Even The Apostles Had Sex!

The Bible Outright Says The Apostles Had Sex!

Could it really be that the Bible says that the Apostles had sex?! In 1. Cor. 9, Paul wrote about the rights of the Apostles. This chapter is much less idealistic than chapter 7. In Chapter 7 Paul gave some short term advice for the imminent return of Christ. This is explicitly explained in Greetings from Paradise in the chapter ‘The Letters’. 1. Cor. 9, on the other hand, deals with a complaint by the congregation against the Apostles, in other words, it deals with a real life problem of the time within the Christian community. The complaint by the Corinthian Community is not preserved but, from reading this chapter, it becomes clear that all the Christian women of Corinth wanted to have sex with the cool dude Apostles when they came to town and the Corinthian men had become jealous. Paul justified that the Apostles shall be taken care of and put up by the congregations which they visited. The core of the justification is (verse 11), ‘If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?’ The word for carnal is ‘sarkika’ which is related to the skin. This word refers to pleasant touches, not to food, as some other Bible translations imply, or other necessities of the body (Greek: soma).

Also the remainder of 1. Cor. 9 makes it clear that the Apostles had sex! One of the examples which Paul gives is (verse 5), ‘Have we not power to lead about a sister, a woman (it does not say wife!), as well as other Apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?’ Sister meant a woman of the Christian faith, not a child of the Apostle’s parents. The Apostles had sex, but not with their biological sisters. Obviously an Apostle would not want to travel with a woman who rejected the Christian faith.

This sister certainly was not a just a house or camp keeper since the Apostles travelled without any luxuries. When Jesus sent forth his disciples, he clearly instructed them to take nothing on their journeys, not even a change of clothes (Matt. 10: 9 & 10; Mark 6: 8 & 9; Luke 9: 3; Luke 10: 4)! The woman in 1. Cor. 9: 5 was certainly not there for house or camp keeping duties.

The other Apostles did the same including the brothers of the Lord and Cephas. Cephas is the Aramaic word for ‘rock’. Aramaic is the language, which Jesus is actually reported to have spoken. When Jesus said in Matt. 16: 18,That thou art Peter (petros, the Greek word for rock), and upon this rock I will build my church, …’ he probably said, ‘That thou art Cephas, and upon this Cephas ….’ In John 1: 42, Jesus calls Peter explicitly Cephas. The verse says, ‘“Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.’ The Greek word for ‘stone’ at the end is ‘petros’. Whether the person mentioned in 1. Cor. 9: 5 is Peter is slightly controversial. I think it is most likely, since he is the only Apostle whom Paul mentioned by name. In any case, he must have been a well famous Apostle of highest authority.

This famous Apostle travelled with a woman for ‘carnal things’. The Apostles had sex! Was he married to her? Peter, Simon as he was then still called, had a woman, before he joined Jesus (Mark 1: 30), but this could hardly be the same woman. When this Christian woman for carnal things would be pregnant, would she still travel with him? Most of the time the Apostles walked or travelled by ship. Would he travel with an infant, that still was sucking the mother’s breasts? 1. Cor. 7: 32, ‘But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:’ Would these children of the Apostles be brought up in the Christian community? Would they have been brought up without the original sin, i.e. without the ‘knowledge’ of who the father actually was? Maybe in some instances it was known, in particular when an Apostle was the father. If a sisterly woman travelled with an Apostle probably for several months, when she came home or was left in another Christian community pregnant it was pretty clear who the father was.

However all this may have been, it is clear from 1. Cor. 9 that the Apostles had sex!!!

To finish off, I want to show you a picture painted by Rembrandt in 1661 (My main purpose in including this picture is to improve the ranking of this page for search engines, but do have a look and see what you think.):

The Apostles Had Sex 

It is called St. Matthew and the Angel.

What kind of angel was that? The Greek word angelos and the Hebrew word mal’ak just mean messenger. They usually were warriors. In Gen. 32: 3 & 6 Jacob sent messengers to Esau to find out whether Esau still would be his enemy. In verse 1 of the same chapter the same word has been translated as angels of God. The addition ‘of God’ was added in Hebrew, since these were messengers of God, while the ones in the later verses were messengers of Jacob, just men. Later, Angels were depicted with wings, probably since they had to be able to ascend to heaven to get into contact with God. But then the image of the Angel changed into a beautiful female person, a view still prevalent in much of today’s society.

Was this change brought about because women were seen as bringing on divine feelings, a feeling of the presence of God? There is more on this thought in ‘Where Did Abraham’s Servant Put His Hand?’ and also in Greetings from Paradise in the chapter ‘Ecstasy.’

The ‘angel’ in this picture certainly does not look like a warrior and who knows on what basis Rembrandt made him or her look like this beautiful woman. Apparently, it was common knowledge that the Apostle Matthew died on the way to India and that his remains were buried on the North – Eastern shore of Lake Issyk – Kul in Kyrgyzstan, a place today under water. Others claim that he is buried in Salerno, Italy. Who knows what other pieces of ‘information’ there were well known in those day which inspired the picture above.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Amen!