Friday 28 February 2014

Diogo Morgado's role in new film sparked argument!

Diogo Morgado played Jesus in the new film "Son of God", where the color of 

Jesus' skin has sparked heated debate for centuries. 

Diogo Morgado plays Jesus in the new film "Son of God." The color of Jesus' skin has sparked heated debate for centuries, here we take a look at some different interpretations of the man from Nazareth.

Many think Diogo Morgado is one hot dude and his Jesus looks more like Brad Pitt than the nice man with the beard in all those paintings. 

CNN took a look at some different interpretations of the man from 


 In line with this thought, Carol Costello bares her mind thus: 

"Clearly Jesus was sexy. After all, He is the Son of God. I don't mean to be disrespectful, but as I watched the trailer for the new movie, "Son of God," I found myself gawking at the actor portraying Jesus".

But Rev. Robert B. Lawton, SJ, a Jesuit priest and former president of Loyola Marymount University tends to disagree with Carol, "There is absolutely no indication that Jesus was good-looking and sexy. In fact there is a passage in the prophet Isaiah that is taken as referring to Jesus. It says this: 

"He had no form or majesty that we should look at him/nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces he was despised, and we held him of no account." (Isaiah 53. 2-3.) He said.

While this might not be conclusive evidence, it's quite possible that Jesus was no Jewish Brad Pitt from Palestine. 

On the other hand, why wouldn't God create a perfect Son? 

"Anything that is sexy is going to attract people. People who might not go to the movie might want to check it out, particularly non-Christians," says Rev. Lisa Jenkins, senior pastor of St. Matthew's Baptist Church in Harlem. 

"I don't see a problem with Jesus being attractive given our cultural context," she says. "I don't recall a Jesus who was not appealing to the eye. That's Hollywood."

Jenkins is more concerned about what she considers an inaccurate portrayal of Jesus' ethnicity. 

The Rev. James Martin, SJ, editor-at-large for America Magazine, and author of the coming book, "Jesus: A Pilgrimage," agrees. 

"God did not choose to incarnate himself in Laguna Beach," he says. 

"He chose to incarnate Himself at a certain place, at a certain time in a certain person." And that person was a Palestinian Jew. 

"Many people have a hard time with the humanity of Jesus ... the closer He is to human physical perfection, the easier it is for some to accept Him."

Martin added, there is danger in that. A physically perfect Jesus makes Him into a God pretending to be man. When Jesus was both human and divine. 

"He was like us in all things, except sin, as the theology goes,"

"That means, He had a body, He got sick, He got tired, He may have sprained an ankle or two. There are passages in the Gospel showing Him falling asleep because He was tired. We tend to airbrush the physical imperfections away." he said.

The actor reportedly told The New York Times he doesn't want his looks to distract from the movie...

but, "If the message of Jesus was love, hope and compassion, and I can bring that to more people by being a more appealing Jesus, I am happy with that."

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