Aureole: (n) a circle of light or brightness surrounding something, especially as depicted in art around the head or body of a person represented as holy.
There are three things that people will not accept from other folks:
We may even temporarily concede that certain people are “talented enough” that they have the right to be prideful, but we are simultaneously privately hoping they stumble and fall.
Even though we accept a certain amount of this nasty stuff in ourselves, we will not permit others to express this kind of fussiness and closed-minded approach with the world around them.
- Making the same dumb mistakes over and over again.
How many times can you say “I’m sorry” before people start hearing, “I’m pathetic”?
I bring these up to you because the Medieval artists began to place halos and aureoles around the heads of saints and angels–and especially Jesus of Nazareth.
I assume they felt this was an offering of respect for their good deeds or divinity.
But in the process they have taken a God who purposely became human and insisted that He be a human who was perfect–and a God.
It’s like turning to the Almighty and saying, “Your idea about becoming human like us was really stupid. We like people who wear hats that look like lightbulbs.”
I will tell you this–Jesus has no appeal to anybody when he’s proclaimed to be perfect.
- We hate perfect people,
- We plot their destruction.
- We come up with pranks to make them look inept.
Likewise, Jesus does not have market when you insist he was a Jewish prophet for the Jewish people who was intolerant of Gentiles.
And Jesus does not have the ability to reach the world if his religion makes the same dumb mistakes over and over again that every religion has made.
So if you don’t mind, I would rather you remove the aureole from Jesus’ crown and have a more realistic representation.
How about a fly buzzing his head?
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