why Jesus never married

why jesus never married cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward
“Why Jesus Never Married” by David Hayward (ink on paper, 8″x8″)

(Many original cartoon drawings and prints are available, including this one! Email me if interested. Original drawings are $100 and prints are $25… plus shipping.)

I know it hit the news earlier this year that a fragment of an ancient original document was discovered suggesting that Jesus had a wife. And someone will suggest it was better for a woman to be married than not in that culture.

So… does this cartoon still work? I think so. If it gets you thinking.

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  • Jesus was married and had children.

  • I don’t think He did, largely because of the reason stated in the comic. He came to bring equality to the genders and marrying would have subjected His wife to the inequalities of the time…indeed it still hasn’t changed much in a lot of places.

  • Really?

    I thought it was because He was on a mission. To go the Cross and die for us.

  • Gary

    We don’t really know conclusively whether He was married or not, or whether He had any intimate relationships.

    I am ok with whatever He may have chosen…married or not.

  • Marsha Bailey

    I love the cartoon, David. That’s the #1 reason why I’m not married.

  • Kris

    I think that the belief he was celibate for many, not all, is that sex is a dirty thing us mortals do and Jesus would never lower himself to our standards. Same reason many people think Mary reamined a virgin forever and that virginity is equated with purity. These ideas are rooted in our puritanical view of sex which I think have made us all insane but I like the modern twist you take on it, David:)

  • Jeanne S.

    IMHO, If we, the Church is His Bride, then to me it doesn’t make sense that He was married.

  • Danny

    I thought he was celibate, and we wouldn’t have known if he was gay or straight because we was celibate. But there were many examples and points to be made from his celibacy.

  • Jeanne S.,

    Good comment! He was, and is married. To us!

  • Gary

    Many people simply cannot fathom the idea of Jesus having sexual relations. Something about the whole virginity equals purity notion as Kris suggested. Still I have read reasonably convincing arguments promoting the notion that Jesus would not have even been allowed to teach in the temple as a single man. Personally I think all of the arguments that Jesus MUST have been single and a virgin are based on nothing more than pure conjecture. I for one find the whole discussion fascinating. Fascinating both for the implications pertaining to Jesus as well as reasons why Christians are so compelled to declare He must have been a virgin in the first place.

  • Caryn LeMur

    Well… I think the ‘argument of silence’ is persuasive on the point of Jesus not having an earthly wife. Four gospel accounts do not mention a wife, and that ‘missing information’ would be an amazing oversight within a patriarchal society.

    The argument that Jesus is espoused (engaged) to the believers (the true ‘church’), and will be married to them during the Marriage Feast of the Lamb, is sufficient for me.

    But… if I change the cartoon, and make it about why Jesus would not take his wife to a church, then I can imagine Jesus saying, “Nope. I really can’t take my wife to a church. They are just too oppressive, especially with their pressure to conform to the church’s ‘rules for the wives’. I love her too much to take her there.”

    Food for thought?

    Much love in Christ always and unconditionally; Caryn

  • Gary

    Perhaps Caryn, but my understanding is that it would be very unlikely for a teacher to ever mention his wife in this patriarchal society. It was simply a sideline issue that would only distract from his teaching. The silence actually proves nothing since any such mention would have been seen as a lack of focus.

  • I think Jesus treatment of women would compare quite favorably with other founders of faiths’. It would even compare quite favorably with more modern (false) prophets, such as Swedenborg or Joseph Smith. Of the whole set, as a woman, I’d rather hang with Jesus any day.

  • Except for Mohammed. He took a wife when the little girl was only 6 and consummated that “marriage” when the girl was 9 years old.

  • Hey Steve… You are aware, aren’t you, that this was a mid-eastern tradition common for that entire region at that time, as well as Asia, and Africa, etc…?

  • That makes it better or more insightful, yes?

  • Gary

    No…it simply makes it a very distorted attempt at character assassination.

  • Kris

    Just because the Bible did not mention Jesus being married, does not mean he was not. There is a whole gap of time in Jesus’ life that we don’t know about. Did he have friends from childhood, was he a class clown, did his mom ever punish him? did he ever have a crush on a girl.?

    The Bible is a compilation of books. Books can be edited to get a certain point across or create an image of someone that is either accurate or inaccurate. I actually like the idea that Jesus may have been married. I believe that there is a mention of Jesus going home in one of the Gospels.

    And for the whole “Mohammed consummated a marriage with a 9 year old.” I don’t like it but what about all the pervs in the US who are turned on by kids? Are they all Muslim? What about the cults that are marrying girls off to much older men in the name of Christ? That type of behavior is not limited to one religion, that is the problem with the argument.