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I can't really sleep though feeling so exhausted. Just wanted to share something which I read from the Telegraph in the section of Religious Affairs (March 2, 2012). It is under the topic of Jesus may Have been a Hermaphrodite. This statement was made by a Feminist theologian, Dr. Susannah Cornwall of the Manchester University's Lincoln Theological Institute in her blog.
She claimed that it is "simply a best guess" that Jesus Christ was male. Her comments actually raised fury in some parts of British society and it was published in response to the debate about women bishops in the Church of England. She made a research under the topic of "Intersex & Ontology: A Response to the Church, Women Bishops and Provision" where there was an argument that it is not possible to know "with any certainty" that Jesus did not suffer from an intersex condition with both male and female organs. She further says that it is not possible to assert with any degree of certainty that Jesus was as we now define maleness.
She argues that there is no way of knowing for sure Jesus didn't have one of the intersex conditions which would give him a body which appeared externally to be unremarkably male, but which might nonetheless have had some hidden female physical features. She posed the arguments that Jesus is not recorded to have had children and it made his gender status "even more uncertain". She mentions more that we cannot know for sure that Jesus was male since we do not have a body to examine and analyze so it could only be that Jesus' masculine gender role, rather than his male sex, is having to bear the weight of all this authority.
What I Think
Jesus Christ is a prophet of Islam and I have faith in him as an appointed messenger of the Lord to mankind before the seal of prophethood was sent. Many Europeans or Americans might not aware about this fact because they only know about a focused figure in Islam which is prophet Muhammad s.a.w. Prophet Muhammad s.a.w is a seal of the prophethood to mankind from Semites' area while Jesus Christ is the portal to the Resurrection. If the Church of England feels insinuated by this blasphemous claim of the feminist theologian, I feel it more because this noble prophet of the God has always to bear the insults made by ignorant who claim themselves as academicians.
When reading this article, I doubt on how these people being qualified to be teachers in institutions? Regarding feminism, its not only the adherents of the Church of England who brought these blasphemy toward a holy prophet or their "god" but in Muslim society ourselves we have these kind of people. I am not against any women organization or movement but we need to understand one thing. The Lord created us with different functions. Women function like women while men function like men. He created everything with its own function and we have varieties in ourselves. It goes to the role too. I had discussions with converts to Islam from Europe, from Germany and also with non-Muslims and we talked about many sensitive issues including about women role in religious institutions and also about genders. I could say that I am quite open even when I listened to people insulting noble prophets because I assume them as talking without using their mind but some of the people who claim themselves as religious could talk something like this and claiming this as academic, it makes me feel funny, lol...
Last time I helped my friend to type the interview for feminist project in our institution about the role of women as jurists in Shari'a court in Penang. The Shari'a judge who was interviewed said that women are not prohibited from being a jurist but we are talking about the faith in which about the responsibility burden where a jurist must bear on his or her shoulders. He told the interviewers about some cases that he had to face where people anathematized him when they are not satisfied with the result and it is also psychologically influencing their life. It sparks up in my mind though as a non-Christian that just because she wants to justify women bishops in her church, she brought this stupid argument in academic names, ahahahaha. This is a disgrace toward academics and I feel offended because I have to make a very detailed research under the supervision of a feminist lecturer while this lady could just slip by and getting a doctorate with arguments like this. It's not wrong to be a feminist, masculinist, or transvestitist we wanted to be but I don't think that this is necessary.
The general argument is like any historical figure be it man or woman who did not have children or display his or her genitalia may have been a hermaphrodite. Maybe after this, those guys who are not married and have no children because they have no sexual history with different gender could be classified as hermaphrodite through a guess by "academicians". This is pathetic and it is a topic of an academic paper... I think I would love to study about snails, lolllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll.
Lord Allah please bless noble prophet Jesus a.s wherever he is, I am waiting for His second coming. Prayer for blessings upon prophets and messengers of Allah. Our respect to His noble and holy prophets and messengers from sage Adam a.s to Muhammad s.a.w.
Prayers for mercy, peace, and love, amin!