Letter | Focusing on Jesus’ looks misses the point

April 17, 2013 

Re April 14 column by Pam Stone, “’The Bible’s Jesus a hottie”

Stone criticized the producers of the History Channel series “The Bible,” in particular pointing a finger at Roma Downey.

Pam seems to have a problem with the fact that Jesus was portrayed by a very handsome actor, quoting from two professors as to what people of that time would have looked like, which, according to them, would have been nothing close to what the movie portrayed. What they have not taken into consideration is that Jesus was a charismatic person. His message of love and hope and the promise of a better life in the next world would have given him a presence.

We have all known people in our lives that have seemed to radiate an inner beauty, making them in essence become beautiful on the outside as well, often seeming larger than life. Isn’t it possible Pam, that this could be the case with Jesus? I truly believe that most of us see Jesus in whatever way gives us comfort.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not a religious zealot, and in all honesty don’t attend church services on a regular basis. That doesn’t mean, however, that I don’t believe in the basic philosophy that Jesus preached on living a decent life by following his example

. I watched the series and found myself brought to tears viewing the portrayal of the suffering of Christ. Whomever the actor was would not or could not take away from that message.

It’s a shame that Pam couldn’t have pointed out all the great things about this series. I, as well as millions of other people found it to be moving, informative and uplifting.

To write an entire column based on the looks of the actor portraying Jesus is grasping at straws. I commend Roma Downey and the other producers for a job well done, and thank them for bringing this story to us. As far as Pam, all I can say is shame on you.

The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.

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