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World's tallest Jesus statue complete
November 8th, 2010
12:19 PM ET

World's tallest Jesus statue complete

Editor's Note: This report comes to us from CNN's This Just in Blog.

Workers in Poland finished erecting the world's tallest statue of Jesus over the weekend, a 170-foot (52-meter) giant that towers over the countryside near Swiebodzin.

"This is the culmination of my life's work as a priest. I felt inspired to fulfill Jesus' will, and today I give thanks to him for allowing me to fulfill his will," Father Zawadzki said after the head was attached by a 700-ton crane, according to a report from the Warsaw Business Journal.

A crane places the head on the world's tallest Jesus statue this weekend in Poland.

The height of the plaster and fiberglass Polish statue surpasses the 40.4-meter (133-foot) Cristo de la Concordia in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and the 39.6-meter (130-foot) Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, according to news reports.

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  1. Clausa Canasr

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    July 11, 2012 at 5:29 am |
  2. squidfish

    The crown seems kind of dated. Wouldn't Modern J-man be sporting a Rolex and driving a Benz?

    November 10, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  3. Peace2All

    In this article..."World's tallest Jesus statue complete."

    In the article, FATHER ZAWADZKI says--–

    "This is the culmination of my life's work as a priest. I felt inspired to fulfill Jesus' will, and today I give thanks to him for allowing me to fulfill his will."

    Soooooooo...... Father Z., believes that this is the culmination of his life's work as a priest, was to build an almost 200 ft. tall Jesus.... really....?

    And he felt inspired to fulfill Jesus' will, and he is giving thanks....... again, really....?

    So, Jesus' will was for Father Z. to build this 200 ft. tall statue of Jesus.

    OMG..... Wow...! I can't speak for Jesus, but .... really Jesus.. this was one of your desires....?

    Give me a break....

    November 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  4. Amalia Sheran Sharm

    Way to stay humble, Christians. Future archeologists are going to find this thing and think that this Jesus person must have been a rabid egomaniac.

    November 9, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
    • NL

      I met a traveller from an antique land
      Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
      Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
      Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
      And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command
      Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
      Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
      The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
      And on the pedestal these words appear:
      "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
      Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
      Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
      Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
      The lone and level sands stretch far away.

      November 10, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  5. theepainter

    thou shalt not make any graven image . gods law!!

    November 9, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  6. Fud!

    They should make sandwiches!

    November 9, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
    • Peace2All

      What kind of sandwiches..?

      November 9, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  7. Iqbal khan

    A very informative book, "What Jesus Really Say" many lectures and articles download for free...
    http://www.islamhouse.com/p/193556

    November 8, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
    • Reality

      What would Jesus say:

      Muslims demonize themselves via the history of Islam as seen in their founder, an illiterate, hallucinating, warmongering, greedy and lust-filled, long-dead Arab. As long as the Worst Book Ever Written aka koran is the operating manual of Islam, Muslims of any stripe cannot be trusted. And this ladies and gentlemen is why Islam will crash someday in a whirlwind of common sense and rational thinking but first the Five Steps to Deprogram Islam must be promulgated in the Islamic world which at the moment is difficult because of imams and their assassin and terror go-ons who terrorize thinking Muslims and non-Muslims with bombings, stabbings, beheadings and stonings all in the name of allah. If you have a Muslim friend/neighbor, please print out a copy of the Five Steps and give it to them.

      The Five Steps:

      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.

      "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.

      Walk these five steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      Analogous programs are available for Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and Pagans!

      November 9, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  8. Iqbal khan

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuhlnSMsnjg&w=640&h=360]

    November 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  9. John

    to those of you who have issues .. cant help it... but the statue is reminder of the kings existence and enormisity of his being and power.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @John

      Right... That's it...

      November 8, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
    • David Johnson

      Hmmm... And the lightening that destroyed the first statue was a reminder of what? LOL

      November 11, 2010 at 7:25 am |
  10. Peace2All

    In this article..."World's tallest Jesus statue complete."

    In the article, FATHER ZAWADZKI says----–

    "This is the culmination of my life's work as a priest. I felt inspired to fulfill Jesus' will, and today I give thanks to him for allowing me to fulfill his will."

    Soooooooo...... Father Z., believes that this is the culmination of his life's work as a priest, was to build an almost 200 ft. tall Jesus.... really....?

    And he felt inspired to fulfill Jesus' will, and he is giving thanks....... again, really....?

    So, Jesus' will was for Father Z. to build this 200 ft. tall statue of Jesus.

    OMG..... Wow...! I can't speak for Jesus, but .... really Jesus.. this was one of your desires....?

    Give me a break....

    November 8, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  11. JohnQuest

    Strange, that statue looks nothing like a Hebrew living in the middle east about 2000 years ago, it looks more European to me? Wonder why?

    November 8, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
    • David Johnson

      OMG! What do you think the real Jesus looked like? Does not the good book tell us, we are created in the image of God? Is god not white?

      You can't really see them, but if you could, you would see that Jesus has blue eyes and blonde hair.

      You must have faith JohnQuest! People would not have "envisioned" Jesus as a blue eyed, blonde, white person if it were not so. God would not allow his people to believe a lie.

      Happy Trails!

      November 10, 2010 at 8:26 am |
  12. Vrodel

    And when God blasts that silly statue from the face of the Earth, what will all the silly Pharisees say? "Oh, no! We must build another, because the money is handled by US!"

    November 8, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  13. Skeeter

    Wow. That does NOT look like the Jesus I saw in a dream or the one I saw in a vision. That statue looks like someone with a bad case of hemorrhoids, well-conditioned hair, and a definite lack of healthy skin.

    November 8, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
  14. Reality

    Said statue did provide employment for a number of people which is good. Said statue will also remind people of the basic commandments of living a good life which is good. With respect to validating the deity of one simple, preacher man aka Jesus, it is simply wrong adding to the Christians' false belief in the second coming and the absurdities of atonement theology, original sin, bodily resurrections and daily conversion of wine into blood and bread into flesh.

    November 8, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
    • Megatron

      True enough. I'm glad all this money went into a statue of Jesus instead of to Africa where it could feed and educate thousands. But then again, as Jesus always said "You'll always have the poor with you, you will not always have me" when he was anointed with oil by a woman instead of selling it for money for the poor.

      November 8, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
    • Reality

      Not all historic Jesus exegetes believe that Luke 7:36-50 (anointing of the feet) was historical:

      To wit:

      "Jesus Seminar

      Mark 14:3-9
      Matt 26:6-13
      Luke 7:36-50
      John 12:1-8
      IgnEph 17:1

      This story has been recounted by all four nar-rative gospels. There are significant variations in the four versions, yet there is also remarkable agreement on the basic ingredients of the tale. The setting of all versions is a meal, or symposium, at which the owner of the house is present. A woman an-oints Jesus during the meal (not before or after it) with a jar of per-fume. Members of the party object to the woman's action and Jesus defends her. The similarities in the setting and plot suggest that one incident or story lies behind all four versions. Yet because of the variations in other details, the Fellows of the Seminar decided that the original version of the incident is irre-trievable.

      Lüdemann

      Lüdemann [Jesus, 94] comments on the Mark passage:

      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 passion account in order to bring this story (in an amended form) to an earlier location in his Gospel. He notes the addition of exp-li-cit mention of the si-nner status of the woman in vss 37 and 39 (and the forgiveness of her many sins in vss 47, 48, 49). He then concludes:

      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 encounter 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 encounter of Jesus with a pro-sti-tute is supported by the criterion of offensiveness. (p. 308)"

      November 8, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
    • Jean

      It appears that you are an atheist or an agnostic. As it is written: "It is better to believe than not to believe." The day will come for those who are presently alive, whatever their beliefs when they will be judged by what they have done and failed to do. Those who have died have already been judged. There is the final day, the Day of Judgment when every soul will be gathered for their final judgment and eternal destiny.
      Our Lord Jesus Christ said: Matthew 12:33 – A Tree and Its Fruits – Either declare the tree good and its fruit is good, or declare the tree rotten and its fruit is rotten, for a tree is known by its fruit...
      He also said: Matthew 12:36:37 – "...I tell you, on the Day of Judgment people will render an account for every careless word they speak. By your words you will be acquitted and by your words you will be condemned."
      God gave us a free mind and will. He will not touch it. He allows us with our free mind and will to choose the path which we want to follow which leads to eternity, either Heaven or Hell.
      I choose Heaven. I believe in God. I believe in His Blessed Son Our Lord Jesus Christ who was sent to earth by His (Our) Heavenly Father that whoever believes in Him might be saved if we obey His (Our) Heavenly Father's Commandments. He will come again to judge the living and the dead and of His Kingdom there will be no end. For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!
      This is a serious matter which concerns our happiness on earth and our soul for all eternity.

      November 8, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
    • Reality

      Matt 12: 33 and Matt 12 36-37 have been thoroughly analzed by contemporary historians (e.g. Ludemann, Crossan, Jesus Seminarians) and found to fail the rigorous test for historic validity i.e. attestations and stratums i.e. they were passages developed by Matthew and taken from the culture of the day and/or passages taken from the OT.

      e.g. http://wiki.faithfutures.org/index.php?ti-tle=Crossan_Inventory

      November 9, 2010 at 12:22 am |
    • Servant of Christ

      Tragically, many people hear the testimony and life of Christ, his death and sacrifice for us on the cross, his love for us, his miracles and truths he presented to mankind in the service and obedience to God the Father and many still refuse to hear and take to heart the fact (not belief), that Jesus was and is God in the flesh and man sent by God to save us from sin, but many refuse to make the attempt to get to know our Lord and Saviour and accept the gift of eternal life that he willingly not only offers to us, but was tortured, humiliated, imprisoned, and died on the cross to provide us.

      I feel sorry for those out there who reject the deity and gift of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the only bridge and means to salvation and to a true relationship with The Father. There is a huge price to pay and eternal punishment for rejecting the Saviour, and I sincerely pray that all of you will be convicted through some event in your lives to turn around in repentance and live your lives in service to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. God Bless you all.

      November 9, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
    • Reality

      Servant of Christ,

      The Apostles' Creed Updated:

      I might believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created state of bliss called heaven.

      I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
      preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
      named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
      girl named Mary.

      Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under under Pontius Pilate,
      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
      Jerusalem.

      Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many local semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
      ascension story was promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths.

      Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

      Amen

      November 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  15. Megatron

    What will it transform into? Will it fire "fist rockets" at enemies and have "sandal thrusters" to propel it upwards towards heaven?

    If not, what's the point?

    November 8, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
    • MadPanda

      It was made so the ghostbusters can cover it in ectoplasm and make it walk around.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
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