Was Jesus White?

Jesus Image

Why does almost every depiction (image) of God or Jesus resemble a white man?

My view is through the eyes of the African American experience in Americas and it is that Christianity was purposely manipulated by the dominate Caucasian race to steer mankind toward the darkness of racism through their imagery of God. God and Jesus were made in the image of the white man. In America this played a significant role in spreading racism and white supremacy. Think about it. God resembles the slave master. Therefore, the salve master is subliminally suggested to be God or godlike. This is one of the most subversive yet effective techniques of mass brainwashing ever perpetrated upon an enslaved people. The brainwashing is so complete that even after several generations post-slavery, many blacks still have self-esteem issues linked to their view of themselves as being inferior. Some still think that the white man’s ice is colder than the black man’s ice.

It is well documented that Jesus’ lineage can be traced throughout Africa and the Middle East and that he could not have had blue eyes or fair long hair as the vast majority of artists have depicted him. In actuality, because he was a Galilean Jew in the first century, he was most probably of dark complexion, muscular built with short curly hair – not unlike most Jewish men of that period (Isaiah 53:2).

The very notion of depicting God or Jesus in any imagery should be repulsive to Born Again Believer and identified as a rebellious and deceptive act of Satan. No man has ever seen God and there were no camera’s in the day of Christ’s earthly ministry. So where did these imageries of God and Christ come from?

They came out of the sinful imagination of man.

The true God is not a picture, the true God is not a statue, and as the Scriptures plainly state, by God’s own Word, the true God is not to be worshiped or prayed to by the use of statues or pictures. It is a blasphemous insult to Almighty God to portray Him in such a lowly and grossly-inaccurate way! (Exodus 20:4)

What does the Bible warn about the use of statues and pictures for worship?

God will shame and condemn those who use statues or images for worship:

“Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? Ye are even My witnesses. Is there a God beside Me? Yea, there is no God; I know not any. They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed. Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing? Behold, all his fellows shall be ashamed: and the workmen, they are of men: let them all be gathered together, let them stand up; yet they shall fear, and they shall be ashamed together.” (Isaiah 44:8-11 KJV)

God is not made of wood, plastic, paint or cement – God is not to be represented by wood, plastic, paint or cement:

“Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead” (Acts 17:29-31 KJV)


Please click on the picture in this post to learn more about the deception of Satan and the conspiracy to exalt one race over another by using the image of Christ.

Learn more about God’s Commandment regarding making images of Him by visiting the following page: The Second Commandment

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13 responses

  1. This is such an interesting post!
    I had not really considered all you wrote about. Thank you for this enlightening look from an African American perspective.
    I really appreciate your view.

  2. People tend to make gods in their own image. Jesus depicted in European art was white, because Europeans were predominately white. Jesus depicted in Ethiopian art is black, because Ethiopians are predominately black. Jesus depicted in Korean art is Korean… do you see where I’m going with this?

    We in the US have the image of a white Jesus because Europeans brought that image with them, but all cultures tended to portray their gods, Jesus included, in ‘their own image’, it’s a pretty universal tendency, and certainly not confined to white Europeans.

    I’m not making any argument whatsoever about racism in Europe or by Europeans, by the way, nor am I arguing whether there should be depictions of Jesus in general.

    I’m merely giving a general overview of the depiction of Jesus among many cultures, and that depiction almost always reflects the culture of the artist and not the reality of the man who was – by all logical conclusions – a Semitic Jew.

  3. Actually, the Bible tells us (and I can’t remember the exact verse, but recently read it..I think it is in Isaiah..) that Jesus would not be a good looking man, for one. Secondly, he would have looked closer to black than white because the people over there at that time, and even now, were dark skinned, thicker lips, larger nose…dark hair. Yet, all the pics depict Him as this good looking feminine white man, clean shaven, and blue eyed. Now King David was short with red hair, and I believe green eyes..but that was rare! That’s why he was considered the runt, and the odd ball of his family. Another interesting point is that Jesus wore a knee-length tunic with a sash tied around his waist…and…a Jewish Prayer shawl (Talit) with wings (tassles) (Psalm 91, under His wings…) and (the woman with the issue of blood..hem of His garment (she touched the tassles)).

    Interesting post! God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

  4. He was born in the middle east, so he probably had a mix of a bit of hebrew, arabic, persian and maybe greek/roman traits, but definitely not northern scandanavian as he appears in most paintings.

  5. I appreciate this post. It has always bothered me the way that Jesus is depicted in most art, and in fact, that He is depicted at all. We can be sure that He did not look like most of those paintings we see. Part of the reason We have this “white Jesus” image is because most of the paintings of Jesus originated from the Renaissance period and were painted by white Renaissance painters. Because they had never seen Him, they naturally painted Him to look like they did, rather than considering what He most likely actually looked like. These paintings became very popular and were copied and emulated for centuries which solidified this false image of Him in our minds. But that brings us back to your point that it’s an image. We aren’t supposed to be making graven images at all! That is what makes our God different from the idols, He is a living Spirit, not something created by men’s hands. Excellent post!

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