Jencarlos Canela: "Telenovela" Star Portrays Modern-Day Jesus in "The Passion"

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Jencarlos Canela played a modern-day version of Jesus Christ in Fox's Sunday night broadcast of The Passion. The Telenovela star has an interesting take on religion that isn't unheard of for some modern-day Christians.

"I was raised Catholic, but I consider myself more spiritual than religious," Jencarlos Canela said in a recent interview with People magazine.

Canela believes "human error" is the reason for his "disconnect from religion."

"We make the mistake of attaching the word God to religion," he says. "The word God is way bigger than religion."

"We can't allow anyone to tell us how our relationship with God must be," he adds. "We can choose our own path. And at the end of the day, all that matters is that we are on that path with a supreme being who helps us strive to become better people--a better version of ourselves."

The Passion was set in modern day New Orleans. It featured several contemporary songs, as well as a different look at the final hours on earth of Jesus Christ. In addition to Jencarlos Canela, it starred Trisha Yearwood in the role of Jesus Christ's mother, Mary.

What's your take on Jencarlos Canela's take on religion? Did you like him in the role of Jesus in The Passion, or do you prefer a more traditional version instead?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.