Matthew 8:5-7, Homosexuality and the Bible, Part VI of VIII
And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, and saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
//Question 4 of 5: What did Jesus think about same-sex partners?
I promised that today I’d discuss what Jesus himself has to say about homosexuality. The answer is…
Nothing. Jesus has nothing to say at all. Yet there is one event which might actually shed light on how Jesus felt. It is in Matthew 8:5-13, and in Luke 7:1-10, where Jesus heals a centurion’s servant who is dying. The Greek word used for “servant” is “pais.”
According to some Bible scholars, this word pais almost always had a sexual connotation. Others say only sometimes. It also hints that the centurion’s “servant” was a youth. In any case, it leaves open the real possibility that the centurion’s servant was his young lover.
“Pais” may be the root word of pederasty, a word discussed earlier, but a twist … a “beloved” youth. The youth is also described in this story as highly-valued. Was it pure love, rather than a sex-slave relationship? Is that why the centurion was so desperate that the young man be healed? Is that why Jesus had no words of rebuke?
This is admittedly not a strong argument, since it relies on a deeper study of Biblical Greek than I am capable of, yet if there is any hint at all in scripture about how Jesus felt about same-sex relationships, this is it. No condemnation, only respect and compassion.