Mark Emery, 31, has been following Jesus Christ footsteps in many different ways for several years, becoming a carpenter himself, as well as studying ancient Jewish law and religious texts. After undergoing a total of 31 surgical interventions, he claims to be “almost fulfilled” with the results.
“Instead of purchasing fancy cars, mansions… I use my own cash to show my love for Jesus by obtaining surgery to look like him. I try to live by his example and also to be as much like him as possible. For me, acting like Jesus wasn’t enough, I truly needed to be like him look like him” states Mr Emery.
Lots of people and religious leaders have made some well-intentioned critics, denouncing as “blasphemy” or even “heresy” his urge to physically imitate the look of Christ.
“Christians love Jesus and try to act like him, not look like him. Shame on you. That’s ridiculous and anti-Christian” wrote Pastor John Hagee on his Twitter account.
The Bible itself provides no actual description of Jesus. Many theories are elaborated by scholars over the years, some of them incredibly far-fetched, asserting that Jesus could have been West African, Egyptian or half-Roman amongst others, but none of those claims were endorsed on any proof.
Despite all those critics, Mr Emery claims that he’s really satisfied with the consequences of his operation, asserting that he now feels closer to Jesus than he’d ever felt in his entire life.