Was Jesus married to Mary Magdalene (The Da Vinci Code)?

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By BibleAsk Team


Jesus and Mary Magdalene (The Da Vinci Code)

The idea that Jesus Christ was married to Mary Magdalene gained significant attention due to the fictional novel “The Da Vinci Code.” According to this novel, Christ was married to Mary Magdalene and had children. Mary Magdalene and Christ’s descendants were the “holy grail” that carries the blood of Christ. The Da Vinci Code is completely a fictional story which has no factual truths supporting it. 

This claim was promoted by a discovery of the fourth-century “Jesus’ wife papyrus.” In addition, while a couple of the Gnostic gospels mention Christ had a close relationship with this Mary , none of them specifically stated that Christ was married. These books have all been proven to be forgeries invented to create a Gnostic view of Christ.

The claim that Christ was married this Mary stands in stark contrast to biblical teachings and historical evidence. In this discourse, we will thoroughly examine the biblical arguments to demonstrate why Christ was not married, debunking the myth perpetuated by works of fiction. By drawing upon passages from the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible, we will dismantle the misconceptions surrounding this topic and reaffirm the scriptural truth.

Scriptural Silence on Christ’s Marital Status

One of the primary arguments against the notion of Christ being married is the absence of any explicit biblical reference to such a relationship. Throughout the New Testament, there is no mention of Christ having a wife.

Matthew 19:12 (NKJV): “For there are eunuchs who were born thus from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He who is able to accept it, let him accept it.” This verse, spoken by Christ Himself, acknowledges various states of celibacy, including those who choose to remain unmarried for the sake of serving God. If Christ were married, it would be highly unusual for the biblical authors to omit such a significant aspect of His life, especially considering the meticulous documentation of His ministry and teachings.

Christ’s Singular Focus on His Mission

Throughout the Gospels, the Savior’s primary focus is on fulfilling His mission of proclaiming the Kingdom of God, teaching, performing miracles, and ultimately offering Himself as a sacrifice for humanity’s salvation. There is no indication in Scripture that He was preoccupied with marital concerns or familial responsibilities. Mark 10:45 (NKJV): “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” This verse encapsulates the Savior’s singular purpose in coming to earth—to serve and to give His life as a ransom for humanity.

His entire ministry was centered on sacrificial love and redemption, rather than personal relationships or earthly pursuits. In light of the coming of God’s kingdom, and in light of His commitment to usher His kingdom, He chose to stay single so that nothing would interfere with His main ministry and work. It was not strange for certain religious figures to remain single in the Jewish traditions. Two famous Jewish writers from the first-century A.D., Philo and Josephus, mention that the Essenes, a group of apocalyptic Jews, who eagerly awaited God’s intervention in history, did not marry by choice.

The Nature of Christ’s Close Relationships

While the Gospels portray the Savior as having deep and meaningful relationships with various individuals, including His disciples and followers, there is no evidence to suggest that any of these relationships were romantic or marital in nature. John 13:23 (NKJV): “Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.” This verse refers to the disciple whom the Savior loved, traditionally identified as John, who shared a close bond with the Savior. However, this intimate relationship is understood within the context of discipleship and spiritual kinship, rather than romantic affection.

Mary’s Role as a Disciple and Witness

Mary Magdalene is a prominent figure in the Gospels, known for her unwavering devotion to the Savior and her role as a witness to His resurrection. However, there is no biblical evidence to support the notion that she was Christ’s wife. Luke 8:1-3 (NKJV): “Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him, and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities—Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons.”

This passage mentions this Mary as one of the women who accompanied Christ and His disciples, highlighting her deliverance from demonic oppression and her subsequent commitment to following the Savior. While Mary played a significant role in the Savior’s ministry, there is no indication that her relationship with Him extended beyond that of a devoted disciple.

Christ’s Unique Identity as the Son of God

Central to the Christian faith is the belief in Christ as the divine Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer of humanity. The idea of Him being married to Mary undermines His divine nature and the uniqueness of His mission. John 3:16 (NKJV): “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” This foundational verse encapsulates the essence of Christian belief—that the Savior is the only begotten Son of God, sent to redeem humanity through His sacrificial death and resurrection. The notion of Christ being married to this Mary detracts from His divine identity and the significance of His redemptive work on the cross.

Christ’s Final Instruction to John

If Jesus and Mary Magdalene had been married, then we should expect that He would have entrusted her into the care of the beloved disciple John at the cross, just as he did with his mother (John 19:27). The fact that Jesus didn’t give such a command is confirmation that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were not married.

Bible References to His Mother, Father and Siblings

Whenever the New Testament gospels refer to Jesus’ natural relatives, they speak only of his father, mother, and siblings, but never of a wife (Matthew 12:46-50; 1:18-24).

Conclusion

In conclusion, the assertion that Jesus Christ was married to Mary Magdalene, as propagated by works of fiction such as “The Da Vinci Code,” is unfounded and contrary to biblical teachings. The absence of any explicit biblical reference to Jesus’ marital status, coupled with the singular focus of His mission, the nature of His close relationships, and the unique identity of Jesus as the Son of God, all point to the conclusion that Jesus was not married during His earthly ministry. As believers, it is essential to rely on the authoritative teachings of Scripture and to discern truth from fiction, ensuring that our understanding of Jesus Christ aligns with the revealed Word of God.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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