Now to your so called evidence:
I will display each of these passages and deal with them in turn…
1st Corinthians 9:5 “5 Have we not power to carry about a woman, a sister, as well as the rest of the apostles, and the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?”
Paul certainly had the right…but he, in obedience to the very words of Christ chose not to. We know that he was unmarried and this just simply points up the fact that at least one apostle (that we know of for sure) chose and lived a celibate life. This really cuts both ways, but does not help your case anymore than it helps mine. I feel that it shows a case FOR celibacy as much as it shows that some of the apostles and early Bishops were marraied… this certainly DOES support my case that there are valid scripitural reasons for celibate clergy reagardless of the change that teh deformers brought about in the 1500’s because some of them couldn’t hack it… This only means that one should be very sure of his calling before making such a vow.
1st Timothy 3:2-12(dropped verse 1 as self evident)
"2 It behoveth therefore a bishop to be blameless, the husband of one wife, sober, prudent, of good behaviour, chaste, given to hospitality, a teacher, 3 Not given to wine, no striker, but modest, not quarrelsome, not covetous, but 4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all chastity. 5 But if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?
6 Not a neophyte: lest being puffed up with pride, he fall into the judgment of the devil. 7 Moreover he must have a good testimony of them who are without: lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. 8 Deacons in like manner chaste, not double tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre: 9 Holding the mystery of faith in a pure conscience. 10 And let these also first be proved: and so let them minister, having no crime.
11 The women in like manner chaste, (Nuns?) not slanderers, but sober, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons be the husbands of one wife: who rule well their children, and their own houses."
So what we see here is that St. Paul says that those who seek the office of bishop must be squared away in many things. This shows the sanctity of marriage and the importance of a good report with the non-believers…this still does NOT negate Christ’s own call to celibacy in the passages I gave you earlier…Nor St.Paul’s own statement to that effect that I also cited. you set up these straw mwn and then wanna tell me that this is the answer??? Sorry Xave…If Jesus and Paul BOTH hadn’t made these statements, then we’d have nothing to discuss…but your flat refusal to even acknowlege that my cited passages exist and that they are indeed scriptural mandates and guidelines (at least) is just “cherry picking” (as you call it). I’m not doin’ that at all…I have no questions about marriage and that some of the apostles were married…we have some married priests today and that is fine…