What’s With The Kissing In The Bible?

David and Jonathan kissed.

Judas kissed Jesus.

Jesus commented once that the owner of the house didn’t greet him with a kiss.

Paul tells us to greet one another with a holy kiss.

What’s with all the kissing in the Bible? …

No. These are not examples of homosexuality within the Bible. …

A kiss between men was a sign of respect, mutual (non-romantic) affection, or admiration for a leader.

When Jonathan and David kiss it is not a romantic act. Both men are in a state of deep sorrow. David and Jonathan both learned the king of Israel, Jonathan’s father was serious about wanting to kill David. Jonathan and David saw each other as brothers and had a deep respect and brotherly love for one another.

“After [Jonathan’s servant] had gone, David got up from the south side of the stone and bowed down before Jonathan three times, with his face to the ground. Then they kissed each other and wept together—but David wept the most. Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.’” Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town.

– 1 Samuel 20:41-42

Yes, there was a kiss, but not romantic. A sign of love to be sure, but not of a sexual nature. This was a kiss of deep respect and affirm that in life’s darkest hour there was someone that loved the other.

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