The everlasting same-sex union of Christ and the church

Just to follow up on my previous post, let’s look at another passage I touched on briefly yesterday.

On that day some Sadducees (who say there is no resurrection) came to Jesus and questioned Him, asking, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘ If a man dies having no children, his brother as next of kin shall marry his wife, and raise up children for his brother.’Now there were seven brothers with us; and the first married and died, and having no children left his wife to his brother; so also the second, and the third, down to the seventh. Last of all, the woman died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had her.”

But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.

So the Sadducees are trying to trap Jesus with a question about heterosexual unions after the resurrection, and Jesus’ answer is that heterosexual unions do not exist after the resurrection, because the nature of the resurrected people will have changed to make them like the angels. And Biblical angels, interestingly enough, are all male.

The above is Matthew’s account. Luke’s version is even more explicit:

Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage,but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; for they cannot even die any more, because they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.

Notice, no mention of sons and daughters of God. There is no heterosexual union in heaven because they are all sons. Mark’s account is terse, but makes the same point: there are no heterosexual unions in heaven, because man’s nature at that point is changed to be the same as that of the angels, who are all the same sex (at least as presented in the Scriptures). After all, it wouldn’t make much sense for Jesus to say, “No, there are no heterosexual unions among the resurrected, because they’re all heterosexual like the male and female angels.” The conclusion wouldn’t follow from the premise.

So the angels are uniformly male, just like the same-sex all-male Trinity that created them. Ultimately all of us who are to be resurrected are to be resurrected to be like the angels in form and nature, and specifically as same-sex beings, not as opposite sexes capable of forming enduring heterosexual unions.

What we have here is a male sexuality that is eternal and uncreated, since it is part of the eternal nature of the uncreated God. The only possible eternal and uncreated union, before the creation of the world, is a same-sex union—heterosexual unions can’t exist until the opposite sex exists, and the first one of those won’t have been created yet.

But not only is same-sex union the only possible union at the beginning of time, it’s the only possible union at the end of time as well. Heterosexual unions are not forever; they are merely created to reflect, in some imperfect way, the union that will one day exist when Christ and His Bride are all male, like the angels.

Maybe this isn’t what the writers of the Bible originally intended. But who knows? Maybe God, in His infinite wisdom, merely took advantage of their rampant, patriarchal misogyny to inspire them to reveal a deeper homosexual truth that they, in their carnal heterosexual lusts, could not openly countenance. Sure, they attributed a lot of homophobic disgust and hostility to Him, but we all know that they had an imperfect grasp of the deeper spiritual truths they they knew they didn’t know. And the pervasively same-sex nature of eternal unions, both human and divine, is pretty unmistakable once you notice that it’s there. Maybe this really is what God has been trying to tell us all along.