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Why does most of the pictures of Jesus is white?

All-American Bitch 2010/04/03 14:46:39
The Bible says he has bronze BRONZE skin. Plus, almost every(or every at that) piece of Biblical evidence is found in Egypt, AKA AFRICA.
Since when in those times that whites have been Bronze-skinned and in Africa.
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  • Tonio31~E Pluribus Unum~ 2010/04/06 07:52:07
    Tonio31~E Pluribus Unum~
    As Christianity grew more popular in Europe, some people saw it fit to depict Jesus as white so he would be more acceptable to the European public. The white depiction of Jesus, or what I would like to call "Brown Mullet Jesus", grew more popular worldwide thanks to European exploration.
  • cassidysf 2010/04/05 22:42:01
    cassidysf
    it says that Jesus is from Nazareth, in the middle east.
  • wombat 2010/04/05 18:30:10 (edited)
    wombat
    Because the church is racist and cant stand the idea of an arab like Jesus.
  • All-Ame... wombat 2010/04/05 19:39:48 (edited)
    All-American Bitch
    +1
    wow someone finally has the b***s to say something against the church. Not like it's good or anything.
  • PoseidonXIII 2010/04/05 16:25:58
    PoseidonXIII
    +2
    I think Europeans made him white in pictures and it then caught on.
  • gfreeman BN-0 2010/04/05 13:53:15
    gfreeman BN-0
    +2
    White people don't want a black Jesus. However, it really should raise a lot of questions of whether or not Jesus was a real person and not just a mythological figure.
  • herb 2010/04/05 04:37:28
    herb
    +3
    It's mostly convention, as a holdover of tradition, that as its roots in Medieval art. Anachronisms abounded then, as they do now.
  • Nick Name 2010/04/04 22:43:33
    Nick Name
    +2
    He did not look like Robert Redford or a movie star. He was Jewish and probably dark complected because people spent more time in the sun because they did not ride in cars that much back then.
  • Caroline - fan of Audubon 2010/04/04 04:01:32 (edited)
    Caroline - fan of Audubon
    +1
    He was a Jew who could just have well looked something like this man. jew looked

    ..
  • All-Ame... Carolin... 2010/04/04 20:51:25
    All-American Bitch
    but read my description
  • Carolin... All-Ame... 2010/04/04 21:14:44
    Caroline - fan of Audubon
    I did K. There is nothing in scripture that say Jesus was of bronze skin tone, though I am sure his exposed skin did tan when the temperature was hotter. The verse quoted in Revelation quite obviously has a symbolic meaning, therefore it is to be taken literally. It does mention an Ethiopian in the book of Acts, and as we know in that part of the region skin tones were much darker than the Jewish nation. Also the Egyptians were slightly darker skinned. Jesus was an Israelite, a descendent from Abraham who was from the Mesopotamic region. Jesus would look very similar to those in that region of the middle east as we know it today. The bottom line, no one knows exactly what Christ looked like, and it really has no significance.
  • All-Ame... Carolin... 2010/04/05 19:41:35
    All-American Bitch
    Finally an educaated description.
  • All-Ame... Carolin... 2010/04/05 19:42:01
    All-American Bitch
    Beside Middle East people do not look like that above
  • \V/ 2010/04/04 03:41:31
  • GinnyWeasley_13 2010/04/03 20:07:44
    GinnyWeasley_13
    +1
    Lots of the ancient art we have of Jesus was created in the Roman Catholic era, and they weren't into making things realistic, they were much more into making it look beautiful. There are also plenty of paintings of Jesus's time that have everyone in long robes and expensive looking gowns.
  • jackolantyrn356 2010/04/03 19:36:28
    jackolantyrn356
    +4
    The reaity is that Jesus was Semitic and Jesus and the S4mitic peoples were of the same color. Essentially Indo-European.

    Pictures?
    They were merely trying to make Jesus a color like themselves. It don't maske any real difference what color He was......
  • Illjwamh 2010/04/03 19:33:27
    Illjwamh
    +3
    In the early middle ages, when the Catholic Church was trying to convert mostly pagan Europe to their new religion, they wanted to make it as simple a change as possible. High holy days were made to coincide with already well-established pagan celebrations (Christmas = winter solstice, Easter = spring fertility festival), and churches were built over the torn down remains of old sites of worship. It's easy to assimilate people if they get to keep going to the same place they've always gone to pray.

    To this end, Jesus was made to look white. An uneducated, superstitious population is more likely to be comfortable worshiping a guy who looks like them as opposed to someone who looks foreign and maybe even frightening.

    Concessions like this were made everywhere Christianity tried to spread. In China, all images of Jesus had him wearing shoes, even though the man himself often went barefoot. This is because culturally at the time, not wearing shoes was a sign of severe poverty or even mental illness. They could not respect, let alone worship, a man who did not wear shoes.
  • amazinggrace 2010/04/03 18:04:37
    amazinggrace
    +2
    Most of the paintings were done by European artists. That is their perception of Him.
  • payback 2010/04/03 17:23:54
    payback
    +1
    i think it is not right to draw his pic .because he is messenger from god .
  • saudi girl payback 2010/04/03 18:09:28
  • layla ^^ payback 2010/04/03 18:24:36
    layla ^^
    +1
    me 3

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  • saphirawatson 2010/04/03 16:31:33
    saphirawatson
    It makes me mad that people can't get the color of Jesus right.
  • Vive le Canada Libre!!! 2010/04/03 16:19:59
    Vive le Canada Libre!!!
    +1
    Jesus wouldn't have been white. Jesus is a Jew, he would have resembled someone who lives in the middle east today.
    jesus white jesus jew resembled lives middle east
  • All-Ame... Vive le... 2010/04/03 16:27:07
    All-American Bitch
    i agree
  • random thought 2010/04/03 16:10:29
    random thought
    ummmmm ur all rong Jesus was purple with hot pink hair and a poodle tattoo on his lower left thigh :)
    ur rong jesus purple hot pink hair poodle tattoo thigh
  • Billyk75 2010/04/03 15:53:52
    Billyk75
    +2
    Who really cares what color Jesus is?
  • All-Ame... Billyk75 2010/04/03 16:04:55
    All-American Bitch
    +1
    true. I'm just saying that if something is to be represented it should be represented right.
  • Billyk75 All-Ame... 2010/04/05 23:07:50
    Billyk75
    +1
    It would be kind of hard to prove Jesus' race. I still follow him and I feel that Christianity should be color blind.
  • All-Ame... Billyk75 2010/04/06 22:58:26
    All-American Bitch
    +1
    rave that.
  • FunMachine20 2010/04/03 15:53:44
  • Seasoned BN-0 2010/04/03 15:42:20
    Seasoned BN-0
    +2
    Because people always look at Jesus from their own point of view. His teachings should not be based on what color he was or what color you are....we all share the same color and that is the color red jesus view teachings based color color share color color red
  • JohntheChristian 2010/04/03 15:23:34
    JohntheChristian
    +3
    The Bible actually doesn't discuss his skin color at all.

    he looked like a first century palestinian Jew. Artists just like to depict him in the culture where they are. In china, Jesus often looks chinese for example.
  • Chris - The Rowdy One! #187 2010/04/03 15:11:51
  • Edward Chris -... 2010/04/03 15:40:07
    Edward
    +3
    great reply
  • Chris -... Edward 2010/04/03 17:58:12 (edited)
  • All-Ame... Chris -... 2010/04/03 16:06:19
    All-American Bitch
    +1
    no. I'm just saying if something is to represented it is to be represented correctly. great reply btw.
  • Chris -... All-Ame... 2010/04/03 17:58:28
  • Seasone... Chris -... 2010/04/03 17:25:25
    Seasoned BN-0
    +1
    Not everyone embraces the idea that Jesus and God are "one and the same"
  • Chris -... Seasone... 2010/04/03 17:59:13
  • Seasone... Chris -... 2010/04/03 18:02:48
    Seasoned BN-0
    Your are right and truth can be anyone's take of reality.

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