The quote above is from a movie titled “Goodbye Uncle Tom” which is a documentary film capturing in “graphic detail”, the racist ideology and degrading conditions that were faced by Africans during slavery. Although obviously staged, the film depicts actual events of what embodied slavery to be exactly what we know of it, the most horrific act of genocide to ever take place in humanity. Following the introduction of the movie which is a scene of a helicopter flying over a plantation as slaves watched in awe, is a scene of a group of white people eating and discussing their dominance as a race while being served by their slaves. It is in this scene, where an elder slave master says the quote above in a loud and proud manner. It makes sense because for it to be in the beginning too because, that one quote sets the stage for the oppression on not just blacks, but all other races who aren’t white. If we believe that the man who came to this world and performed miracles, who died for our sins, is a white man, well then how could we view white people as being anything else other than superior? It must be obvious that they are the chosen people right? My Christian friends… am I right?
From Sunday school to Sunday services, from the inside of our homes to as close as our front porch, we have been fed and taught as children to worship the likeliness and the Godliness of a Caucasian Jesus Christ. For many of us, we grew up with a nice sized picture frame of the Euro Christ in our Living rooms, or in the dining area for some, where he watched us all as we moved about! We were taught that he was our master and not only must we obey him, but we must dedicate our entire existence to him! If we didn’t obey, we will end up in a tormenting fire pit known as hell… Oooh! All praise the white Jesus or Else!
A good story is a good story, but bullshit has to be called out for what it is. First off, the first-century Hebrews from Judea were Levantine Middle Easterners according to a general scholarly consensus. The Christian scripture itself makes it very clear that Jesus was of Hebrew descent, it is also clear that he was born in the Middle East. Correct? So with this little bit of knowledge, how could the man known as Jesus be white?
Every tale has it’s origin…
Revelation 12:9 – And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
“When Pope Alexander VI held the office, Roman Catholic Church waged war against Islam. And Cesare Borgia was very instrumental. At the time, the Muslim hordes had successfully made their way northward into Germany. In addition, they conquered and controlled the Christian city and capital of the Byzantine Empire, Constantinople (Turkey). This threatened the very stronghold the papacy held over the Empire at the time. Unbeknownst to most, a major thorn in the papacy’s side was the fact that the image of the guy that held their religion together (i.e. Jesus) resembled the very people they were fighting; dark-skinned with African/Middle Eastern characteristics. The Christ was depicted this way in all the European religious art (i.e. carvings, paintings and sculptures). How could the Church sell the general population on the wickedness of the evil Muslim hordes when the Messiah they worshipped resembled the evil Muslim hordes?
Although the original Disciples who followed the Messiah were people of African descent who lived in African and Middle Eastern (East Africa) territories, the Catholic Church had won the War of Influence with Judaism. Ergo, Europeans had long taken control of the church and invented their version of the same thing. The “Disciples of the Messiah” were now “Followers of (the) Christ.” Pope Alexander VI devised a plan to have every image of the original Messiah destroyed. This meant the entire Vatican needed a makeover! Alexander VI commissioned Leonardo Di Vinci to recast Jesus in the image of his own beloved son Cesare Borgia.”
For those who were not aware of this history, “Wow!” Right. Yes, I know. But please, don’t be in a rush to mob the churches, for God said he will handle all of the deceivers.
Solomon 14:8 – But that which is made with hands is cursed, as well it, as he that made it: he, because he made it; and it, because, being corruptible, it was called god.
So what did Jesus look like?
I’m sure we are all familiar with the scripture in Revelations 1:14,15 – “His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.”
“It ain’t hard to tell”-Nas.
Throughout the ages, there have been many “Images” of Jesus proposed to the world. Our brother Jesus has really been an unspoken victim of a racial tug-of-war. Is he black? Is he white? The Christ is White! Jesus is Black! It is the most consistent argument throughout the ages. I really feel for this brother, he simply cannot rest in peace. Now here we are in 2015, and once again another image of Jesus has arrived, although, according to science, and what we know from the scriptures, this one seems to be a bit more accurate.
Let’s look at the story…
Richard Neave, who is a medical artist retired from The University of Manchester in England, has been working with a technique called forensic anthropology for about 20 years. He detailed the technique in the book Making Faces: Using Forensic And Archaeological Evidence, in which Neave is a co-author. Forensic Anthropology is a relatively new field that has arisen as technology has advanced, and it’s sort of like solving a puzzle. It’s often used to identify long-buried remains, as well as to shed new light on century-old crimes. In Neave’s case, he uses it to ascertain, as closely as possible, what ancient historical figures may have looked like. Over the past two decades, Neave has reconstructed dozens of famous faces, including Philip II of Macedonia, the father of Alexander the Great, and King Midas of Phrygia. Now this creation of an “accurate portrait” of Jesus, is just another tackle for Neave.
Neave, of course, didn’t have the actual remains of Jesus to work with, but he was able to obtain the skulls of three of Jesus’ contemporaries. Israeli archaeologists have uncovered remains of Semites from the Jerusalem region, dated back to the time of Christ. Neave borrowed three of the skulls and used computerized tomography to create thin X-ray slices that allowed him to study the smallest details of their structures. Specialized computer programs used information about the thickness of tissue on key areas of the human face to create muscles and skin over the digital images of the skulls, and additional specialized software was used to verify the results against anthropological data.
Next came 3D modeling. Using the data gathered from the three skulls, Neave and his team created a detailed 3D model, which they then used to build a clay cast of the skull. Features such as the nose, lips and eyelids were added by following the shape created by the underlying muscles.
With three well-preserved specimens from the time of Jesus in hand, Neave used computerized tomography to create X-ray “slices” of the skulls, thus revealing minute details about each one’s structure. Special computer programs then evaluated reams of information about known measurements of the thickness of soft tissue at key areas on human faces. This made it possible to re-create the muscles and skin overlying a representative Semite skull.
The entire process was accomplished using software that verified the results with anthropological data. From this data, the researchers built a digital 3D reconstruction of the face. Next, they created a cast of the skull. Layers of clay matching the thickness of facial tissues specified by the computer program were then applied, along with simulated skin. The nose, lips and eyelids were then modeled to follow the shape determined by the underlying muscles.
Since Jesus’ hair and coloring couldn’t be determined from the scans, Neave used drawings, dated back to the first century, that had been found at multiple archaeological sites to confirm that an Israeli man in Jesus’ time would have been dark-eyed and dark-skinned. Jewish custom of the time also indicates that he would have been bearded. Another departure from traditional depictions of Jesus came from the Bible itself: while he is typically shown with long hair, a Bible passage from Paul describes long hair on a man to be a “disgrace” – not exactly something Jesus’ most devoted disciple would have said about his master.
The tall, thin figure depicted in paintings is also likely inaccurate. Analysis of skeletal remains from the time indicate that Jesus would have been about 5″1′, 110 pounds, and fairly muscular due to his profession as a carpenter.
So, Ladies And Gentlemen, it is my honor to introduce to you, weighing in at 110 pounds, hailing from Bethlehem; He is known by many names, the Son of God, the Holy One, King of kings and Lord of lords! Jeeeesus Christ!!!
Or… is this Jesus?
I think I like option 1 better. Seems a bit more convincing.
So now, I want to know what you think. Have we achieved the image of the man we have believed to know as Jesus Christ? Has Richard Neave finally cracked the unbreakable code? Is Neave just another Caucasian who’s pulling one on us?Or is Jesus a true victim of identity crisis, and therefore we will never actually know what the “son of God” really looked like. I also will like to know, does it even matter? And if it does, for what purpose?
I am challenging your minds and am not stating my own beliefs! So…
Leave your thoughts in the comments below. And remember, when it comes to Christmas, celebrate the meaning, and not the ceremony.