(Lk. 7:45) Was this an erotic display?

CLAIM: Jesus said, “You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet” (Lk. 7:45). If a woman kissed your feet, wouldn’t this stimulate a sexual response in some way? Critics argue that passages like this demonstrate that Jesus had a sexual relationship with this woman. Is this the case?

RESPONSE: We need to remember that this happened in an era before the modern “foot fetish.” At this time, it wasn’t a “turn on” to have your feet kissed, as it is for some modern people in our culture today. Moreover, at this time, a man’s foot was not clean; it was filthy. People walked through the streets collecting everything from dirt to feces on their feet. If this woman was trying to be seductive, she would have kissed him somewhere else—not on his feet. Instead, she intentionally kissed the worst part of his body. For additional arguments against Jesus having a wife, see comments on John 20:17.