Most people have a certain image of Jesus Christ. One scholar believes everything isn’t as it seems, and his modern interpretation is facing serious backlash.
Elinor Reilly was a student at the College of the Holy Cross. She wrote a piece detailing the controversial teachings of Professor Tat-Siong Benny Liew for the Fenwick Review. Reilly described his teaching as an “unconventional approach to gender, sexuality, and race in the biblical texts” in various classes, as well as papers he has co-authored.
One of the papers she cited was They Were All Together In One Place: Towards Minority Biblical Criticism. Liew explained in this paper that Jesus was, in fact, a drag king, along with being the King of Israel.
Some people didn’t take well to the concept… like, at all:
Attacking Christianity again! How brave of you?
— Grant French (@SteelvalleyUKIP) March 29, 2018
The only dragging he did was of his own cross
— Space Force Intern (@ZFed116) March 29, 2018
This is just stupid, there is no clear indication of this anywhere in the bible and also it's clear it's a method to drive people away from the truth that Jesus is God
— (@TheThirdEyeNews) March 29, 2018
And that applies even more to those celebrating the upcoming Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter:
On Holy Thursday? In the most sacred week of the Christian calendar?
— Martin Thesage (@Zemi66) March 29, 2018
Liew has also implied that Jesus was not male, nor female, making him gender fluid, claiming that walking on water was a reference to “Jesus’ gender indeterminacy and hence his cross-dressing and other queer desires.”
There were plenty of negative reactions, from practically everyone:
Shameful article and I'm an atheist
— Julie (@JBP6575) March 30, 2018
Some non-religious folks focused on the entire bible being fiction, meaning anything goes:
It's all untrue, have you read the bible, walking on water, 2 of every animal on an ark, a talking snake. It's crazy fiction
— Andrew White (@Andrewiomwhite) March 29, 2018
I always had the feeling that God was a woman, but I don't believe in any these days though…
— Paul NEWON (@Jargbe) March 30, 2018
Will we be seeing Jesus on RuPaul’s Drag Race sometime soon?
— M&MonMove (@MichailMud) March 29, 2018