Lexington | A 30-year old man from Kentucky underwent some radical plastic surgery in order to physically resemble Jesus Christ.
According to the Lexington Daily Tribune, Mark Emery has already been following Jesus’ footsteps in many different ways for several years, becoming a carpenter himself, as well as studying ancient Jewish law and religious texts.
He went so far as to spend more than $215,000 on two years worth of plastic surgery to change his physical appearance to resemble Jesus.
After undergoing a total of 21 surgical interventions, he claims to be “almost satisfied” with the results.
“Some people buy fancy cars or fancy mansions… I use my money to show my love for Jesus by getting surgery to look more like him,” says Mr. Emery. “I try to live by his example and to be as much like him as I can. For me, acting like Jesus wasn’t enough, I really wanted to be like him and look like him.”
Many critics have already arisen in the social media, both denouncing or mocking Mr. Emery’s attempt to resemble Jesus Christ.
Hundreds of people, including various religious leaders, have made some religiously oriented critics, denouncing as “blasphemy” or “heresy” his desire to physically imitate the appearance 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.
Many critics have also described Mr. Emery’s surgery as “ridiculous” since the physical appearance of Jesus Christ remains unclear and is still subject to a lot of debate.
The Bible itself gives no physical description of Jesus in the sense of describing his skin tone, hair style, or facial traits.
Many theories have been elaborated by scholars over the years, some of them incredibly far-fetched, claiming that Jesus could have been West African, Egyptian or half-Roman among others, but none of these claims were backed on any proof.
It is generally accepted among historians, that Jesus was not of European descent, as he is usually depicted on icons and crucifixes. He would instead have resembled a modern-day Arab, Turk or other middle eastern man, having a slightly darker skin color.
Despite all these critics, Mr. Emery says that he is really happy with the results of his surgery, claiming that he now feels closer to Jesus than he had ever felt in his life.
Manchester City’s Brazilian star striker Gabriel Jesus says he will not need surgery on his right eye socket which was fractured by team-mate Nicolas Otamendi.
The 20-year-old Brazil international had to go off after the accidental collision with Argentina defender Otamendi in a match in Melbourne, Australia, last Friday.
However, he felt sufficiently cheered by the assessment of the medical staff to go public with the news on Thursday.
“Yesterday I did a facial resonance, several exams and I have good news! My recovery is going very well and I won’t need surgery,” he wrote on Facebook.
“In 15 days I will be reassessed but all signs show that I will be back within three weeks!
“Thanks a lot to everyone that sent me messages, who supported me, sent positive vibes and prayed for me.
“Thank you to Dr Jorge Pagura, Dr Claudio Lotemberg and Dr Sergio Miranda, for the treatment and attention.”
Jesus made a strong impact at City upon his arrival in January, scoring three goals in his first three appearances before suffering a broken bone in his foot that sidelined him for two months.
City manager Pep Guardiola labelled him “special” and suggested the club might have been fighting for the title rather than scrapping for a Champions League place had he been available all season.
With pre-season training still a few weeks away, Guardiola will hope Jesus will be back in time for the US tour which begins in July.
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GABRIEL JESUS has gone under the knife to have his broken metatarsal repaired.
The young Manchester City striker had an operation in Barcelona and will spend 48 hours in hospital before flying back to England.
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Gabriel Jesus appeared in a hospital bed with his thumbs up after undergoing surgery in Barcelona
Dr Ramon Cugat,a trusted medical contact of City boss Pep Guardiola, performed the surgery.
He has previously treated Vincent Kompany and Kevun De Bruyne this season.
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Jesus could be allowed to join rest of squad in Abu Dhabi next week for some sun and rest but he will be out for at least eight weeks.
Jesus was hurt at Bournemouth on Monday and the news of his injury came as a bitter blow after the 19-year-old Brazilian made such a blistering start to his career at the Etihad.
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Jesus has scored three goals in five appearances for City since his £26.8million move from Palmeiras was rubber-stamped in January and has received widespread praise for the way he has adapted to English football.
His absence opens the door for Sergio Aguero to restablish his presence in the City front line.