South African Pastor Xola Skosana told his Sunday congregation recently their lord and savior — that Jesus guy — was HIV-positive. Why the hell not?
“Today I will start with a three-part sermon on: Jesus was HIV-positive,” South African Pastor Xola Skosana recently said in a Sunday church service. The words initially stunned his congregation in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha township into silence, and then set tongues wagging in churches across the country. Some Christians have been outraged, saying he is portraying Jesus as sexually promiscuous.
HIV is mainly transmitted through sex, but can also be spread through needle-sharing, contaminated blood, pregnancy and breastfeeding.
However, as Pastor Skosana told those gathered in the modest Luhlaza High School hall for his weekly services, in many parts of the Bible Jesus put himself in the position of the destitute, the sick and the marginalised. “Wherever you open the scriptures Jesus puts himself in the shoes of people who experience brokenness. Isaiah 53, for example, clearly paints a picture of Jesus who takes upon himself the infirmities and the brokenness of humanity,” he told the BBC.
So Jesus contracted the virus, which scientists do not believe was transmitted to humans until the late 1800s at the earliest, by hanging around the sick and downtrodden? Or did he get it from drinking the Virgin Mary’s breast milk? Or did God infect Mary, who passed it on during birth? Or maybe Jesus was sexually promiscuous and contracted it at a brothel, and thus we are dying for his sins! So many questions answered only by hyperbole — just like the Bible! [BBC]