Monday, April 11, 2011

Jesus pix

Recent news that Muslims are killing and rioting in Afghanistan because some dipstick preacher in Florida burned the Koran shows Christianity is a lot less sensitive than Islam about their holy book and diety.

It would upset some people if a Muslim cleric burned a bible, but I can't see anybody rioting and killing over it. It's all part of freedom of speech. In Islam depictions of the prophet and Allah are forbidden; in Christianity Jesus and God are often pictured.

I'm an outsider looking in on Christianity rather than a believer looking out. Pictures of Jesus show he's just about anyone the faithful want him to be. Who exactly is Jesus, and to those of you who believe he's coming again, would you recognize him if he looks different than how you picture him?

The other day I came home to find a little flier from the Jehovah's Witnesses on my door. In this depiction Jesus has gotten a haircut and a style. He looks more like a 21st Century American than a Middle Eastern man from 2000 years ago.

Going to the Internet many images pop up when I google Jesus. Among them:

A laughing Jesus.

A ponytail Jesus in a coat and tie.

A Jesus mocking gun-toting Republicans (and that coat and tie again).

A more traditional Catholic portrait of the Sacred Heart of Jesus...

...and the image of Jesus made into clip art.

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