Examining the allegation that Jesus (pbuh) married an immoral woman - 2

17:27 - 2024/05/11

What is the relationship between the narrations of some of the Gospels about the marriage of Prophet Jesus (PBUH) with a wicked woman named "Mary Magdalene" to the issue of infallibility of the prophets?

 Jesus Christ (peace be upon him)

Examining the marriage of Jesus Christ

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Gospel narrations about Mary Magdalene:

To clarify the matter, we will state some of the traditions mentioned in this regard:

We read about the way Mary Magdalene met Jesus in the Gospel of John:

1.“ But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2. At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4. and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6. They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8. Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11. “No one, sir,” she said.  “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”[1]

There is no point in this story that contradicts his infallibility. The other fact is, that he refused to enforce the punishment of adultery against this woman is one of the powers that God has given to the prophets. As in Islam, there are cases where the Prophet Mohammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), considering the authority he had, exceeded the “Hadd” (divine law) that was on the shoulders of sinners, and called them to God.[2], [3]

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[1] The Gospel of John, chapter 8, sentences 1-11.

[2] Wasael al-Shia, vol. 28, p. 40.


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