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Why do we have pictures of Jesus with long hair when most churches say its wrong

  1. kentuckyslone profile image82
    kentuckysloneposted 6 years ago

    Why do we have pictures of Jesus with long hair when most churches say its wrong or even a sin for a

    why do we have pictures of Jesus with long hair when most churches say its wrong or even a sin for a man to have long hair?

  2. Pollyannalana profile image85
    Pollyannalanaposted 6 years ago

    Many churches and people do say that; while having a picture of Jesus with long hair and even though there is scripture saying it is a shame I think it is because of the custom of this time and no one goes on to tell you the rest of the verse that says...but if there be any argument about it, we have no such custom! The bible is full of little gotchas if you don't study diligently.

  3. MrMaranatha profile image82
    MrMaranathaposted 6 years ago

    Because: In the time when most of the Paintings and art works were being done on the "Christian theme" it was the common albeit ill informed notion that his hair would be the of the same style that was currently in vogue... men of that era wore their hair long... so they portrayed Jesus like themselves...  Long hair... anorexic and effeminate...

    Jesus probably Had hair that would look somewhat like a typical Heredi Jew today with the short top cut and longer curly side locks and now don't forget the  beard that they were forbidden to trim and that the bible says the Romans Plucked from him.
    As for the idea that he might have looked Effeminate.. the Bible says that to be effeminate was a sin... so that one is out... and as for him being a skinny guy... well.... Jesus was the son of a Jewish Carpenter in a time when there was no electricity or other modern conveniences.  He was probably built like a house.

  4. Cas Merchant profile image61
    Cas Merchantposted 6 years ago

    I was born catholic, and am very spiritual, but I don't follow any organized religion. I'm like a sponge that only soaks up the stuff that makes me feel good about life...lol. Catholic church is a very rigid organization. I don't know what their response would be to your question, but then they have a lot of out-dated (seems to me, anyway) beliefs.

  5. amymarie_5 profile image86
    amymarie_5posted 6 years ago

    The Renaissance  artists depicted Jesus that. It was the style then.

  6. Jerami profile image70
    Jeramiposted 6 years ago

    Three restrictions are imposed upon the Nazarite, according to Num. vi.: he may not take wine, or anything made from grapes; he may not cut the hair of his head ...
    Samson was a Nazarite.  If I am not mistaken, Jesus was also.
    It is NOT a sin for a man to have long hair, or a woman to pretty herself UP!

    I believe that the verses being refered to was preached in Cornith when the people coming into the church, men with long hair and women who were displaying their beauty were were complaining about being propositioned as ptostitutes on their way to church.
    Not taking this into account, the verses have been mis-translated and or mis-interpreted.

  7. lburmaster profile image82
    lburmasterposted 6 years ago

    I have never heard a church say that. Ever. Though its possible no churches would say that in the south. Though they would have the gull to do it. That is just pittiful. That would not make sense in the story of Samson. He was a man given astounding strength only if he followed a few rules. One of the rules was to never cut his hair. This is the rule that ultimately led to his down fall. He told a woman, that he believed loved him, of his weakness. She cut off his hair and he was shackled like an animal because of her betrayal. He then prayed to God to give him one last chance of great strength as he was chained to a great temple. His strength reappeared and he made the temple collapse and kill his captors, and himself.
    As for the pictures portraying Jesus with long hair, I have something to say about that as well. One of the pictures of Jesus with long brown hair and blue eyes was by a little girl who died for 30-40 seconds. After her experience, she painted a picture of him. It is one of the most famous images of Jesus to date.

  8. Sam9999 profile image60
    Sam9999posted 6 years ago

    Those claiming that there is no physical description of Jesus and the length and style of his hair are misinformed. The following is a description of Jesus written by Publius Lentullus, the President of Judea at the time of Jesus. You can find more information at the link below.

    http://www.thenazareneway.com/likeness_ … aviour.htm

    The following was taken from a manuscript in the possession of Lord Kelly, and in his library, and was copied from an original letter of Publius Lentullus at Rome. It being the usual custom of Roman Governors to advertise the Senate and people of such material things as happened in their provinces in the days of Tiberius Caesar, Publius Lentullus, President of Judea, wrote the following epistle to the Senate concerning the Nazarene called Jesus.

    ......his hair of (the colour of) the chestnut, full ripe, plain to His ears, whence downwards it is more orient and curling and wavering about His shoulders. In the midst of His head is a seam or partition in His hair, after the manner of the Nazarenes.

    Sounds to me like the artists have it right!

  9. Apostle Jack profile image60
    Apostle Jackposted 6 years ago

    The picture that you see today is not a picture of Jesus.It is make-believe. There was no picture that was ever taken of Jesus.It is idolatry,as well as the cross. Christianity is not represented by material concepts.It is a "SPIRITUAL REVELATION" to the spirits of humankind for the salvation of our soul,and the soul pertain to the life that we live. IDOLATRY, is not accepted in the Christian faith.

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    Sock Puppets ruleposted 6 years ago

    Be careful about what you recieve for "Eye Witnesses of Christ"  If its not in the Bible already then there is probably a good reason for it.   A few hundred years after Christ, when the Monk scribes started to get bored... they wrote more than a few "Spurious Books" that claimed to be from earlier centuries...   If you do a quick Wikipedia search on the name of the book that someone gives you... like the Publius Lentuls that somone posted allready... (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Publius_Lentulus)  you will find that they more than likely originated between the 12th and 14th centuries...  They popped up... were translated... passed on as translations of originals.. But have fatal flaws that a student of history will spot easily enough... example: A Roman of that time and place would not call Jesus by Jesus Christ.  Nor would he use terms that were Jewish.

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    Deborah Sextonposted 6 years ago

    They say a lot of things that's not true. Mostly because Paul said it.

    For something to be true God usually required two or three witnesses

  12. Hezmyjoy profile image60
    Hezmyjoyposted 6 years ago

    That's a good question. In the Old Testament, Sampson had long hair. His strength was in his hair. After the new covenant became operable through Christ, Paul wrote in the New Testament that for women her hair was her crowning glory. For men to have anything on top of their head (including long hair) it was a symbol that he was declaring that someone or something else is the head of him other than Jesus Christ.


  13. Darrell Roberts profile image71
    Darrell Robertsposted 5 years ago

    I think that I am puzzled as to why there was not a straightforward description of what Jesus looked like in the Bible.  Revelations 1:15 say he had feet of bronze. 

    It is too bad that people have to guess what Jesus looked like when he was on earth.   I think it does matter what Jesus looked like because you have to trust the people telling the story, if they do not give an accurate description then I would not trust their story. 

    Best wishes.

    1. MrMaranatha profile image82
      MrMaranathaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Revelations 1:15 is a description of a Vision of future events and portrays the Christ in his Divine form... His earthly Human body is another matter.  It described in bits here and there but can be summed up in Isaih 53 and Psalm 22