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January 5th, 2013
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My Take: Jesus was a dirty, dirty God

Editor’s note: Johnnie Moore is the author of Dirty God (#DirtyGod). He is a professor of religion and vice president at Liberty University. Keep track of him @johnnieM .

By Johnnie Moore, Special to CNN

(CNN) - Jesus was a lot more like you than you think, and a lot less clean cut than this iconic image of him that floats around culture.

You know the image. It’s the one where Jesus is walking like he’s floating in robes of pristine white followed by birds singing some holy little ditty. He’s polished, manicured, and clearly – God.

But despite the Christian belief that Jesus was both fully God and fully man, Jesus was a rather dirty God.

He was the “earthly” son of a carpenter, and life in the first-century was both more lurid and unfinished than our collective religious memory seems to recall.

To that end, I suggested recently to several astounded colleagues of mine that Jesus actually had to go to the bathroom, perhaps even on the side of the road between Capernaum and Jerusalem.

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What tipped them over the edge was when I insinuated that Jesus, like almost every other human being living in the rural world in that time, might have even had dysentery on an occasion or two.

Someone said, “You mean that Jesus might have had severe diarrhea?”

“Yep,” I replied, “That’s exactly what I mean.”

It seems like an obvious statement if you believe that Jesus was “fully God” and “fully man” (as most evangelicals believe and call the Incarnation), but to some of us it seems in the least, inappropriate, and at the most, sacrilege, to imagine Jesus in this way. We might believe that God was also man, but we picture him with an ever-present halo over his head.

But, actually, the Jesus of the Bible was more human than most people are conditioned to think.

I call this the dirty side of Jesus. He was grittier, and a lot more like us than maybe we believe, and that’s one of the reasons why so many thousands of people followed him so quickly.

They could relate to him.

He was the teacher from a small town who knew and understood the economic insecurity that was common in the first century. Times must have been rather tough for Jesus at points in his life, for he even spoke of being homeless, having to sleep on the ground with no roof over his head.

He also knew what it was like to have his message rejected and how it felt to be misunderstood. Jesus was regarded with such little significance in his hometown that one of his critics once remarked sardonically, “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son?” Jesus eventually had to move to different city (Capernaum) because his teachings so infuriated the people living in his hometown that they drove him out of Nazareth and even tried to throw him off a cliff.

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The real Jesus had dirt underneath his fingernails and calluses on his hands. He probably smelled badly from sweating profusely in the Judean sun on his long hikes to Jerusalem, and Jesus was, without a doubt, rumored to be a hypocrite or absolutely mad for all the time he spent with prostitutes and those afflicted with leprosy.

Not exactly have a clean-cut image.

He had a rather shady reputation.

Some people thought he was a revolutionary. The religious leaders called him a heretic, and others even accused him of being a drunkard and a glutton - in no small part because of the vagabond group of disciples he had with him. No serious religious leader of his day would have ever recruited such people.

For his core 12 disciples, Jesus included a tough-as-nails, bombastic fisherman (Peter), a chief tax collector named Matthew (the most hated popular figure of the time), an eventual traitor who was stealing money out of the offering bucket (Judas), a prolific doubter (Thomas), two jocks nicknamed the “Sons of Thunder” (James and John) and Simon the Zealot, a member of a radical political party which believed in using violence to kick out the Romans.

Jesus was sarcastic, too.

He often snapped back at the Pharisees with a tone fit for late-night television, and in a terribly embarrassing moment for all those around him, Jesus even called these respected religious teachers “snakes” that were probably sons of “Satan.”

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That’s not exactly the behavior of a sweet, self-help teacher with a halo over his head.

It’s the behavior of a frustrated man who might also be divine, but sure knows how it feels for annoying people to get under his skin.

Christians believe that Jesus chose to be born fully human, too, but why?

Lots of theologians have laid out opinions over the centuries, and in their opining they have tried once again to hijack Jesus’ humanity by defining it in philosophical terms. I believe it’s simpler than the philosophy and church councils and centuries of argument.

The brilliance of Christianity is the image of a God, named Jesus, arrived with dirty hands.

Jesus came in a time period when Greco-Roman gods were housed in gigantic temples and portrayed with superhuman powers and with superhuman physiques. Gods were believed to be far away from people on their mountains or hemmed up in their sanctuaries.

Jesus arrived in defiance of this prevailing imagery.

Jesus didn’t come flinging lightning bolts from a mountaintop, or playing politics in Rome. He came to live in a typical Middle Eastern village called Nazareth that was home to a couple hundred typical people. He didn’t decide to brandish his power, but to spend most of his time with the powerless and disenfranchised. And when he started a religious movement that reshaped history, he did it in the most profound and anticlimatic way:

He let himself be killed, and then he busted open a tomb.

In Jesus we meet a Savior who understood the desire to sleep just a few more hours, and who had to control his temper sometimes. In Jesus we find a God we can relate to because he chose to relate to us.

He was the God who became dirty so that the world’s souls might be made clean.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Johnnie Moore.

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  1. True Dichotomy

    @-

    Jesus was more than just a prophet or a messenger of God. In the Bible, Jesus says that I and the Father are one. Jesus is the Son of God, and a part of the Holy Trinity which is of the same essential as God along with the Holy Spirit.
    Judaism is a false religion to the extent that they mostly ignored Christ because they didn't understand the tenets and prophets of their own religion.

    February 11, 2013 at 10:28 pm |
    • End Religion

      Your jesus didn't exist. Evidently crows are smarter than you...

      2009 Oxford study shows New Caledonian crows are thought to employ advanced cognitive abilities previously only thought present in humans and apes. Experiments show sequential tool use. If you haven't seen this first link, it is really cool!
      http://www.ox.ac.uk/media/news_stories/2009/090805_1.html
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Caledonian_Crow
      http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/423444/january-31-2013/craziest-f–king-thing-i-ve-ever-heard-crows-using-tools

      February 11, 2013 at 10:49 pm |
    • Really-O?

      @End Religion –

      If you're a fan of corvidae as I am, you must watch the following film. Astounding! Enjoy.

      http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/a-murder-of-crows/full-episode/5977/

      February 11, 2013 at 11:16 pm |
    • Bob

      Interesting piece on crows
      Job_12:7 Even birds and animals have much they could teach you;
      Rev_19:17 Then I saw an angel standing on the sun. He shouted in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair: "Come and gather together for God's great feast!

      February 12, 2013 at 7:50 am |
  2. Bob

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pwoYEWpTp9s

    February 11, 2013 at 9:05 pm |
  3. ThinkAbout

    If imagining that Jesus used a trench as a toilet is hard, then imagining him waking up witn an erection is sure to make your skin crawl.

    February 11, 2013 at 6:43 pm |
  4. Bruce

    Yes, maybe Jesus was a dirty God, but did he not come to save all of us, because we are children of God.

    February 11, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
  5. True Dichotomy

    The life you live today is evidence of God. Jesus is the Son of God, and was not a biological son of the carpenter. His birth was a miracle in that His mother was a virgin and conceived with the Holy Spirit. It is important to carefully read the Bible because the Crusades were not a Bible supported activity. Read the Bible and pay attention to what God says, and not the actions of men which are often flawed.

    February 11, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
    • End Religion

      There isn't a single piece of empirical evidence for god. We know the bible is a fraud, and that your jesus, your moses were all fiction.

      February 11, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
    • Awesome

      Jesus was a normal human being who was also a messenger of God. He definitely is not a son of God, that was just corruption introduced by idolaters. As soon as Jesus died, the religious politicians used Jesus's fame and martyrdom to control people for financial and political gains. Even the Bible was corrupted by such people and wars started against other religious groups. The truth is, there is a creator who created everything ever known to exist and the creator has no partners or kids and no one can intercede for anyone's behalf and all religions have been corrupted over time because of greed and power.

      February 11, 2013 at 7:18 pm |
    • jewishjesus

      the prophets said the messiah was to come from king davids blood line on his fathers side. he has no father. this is why a jew such as myself has struggled with the idea of jesus being the messiah. Jesus has been on my mind for a long time but I can't get over him not fulfilling the prophecies. The messiah is not suppose to perform miracles, there was supposed to be peace and harmony on earth, the temple was to be rebuilt, and the prophets say nothing about a second coming. Yet, I am still open to the idea but cannot embrace it.

      February 11, 2013 at 7:47 pm |
    • jewishjesus

      'End Religion' – historians acknowledge that Moses existed

      February 11, 2013 at 7:49 pm |
    • Bob

      JewishJesus Just ask Him to reveal Himself and He will and He will also clear up the confusion in your mind. Jesus did fulfill all prophecies.

      February 11, 2013 at 8:49 pm |
    • True Dichotomy

      Jesus was more than just a prophet or a messenger of God. In the Bible, Jesus says that I and the Father are one. Jesus is the Son of God, and a part of the Holy Trinity which is of the same essential as God along with the Holy Spirit.
      Judaism is a false religion to the extent that they mostly ignored Christ because they didn't understand the tenets and prophets of their own religion.

      February 11, 2013 at 10:27 pm |
    • End Religion

      jewishjesus, no they do not agree...

      Moses didn't exist. The exodus never happened.
      http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3355050,00.html
      http://www.biblicalnonsense.com/chapter12.html
      http://www.topix.com/forum/religion/judaism/TCF2K1C0BPAGF6BVO

      February 11, 2013 at 10:46 pm |
    • sam stone

      that's an awful lot of conjecture, TD

      February 12, 2013 at 6:29 am |
  6. derp

    Do jesus farts smell?

    February 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
    • sam stone

      apparently, chard and gopher would wish to stick their noses up there, as they are convinced they smell heavenly

      February 11, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
  7. True Dichotomy

    @Richard

    I'm glad you responded the way you did because it exposes one of the most common mistakes made by aggies and athies.
    The mistake is that you conflate together various truth with lies, and label everything as a lie.
    For example, if you read the Bible you would know that the ancient Hebrew book of Genesis is basically a thesis defense against the mythology of the Assyrians, Babels, Egyptians, etc.. So, you can't do conflation here.
    Another example is with Christ. Jesus teaches life, love and eternal life while other religions teach discipline, oppression, bondage, and condemnation that ultimately leads to the grave.

    February 11, 2013 at 1:43 pm |
  8. True Dichotomy

    @sam stone

    What do you consider to be a "good life". To live in a world full of crime, sin, oppression, hatred, bigotry, lies, and one day die a physical death and be cremated or thrown into a dirt grave never to be heard from again? Do you really think that is the end of the story?

    February 11, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
    • True Dichotomy

      If so, you've got another thing coming!!!!!

      February 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
    • Aesop

      Re: True Dichotomy:

      “An Ass put on a Lion's skin and went
      About the forest with much merriment,
      Scaring the foolish beasts by brooks and rocks,
      Till at last he tried to scare the Fox.
      But Reynard, hearing from beneath the mane
      That Raucous voice so petulant and vain,
      Remarked. O' Ass, I too would run away,
      But that I know your old familiar bray'.
      That's just the way with asses, just the way.”

      February 11, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
    • sam stone

      Yes I do. You are free to believe otherwise.

      February 11, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
    • True Dichotomy

      Well, that's too bad. There is no hope in your life.

      February 11, 2013 at 10:33 pm |
    • sam stone

      there is plenty of hope in my life. the fact that you need the promise (or threat) of an afterlife indicates that you have none in this one

      February 12, 2013 at 5:20 am |
    • sam stone

      Aesop: Well, aren't YOU the clever one. Here is one for you....fvck off, cvnt

      February 12, 2013 at 5:31 am |
  9. True Dichotomy

    Myths can serve as moral lessons entertainment, etc... but only Jesus saves and transforms lives. Protestant Christianity is the only true religion. The other ones teach life lessons, discipline, bondage, oppression, etc...

    February 11, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Myths can serve as moral lessons entertainment, etc... but only the mythical character Jesus saves and transforms lives. There are no true religions. They all ones teach life lessons, discipline, bondage, oppression, etc...

      February 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
    • True Dichotomy

      @Richard

      I'm glad you responded the way you did because it exposes one of the most common mistakes made by aggies and athies.
      The mistake is that you conflate together various truth with lies, and label everything as a lie.
      For example, if you read the Bible you would know that the ancient Hebrew book of Genesis is basically a thesis defense against the mythology of the Assyrians, Babels, Egyptians, etc.. So, you can't do conflation here.
      Another example is with Christ. Jesus teaches life, love and eternal life while other religions teach discipline, oppression, bondage, and condemnation that ultimately leads to the grave.

      February 11, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
    • sam stone

      T.D.: Do you seriously desire ETERNAL LIFE? If so, what is keeping you here? You obvioiusly see this as nothing but a stepping stone. Take the big step. Jesus is waiting

      February 12, 2013 at 5:25 am |
  10. True Dichotomy

    @Bob

    Amen. 2000 years later and still saving and transforming lives including the authors and many others.

    February 11, 2013 at 11:53 am |
    • sam stone

      The myth is changing lives. The person is long dead

      February 11, 2013 at 11:56 am |
    • HotAirAce

      The myth is also responsible for people dying.

      February 11, 2013 at 10:39 pm |
  11. True Dichotomy

    Stating that Jesus is a myth is kind of like saying that all of the Roman emperors were myths. It's simply not true.
    The best scholars and historians know that Jesus was a real physical human being, but most importantly, he's the Son of God.

    February 11, 2013 at 11:13 am |
    • Chuckles

      Saying that doesn't make it so and your dichotomy is false. Saying that Jesus is a myth has a lot more merit because there's much less objective historical docu.ments on jesus unlike the various emperors of Rome. Not to mention, even if jesus really did exist it's impossible for him to have performed those miracles.

      February 11, 2013 at 11:16 am |
    • True Dichotomy

      That's simply not true. The best scholars and historians know that he was a real person, and as Christians we accept the message of the Bible and know that he is the Son of God. If anything, the burden would be on disproof, but you'll never be able to do that because he is real.

      February 11, 2013 at 11:35 am |
    • sam stone

      Then the burden should be on you that Odin is not real, or Vishnu.

      February 11, 2013 at 1:38 pm |
    • Webb

      Oh please, Jesus existed and died. He was not the son of god, he was the son of a carpenter. After his death, the individuals who wanted to hold power, used his death and life as an excuse to persecute and kill millions of other people, while controlling millions of others. If religion was so great, why do more people die in the name of religion than anything else? Where is the evidence of god? Why do dinosaurs not exist in the bible? Why is evolution, which is a proven fact... not mentioned? Oh that's right, because GOD never has and never will exist. It's a crutch for the mentally retarded.

      February 11, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
    • True Dichotomy

      The life you live today is evidence of God. Jesus is the Son of God, and was not a biological son of the carpenter. His birth was a miracle in that His mother was a virgin and conceived with the Holy Spirit. It is important to carefully read the Bible because the Crusades were not a Bible supported activity. Read the Bible and pay attention to what God says.

      February 11, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
    • Awesome

      Jesus was a normal human being who was also a messenger of God. He definitely is not a son of God, that was just corruption introduced by idolaters. As soon as Jesus died, the religious politicians used Jesus's fame and martyrdom to control people for financial and political gains. Even the Bible was corrupted by such people and wars started against other religious groups. The truth is, there is a creator who created everything ever known to exist and the creator has no partners or kids and no one can intercede for anyone's behalf and all religions have been corrupted over time because of greed and power.

      February 11, 2013 at 7:12 pm |
    • True Dichotomy

      @Not awesome

      No, that is not correct. The best way to know about God is to read His word, and obtain a proper understanding. You still need t do this.

      February 11, 2013 at 10:35 pm |
    • sam stone

      An awful lot of conjecture there, TD

      February 12, 2013 at 9:56 am |
  12. Bob

    I think of Jesus as the most beautiful loving caring person I know. I think about the power He has all the changed lives the healed hurts. I think of the peace and Joy He brings Oh how many lives lived in confusion that accepted the Lord are now able to walk and live good lives thanks to Jesus. What a blessing and joy to know the Lord

    February 11, 2013 at 9:23 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      You love the IDEA of your jesus...you do not know him....he's long dead, an likely fictional.

      February 11, 2013 at 9:30 am |
    • sam stone

      How about the lives lived IN confusion with the "lord", Bob?

      February 11, 2013 at 10:39 am |
    • sam stone

      We do not need Jesus to live good lives. Sad that you do.

      February 11, 2013 at 10:41 am |
    • True Dichotomy

      Amen. 2000 years later and still saving and transforming lives including the authors and many others.

      February 11, 2013 at 11:52 am |
    • Vishnu +

      True Dichotomy,

      7,000 years, and billions more adherents whose lives have been "transformed and saved".

      Guess what? There are oodles of Hindu scholars and historians too... yeah, and Muslim ones too.

      There is not one historian or scholar who can prove a single "miracle" or supernatural event told about in The Bible (or anywhere else).

      February 11, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
  13. tm17

    I don't think of Jesus as being dirty. I think of him as being imaginary.

    February 11, 2013 at 7:21 am |
  14. True Dichotomy

    ***************$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$******************

    1Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
    2For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

    3He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

    4Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

    5But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

    6All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

    7He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

    8He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

    9And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

    10Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

    11He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

    12Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

    Isaiah 53

    February 11, 2013 at 12:16 am |
    • derp

      There once was a man from Nantucket......

      February 11, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
  15. Josh

    Brilliant article

    February 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
  16. True Dichotomy

    Jesus is real.

    February 10, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
    • steve brickman

      Will you people quit wailing that Jesus died for your sins"? He "died" a very temporary death and was immediately whisked away to rule heaven. (Or, if you believe only one of the four gospels that mention it, he "died" for three days then went to heaven...). There were and are millions of people suffering a much worse, prolonged, painful death than a day on the cross. And many of those are "good people" who are going to hell when it's over, never having has the accident of birth that acquainted them with your Lord.

      February 10, 2013 at 7:07 pm |
    • True Dichotomy

      1Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
      2For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

      3He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

      4Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

      5But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

      6All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

      7He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

      8He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

      9And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

      10Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

      11He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

      12Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

      Isaiah 53

      February 11, 2013 at 12:13 am |
    • sam stone

      Jesus is a myth

      February 11, 2013 at 5:43 am |
    • True Dichotomy

      Stating that Jesus is a myth is kind of like saying that all of the Roman emperors were myths. It's simply not true.
      The best scholars and historians know that Jesus was a real physical human being, but most importantly, he's the Son of God.

      February 11, 2013 at 11:13 am |
    • sam stone

      The real human being is not the myth part. The Son of God, and the purported healing is

      February 11, 2013 at 11:58 am |
    • True Dichotomy

      Jesus performed many miracles and was raised bodily from the grave. During the lifetime of Jesus even his biggest opponents did not doubt the veracity of claims being made about Him. They knew something Spiritual was taking place, but they didn't know where it was coming from.

      February 11, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
  17. June

    Bravo! Great article!

    February 10, 2013 at 8:45 am |
  18. Bob

    While Bob the builder or other names have in centuries meant something to people no name has touched people and society like the name of Jesus. No other name has been banned by those seeking to stop the spreading of the Good news. NO other name has to power to cast out demons, NO other name by which people can be saved and NO other name represents the love God has for His people..What a glorious name the name of Jesus.

    February 10, 2013 at 8:35 am |
    • Hello

      read Caesar's Messiah by Joseph Atwill
      that casting of devils ideas is NOT what people are told..
      Also check out Joe.s youTube videos and audios.. on his research on the christian myth.

      The devils and evil spirits are the Jewish myth ideas... not actual devils and spirits.
      the christian myth was created as a joke tool too, besides a political tool for the Roman Flavian Family.

      February 10, 2013 at 10:42 am |
    • sam stone

      Seems like an awful lot of conjecture, Bob

      February 11, 2013 at 5:50 am |
    • derp

      I think buddha would kick jesus' butt.

      February 11, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
    • sam stone

      derp....if not buddha, then definitely thor.

      February 11, 2013 at 3:11 pm |
  19. khan

    False. Jesus is the Messenger of God. He is human being just like every one else. God Sent Him for guidance of human beings. Jesus told his people to worship One God [The Creator].

    February 9, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
    • toops

      He forgave sin/ only GOD forgives sin.
      HE said:
      Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? John 14 :9

      February 9, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
    • sam stone

      he forgives sin? well, ain't that mighty white of him. he CREATED sin

      February 11, 2013 at 5:53 am |
  20. Mark

    This was a silly article. I never thought of Jesus floating around "clean cut". Wasn't the point of God incarnated as a human to be amongst men and women. Of course he was sweating. I don't want to come across as some sort of smart guy, but in reality Jesus was probably a stone worker , there aren't that many trees in that part of the world. From my understanding the carpenter idea was introduced as a poetic metaphor in European doctrines hundreds of years later. Don't get me wrong, they are both solid , hardworking constructive professions.

    February 9, 2013 at 5:46 pm |
    • derp

      "the carpenter idea was introduced as a poetic metaphor in European doctrines hundreds of years later"

      Are you implying that the jesus myth may have somehow been doctored to make him sound more awesomer than ever?

      Nooooo, that could not have happened.

      The bible is the absolute word of god.

      February 11, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
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