Skip to comments.100-Foot Jesus Statue to Be Built in Nazareth?
Posted on 12/26/2013 8:56:55 AM PST by SeekAndFind
A Christian Arab is working on his plan to build a statue of Jesus in Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus which is now dominated by Arab Muslim citizens of Israel. It will be, he says, larger than the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
"Slowly, but surely, the Christian identity in Nazareth is beginning to disappear," said Bishara Shlayan, a Christian merchant seaman from Nazareth who has come up with the plan, according to Fox News.
Shlayan told The Jerusalem Post he is raising funds for the project from both Israeli Arab Christians and Jews.
The statue would sit atop Mount Precipice, from where a mob tried to throw off Jesus only for Him to walk through them without any harm, as recorded in Luke 4:29-30. The site is owned by the Jewish National Fund, a quasi-governmental, non-profit organization.
Last month, Israel's Tourism Minister Uzi Landau told Shlayan if he starts the project "we will bless it." Official confirmation, however, is yet to come.
Churches are expected to join the effort to build the statue, said Shlayan, who has formed an organization called Diglei Habrit, or Flags of the Covenant, which would undertake the project. Shlayan wants international Christian organizations also to support it.
Nazareth's population is 69 percent Muslim and 30.9 percent Christian, according to 2009 data by the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics.
The plan is likely to face opposition from some people and groups. "People who are against it, it comes from jealousy," said Shlayan, adding that some Muslims and Jews are not happy with it.
The opponents include the supporters of the new Muslim mayor, Ali Salam, who have said they would prefer a statue of the mayor rather than that of Jesus.
"I don't believe in statues, but it is a symbol of love and peace," Shlayan said.
The project is part of Shlayan's larger plan to start a Christian Arab political party, which would be called "Bnei Habrit [Allies of the Covenant], the Christian party of Israel," and support Israel as a Jewish state and national or army service for Arabs.
Robert Goldberg, an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees of The Jewish Federations of North America (formerly UJC) has shown support for the proposed party, Shlayan said.
They’ll probably just go find one of those Tire Man statues in Sheboygan or Ottumwa and repaint it.
Shhhh! Don’t let the aclu find out.
The ACLU is the last of their worries... NAZARETH IS MAJORITY MUSLIM. How soon after it gets erected before it gets vandalized or even blasted down?
Remember the Ancient Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan?
They were dynamited and destroyed in March 2001 by the Taliban, on orders from leader Mullah Mohammed Omar,after the Taliban government declared that they were idols.
Surprised that the major Christian shrines have been pretty much left alone. But then again, the locals LOVE the pilgrim’s money they collect.
the Islamonazis will bomb, destroy it. They hate anything Christian
In a lot of the Arab towns one drives through they have statues of either some historical figure or politician or a terrorist from the past. Personally I think a giant Jesus statue is a bad idea and is tacky and more problamatic than helpful. I’ve been to Nazareth and enjoyed seeing the places in there natural setting. I think the YMCA run 1st century village built on the spot of a real 1st century village and wine press and olive press was the most historically accurate place I went to in all of Israel. A giant Jesus statue would kinda ruin things for me and as it is very near the village would obscure the skyline likely. Of course it would be defamed and destroyed and be a huge source of contention.
Oh yeah. The Arab moon-god worshipers are going to let him do that. Sure. I bet. Uh-huh. Right.
Are they going to model it after photographs of Jesus?
One day an idol will speak and the False Prophet will cause those who do not bow down to worship it to have their heads cut off (Revelation 13).
I didn’t know that was Jesus. I thought it was “bearded guy”.
RE: I didnt know that was Jesus. I thought it was bearded guy.
Well, “bearded guy” is called Cristo Redentor ( Christ the Redeemer ) in Brazil. :)
Well, bearded guy is called Cristo Redentor ( Christ the Redeemer ) in Brazil.
.....Meaning the “moon rock”.
Nope. The False Prophet will make people construct those images to the Beast.
King James Version (KJV)
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
BUT, moon-rock worshipers may well become foot-soldiers for same. I’m pretty sure they will.