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Jesus appears on Ang Ku Kueh

Jesus appears on Ang Ku Kueh

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Amateur Singaporean food blogger stunned to find renowned Jew on his Chinese pastry.

An amateur food blogger-cum-critic, Baby Ion Chaff, made a shocking discovery this afternoon.

An image of Jesus anointing the sick appeared on his Ang Ku Kueh that was bought at a coffee shop near Liang Seah Street, beside Beach Road.

Baby Ion Chaff said: “I was doing my, you know, food critiquing, and I took photos with my Nikon SLR camera with zoom lens.”

“And the next thing I know, while reviewing my artistic shots, I saw Jesus anointing the sick on my Ang Ku Kueh.”

Baby Ion Chaff showed New Nation exclusive photos of the now-famous Ang Ku Kueh:

Baby Ion Chaff’s Ang Ku Kueh:

Fiddling with his camera, she zooms in on the Ang Ku Kueh:

Zoom some more… Can you see Jesus anointing the sick already?

Ok, zoom some more… Can you see it now?

Lo and behold, this is the world renowned image of Jesus anointing the sick!

Thoughts of selling this prized possession will not be entertained, Baby Ion Chaff said.

And she will also not be bringing the Ang Ku Kueh to the Church for authentication.

That’s because it is no longer available.

Baby Ion Chaff said: “I got hungry and ate it.”

Editor’s note: After this report was out, many members of the public claimed to also see an image of a white cat. New Nation has verified that this is accurate.

Wrong move, National Council of Churches Singapore

Wrong move, National Council of Churches Singapore

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An irate Christian writes to us.

Is it okay for Christians to ogle at a near naked Jaymee Ong?

Dear New Nation editors,

I am a Christian and I am highly irritated by the recent actions of the National Council of Churches Singapore (NCCS).

The NCCS came out publicly last Friday to slam two articles published in the March edition of FHM Singapore, a lad mag featuring voluptuous women, describing them as “highly objectionable and deplorable”.

The articles in question were entitled, “Which of These Celebs Might Secretly be Jesus?” and “Jesus 2.0: What can we expect?”.

In the former article, celebrities such as Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, ex-Idol judge Simon Cowell and singing sensation Ms. Justin Bieber are assessed for “evidence” to find out which one of them could be Jesus.

Some of the famous personalities speculated to be Jesus in the FHM Singapore article.

The latter article features a photo of a man holding a gun strapped with ammo looking like The Messiah on his return trip here.

In a statement issued and signed by NCCS president Bishop Dr Robert Solomon and its three vice-presidents, NCCS said the FHM articles “make fun of the Lord Jesus Christ” and added: “These articles appear during the holy season of Lent when Christians remember the sufferings and sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, and they cause serious offence and hurt the sensitivities of the Christian community.”

This prompted a swift apology and a promise to pull the magazine off shelves islandwide by FHM’s senior editor, who on hindsight, appears a tad spineless.

Now that we’ve got the facts of the case out, I’ll like to say this: The NCCS shouldn’t have proceeded with this condemnation without first consulting all the Christians from more than 150 churches across denominations in Singapore that the council supposedly represents.

As a representative of its members, the NCCS should have held a referendum with us to see what we vote for before proceeding to denounce FHM Singapore.

Let’s look at the basics: Singapore is a democracy. And abiding by the democratic tradition of voting, we can decide as a majority what should be done.

Because, for Christians who don’t enjoy things being put in the limelight, denouncing something as trivial as a magazine article will only make all the other people around us curious, and Christians as a whole, look ridiculous.

And when people get curious, that’s when things really start to go pear-shaped.

Think about it: Now that the case has been blown completely out of proportion with it being talked about in the media and online, the offending articles have become even more readily accessible.

And viewed more times than it would have, had the NCCS stayed silent.

What could have passed off as a monthly tongue-in-cheek and inconsequential piece, suddenly becomes permanent as it will live on forever more inside the Internet until the real Second Coming of Christ.

All because someone got jumpy about this issue in the first place.

Worse, by choosing what to openly condemn and denounce, the NCCS and Christians as a whole, eventually avail ourselves as targets of other people’s judgement.

I’ve already been asked countless of times by atheists if it is okay for Christians to read FHM.

I don’t even have a ready answer to that question.

And now that NCCS has condemned one article in particular in FHM while staying silent on everything else, what message does it send?

It is not okay to be insensitive to Jesus Christ but okay for Jaymee Ong to be near naked and ogled at by men, Christians or otherwise?

What is the view of the NCCS regarding the recent controversial MCYS ads featuring social workers?

Is there a moral dilemma that the NCCS can address when it comes to high ministerial salaries?

Why isn’t there an ongoing condemnation of the casinos in Singapore?

When all these issues are put into perspective, I fear the day NCCS speaks again to condemn something else.

It will make Christians look truly inconsequential.

Sincerely,
An Irate Christian

Why does Jesus look like a rock star?

Why does Jesus look like a rock star?

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Bet you never knew why Jesus is portrayed with long hair. So, read on.

Long hair + beard = Rock star

There are two possible explanations why the bearded, long-haired Jesus persisted through the centuries.

That rock star look that Jesus currently embraces was based on the iconography of Roman gods back in the day.

Romans viewed Jesus as the son of God, so they thought of him as being similar to second-generation pagan deities like Apollo and Bacchus. But these dudes were clean-shaven and youthful, with mid-length, curly locks.

But as He increasingly became imagined as the king of kings, sitting on a heavenly throne, his image had to resemble Neptune and Jupiter: The patriarchs of Olympus who were mature and bearded.

With longer manes of hair.

A more specific explanation is also warranted: Jesus had a relationship with water. He walked on water. He turned water into wine.

Since pagan gods who were associated with water, like Neptune, often had long-flowing hair that merged with the water itself in statues and paintings, Jesus probably ought to be long-haired too.

Ancient cities built at the confluence of waterways had their own local river gods who were similarly depicted.

In early paintings, Jesus was often shown above the four rivers of paradise.

So, you have the right to suspect if the Jesus hairstyle shown in religious icons today has anything to do with his actual coiffure back in the day.

Because, lo and behold! Jesus, most likely, had short hair!

A Roman triumphal arch from that era depicts enslaved Jews with short hair. Even one of the earliest images that scholars think could be Jesus—on a third-century chapel at Dura-Europos in modern Syria—also shows men with short hair.

Moreover, the early Christian evangelist Paul wrote, “Doth not even nature itself teach you that if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?”

Paul may never have seen Jesus in the flesh, but he would have known the popular hairdos of the time.

It can be concluded that the classic image of a bearded, long-haired Jesus only emerged as the favorite in the sixth century.

But nothing’s fixed since early Christians painted Jesus’s hair in many different ways.

The New Testament offers virtually no physical description of him, so they would have based the portraits on their own, diverse ideas of what a god should look like.

Some philosophers, like St. Augustine, appreciated the diverse ways of portraying the incarnate Jesus.

He thought ineffability was more consistent with divinity. It’s easy to paint a man, he argued, but hard to paint a god.

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