The former title to this painting was “Profess the Confess.” Christians know that you confess Jesus Christ as your savior for the remission of your sins before being baptized. Of course you shouldn’t do that unless you’re old enough to know what you’re committing to. After baptism, you’re to profess Christ to the world as did the early Christians. All this happens via the human tongue. For me, the shape of the two mountain ranges mirrored the human tongue shapes. And be
rest assured that there will come a day when all the inhabitants of the Earth will bow and confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God to the Glory of the Father. But at that time, it will be too late for the non–committed (into Christians) to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Now, why the change in titles and imagery? Well on further study………The Bible states that humans are made in the image and likeness of God. Of course we understand that this “image and likeness” has nothing to do with actually looking like God since the Godhead (no birth of Jesus yet) doesn’t have earthy mass as man does. No one drew and/or painted a portrait of Him (Jesus) while He was living to my knowledge that exists today. And photography didn’t exist back then. So any of mans’ depictions, whether of two or three dimensions, are definitely not going to be spot-on. Far from it. Not even horseshoe close. So if an artist can’t represent (a likeness) of the Christian deity (correctly) are they still guilty of any wrongdoing by merely speculating on what Jesus might have looked like and then adding His name in the title? I am now convinced (after much research) that I’ll have to answer, “yes” in response to that question.
These made-made, feeble attempts at our image-making of the Christianity deity box-up and limit the Christian concept of deity. These “fakes” would place the Christian God on the same shelf as all the other gods. I wouldn’t dream of representing Jehovah the Father, but His Son, the Logos, materialized into Jesus. He became, like us, living flesh. That brought Him down to (nearly) my level I reasoned. That placed Him in the public domain. He now became fair game for mans’ feeble imitations–right?
But I neglected one critical fact: Jesus and Jehovah are one. The Father is in the Son and vice versa. If we see the Son (now through scripture only), we see the Father also (John 14:9). There’s no way I can rationalize the painting of Jehovah’s Son, Jesus, without painting His Father, Jehovah, also. I take heed to the warning: “Fools rush where angels fear to tread.” Other artists throughout history (including most of the famous ones) have done depictions of Jesus in their work. As for me, I like to keep my soul intact by not leading any others astray. Like the woman caught in adultery, who was told by Jesus to “Go. From now on sin no more,” I pledge that from this day forward to do no more Jesus’ image paintings–regardless of my feeble attempts to disguise His “true” (facial) identity through vagueness of detail.
The second of the Ten Commandants says that this God who created the universe and everything in it, let’s us humans know that He wishes not to be known through any human representation of Him. God is the builder of the creation; not the creation itself. Builders are always superior to their creations. And this builder seeks to remain anonymous–visually speaking only. Knowledge of Him is to be gleaned from His scriptures–period! All visualization of Him in any earthly manifestation must predominately remain in a person’s mind only and be reinforced through the reading, study, and the preaching of scripture. Any of God’s created material shouldn’t be used to even attempt any representation of the non-created Christian Deity. Making any human likeness, regardless of efficiency or inefficiency, degrades the Godhead.
I did construct a glass block Jesus (decades ago) and hung Him upon a wooden cross before I became more enlightened. I choose not to dismantle it because it’s not carved out of glass–the blocks are simply glued together. And I certainly don’t bow down and worship it. Still, I’ll cease to do any other sculptures of Jesus because I don’t want to be held accountable on judgment day for my creative compromising.