March 17, 2005

How would Jesus smell?

A South Dakota couple is selling candles that smell like Jesus. No word on whether a cologne is on the way.

Light up the candle called "His Essence" and its makers say you'll experience the fragrance of Christ.

Bob Tosterud and wife Karen say the formula is all spelled out in Psalm 45.

"It's a Messianic Psalm referring to when Christ returns and his garments will have the scent of myrrh, aloe and cassia," says Karen Tosterud.

Wondering what that must smell like, Karen Tosterud ordered those oils, a combination that produces sort of a flowery, cinnamon aroma. Then she called on a friend who just happened to be a candle-maker.

Well, he probably didn't just happen to be a candle-maker -- she probably called him because he was a candle-maker. But enough of my backseat copyediting!

"We wanted people to be able to experience Christ in new ways and to be able to read a bible and have that scent and that candle as a reminder that he is with us all the time."

"You can't see him and you can't touch him," says Bob Tosterud. "This is a situation where you may be able to sense him by smelling. And it provides a really new dimension to one's experience with Jesus."

I see they don't claim that you can't hear him (and, yes, many people claim to, but those people need medication) or, more importantly, taste him. Is a sequel in the works? Or are communion wafers and wine really an accurate representation of what Jesus tastes like?

(Via Boing Boing.)

Posted by Francis at 01:11 PM | TrackBack

If one believes in transubstantiation (that the communion wafers & wine actually become the body 'n blood of J.C.) I would suspect that the taste would be like underdone pork.
(Based on the fact that supposedly the Maori name for Englishmen was "long pig"...)

Posted by: Steve at March 17, 2005 01:39 PM

True, although the taste would also depend on whether one wanted to eat a fully cooked Christ or just, say, lick his arm.

Posted by: Francis at March 17, 2005 02:12 PM

Right: licking the Christ would be an entirely different experience than fully partaking of his flesh. I do hope they offer Christsickles soon. I mean, "Christ on a stick" pretty much sells itself, doesn't it?

Posted by: Lance at March 17, 2005 03:48 PM

But Lance, how do you expect to get your mouth around that transverse beam?

Posted by: Scott at March 17, 2005 06:14 PM
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