Bryan Paul Sullo

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Skinless Jesus

In Faith & Religion on 9 January 2014 at 4:32 pm

Recently, I heard someone on a Christian podcast claim that she had to be “Jesus with skin on” to her children. The expression immediately made my skin crawl, as I imagined some fleshless version of Jesus. How had he gotten that way? Was there some sort of flesh-eating bacteria in the Bible?

The woman’s sentiment was clear enough from the context: She wanted to be a representation, a likeness, an icon of Christ for her kids. The way she put it, though, really bothered me. The podcast ended, but I couldn’t get that phrase out of my mind. “Jesus with skin on.” Did Jesus lose his skin at some point along the way?
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