Australian Daniel Christos has felt forced to deny that he is Jesus after being mobbed by locals convinced he is the Second Coming while travelling in Kenya.
Walking barefoot with a staff and dressed in long flowing robes, pictures of long-haired Daniel have gone viral on social media with people screaming ‘Jesus, welcome back Jesus’ at him following his arrival in Nairobi a fortnight ago.
Every single corner I walk on in Nairobi I have noticed someone either taking a photo or video… while hundreds of times a day I hear people calling out “Jesus”.
Pictures of the computer science graduate are being posted with the hashtag #JesusinNairobi for allow followers to keep track of his movements, prompting the former software engineer from Perth to announce “I am not Jesus! I have never pretended to be,” on his Facebook page.
In a television interview with NTV, Daniel described the attention he received as ‘intense’ and has as gone so far as to provide a detailed family history record to distance himself from Jesus or his family.
During the interview, he explains how after deciding that a traditional life wasn’t for him, he made the decision to travel full time around the world, without any material possessions.
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‘I was getting grey hairs, and stressed and tired and hardly sleeping… I started travelling and never stopped, a much nicer way for me to live my life,’ he explained.
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Mr Christos has said he understands why his looks and style of dress attracted comparisons with Jesus.
“But nobody really knows what Jesus looked like, we just have this picture that people put up in the church.
“To be honest I am natural, I walk barefoot and that’s the only link I have with him.
“I have got a beard, I walk barefoot and I’m happy and people see that and relate it to the picture in the church.
“It doesn’t really bother me so much. It’s been happening a long time now.” – Daniel Christos
The majority of the postings related to his time in Kenya have been ‘very friendly’, but one picture posted on social media of him walking through a busy downtown street suggested he should be crucified to see if he was capable of rising again.
Posting to his Facebook friends, Daniel said the message had made him ‘rather uncomfortable’, adding that he hoped the real Jesus would be treated ‘with a little more respect’ if he ever appeared for real in Kenya.
“Kenyan people in general have been very friendly and loving. Until I find this photo of me circulating online. I feel a little concerned by this person’s comments.
“I don’t know who wrote it and I don’t know if it was just a joke or if they were serous, but it has made me a little uncomfortable to walk in the streets of Nairobi.” – Daniel Christos
You can follow Daniel’s journey through Nairobi by searching for the #JesusinNairobi hashtag on Twitter.