Jesus was Not White: the Earliest Depiction of Jesus

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For years, it has been known and even talked about in the sphere of the mainstream that the traditional image of Jesus Christ as some white man with blue eyes and possibly blonde hair is historically inaccurate.

Apparently the first known images created to represent Jesus as an adult show him with short hair, a beard, and darker melanated skin.

It wasn’t all the way until the Middle Ages, when depictions of Jesus began to look different. He started appearing as a white man, because as it goes, Christians didn’t like the concept of Jesus looking Jewish or Semitic. Biblical passages related to darkness meaning evil and light meaning good may have been falsely carried onto the concept of skin color.

Christianity became something far, far different from what the original teachings of Jesus Christ probably were. According to all accounts, Jesus was an anarchist: a rebel against government, against tyranny, and against the Romans

Christianity was warped into a tool used to control the world, to “colonize,” in other words brutally steal land from, the native people of so many places.

Slavery was justified by white supremacy, The “colonization,” or brutal theft of land from the Native Americans and from the native Central and South American people by the Spanish was all justified by Catholicism and Christianity: not true Christianity, a monstrosity that had evolved over 1,000 years after the death of Jesus Christ.

In 2001, for a BBC documentary titled “Son of God,” a forensic anthropologist named Richard Neave created this model of a man’s face, a model of what Jesus’ face might look like based on an actual skull recovered in the region.

According to the BBC“It was simply meant to prompt people to consider Jesus as being a man of his time and place, since we are never told he looked distinctive.”

These are thought to be the earliest surviving paintings of Jesus, from a church at the ruined city of Dura-Europos on the river Euphrates (from the 3rd Century AD).

There’s a great irony within modern Christianity. Some of us were raised in Christian families, or around many people who were Christian, and we found their sense of morality uptight and repressive. This much was true for some people.

However, those Christians who always warned about “demons,” and evil, and evil people, in a certain way they were completely right all along. The irony is that the evil they speak of is right in front of their faces, within governments, corporations, institutions, and even religious institutions that constitute Christianity itself, like the Catholic Church.

One cannot argue that the Catholic Church is not the epitome of immorality with the pedophilia problem it has been repeatedly proven to have. Ironically Christians who have warned of evil in this world have been right all along, but they may not have known where to look to find it. It’s not just the Catholic Church, bizarre, evil ways are all around us in this world, so archetypally similar to the Christian depiction of good versus evil, one can’t help but respect the fact that they called it from the beginning.

Christianity is like a paradox today: several decades ago, it might have been considered repressive, but today their teachings seem very relevant and important, because hedonism, darkness, and just straight up evil are all around us, and definitely all around us in the media. One doesn’t have to believe in Jesus as the son of God to understand that many of those Christians were correct.

I never thought I’d say it, being raised in the Bible Belt of the United States, having to deal with genuinely fanatical Christians growing up, but they were right about a lot of things. Respect to the good Christians who just want to stand on the side of good in this world: especially the Christians who aren’t afraid to realize certain truths about this world, including the truth that religious institutions don’t represent any kind of spiritual positivity, ever.

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