Dan Brown’s novel, The Da Vinci Code, promotes the idea that Jesus married and had a child with Mary Magdalene and that the Holy Grail of legends was not a chalice but a child, the Holy Blood line.
Does it matter if Jesus married Mary Magdalene? If that scenario were a proven fact, it would not hurt my faith. However, it is not mentioned in the Bible. Jesus is shown to be totally human in the Gospels. He ate, slept, and wept. He was angry, sad, happy, and disappointed. If Jesus were married, the Gospel writers would have told us. Even if the Gospels did not tell us, Paul would have had a perfect opportunity to tell us in 1 Corinthians 9:4,5, “Don’t we have the right to food and drink? Don’t we have the right to take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Cephas (Peter)?” Paul’s argument would have been even stronger to state, “And the Lord Jesus himself took Mary.”
Furthermore, there is no historical evidence that Jesus had entered into a marital relationship. Even the passages in the Gnostic Gospels do not say such a thing. Some scholars may say the Gnostic Gospels do, but that does not make it true. Let me quote all three passages in the Gnostic Gospels from which this false idea of Jesus’ marriage comes.
The Gospel of Philip, written around 250 AD in Syria by an unknown author, states, “There were three who always walked with the Lord: Mary, his mother, and her sister, and Magdalene, the one who was called his companion. His sister and his mother and his companion were each a Mary.”
Later in the Gospel of Philip it states, (note that […] is marking where the document fragments are missing or eligible), “And the companion of the […] Mary Magdalene. […] loved her more than all the disciples, and used to kiss her often on her mouth. The rest of the disciples […]. They said to him ‘Why do you love her more than all of us?’ The Savior answered and said to them, ‘Why do I not love you like her? When a blind man and one who sees are both together in darkness, they are no different from one another. When the light comes, then he who sees will see the light, and he who is blind will remain in darkness.’”
Jesus’ love for Mary, even according to the Gnostics, was not of marriage but of devotion to His teaching.
The passage in the Gospel of Mary can be understood in the same way when it states, “Peter said to Mary, ‘Sister we know that the Savior loved you more than the rest of woman. Tell us the words of the Savior which you remember which you know, but we do not, nor have we heard them.’”
That’s it! There is NO other historical evidence that scholars use to prove that Jesus and Mary were married and bore a child.
Are you going to believe the Gnostic writings which were written 220 years after Jesus, or believe Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John which were written 20 to 60 years after Jesus?
The next question: What are the Gnostic Gospels?