I love that headline. No matter what the Pope really said we all know how the media wanted to and did portray it. Similarly, when it comes to the Bible and what it says, people are going to believe what they want to believe. The following is from Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse and I highly recommend taking a couple of minutes to read it.
Breaking: Jesus of Nazareth Softens Jewish Stance Against Prostitution
Are the Hebrews finally getting with the times and joining the Roman Empire? …This is how I respond to people who are concerned about the Pope’s recent comments on atheists.
Many of my Evangelical friends have asked me what I think of the controversy over Pope Francis supposedly saying that atheists can be saved. This is my answer.
The Roman Guardian: Eastern Mediterranean edition
The headlines swirled around the Levant as itinerant preacher Jesus of Nazareth reportedly excuses both prostitutes and the men who frequent them. The latest controversy came when Jesus, whose followers believe is the Son of God, retold the story of a family whose younger son had squandered the family inheritance with prostitutes.
Roman observers speculate that this is a sign of a new openness to Roman social mores.
Lucius Gaius Paterculus, spokesman for the Herod Administration, said, “We have always found these Hebrews amusing, with all their sexual hang-ups. This is the Roman Empire; they need to get with the times. Prostitution is not so bad. Maybe this Jesus preacher will turn the tide and lead these backward people into the modern world.”
Earlier this spring, Jesus created a sensation when he protected an alleged adulteress, and even broke bread with her.