion Host (bread that has become the body of Christ—for Catholics), with the statement: ‘Lord I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.’ This statement goes against the teachings of Jesus, who reminds us on many occasions (in the Gospel of Thomas) that we are like Him, we are His kin and intimately connected to Him. In making such a statement, these people deny this connection. This declaration comes from the belief that the flesh rules over the soul. This statement also infers that the soul is a victim of the flesh, it has been overpowered. These false perceptions stem from the notion that the God of Abraham has punished humans for Adam’s transgression. This is untrue. The flesh and this realm are of their own nature and needs, and we, the soul, are of another nature. We should appreciate that this recitation comes to us from what a centurion said about his beloved servant. We are given a new perspective when we see it in the context of what came before and after this verse. In Matthew 8 we find:
5 When he went into Capernaum a centurion came up and pleaded with him.
6 ‘Sir,’ he said, ‘my servant is lying at home paralysed and in great pain.’
7 Jesus said to him, ‘I will come myself and cure him.’
8 The centurion replied, ‘Sir, I am not worthy to have you under my roof; just give the word and my servant will be cured.
9 For I am under authority myself and have soldiers under me; and I say to one man, “Go,” and he goes; to another, “Come here,” and he comes; to my servant, “Do this,” and he does it.’
10 When Jesus heard this he was astonished and said to those following him, ‘In truth I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found faith as great as this.
[Verse 8 has emphasis added to highlight its relevance to this commentary]
Verse 8 becomes contentious when one looks at the actual event. The centurion, under great threat to his position of leadership, is clearly asking for his male servant to be cured. We may glean from this that Jesus understood there to be a special relationship between the two men. He made this assumption because the centurion was making a perilous request. Yet Jesus would eagerly go to their house and heal this man. This redresses the orthodox Christian beliefs about gay relationships. After the centurion’s request Jesus makes an observation, something that is very telling about His community. Jesus states that nobody He had met up to that point had as much faith as that centurion. The centurion believed in Jesus’ words, he did not need His physical presence. There is an inference that the gentiles were more capable of understanding Jesus’ message, because His contemporaries were tainted by their belief in a stern, patriarchal god—a god that demanded sacrifices and adherence to the Law. The centurion’s faith was enough to cure his beloved servant. This is what Jesus was trying to convey throughout His ministry—faith is an intangible force that can overcome the obstacles people meet within this realm. The belief that we are not worthy is an obstacle to being free of suffering. Jesus told the centurion He would come to his house and cure his servant, because love and compassion have no barriers.
We cannot judge ourselves on the measure of this realm and its weaknesses—this is a sin. Knowledge about the Father’s Kingdom and what we are based on the physical world is harmful to the soul. With a mind full of guilt, shame, and a sense of not being worthy, we are inclined to deny our intimate connection and kinship with Jesus. It is a principal crime, which religious leaders have inflicted on successive generations. Their antiquated attitude and beliefs must be left aside for the truth to light the way. The truth is that where there is knowledge, there is Light—no fear, only connectedness, peace, and love.
When one is allowed to enter upon oneself (explore what the human soul is) then one is given the keys to truth. Those who are in positions of authority and have not explored themselves lead others astray (Thomas 67). They use outdated traditions and dogma to substantiate their own position, but the reality of the Father’s Kingdom does not support their teachings. Asking which of the major religions has caused the least amount of conflict in the world gets us closer to an idea of what is at the centre of Jesus’ message. The answer is a faith system that is closest to the heart of these teachings—Buddhism. Though there are variations within Buddhism, as there are in Christian denominations, it essentially teaches that all beings desire to end suffering and be at peace. To attain this state of contentment, we must respect each other’s lives and experiences and recognise the root cause of suffering (see commentary for Thomas 7). The problem with some Buddhist faiths is that they have been affected by the physical world. While adherents want to become enlightened this desire in itself becomes an obstacle. Desire in Buddhist teaching is seen as an obstacle to reaching the objective of enlightenment. These denominations of Buddhism have delved into mystic practices and worship of deities, to ensure a fortunate afterlife or rebirth. They have strayed from Buddha’s original teachings, allowing their desire to control what happens after death to change the primary canon. Desire is born of this world—the desire to survive, the desire to have physical comforts and pleasure, and so on. Jesus’ teachings are a gentle yoke (Thomas 90), they show people that they are two distinct things. Humans are first and foremost a soul that is blind to truth, until they seek it out. Secondly, they are in a physical body that has its own requirements. When people recognise what they really are and how the soul grows, they become joined to Jesus and the Father/Source, through the Holy Spirit.
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