We feel the pressure of Christ equalling God with Nikos Kazantzakis. The Last Temptation is somewhere not surprisingly blacklisted since 1954 by the Vatican. Like Hugo van der Goes painting of Adam and Eve being tempted, Nikos Kazantzakis, has a similar description of God equalling the devil, in the entire length of the novel, Christ is followed around by something half native marsupial and half amphibian male, with van der Goes, the beast is the colours of ascension and for Kazantzakis his God representative is almost comical in a tragicomical, clown like fashion. Christ also wears a belt of rusty nails pointing inwards something like current Christian nuns wear, although their small metal garter belt is to feel Christ through the uncomfortable feeling of being human. Although Mary Magdalene is thought of as being Christ's lover they did not consummate the love affair with lovemaking, only spiritual lovemaking. Instead Mary Magdalene took herself to the desert to reform her livelihood. The whole book is too human. You feel the love Christ died for on the cross so potently throughout the novel, it is no wonder that when made available in English the book was so successful.