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What Color Was Jesus The Christ.

March 29, 2013 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) The most common answer, “He was not blond and blue-eyed like they show him in movies and paintings. He was darker than that, like the people who live in North Africa today.” However, the average American today looks nothing like the average American 500 years ago when Columbus arrived. So why expect the North Africans of today to necessarily resemble those of more than 2,000 years ago?

Some point to phrases in the Bible that say, “His eyes are like blazing fire, his feet like burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of many waters.” which would indicate a very black man with a deep voice. And there are depictions of Christ like this in some Black churches, and some ancient statues and paintings show him this way. However, doesn’t theBlack-Christ second commandment explicitly forbid the making of “graven images?” So how come there are so many depictions of Christ, as Black or white?

Muslims have no depiction of Jesus Christ or any of the prophets, neither do Jews, or many Christian sects. However, Catholics and many Protestant sects do have icons, usually of a white Jesus. And note that it is Catholics and the Protestant sects with the white Jesus icon that sent out missionaries in the wake of the European conquerors and colonizers. Note that the literal meaning of “Catholic” is “universal.” The Catholic Church purports to be universal, a faith for everyone. However, how can any faith that holds that certain of its members look like God, and others do not, be all-encompassing? Once the prophets, or God himself, as many Christians hold Jesus Christ to be, is pictured as any color, then all who are not of that color would have to have a lesser status.

However, there is an even deeper question. Did Jesus Christ really exist? Because this is a predominantly Christian country, the mass media acts as if Jesus Christ is an undisputed, real historical figure. As a result many, if not most, are not aware that there is a historical debate as to whether or not such a person really existed. Who or what one believes, or does not believe, is a purely personal matter. But it is a fact that there is great controversy over Christ’s authenticity.

Here is a little test. Tell me, who am I referring to? He died in his 33rd year. He said the man married to his mother was not his father. He said he was fathered by a God. He was called, “King of Kings.” And the name “Issus” was connected to him. Who was that? Jesus? Yes, but all these things are also true of Alexander the Great. It has been claimed that Christ is a re-configuring of the supreme Western conquerer, Alexander, as a supremely religious figure.

The Persians invaded and conquered Egypt in 666 BCE. The Greeks under Alexander came in 333 BCE. Alexander’s general Ptolemy, after Alexander’s death, inherited the throne of Egypt and was declared Pharaoh. The Ptolemaic line was the last Pharaonic dynasty; its last member was Cleopatra. After Cleopatra, the Romans seized Egypt. The Romans, at first, persecuted the Christians until, that is, the Emperor Constantine converted to the Christian faith.   

However, Walter Williams in The Historical Origins of Christianity disputes that last claim. He offers evidence that Constantine did not convert to Christianity, but, instead, created it! Williams says that the Romans were not putting Christians to death, that they were persecuting the last stubborn remnants of the original, ancient Egyptian religion. Constantine, says Williams, ceased his attacks on them once they agreed to convert Egyptian religion into what is now known as Christianity. That is why the earliest statues of Christ and his mother are Black. They are based on the Egyptian holy figures Isis and her son, Osiris.

Notre Dame and many European cathedrals are, in fact, built on sites that were originally temples to Isis. Notice, how in Southern Europe the “Mother of God,” is often given as much, if not more, attention and veneration than Christ. Williams, and others, say this is because Mary is really a refiguring of the goddess Isis, and Jesus is a recasting of her son, Osiris.

The Romans badly needed a central religious figure to hold together their ever expanding Empire. Observe that the Pope is called the “Pontiff.” One of the titles of the Roman Emperor was “Pontifex Maximus.” Also, look at the hat, called the “mitre,” that the Pope and all the bishops of the Catholic Church wear. It is based on the double crown of the Egyptian pharaoh. The pharaoh was the intermediary between the people and the gods, the Roman Emperor and later the pope assumed that pivotal role. After the fall of Rome, the various kings that rose up across Europe claimed to rule by, “Divine Right.”

So we see that starting with the simple question, “What color was Christ?” we can explore a host of historical issues and perspectives. But, bottom line, what is the truth? Only you can decide. However, unless you read and think for yourself, others will make up your mind for you and thereby decide your fate. Would that not be a waste?

Staff Writer; Arthur Lewin
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12 Responses to “What Color Was Jesus The Christ.”
  1. Niyah says:

    Wow this makes me really angry.
    Why does his color matter so much to you? That’s so superficial- you’re missing the point of your own damn bible! Jesus is the messiah, the one who is to absolve you of your sins and save you from damnation. He is the son of God and a holy presence- his teachings are that of acceptance and love for all, and of being a wholesome person because you want to be, not because you want others to think you are. His message was to do good because you are a good person and because you want god to judge you as such, rather than to do good because you want those on earth to think you are good. This is the point of Jesus Christ, not to be an idol for you because he is black or because he is white. Who knows, maybe he was Asian looking- anthropologists don’t really have any idea what people of the fertile crescent looked like back then. The point is: his race shouldn’t matter: his message should be the most important thing. Why does his appearance mean anything to you at all?

    Does it make you angry that an atheist and non christian is pointing out your superficial behavior? It should, this is sad. Learn your message, don’t get caught up in the irrelevant details.

  2. He was Jewish. In those days there were no blacks. He worked in the sun, turned him dark. Eyes red never sleep much, voice — don’t know on that. Never heard that sound.That is what I think. there has been a Korean Pastor, says he found the words in the New Testament that tells of him. He has even drawn it.(from those words) His name is Gwang Hyuk Rhee of Seoul.

  3. jdean says:

    jesus is fake….he was created by rome….its blasphemous for a man to be god or part of one…..remember that

  4. I’m a true believer of Jesus Christ and the bible has been rewritten so many times to falsely hide the truth. Look at all the movies they made of Jesus Christ,you know and I know that they will never let a white man drag a cross to be crucified on a cross.see white people are cursed people’s they like to kill,and conquers which god stopped all things that was bad. Noah spoke the words of god nobody believes him until god locked the door to the ark it was to late they didn’t believe Noah because he was black and as of today a black man is guilty until proven innocent,that is not godly way of doing things the movie king Solomon they had a white man playing the role where in the bible states that Solomon was white.yes Jesus Christ was black everybody knows that Found out when a white person dies he change color back to black so why is they hiding behind a lie the truth will set you free One more thing god will bless all who believe in him

  5. Ninja says:

    Wow, I can’t believe people get so caught up in this. When white people depict Jesus he’s white, when we depict him he’s not, with some cross over in between. I know many white people who believe he was much darker, and some of us who think he looks like Brad Pitt, but does it really matter? The same psychological principle behind it is why little girls that want a Barbie doll that looks like them. It’s not a conspiracy or hate fueled.
    Either way I can’t believe people still believe in this crap. If any of you really wanted to learn about this you’d realize he was just modeled after Horus & Mithra, who were basically created as a way of worshipping the sun & harvest. Arguing what color he was is like having a fight about what Superman’s favorite marshmallow based cereal would’ve been.

  6. RiggityRee says:

    Jesus is God’s son….. ppl get caught up in the irrelevance…… seek truth.

  7. Papacool says:

    This question is not limited to Jesus alone. One has to only go deep into the pyramids and see the picture. Black was dominant color of the globe at this time period. Alot of the images seem to have their noses smashed in an effort to take away the feature that was in vogue at that time period. When Hollywood jumped in and whitened Cleopatra, we knew we were in for it. History must find its way back to incorporating the truth. Seems to me that there has been a great effort of injustice done to our people in trying to whitewash historical facts. Even today Blacks have their version and the others have theirs, so somewhere in the middle lies the truth. We know that Thomas Jefferson had been a hypocrite and had black children with Sally Hemmings, but let the other version be told, it was his brother that brought those children into the world. Jesus was not some handsome European Aka Brad Pitt looking guy according to the Bible, handsome was not in his equation. But in seeing the epics that Hollywood has provided, he was not black and neither were any of the people in the movies, except for slave depictions. Even when they examined the Shroud of Turin, which should have been the cloth that the body of Christ was wrapped in, the 3d face depiction came up with an olive skinned individual. Go figure. As time has passed other facts are forthcoming that prove that people are off the beaten path when this issue is brought up for discussion. All I really wonder is that if Jesus was indeed Black would denominations stop being religious. The world is not ready for Him, maybe that is why He is taking so long in coming back…….Peace out, Papacool.

  8. ulo media says:

    And yet, black on black crime keep killing our young men, we still are at the bottom of the technology and economic ladders. Oh, and mega churches keep changing the money by pimping So Called believers.

  9. Carey says:

    This is a writing of mine which touched on this issue.

    Great Lies We Have Been Told About Jesus Christ Exposed

    Lie: The Jesus portrayed in the media with long hair and fair skin is the real Jesus of the Bible.
    Truth: There is no reason whatsoever to believe that Jesus Christ looked like that when he was a man on earth. From reading the gospels we see that Jesus was hard to point out even among his own disciples (John 18:3-8) which means that, however he looked, he must have looked like a typical first-century Jewish man. We are commanded in the Bible not to make a likeness (image) of God according to man’s corrupt understanding. It is idolatry. Since Jesus Christ is God who came in the flesh (John 1:1-5, 14) any “guesses” at how He would have looked which go beyond what’s in the Bible are idolatry. The media’s typical depiction of Jesus is influenced by how Pagan gods were typically portrayed in art, along with attempts throughout history to make “jesus” popular to the masses (obviously counterfeits of the real Jesus made by greedy people hoping to profit somehow from them). The media’s depiction is certainly not influenced by the word of God or permitted by the word of God. Scrap the “media jesus” from your mind completely. It is a shallow, cheap, pathetic counterfeit of the real Jesus.

    Lie: Jesus had only nice, positive things to say.
    Truth: Not so. Jesus proclaimed the whole truth about God’s righteous standards (Matthew 5-7), man’s rebellion against God and evil deeds which prevent one’s salvation when continued in (Matthew 15:18-20, John 3:18-20), the reality of the eternal fire of hell for those who refuse to forsake their sin and rebellion against God (Mark 9:43-48), our need to turn against the course of this world and follow him in obedience in order to be saved (Matthew 16:24-27), and other hard truths. The multitudes who heard Him were amazed by the great authority He spoke with (Matthew 7:28-29).

    Lie: Jesus only contended with the corrupt religious leaders of Israel because they tried to impose their standards on everyone else.
    Truth: Jesus did contend with the religious leaders of Israel more than anyone else, but not for the reasons many think. He contended with them primarily because they did not do what they told others to do and because they focused on looking righteous externally since they were more concerned about man’s praise than God’s. However Jesus himself told the people to do what they said which lined up with God’s law (Matthew 23:1-3) and also told everyone that even our secret works will be brought into judgment, so therefore we should rather fear God who is able to destroy both body and soul in hell (Luke 12:2-5). He also rebuked the multitude for not discerning their need to get right with God despite their capability and wisdom in discerning earthly matters rightly (Luke 12:54-59).

    Lie: Jesus accepted everyone and still does.
    Truth: Jesus was a friend of sinners and He shocked some cold religious people by the people he associated with on some occasions. However that does not mean he accepted everyone unconditionally. Jesus Himself said “They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Mark 2:17) Jesus came to save us from our sins (Matthew 1:21). He didn’t ignore them or deny that that they will destroy those who continue in them. Many will not be saved. Jesus DID demonstrate and tell us the right way to live and lovingly provided an opportunity for us to be saved/accepted by God by dying for our sins and rising again. We can now be justly pardoned and delivered from our sins by Him on the condition that we turn from our own way and sins in repentance and turn to Him in obedient faith (He is Lord as well as Savior and must be received as both- and thus His word must be kept in honor of His authority). Therefore the Bible says “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid.” (Romans 6:1-2a) “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him” (Hebrews 5:8-9) “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.” (1 John 2:3-5)

    The Bible warns of “another jesus” “another spirit” and “another gospel.” (2 Corinthians 11:4) Just because someone talks about “jesus”, doesn’t mean that they are referring to the Jesus of the Bible, even if they think that they are. This is a serious matter of eternal consequences! The real Jesus also said “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) We need to be in His way, following His truth, in order to have His eternal life. We only have this uncertain life to prepare to meet God and nothing else. We are responsible to read the Bible for ourselves, seek to understand the truth with our whole hearts, and follow the truth wherever it leads us. There are many deceptions and only one right way. Don’t let any lie keep you from following the truth that is in the real Jesus and rob you of eternal life.

  10. will says:

    Only you can decide? The history of the Jews (2nd Temple Period) can help one discover what Jesus looked like. He was a middle eastern man. He was raised in the province of Galilee and would be from the peasant class. Remember the religious leaders needed Judas to point out who Jesus was, because He (Jesus) was not of a notable stature (looks). He looked like a commoner and not a Greek/Roman god, but the power of the Almighty God was manifested in His life and ministry. But definitely Jesus was not a European, not Jeffrey Hunter, Max Van Sidow or Jim Caviezel!

  11. The underpinning of white supremacy is the lie
    that Jesus Christ is/was white blond and blue eyed.
    Until we address this falsehood head on,
    whites will continue to falsely believe
    that if Jesus was/is white there for God must be white
    and that is the reason we are superior beings.
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