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What Did Jesus Look Like

When is it appropriate to use or display pictures of Jesus, and when is it not appropriate? I am aware that no one really knows what He looked like.

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Jackb, You mock. I did not post about the rapture. And Jesus's was stating a fact. Jesus says: "Blessed they of clean heart, for they will see God. All things were given to me by the Father of me: and no one knows the Son, except the Father, nor does know anyone the Father, except the Son, and to whomever will the Son reveal. The one that has my commandments, and keeps them, this one it is that loves me: and the one that loves me will be loved of Father of me and I will love that one, and will reveal myself to that one. If a person love me that one will keep my words: and Father of me will love that one, and we will come to that one, and our dwelling in that one we will make." Matthew 5:8+ 11:27+ John 14:21,23.
---Eloy on 9/1/10


WOW Eloy! Great testimony!
G-d Bless you!
(Well I guess he already has:)
---JOhn on 8/31/10


//John, Jesus himself came down from heaven and ministered to me//

//but after Jesus finished ministering to me I looked up into his eyes and he looked down into mine, and I heard him say, "So this is what I made//

So Jesus' 2nd coming was in your bedroom and he didnt even know what his creation looked like?

Eloy.... I am absolutely speechless right now.
---JackB on 8/31/10


//His hair was like wool symbolizing an Afro//

an afro is a result of hair that picked so it will not turn into locks of matted hair. the bible does not say hair like steel wool. as far as i know, jews did not have picks during that time. i know plenty of whites, reds, purples, browns, and indigos who would have nappy dread locks if they did not groom there hair in some fashion. since lambs are not groomed while they are being raised, they did not have "afros". otherwise, they would look like big marshmallows.

the wool on His head probably refers to being the head of a flock.
---aka on 8/31/10


John, Jesus himself came down from heaven and ministered to me. He physically touched me, and afterward I was healed of the terminal illness, and he also made me born-again all over again. As Jesus was ministering to me my whole room was filled with his bright light. And I could not tell whether it was 10 minutes or hours that have passed, because like in anesthesia during an operation, I felt myself slipping in and out of consciousness sometimes seeing the surroundings and other times not: but after Jesus finished ministering to me I looked up into his eyes and he looked down into mine, and I heard him say, "So this is what I made." I have never ever been the same again. Thank you Jesus! my Lord and my God!
---Eloy on 8/31/10




Isaiah 53:2

"..and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him."


That tells me he is not physically attractive, but then again who cares what he looks like. The love eminating from Him is gonna be enough that we would fall at his feet and adore him. Looks wont matter at the moment.
---JackB on 8/31/10


THE ONLY GOOD-LOOKING MAN, who ever walked the face of this earth, that was my Lord, Savior. Only hero who ever walked the face of this earth. Unbelievers if you need a hero, why not look for a true one. Look to Jesus. Stop treating His name in the mud. It is Jesus name that will get you to heaven. No other name is more powerful, than the name of Jesus. What a man, what a hero, what a Savior, what a God, what a friend. Ahhh.
---catherine on 8/31/10


So Eloy.. What did you ask Him and what did He say to you?
---JOHN on 8/31/10


His hair was like wool symbolizing an Afro. Also, Jesus had a number of ancestors of African descent. So He looked like an unattractive Black man with a Afro. Can you accept that? ---Cynthia on 8/28/10

Lets confirm your statements with visable facts. Then history and scripture.
1. Visably. No movie stars (100's),Politicians, scientist or even most non related prosyletes fit description.
2. O.K,Sammy Davis Jr. converted so did Marilyn Monroe. This does not make them Judahites.
Ethiopians don't have "the" ARK either.
Whether accepted or not.
---Trav on 8/30/10


My Lord Jesus has come and ministered to me firsthand in person, and truly truly I say to you, he is a white Jew. But even if he was a different race, a chinese, or japanese, or african, asian, italian, french, russian, or alaskan, I would not even care, for he is all in all to me. He is worthy of all my worship and all of my love. He is my Salvation, my Lord, my love, and my God, in whom I trust. He is most awesome, and there is none like up to him: my Lord and my God, praise your holiness. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord, you in the heavens, praise the Lord: you in the earth, praise the Lord: all you saints of his, praise the Lord, praise his holy name.
---Eloy on 8/30/10




John pt.6 of 6, That night as I prayed in repentance and called out to the Lord God, he heard my cry and came into my apartment and he ministered to me. And looking at me I heard him say in himself, So this is what I made. And he turned to go back up to continue to build all the dwelling places, and he went up right through the glass. Today I am glad to say, I am Saved- a true born-again Christian. Hallelujah! Thank you Jesus!
---Eloy on 8/29/10


Eloy,
That was awesome. Please post 6of6. And what Jesus said to you etc.
---John on 8/29/10


Luk 24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:

Luk 24:11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.


Luk 24:12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre, and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.

God Bless
---TheSeg on 8/29/10


\\His feet were bronze colored and His hair was like wool symbolizing an Afro.\\

This description is from Revelation of His divine nature shining through even more than at the Transfiguration. Since St. John had received the Holy Spirit and had grown in Theosis, he could see more of Christ's divine nature.

"Wool" means His hair seemed white. This is the figure used in the Bible for whiteness.

||Jesus had a number of ancestors of African descent.||

Name one of these African ancestors, please.

\\ Go to the Discovery Channel or Magazine prepare to be shocked. \\

Not everything these channels say about Christian history is true. Why should they be right about Jesus?
---Cluny on 8/29/10


\\He lived in the Palestine area. Everyone is brown skinned or darker.\\

I go to a church filled with people from the Middle East, from Egypt to Iraq, and their skin tones are as varied as Europeans.

As a whole, they are only slightly darker. Many are a light.

One is a young man whose grandparents and parents are Iraqi. He is fairer than am I.
---Cluny on 8/28/10


John pt.5 of 6, Demons cannot stand in your presence, in your glory unspeakable. Most full of power, grace, truth, most Holy. Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes Jeesus! thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you Jeesus! Jeesus!! My God O' my God My God. Thank you Father God, thank you so much. O' Jesus O' Lord my God. Yes help me to always follow you and trust in you always all the days of my life and forever. Most Holy Jesus.
---Eloy on 8/29/10


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Jesus was from the middle east so he was between olive and brown skin, short cropped hair, dark eyed, stocky (He was a carpenter),He wasn't fair faced, he was ruff looking....read your Bible. The only real desciption is given in the book of Revelation 1:12-18.
---Fahlyn on 8/28/10


Jesus was not a White man. He lived in the Palestine area. Everyone is brown skinned or darker. Also Men rarely grew to 6 feet then. He was thick and muscled due to the hard work he did.The Bible tell us He was NOT good looking so as no one would follow Him because of His good looks. How wise our Father is! His feet were bronze colored and His hair was like wool symbolizing an Afro. Also, Jesus had a number of ancestors of African descent. So He looked like an unattractive Black man with a Afro. Can you accept that? I personally do not care. Go to the Discovery Channel or Magazine prepare to be shocked. It is a skull of someone in Jesus era reconstructed by computers. Thus showing what men commonly looked like.
---Cynthia on 8/28/10


John pt.4 of 6, O' God my God!, help me O' God!, Save me O' God! God! please help me and save me from sin and death, from disease and destruction- Save me God. O' Lord Jesus, please have pity to me and lift me up. Holy Ghost! cast out the unclean spirit in me- I plead the blood of Jesus! The powerful powerful blood of Christ! baptize me in the blood of Jesus, in the blood of God, in your Spirit O' God . Consume me with your glory. Fill me to overflowing with your grace, your mercy, your power- Let there be no place for the devil, none in me, none around me. No place for Satan.
---Eloy on 8/28/10


John pt.4 of 6, O' God my God!, help me O' God!, Save me O' God! God! please help me and save me from sin and death, from disease and destruction- Save me God. O' Lord Jesus, please have pity to me and lift me up. Holy Ghost! cast out the unclean spirit in me- I plead the blood of Jesus! The powerful powerful blood of Christ! baptize me in the blood of Jesus, in the blood of God, in your Spirit O' God . Consume me with your glory. Fill me to overflowing with your grace, your mercy, your power- Let there be no place for the devil, none in me, none around me. No place for Satan.
---Eloy on 8/28/10


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John pt.3 of 6, Cast off all of my sins into the deepest darkest ocean, to be remembered no more. As far as the East is from the West, remove my transgressions from me. Create in me a clean heart O' God, and renew a right spirit within me. Turn me not away from your presence O' God, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore onto me the joy of your salvation, and renew a right spirit within me O' God, my God. Have mercy upon me and make me whole again. Make me brand new, righteous, clean, pure, holy. Show me the parts to clean out of my life, everything that comes between you and me- everything wrong rid it out in Jesus name.
---Eloy on 8/28/10


John pt.2 of 6, I prayed this sinners prayer: Ayin. Father God, forgive me of all of my sins, every one, every sinuous way- every sinuous thought- and every sinuous act- Forgive me totally and completely. Forgive me O' God, forgive me Jesus, and forgive me Holy Spirit for sinning against you and looking elsewhere for comfort instead of in you. Please wash away all of my sins and off all of this dirty world. Cleanse me and I will be clean. Make me whole again. Bless me and I will be blessed. Wash me whiter then snow.
---Eloy on 8/28/10


\\The Son of God, could have dazzled his audience with a blinding display of knowledge.\\

As a matter of fact, that's EXACTLY what the Scriptures say He did.

For one example, remember the child Jesus in the Temple?

And do I detect a bit of jealousy at feeling inferior in your post?
---Cluny on 8/28/10


John pt.1 of 6, On Sunday night March 4, 2001 A.D. when I was on my death bed, I knew that if I shut my eyes this night I would not wake to see tomorrow. And the Holy Spirit revealed to me that I needed to ask Jesus to come back into my heart and life again: since I told him to get out over 8 years ago, I had to ask him to come back in. I was afraid, but I decided to give it my all again and surrender all. So I agreed and I prayed the most powerful life-changing sinners prayer.
---Eloy on 8/28/10


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In other words, Trav, you can't answer my question, so you change the subject and drag in irrelevant issues.
---Cluny on 8/23/10

Yes. i admit,i failed the barber test....i don't know. Whew,glad that wasn't hard. How many?

"Barber" more/as/even/ever relevant than GOD's Marriage/Divorce/remarriage. Now i know you don't care....but, someone reading might.
You were getting puffed up like another hibrow poster/preachy here and i was just pointing out a known blank in this "special" education...with scripturally "irrelevant" to you facts.
(P.S. Personally I do appreciate your edu...wish you would compound it with foundational facts:) I'll use your barber, if you use mine.
---Trav on 8/27/10


Eloy,

What did he say to you and what did you ask him?
---Jophn on 8/26/10


"You elevate yourself to the level of Christ Jesus...? Cluny

This is both a non sequitur and just plain silly.

Even those of us who 'are out of your depth' can read for ourselves the biblical description of Jesus Christ, the perfect example of humility.

The Son of God, could have dazzled his audience with a blinding display of knowledge. He didn't. And he certainly never drew attention to himself for the unequalled wisdom and knowledge that he possessed. He gave credit to the Father. John 14:24

And regarding those taught by Christ- "Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated [in the prestigious Rabbinic Schools],...they were astonished." Acts 4:13
---scott on 8/24/10


John, I have posted SOME of physical details of the evident features of Jesus Christ below. Read them. For me to post ALL the details which I discern that YOU DO NOT DESIRE to know, would require me to post numerous consecutive blogs detailing the night Christ Jesus physically came to me.
---Eloy on 8/24/10


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And your awareness is wrong, for some of us have indeed seen Jesus face to face, and we can testify both to what he looks like and to what his touch is.
---Eloy on 8/15/10

Eloy, please elaborate on this statement with ALL the details.
---JOHN on 8/23/10


\\Words the 'master teacher' Jesus Christ would never have spoken. This, rather, is the attitude displayed by the Scribes and Pharisees that taunted him.
---scott on 8/23/10\\

So you elevate yourself to the level of Christ Jesus Himself, scott?

**You made a boast,lets test you. Without looking it up how many times is Divorced in Scripture in relation to GOD's Divorce? Wife? Married? Husband? Chosen? Peculiar?
Ah go ahead look it up.**

In other words, Trav, you can't answer my question, so you change the subject and drag in irrelevant issues.
---Cluny on 8/23/10


"I can out-Bible you in 3 languages and 17 translations, so you're out of your depth with me." Cluny

Words the 'master teacher' Jesus Christ would never have spoken. This, rather, is the attitude displayed by the Scribes and Pharisees that taunted him.
---scott on 8/23/10


Steveng, I can out-Bible you in 3 languages and 17 translations, so you're out of your depth with me.
<..., can you tell me how many times "barber" is mentioned in the Bible?
---Cluny on 8/19/10

Amazing amount of mental athletics. I only speak one blessed by GOD language, and use sporadically 2-3 translations and a good concordance.
You made a boast,lets test you. Without looking it up how many times is Divorced in Scripture in relation to GOD's Divorce? Wife? Married? Husband? Chosen? Peculiar?
Ah go ahead look it up. You missed a few notables in the other 17 editions.
Psalm 135:4
....for his peculiar treasure.
Hey, one more, "only".
---Trav on 8/23/10


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Catherine, your vision was right. My Lord came straight drown from heaven to physically visit me, and he ministered to me and he touched me, and he indeed is six feet tall. He also has long black hair, a beard, and when he looked down into my eyes he had very dark brown eyes. And he was wearing a long-sleeved white caftan, and a bishops miter on top of his head.
---Eloy on 8/23/10


Catherine, I suspect the validity of your vision has been tainted by Western Christan Art.

A native of 1st Century CE Palestine who is a Jew who is 6 feet tall would be very unique. Think about the climatology, it is very hot in the summer mounts there would a male tradesman or a day laborer want long shoulder length hair. This is something that is not normative culture, time period and geographic characteristics of the area. Even nomadic Bedouins males don't keep their hair in this style for very logical reasons.
---Friendly_Blogger on 8/23/10


The vision that I received by God Jesus was around six feet tall had shoulder length hair and wore a white robe. He looked very similar to a lot of the pictures that you see now a days....He appeared for me when I was having trouble from Satan. Only one full length vision, but, I also had a bust of my Lord and Savior....Unbelievers may not want to believe it, but, I speak the truth, my Savior Jesus Christ lives. I knew the moment that He saved me. Wow, there is a God. Wow, there is a hell! God reveals Himself magnificently to His people....Please heed.
---catherine on 8/21/10


I don't care what Jesus looked like, I wouldn't even entertain that debate I just know his name alone works miracles.
---Carla on 8/21/10


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I certainly don't think he looked like a sissy as many portray Him.After all he was a carpenter and a fisherman.Neither one of those professions contain weakling's.Also HE could never have endured the beating unless He was very strong.IMHO!
---shirley on 8/20/10


\\I disagree with the Renaisance art that portrays him as weak. \\

Which is why I prefer traditional Eastern iconography, especially the Pantocrator of Sinai.

**Isaiah 53 gives me the impression that Jesus physical appearance was unremarkable. **

Isaiah 53 is clearly foretelling Christ's physical appearance after the beating, scourging, and various physical sufferings of His Passion, as the context clearly shows, not His usual appearance in His Incarnation.
---Cluny on 8/20/10


The nazarite vow dates back to Moses time. So I have no problem with the idea that Jesus had long hair.

I disagree with the Renaisance art that portrays him as weak. If he worked in Joseph's trade - as a carpenter - he would have participated in strenuous physical labor up to the start of his ministry.

While the Old Testament records King Saul being taller than average but David not, I suppose that if Jesus were taller than average it would have been noted.

Isaiah 53 gives me the impression that Jesus physical appearance was unremarkable. But I suspect that His eyes and His smile were the aspect of his appearance that would be most notable.
---lorin on 8/19/10


\\Your lack of knowledge of the bible amazes me and your replies even amaze me more. Your vast knowledge of the world and its history may be good for a secular person, but you should try at least research the bible beofre you reply.\\

Steveng, I can out-Bible you in 3 languages and 17 translations, so you're out of your depth with me.

It is written, "Never doubt the infallibility of people who don't know what they are talking about."

Here's a pop-quiz for you: Without looking at your Bible (including computer Bibles), can you tell me how many times "barber" is mentioned in the Bible?
---Cluny on 8/19/10


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Cluny: "How was hair cut, since lever scissors were not invented until the Renaissance?"

Your lack of knowledge of the bible amazes me and your replies even amaze me more. Your vast knowledge of the world and its history may be good for a secular person, but you should try at least research the bible beofre you reply.

To answer your question, a knife or a razor. Do an online KJV bible search for "razor."
---Steveng on 8/19/10


He's good looking, yes. He knows just when to give you His most romantic touches. He had a beard, wore a robe. I would say probably six feet tall. A very unpretentious man. Human while at the same time fully God....He had a job to do. He came and He went [a very short life] 33 years He walked among us. He did an excellent job, yes He did, that only God could do, for man-kind. What a God, what a man, what a Savior.++
---catherine on 8/19/10


\\as to a certain person on here that thinks he is so up on bibical knowledge he is actually quiet ignorant.For someone to have a picture of Jesus this is ok but to have a statue of Mary in their flower garden or sitting on their dresser, this is comical and to pray to Mary?\\

Why do you find it comical to honor the woman who said, "All generations shall call me blessed"?

Where does the Bible say a picture of JEsus is OK? BCV, please. If you're as up on Biblical knowledge as you claim you are, this should be easy.

**The Jews had barbers in their time.**

How was hair cut, since lever scissors were not invented until the Renaissance?
---Cluny on 8/19/10


as to a certain person on here that thinks he is so up on bibical knowledge he is actually quiet ignorant.For someone to have a picture of Jesus this is ok but to have a statue of Mary in their flower garden or sitting on their dresser, this is comical and to pray to Mary? there is but one God and his name is Jesus , he is the only one that died for me on the Cross.
---Lea on 8/18/10


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Cluny: "It's pretty well established men people in the Middle East, including Jews there, wore their hair longer than their Graeco-Roman counterparts."

There are many traditions taken from the bible, but it doesn't mean God ordained them. The Jews had barbers in their time. The indigenous people living today are even aware that men have short hair and women have long hair - and they are not even christians!

"In any case, long hair on a man looks considerably different from long hair on a woman."

How so? Besides being fashionably styled.
---Steveng on 8/18/10


\\But the most damaging images is Jesus having long hair when the bible forbids it.
---Steveng on 8/16/10\\

Good verse taken out of context. The same passage requires women to wear veils.

It's pretty well established men people in the Middle East, including Jews there, wore their hair longer than their Graeco-Roman counterparts.

In any case, long hair on a man looks considerably different from long hair on a woman.
---Cluny on 8/18/10


I have a statue of St.Martin de Porres on my bookcase. I like the guy.
---ger.toshav on 8/16/10


\\to me this means the statue of Mary,to me Jesus is beautiful for he is the only God we will ever see and one day we will meet face to face . \\

Lea, what is the intrinsic difference between a statue of Mary, or anybody else, and a picture of Jesus, or anybody else?

And why does this mean "the statue of Mary" when to millions of Christians thorough the centuries, it doesn't?

Is it only to YOU the Word of God has come?

\\ I was very impressed with the sincerity and openness of these people.\\

BTW, sincerity in itself means nothing. You can be sincerely WRONG. History of the 1900's shows a lot of sincere people who massacred millions as a result of their sincerity.
---Cluny on 8/16/10


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It is forbidden to have any type of picture of Jesus. It really displeases the Lord that all it does is cause bickering among christians just as all of you have replied to this blog. It is written not to make any likeness of anything for these images are falsehood. You made a picture of the uncorruptible Jesus into an image made into a corruptible man. The Israelites were told when they entered their land to destroy all of the pictures and molten images. All you are doing is corrupting the true image of Chris with your percieved and worldly images of Christ - what color are his eyes, what color is his skin, what color is his hair, etc.

But the most damaging images is Jesus having long hair when the bible forbids it.
---Steveng on 8/16/10


Creating pictures and paintings and sculpture is God-given talent and skill, and displaying them as one pleases is a good thing. "Decoration" for beauty is not the same thing as "idolatry". God Commanded Moses to Graven two cherub angels out of pure gold for the mercy seat, and artwork was graven for the temple. Exodus 25:1,8,9,18-22+ 35:4-10,35+ 37:7-9+ 39:42,43. The graven image is not sin, for God instructs art to be created: but the sin is in worshipping or consulting the artwork for guidance instead of God.
---Eloy on 8/16/10


"i see nothing wrong with having a picture of Jesus, some take the scripture thou shalt have no graven images out of context, to me this means the statue of Mary" (lea)

You just contradicted yourself. You can't approve one, and disapprove another. Either you approve both, or disapprove both.

BTW, simply having Holy Icons of Jesus Christ or His Saints does not equal Idolatry.

In IC.XC.,
---Ignatius on 8/16/10


Is there a moral difference between forming a picture of God in your mind and painting a picture of God on paper?
---ger.toshav on 8/16/10


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It seems to me that it is about motive. Why have the picture. If it is a point of worship, clearly that would be wrong. If it is a matter of sentimentality (as are all the family photos we have) then it I cannot see a problem with that. God knows the heart and the motive.

Incidently, in the OT, while they were forbideen to make any "graven image" they were expressly instructed to make the cherubims that were on the Ark of the Covenant so clearly, not all images were forbidden.
---Bruce5656 on 8/16/10


\\ I was very impressed with the sincerity and openness of these people.\\

Since when is knee-jerk iconoclasm "openness"?

||Revelation 1:13-15 (King James Version)||

If you were to read the accounts of the Transfiguration, this passage from the Apocalypse is basically describing the same thing: the full Divine Nature of Jesus showing through His humanity.
---Cluny on 8/16/10


"I know people who have pics of Jesus and pray to that picture and that is NOT right." (Donna5538)

I know of no Christian, whether Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, Oriental, etc, who pray to the picture (the wood, color or paint, etc) itself. And I don't think you do either. You just think you do.

" Why do they call those "holy icons" since they cannot possibly be holy?
---KarenD"

Said who? You? Remember, in the Old Testament, many objects/places were deemed "Holy".

In IC.XC.,
---Ignatius on 8/16/10


i see nothing wrong with having a picture of Jesus, some take the scripture thou shalt have no graven images out of context, to me this means the statue of Mary,to me Jesus is beautiful for he is the only God we will ever see and one day we will meet face to face . Oh what a day that will be when my Jesus i shall see ! i don't worship pictures of my family and friends. This is a legalistic area that some like to nit pick, and some of these blogs are very stupid questions that should not be posted.
---Lea on 8/16/10


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In my first reply I worded wrong. The beauty about Him Is In the beauty what He has done & what He Is still doing.

Again, I do Not see My Lord looking like good looking long haired hippy. It seems like to me, that people that have pict's all through the house as if they are idols.
---Lawrence on 8/16/10


My question was not asking what Jesus looked like. I was asking if and when it is appropriate to use or display pictures of Jesus.
---ger.toshav on 8/15/10

ger.toshav it's not appropriate if you look at the picture and pray to it as if it were Jesus you were looking at - the Ten Commandments tells us, make no images of what's in heaven.

I know people who have pics of Jesus and pray to that picture and that is NOT right.

It's okay if you have a pic of him and only on occasion look at it....no praying to it, no kissing it, no talking to it.
---Donna5535 on 8/16/10


I dont think we're really gonna care what he looks like when we see him for the first time.

His feet are gonna be the only thing Im concerned with cuz Im gonna be kissing them and wiping them with my tears.
---JackB on 8/16/10


Once in the Sierra Madre traveling while with a missionary we preached in a church that was a mud building with just boards set on logs for benches. This building was solid white with no steepled, no Windows,no statues, no altar. When I inquired about this the missionary talked with the people and said to me. They say they understand there's to be no graven images, there's to be no bowing down to them and because they wanted to show their complete separation from the Roman Catholic Church it was for that reason they do not have them in their church building. I was very impressed with the sincerity and openness of these people.
---mima on 8/16/10


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\\ I was asking if and when it is appropriate to use or display pictures of Jesus.
---ger.toshav on 8/15/10\\

Why should it NOT be? When would it not be?

As Ignatius pointed out, traditional iconography is intending to present SPIRITUAL truth, not historical facts as they appear to our senses in this fallen world.

For example, usually Orthodox crucifixes have the title "The King of Glory" (in whatever language), because this is the spiritual significance of what was happening.
---Cluny on 8/15/10


these are the scriptures that came to my mind when i read the post.And Jesus was not ugly either he was beautiful !

Revelation 1:13-15 (King James Version)

13And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

14His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were as a flame of fire,

15And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace, and his voice as the sound of many waters.
---Lea on 8/15/10


if it brings you closer to him ,then God bless it.no one alive today has seen his face, so any likeness is really wrong.personally I would rather live with the spirit,walk with the spirit,than with a picture on the wall,but as I said if it works for you,meaning it brings you closer to him thats fine.
---tom2 on 8/15/10


Why do they call those "holy icons" since they cannot possibly be holy?
---KarenD on 8/16/10


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as I said isaiah 53 says he was unattractive,so how does that make evertone feel whos main attraction to anyone is their looks?seems God is not concerned with looks,or worse yet for a world full of vanity,that he believes it to be a hinderence.so much for looks.
---tom2 on 8/15/10

My answer to your question tom2 is that I don't concern myself with what Jesus looked like, I know He probably doesn't resmble any pictures we have circulating of Him. The only thought I give to the matter is that He is my Savior and the Son of God and that I will one day see Him face to face. To the original post, If you want to be a stickler for the Law, then NO picture or statue of Jesus would be appropriate according to the 2nd commandment.
---tommy3007 on 8/16/10


My question was not asking what Jesus looked like. I was asking if and when it is appropriate to use or display pictures of Jesus.
---ger.toshav on 8/15/10


I have pictures of my God, Savior, friend, all over my home. I would love to see His pictures everywhere all over this world, instead of pictures of dictators on front of magazines and on bill-boards. Oh, how we swoon over the people in Hollywood, Calif. I want to know what has these people ever done for you? I want to know!
---catherine on 8/15/10


It is appropriate to display pictures of Jesus. And your awareness is wrong, for some of us have indeed seen Jesus face to face, and we can testify both to what he looks like and to what his touch is.
---Eloy on 8/15/10


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\\in Isaiah 53-2 the discription reads as follows, and when we shall see him,there is no beauty that we should desire him.so either he was rather plain looking,or unattractive,comp\\

I believe this verse, especially in context, is talking about the physical appearance of Jesus after the scourging, assorted physical abuse, and other sufferings of His Passion and Crucifixion.
---Cluny on 8/15/10


I believe those painters conception ideas of those pict's Are phony.

I don't believe that My Lord looked like a good looking long haired hippy. If there's any beauty about Him, The beauty Is what He done.
---Lawrence on 8/15/10


as I said isaiah 53 says he was unattractive,so how does that make evertone feel whos main attraction to anyone is their looks?seems God is not concerned with looks,or worse yet for a world full of vanity,that he believes it to be a hinderence.so much for looks.
---tom2 on 8/15/10


Noone truly knows what he looks like, you're right. I think simple picture of him in your house would be appropriate, but making a shrine of sorts is not. We have 1 picture in our living room & that's it.
---Candice on 8/15/10


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What is trying to be accomplished by this conjecture.

As to physical characteristics all any one can do is make inferences. He is going to moderately dark complected indicative of first century CE Palestine. He is likely going to have a prominent nostril as indicative of most males from Semitic cultures. His general appearance is going to be some what on the rough side as is family is from the lower strata of Jewish society. His hands are likely to be hard an coalesced as indicative of a carpenter are even as proposed now as simply a day laborer. We know he was a person of Agape, empathy as well as anger. We know of not period statues or reliefs of his face. and this is about the extent of our definitive knowledge.
---Friendly_Blogger on 8/15/10


The last carbon dating of the shroud of turin was a few years ago and the results was that it was made long after Jesus was placed in a grave with it around his body.It was later discovered that new material was weaved into the old cloth from where the cloth was cut for carbon dating.The burned pieces of the shroud of turin were cut away years ago and patched.They are in storage.If the patched pieces were to be carbon dated then the results will be different causing the date to be peroid of Jesus's burial.The newest discovery is the shroud and face cloth both have writing on them and Jesus' name on them.The thought here is that the person's image was transfered on to the cloth with an unknown method.
---earl on 8/15/10


ger toshav,You mean you never read the description of Jesus from Eloy?
He talked to him face to face, he'll describe Him in detail for you!
---1st_cliff on 8/15/10


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