The singer made the controversial claim in a new US interview, reports The Sun.
Elton, 62, said: "I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems."
He added: "Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving. I don’t know what makes people so cruel. Try being a gay woman in the Middle East - you’re as good as dead."
Elton also revealed he fears he could be killed by a crazed fan - just like John Lennon and Gianni Versace.
The 62-year-old singer was close friends with fashion designer Versace – who was shot dead in July 1997 on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion by Andrew Cunanan – and admits he decided to increase his personal security following the tragedy.
Referring to Versace and Lennon, he said: “Two of them shot outside their houses. None of this would have happened if they hadn’t been famous. Fame attracts lunatics. I never had a bodyguard ever until Gianni died. I don’t like celebrity anymore.”
Beatles legend Lennon died in 1980 after being shot by deranged fan Mark Chapman outside his apartment building in New York.
Wayne"s Comment I don't normally comment on such things but this just gets under my skin! What the hell gives this man the audacious gall to say such a thing? The bible and christian belief are very clear on the subject no matter what gay people might like to lead you to believe. This is most certainly an affront to any Christian and a massive insult to Christianity. No Mr Elton John it's not fame that will kill you it's stupid insensitive remarks that will!