Presentation on theme: "The Holy kiss There are a total of five references to greeting by kiss, all found in the “salute” section: Romans 16: 16; I Corinthians 16: 20; 2 Corinthians."— Presentation transcript:
The Holy kiss There are a total of five references to greeting by kiss, all found in the “salute” section: Romans 16: 16; I Corinthians 16: 20; 2 Corinthians 13: 12; I Thessalonians 5: 26; and I Peter 5: 14.
The Holy Kiss 16: Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you. (Rom. 16.) 20: All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss. (I Cor. 16.) 12: Greet one another with an holy kiss. (2 Corinthians 13.) 26: Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss. (I Thes- salonians 5.) 14: Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen. (I Peter 5.)
The Holy Kiss Questions regarding the holy kiss: 1.Are Paul and Peter binding the kiss on all Christians, in all cultures, and for all ages? 2.If universally binding, how do we determine how to administer the kiss (neck, cheek, lips, etc., left to own preference)? 3.If universally binding, is the kiss generally practiced in gender segregation? 4.Is the holy kiss simply attempting to require salutation without binding a particular form and then regulating the then prevailing form? (“Holy,” “kiss of love.”)
The Holy Kiss “There was to be an absence of formality and hypocrisy, a freedom from prejudice arising from social distinctions, from discrimination against the poor, from partiality towards the well-to-do. In the churches masters and servants would thus salute one another without any attitude of condescension on the part of or disrespect on the other. The kiss took place between persons of the same sex” (Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, by W. E. Vine).
The Holy Kiss “Kissing. Guests in Holy Land homes expect to be kissed as they enter. When entertained by a Pharisee, Jesus commented on his reception by saying to him, ‘Thou gaveth me no kiss’ (Luke 7: 45). The difference between the Oriental and the Occidental way of greeting each other is made clear by one who lived in Palestine many years. ‘Here men shake hands when they meet and greet, but in Palestine, instead of doing this, they place their right hand on their friend's left shoulder and kiss his right cheek, and then reversing the action, place their left hand on his right shoulder, and kiss his left cheek…’” (Manners and Customs of Bible Lands, pg. 74).
The Holy Kiss “Greeting, by means of a kiss, appears to have been a common practice in the early church, and to have been followed for some centuries after the beginning of the Christian area. The custom is mentioned by Justin Martyr, Tertullian…Augustine, and numerous other early writers….According to the historians of the early church, the abuses to which the practice would ordinarily lead were avoided by the separation of the sexes when the church assembled for worship, an arrangement inherited from the synagogue…” (A Commentary on the New Testament Epistles by Guy N. Woods, Vol. 7, pg. 136).
The Holy Kiss “Then let the men give the men, and the women give the women, the Lord’s kiss. But let no one do it with deceit, as Judas betrayed the Lord with a kiss” (The Constitutions of the Holy Apostles, Book 2, 57, page 422, Vol. 7, The Ante-Nicene Fathers).
The Holy Kiss “…Upon the whole, the view I prefer to take of the case is this: The apostle, by his injunction, did not create the custom; for it was prevalent at the time. He meant merely to purify it. He hence says, ‘Greet one another with a holy kiss.’ Only therefore where the custom exists, is his injunction applicable. Where the custom does not exist, his injunction is not designed to create it. He hence does not bind it upon us. If we do kiss, it must be a holy kiss; but we are not compelled to kiss…” (A Commentary on Romans, by Moses E. Lard, pg. 460).
The Holy Kiss Questions for those who believe the kiss is universally binding on all Christians (males/males; males/females): 1. Are you not troubled by the apparent lack of strong, decisive teaching in a binding circumstance? 2. How about the absence of specificity, if binding? 3. Do you view those who do not thus kiss as cold…? 4. Are you prepared to make the kiss a requirement or test of fellowship? 5. Do you have any concern at how incongruous the act of male/male kissing would appear in the U.S. and the possible effects of male/female kissing?