The old 'Touchdown Jesus' statue.
The "Touchdown Jesus" statue outside Solid Rock Church in Monroe was hit by lightning and burned to the ground earlier this year. Now a new statue is in the works, one with a different look and name.
The church has hired local sculptor Tom Tsuchiya and the company Glass Hand LLC to design and build the sculpture. The church is calling the statue "Come Unto Me."
"It's a pretty big project, it's probably one of the biggest things we have ever done," said Steve Brauch, owner of Glass Hand.
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Score: Lightning, 1...Statue Tards, 0
Heavy Metal Jesus?
As a Pagan, isn't there something about graven images or am I missing something?
Jesus is a Gentile god, and the Gentiles were always into graven images. Very few Christians have any problem with displaying Jesus' image, although far fewer approve of showing God, the Father, in any way. Jesus, at least, had a human form that they can imagine.
that statue is embarrassing and obnoxious just like all televangelists...
I am begging them to leave the statue as it is. It looks like the Terminator by the lake since all that is left is the metal endoskeleton.
Perhaps they should leave it that way. Some Christians believe that's how Jesus will return at the end times anyway.
I take it, when or if it burns down again then they will take as a sign from God?
$750,000?! For a statue?! This church must be booming! Couldn't they have spent that on... oh I don't know... feeding the poor, sheltering the homeless, ASPCA?! Really, they should have taken the hint from the gods who set fire to it with a bolt of lightning.
Mark 14:3 While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
4 Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? 5 It could have been sold for more than a year’s wagesa and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.
6 “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. 8 She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. 9 I tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
I think a lot of Christians use this passage to justify spending money on lavish things instead of the poor. It's a key passage for those wanting to live according to prosperity gospel, taken as license to feel good about spending money upon yourself that could be easily spared to help the poor. This also translates to spending lavish amounts on churches and statues for your own enjoyment. I find it doubtful that the character Jesus would have felt the same.
I think that a better interpretation is that Jesus was channelling Deut 15 which outlined that it was a community responsibility to help support the poor, that there will always be a need to do this (as there will always be poor people), therefore "you can help them any time you want", but he was about to die, so the expense being spent upon him now in funeral anointing was actually necessary since they would of had to do it anyway.
Christians would be justified in viewing the lightening as disapproval from their own god.
Most contemporary NT exegetes have co-ncluded that Mark 14:3 is historical but the co-nsensus is not universal:
"Lüdemann [Jesus, 94] comments on the Mark pas-sage:
The historical yield of the tradition is nil. But it does reflect the closeness of Jesus to a probably not-orious woman of Galilee (cf. on Luke 7:36-50).
In his comments on the Lucan version, Lüdemann suggests that Luke knew the Mark story yet de-viated from his usual practice of following Mark closely in the pas-sion ac-count in order to bring this story (in an amended form) to an earlier location in his Gospel. He notes the addition of ex-plicit mention of the sinner status of the woman in vss 37 and 39 (and the forgiveness of her many sins in vss 47, 48, 49). He then co-ncludes:
If the story of the woman who was a sinner must be regarded as a mere development of Mark 14:3-9 it is unhistorical. But as the enco-unter of Jesus with a pro-sti-tute comes from the Lucan special tradition, this may be historical. For the contact of Jesus with shady people is a fact. The historicity of the enc-ounter of Jesus with a prost-itute is supported by the criterion of offensiveness. (p. 308)"
the new design is a lot more like the rio de janeiro jesus so maybe he shall be named Rio Jesus Norte! then again he also resembles a referee calling unsportsmanlike conduct – so maybe Referee Jesus or Unsportsmanlike Jesus is more appropriate.
Will they also do a Hail Mary Pass Mary? Or a Come Up and See Me Mary Magdalene?
No statues needed to save khan and Muneef. Their saving grace once again is listed below:
with the Five Step Method to Deprogram/"Deflaw" 1400 years of Islamic mumbo jumbo.
Are you ready?
Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs/tenets.
"1. Belief in Allah"
aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.
"2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."
Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".
"3. To believe in the existence of angels."
A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.
"4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."
Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.
Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.
Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.
"5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."
Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave attended to by his wives before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.
Accept these five steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!
Is there actually a truly relevant and salient *point* to this article...?
to disturb, to cause debate, to trumpet the first statue being burnt up after being hit by lightning. A trinity of points.
O perceptive one, you are pleased to joke with us. ha ha! We thank you for this most precious gift.
Well seems might get struck again by lighting,what a waste any way who is he supposed to call "come unto me" pointing hand to the sky? Calling God or Space Ships? Shouldn't it be pointing lower if was a message for believers"Sheep"?
Weren't those sheep more in need for that kind of money for those starving,cloth less,homeless?
How does it feel to be posting the sort of questions unbelievers like to ask? :?
Is this what you call being respectful of other beliefs?
Does this bring respect to Q'uran?
LOL@Muneef: Anybody else find the name "Come unto me" kinda dirty?
a giant bukkake statue? ew
I find it refreshing that the tata bar next door was not touched!
Funny, I've read several stories of churches being hit by tornados, but never an family planning clinic. Maybe miracles do happen to good people.
Jesus was nailed to a cross
Thor has a hammer
I think the message is very clear.
Good thing Jesus never crossed Neptune then, otherwise Christians would be wearing Shish Kabob's around their necks. ;-)
I have several hammers. Does that make me Thor? A Thor-head? A Thor-ass? lol
The old statue must have angered Zeus.
You made me squirt beer out of my nose! That was funny!!!
Now THAT was funny...! :-)
it angered Prius, god of the hybrid sky
That was enlightening.
What a waste – hundreds of thousands of dollars to perpetuate a myth. They should use the money to educate and feed a few kids, or get themselves a 21st education and rid themselves of their delusions.
I've spent money on 8 years of education and that has not changed my mind about God.
You realize that when you make comments like that you're not any different than the other side, right?
Just hoping it gets replaced with a "buddy Jesus" statue.
@Reality –YOU SHOULD BE BANNED
Obviously, these architects fail to realize that polystyrene foam softens at a 100C. It also autoignites at 427C. The metal frame when hit by lightning (30,000C ) will far exceed these temperatures and the statue will either burn to the ground again or crumble into the lake. And all for what? Enough of this wasting money on the embellished and fictionalized life of one long-dead simple, preacher man aka Jesus.
Okay, not banned so much as castigated or admonished. I was not all that serious anyway. Everyone knows you cannot "ban" reality unless you are delusional or want to become delusional. lol
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