My Dear Congregation,
I hope you all enjoyed this week’s devotion and I hope it gave you strength for the week. Now let us also have a look at
Titus 2: 3 & 4: The aged women likewise, that [they be] in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children.’
Now the last sentence is one of the most blatant mistranslations of the holy scripture. As explained in the link it should rather end in, ‘That they (aged women) sober up young men – lovers to be children – lovers.’
Paul did not write of young women he wrote of young men – lovers without any criticism but rather affectionately. Those should be children – lovers.
Could this mean, that these men – lovers had promiscuous sex and brought up their children together in the Christian community? Did you know that Even The Apostles Had Sex? According to 1. Cor. 9: 5, they travelled with a sisterly woman, not a sister as a wife and they reaped, according to verse 11 of the same chapter, from their congregations carnal things, the Greek word is sarkika, things related to the skin to pleasant touches! Would they travel with a pregnant woman or a woman with a baby? Most of the time the Apostles travelled on foot or by ship. As pointed out in Greetings from Paradise in the chapter on the Letters, the pregnant woman probably stayed with one of the congregations which the Apostle visited and she was cared for in Christian love by that congregation and her child was brought up there in the Christian faith.
Isn’t the common care for women and children a necessary prerequisite for a Christian to become a martyr with a good conscience? Once he would be dead his children still could live in the congregation as before, since they did not depend on him for their daily needs and they would be educated according to his own faith and ideals. In death he would still be still an example to all children. Children without fathers were cared for by the community in Christian love of the neighbour. And is this not a prerequisite for Christian or solidary behaviour still today? Isn’t a man forced to unsolidary behaviour when he has to provide for a family? Wouldn’t a woman whose social security depends on a single man always incite this one man to be unchristian, unsolidary and egotistical? In a letter dated 30. 11. 1524 Martin Luther wrote to a friend, Georg Spalatin, ‘I shall never take a wife, as I feel at present. Not that I am insensible to my flesh or sex (for I am neither wood nor stone); but my mind is averse to wedlock because I daily expect the death of a heretic.’ About half a year later he changed his mind.