" I was out in my garage, cutting some molding for a project, thinking about
all my problems. Although I don't regularly attend church services and
haven't prayed in years, just this once I said a silent prayer. I prayed for
my mother, I prayed for my grandfather, I prayed for my financial recovery
and I prayed for John Paul II. At the moment I finished my prayer, I felt a
surge of great peace, reassurance and solace, something I've never felt
before. I thought nothing of it at first but looked down at the piece of
wood I was cutting and was taken aback, literally shocked by the image I
saw. It was the unmistakable image of Jesus Christ with his hands folded in
And his problems went away. So can yours. ;-)
Actually, it's not a bad piece of wood for a buck!
The shroud of Turin is known to be a fake. The common image of Jesus
was heavily influenced by ancient sculptures of Zeus (Jupiter). The
Renaissance painters like DaVinci were surrounded by these images.
Still, the images may not be as far off as history debunkers claim. He
probably had brown eyes and a shade darker complexion, but Jesus was an
ancient Jew, not a modern Arab, and probably not very different from a
Greek or Roman.
However, if one professes to accept scripture as Gods word, then one would
have to consider he was perfect, without flaw.
Therefore, he would not look feeble, sickly or emancipated. The images
individuals put forth of Jesus in now way fit scripture.
But then again, if you do not profess to believe the Bible is Gods word,
well, this is all mute and he is probably depicted just as you would have
I don't accept scripture as anything of the kind. Sorry if that offends
anyone. But I think you should brush up on religious dogma. According
to what I remember, the story goes that Jesus was put here for a short
life of trials and hardship. Looking pretty wasn't on the agenda.
Wedgewood (the pottery innovator) was a great supporter of the British
anti-slavery movement. One of his better known contributions was a
(parian ware?) plaque depicting a chained slave and the message "Am I
not a man and a brother?" These were a fundraiser for the campaign.
There's a tale that there were supposed to be a pair of these plaque
designs, the other showing a freed slave standing proudly and
heroically next to a pillar or some other such neo-classical window
However the sculptor misunderstood slightly, and produced a "freed"
slave who looked half-starved and distinctly downcast about his
new-found liberty. Not quite "emancipated"...
On Thu, 07 Apr 2005 19:08:45 -0700, Markndawoods wrote:
he was still physically fit enough to carry his crucifix most of the way
to his murder despite the brutal events of the night before.
There is no room to speak authoritatively on this matter, no matter what
your viewpoint. A VERY recent article on (IIRC) CNN pointed out why not.
Too long to go into in detail now, but the essential point is that
previous (physical specimen) examinations of it were limited to a few
threads around the edges but that it had recently been made available for
some advanced photography stuff applied to the whole of it. There is an
additional image on the back of it, not previously visible. One thing I
would point out, though, is that the shroud has no religious significance.
IE, the story of Jesus and his message of a coming kingdom does not hinge
on the authenticity of this (or any other) piece of cloth.
There is a scripture, a prophesy, (I confess to not being able to recall
the citation) which stated that Jesus would be ugly. Again, I don't see
how his appearance in any way changes his message nor should it change our
response to it.
The common impression of Jesus is based on cheap Victorian
chromolithographs in Sunday School bibles. Holman Hunt's "Light of the
World" being perhaps the most famous example of the genre.
Basically a European, white male hippy. They wouldn't look out of
place in a Grateful dead T-shirt.
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