Eunuchs and “Full Inclusion”


Source: Eunuchs and “Full Inclusion”


I found this link very interesting reading – especially as my own understanding of Matthew 19, verses 12 and 13 includes the possibility that, in speaking of what Jesus here calls ‘eunuchs who are so from their mother’s womb’ may actually include – not only people physically or mentally incapable of procreation, but also those whose innate sexual orientation in homosexual, rather than that of the predominantly heterosexual person.

In all the recent – and ancient – arguments about human sexuality, this section of St.Matthew’s Gospel seems to have been either overlooked or, by the naysayers on intrinsic homosexual orientation; discounted; seemingly as a discredited pericope because of its not being found in the proto-Gospel of Mark. Now, it seems to me that arguments on that front – from the upholders of Sola scriptura, for whom every word of Scripture is what they call ‘God-breathed’ – are a cop-out, not worthy of the seriousness with which they consider the rest of Scripture.

Consider, also, that the different types of eunuch, described by Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel were mentioned after his criticism of heterosexual infidelity, and you’ll soon understand that Jesus could have been drawing a parallel between those whose inborn sexual nature was capable of procreation (the majority) and another distinct class of people for whom this was not a prospect – either by their own design; by the action of others against them; or – and this is the point of my argument in this post – because of their instinctual sexual attraction to their own gender:  “FROM THEIR MOTHER’S WOMB”.  It should be noted that Jesus, here, makes no value judgement on any eunuch because of their inability to procreate.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand


About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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2 Responses to Eunuchs and “Full Inclusion”

  1. I totally agree with and support (1) your referencing this passage from Matthew and (2) your interpretation. Thank you. I’ve often wondered why we don’t see this.more often.

    Rosalie Krajci,

  2. kiwianglo says:

    Thanks, Rosalie, I first encountered this interpretation in a Book, whose title and authorship I do not now remember; by, I think, an American Roman Catholic priest in the 1980s. It occurred to me that this was more than a possible explanation of the text. Agape, Fr. Ron

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