Some of us struggle to be sure of our facts, to make sure they all fit together, and to figure everything out. Others are able to simply receive what life has to offer. Actor-turned-painter Jim Carrey is in the latter category. Here is his painting, Jesus Electric, followed by his commentary on it in a short documentary about his paintings.
The energy that surrounds Jesus is electric. I don’t know if Jesus is real, I don’t know if he lived, I don’t know what he means, but the paintings of Jesus are really my desire to convey Christ-consciousness. I wanted you to have the feeling when you looked in his eyes that he was accepting of who you are. I wanted him to be able to stare at you and heal you from the painting.
This profound inspiration in the midst of profound uncertainty is totally foreign to me but I found it so moving that I wanted to pass it on to you.
There’s more going on here than just the inspiration of a legend. Jesus is somehow more real to Jim Carrey than that. A Christian would say that the Holy Spirit is reaching out to him. Because I no longer believe in the Holy Spirit, I don’t buy that, but I don’t have a better explanation. What do you think?
Here’s the complete documentary. It’s only about 6 minutes long, and very worth watching whether your passion is art, Jesus, or Jim Carrey.