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“Then they fasted that day, and put on sackcloth, and cast ashes upon their heads, and rent their clothes, and laid open the book of the law, wherein the heathen had sought to paint the likeness of their images.”- 1 Maccabees 3:47-48
One of the most widespread and accepted deception is the false European depictions of Christ. Most people will willingly admit that he was absolutely not white, but seem to be OK with continuing to push the lie.
- Why is it OK to change the race and ethnicity of Christ, but not his gender?
- If race doesn’t matter, then why was his race changed in the first place?
- If race doesn’t matter, then why don’t churches protest anything that depicts him falsely?
For those that are seekers of truth, we can’t help but notice that the further back in history we look, the darker the Messiah seems to get.
Most times we see Jesus depicted as a straight haired white man, even though Israel shares a border with Africa, and Jesus hid out in Africa for the first few years of his life. In addition to that, Judah started the entire tribe with two female descendants of Ham, the father of all black Africans. Here is how we’re use to seeing Christ.
When we take the time to start digging up pictures that predate the Renaissance Period (1300AD – 1700AD), we start to discover that in every instance he was depicted with black skin.
Why is it that we allow such deception to continue if we as Christians are supposed to embrace truth? The fact is God chose a nation as his own. He also chose to be born as a man into that nation. That nation spent a lot of time in Africa and were mistaken for Africans throughout scripture, and yet the lie of a European Christ is perpetuated throughout mainstream Christianity.
“O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.” – Jeremiah 16:19