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Published:August 30th, 2011 12:56 EST

Are You OK With A Painting Depicting Jesus Christ As Muscular And Tattooed?

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A Kentucky artist (Stephen Sawyer) is taking a page from Rembrandt`s book by giving a makeover to the image of Jesus Christ, this time by adding muscles and tattoos."


I don`t think Jesus worked out at the Bethlehem Buff Body Club, but like most carpenters he probably had a muscular physique.


Most paintings depict Jesus as a frail fellow, but the real Jesus was a man`s man who commanded the respect of the fishermen and other rough characters who were his disciples.

I`m OK with the muscular Jesus, but he was a humble man who would never call attention to himself by tattooing his body.

Jesus may have had a powerful body, but he didn`t intimidate people by his physical appearance. It was his powerful words and his remarkable deeds that impressed everyone.

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