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  • Been a while since I watched the film or read the book, but I definitely remember having to pass a picket line of mad christians on my way into the cinema.

    As I recall, their major problem was with the sequence where Jesus imagines what his life could have been like if he had ignored his religious calling. He imagines marrying Mary and one scene shows him having sex with her.

    I never understood why this annyed the christians so much as (as far as I can recall) nowhere in the bible does it say that Jesus was either unmarried or celibate.
    • ...but if we take it as read that Jesus was celibate and unmarried, it doesn't matter. The movie doesn't say he was married or uncelibate!
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      rjbs
      • Actually since there is no mention of a wife, then we have to infer that he was unmarried and being unmarried he would have been celibate because the only "good" sex is in the context of marriage according the word of God and he would have been bound by that.

        And no, it doesn't matter a flip because IT'S A MOVIE.

        • Actually since there is no mention of a wife, then we have to infer that he was unmarried

          Actually, I don't think that we do.

          Firstly, pretty much every religious leader was married at that time. If Jesus hadn't been then that would have been unusual enough to have been mentioned in the gospels.

          Secondly, at the time women (particularly wives) we're very highly regarded so it would unsurprising if Jesus's wife wasn't mentioned.

          Thirdly, doesn't John's gospel keep mentioning "the disciple that Jesus lo

          • While women may not have been highly regarded by "man" that isn't so with "God" as there are many women mentioned in the OT and NT in pretty significant roles.

            Every Jewish Rabbi would have been married (probably) but Jesus was NOT a Rabbi (except in a teaching role). Traditions encouraging a dedicated single life also existed elsewhere in Judaism. Members of the ascetic Jewish sect of the Essenes were known for their emphasis on celibacy. All of Jesus' family is mentioned in scripture yet his "wife" would

      • Oh absolutely. The film only says that on the cross he might have considered what it would have been like to have been married and uncelibate.

        So, yes, like you I find it really hard to see what the christians find so upsetting in this film.