I had this discussion not long ago.
No, the images of Jesus we know today are not based on Cesare Borgia. This claim is embarrassing.
Here are the facts:
- Born 1475
- Died 1507 (age 31)
- Son of Pope Alexander VI
- Cardinal in 1493 (age 18)
- Resigned as cardinal in 1498 (age 23; 5 years)
Here we see when Cesare Borgia lived. Now we see a picture of him:
Interesting, huh? Remind you of Christ? A bit?
Now we see some pictures of Jesus. Before Cesare was an adult. In some cases, before Cesare existed.
- Left: Christ, 4th century
- Right: Christ Pantocrator, Saint Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai, 6th century
- Left: The Tribute Money c.1424-25
- Right: Holy Trinity c. 1427
Both by Tommaso di Ser Giovanni di Simone (Masaccio).
- The Baptism of Christ (1472–75), by Verrocchio and Leonardo da Vinci.
Cesare was not born, or not even two years old, when this was complete.
As we see, these were before Cesare was an adult. The pictures of Jesus look similar.
Not everyone with a beard and hair is Jesus. If anyone wanted Cesare to look like Christ, it was him and/or his father.
When I brought this up to the person in the discussion, he went ballistic. Insults, swearing, pointing out his many degrees, calling me an idiot and many more things. I pointed out it his anger doesn’t change the fact these are before Cesare was an adult or even born in some cases.
He never responded.
It says Allah in the Bible. I see this claim a lot.
Hebrew, Aramaic, and Arabic are all Semitic languages. That means they’re all related. Of course there are going to be similarities.
Let’s look at a word. In this case, ‘God’. Suitable.
- in Germanic languages: Gud, God, Gott, Got
- in Romance languages: Deus, Dios, Dio, Dieu, Diu, Déu
- in Slavic languages: Bóg, Bůh, Boh, Bog
They’re related, so they’re similar. It’s the same with Semitic languages. It’s not an unusual concept.
So, of course, “ilah”, “eloh”, “elaha” and so on are going to be quite similar.
Even if words are similar, “Allah” doesn’t mean the same God as in Islam. People used “Allah” before Muhammad “received his “revelations.
This is just grasping at straws. It is almost always by Sunni Muslims.
I’m writing on terrorist attacks far too often. They seem to come in waves.
I have heard little about this on the news. I don’t even know what the attacker looks like. I don’t even know his name.
Four died this time.
I offer prayers for their souls.
People accuse Assad of using chemical weapons on people. One can’t use chemical weapons under international law.
But did Assad? I don’t know. I don’t mean to put on a conspiracy hat, but this whole thing feels staged. A false flag, even. I hope not.
President Trump launched 59 tomahawk missiles at a base. No Russians died and I’ve not heard about non-Russians dying.
It was too soon for me to support this. Especially when we don’t know who did it. What if Assad didn’t?
Assad is the only one in that area who protects Christian and Yazidi minorities. I don’t want to see him displaced. I don’t want to see more Christians, Yazidis and more, dying. Especially until we know if he did.
I wonder. Is this posturing? Now Trump, Assad and Putin are likely to meet to discuss what to do.
It showed that Trump is not a “Russian plant” or whatever. Not that anyone with any sense believes that.
I hope this is the case. I don’t want to see Trump going to war. For someone who was non-interventionist for ~30 years, this seems… odd.
Time will tell.
Yet another terrorist attack.
At last count, I saw:
- Eleven dead
- Forty-five injured
- One bomb exploded.
- They stopped another.
- Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack. Yet.
There is nothing that I can say about this other than I am disgusted by the act. Like any sane person would be. I noticed, though: there was a lot of glee about this attack. From “laugh reacts” on live feeds on Facebook to more.
I saw a lot of glee from SJWs. ‘They deserve it,’ they said, ‘because of how they treat homosexuals.’
So that makes it okay, does it? Huh. I forgot many on the left only virtue signal. They have no sympathy for what happens. I doubt they even care about homosexuals. Or anyone else. They’re just useful right now. But I’m changing topics.
No flag of Russia lit up on European monuments. Yet.
So far nothing:
- in London
- on the Eiffel Tower
- on Brandenburg Gate
- or even on the Empire State Building
Tel Aviv did, though. Bless them.
Right now, nobody has claimed responsibility. Rumours are spreading. Conspiracy theories are everywhere.
My thoughts and prayers for everyone injured or dead:
- Left or right.
- Black or white.
- Gay or straight.
- Male or female.
- Young or old.