A former bus driver and bed-and-breakfast owner – who changed his name from John Edward Birtwhistle to Jesus Christ after memories of his run-in with the authorities 2,000 years ago came flooding back to him – hopes to become a member of parliament for Burnley in Lancashire.
According to this report, Christ, 77, changed his name by deed poll in 1996 after people started calling him “Jesus” because he had “the ability to heal people”.
Things started to happen like healing. I thought I’ve never done that before in my life. One of my customers was coming down the stairs and fell. He really badly injured his neck. So I went over and I just put my hands on him and said: ‘Are you alright, I hope you’re not hurt’.
He said ‘No, I’m alright now’. They’re calling me Jesus and this person fell down the stairs, injured his neck badly and this healing took place instantly. I thought there must be something in this.
Christ gave up the B&B he was running and cycled to London to live among the homeless.
He realised that he was the Son of God when memories came back to him in dreams.
When I was here 2,000 years ago I was teaching these people how to live in harmony with the spirit and it was all to do with nature; grow your own food, eat fruit and veg and only drink water.
People say Jesus changed water into wine. I didn’t do that, I changed wine into water. Alcohol is bad for you.
Despite being treated with scepticism and ridicule Christ – who suffers from shingles and had a stroke two years ago – does not plan to stop doing God’s work. He said:
People spat at me, shouted at me. I’ve had people get hold of me and shake me. It’s not nice. They didn’t like my name. They hated it. I don’t have any friends. They talk nice to your face but stab you in the back when you’re not looking.
Two thousand years ago I went against the government. I told them who I was, what I was here for and that the people were going to have a better life. They got rid of me because I went against the government. They crucified me.
In an interview with Pink News, Christ addressed the issue of homosexuality:
If someone wants to be homosexual, that it up to them.
In God’s eyes it is wrong. It is alright if they want to be friends but if it comes down to the physical side, it’s not. It is their choice. We mustn’t interfere.
God allows free will. If a homosexual comes into a church that person must be treated with respect. You can’t go round condemning people. You could say murder is wrong but you have still got to forgive that person.
When two people love each other, the creator gives them the go ahead. It is being allowed. We shouldn’t condemn it or agree with it.
I presume it wasn’t mentioned 2000 years ago because there weren’t as many homosexuals as there are today. But we should show respect, if you do it, you do it.