mrshumphreys wrote:ETA: I guess this doesn't really belong here unless we make it about religion so... I don't know. Mary Magdalene, why is she such a polarizing figure? Opinions? Go.
It's quite simple really. Mary Magdalene (who was NEVER a prostitute..THAT idea originates in one of Pope Gregory the Great's more bone-headed comments) was Jesus's most famous female disciple. She was the first PERSON to see the Risen (post-Crucifixion) Christ.
Now, SOME writers have suggested that she was Christ's WIFE (or, at least, that they had sexual relations--ever see the Da Vinci Code? Or read the book? That was based on Baigent, Lee, and Lincoln's earlier (NON-fiction) book HOLY BLOOD, HOLY GRAIL.
(Both books AND the movie are available from Amazon.com)
And an awful lot of Christians (not just the Catholics) have a problem with the idea that Jesus might have married and that He might have had children.
There is NOTHING to prove either that He did or that He didn't. But it would be very unusual for a Jewish male of His time to be UNMARRIED. That's one thing about it.
BUT..if they W@ERE married and IF they had children then there might be descendents of those children living today.
Now, if Jesus were just a MAN (good and wise teacher, etc) that's not a problem.
BUT if He is the Son of God incarnate then His descendents create a HUGE problem for the Church. Because who should be in charge? Some former member of the Hitler Youth or the semi-divine descendent of Jesus?
So they fight back and forth about all these things. Actually, though, Mary wasn't Jesus' wife (or his girlfriend) the guy in the Da Vinci painting with Jesus IS "John the Beloved" you must remember that Jesus was called (among other things) "Son of David" and David and Jonathan of OLD were VERY close