Does it matter to you if Jesus's skin color was Black or White?
I am so sick and tired of people making a issue out of what color Jesus was or what color were the twelve tribes of Israel or if God is black or white. For me, I personally I DON'T CARE what color any of them were or are. There is no verses in the bible that I know of that makes an "issue" out of skin color of people in the bible. So why do people who are suppose to be believers make an issue out of it?
I'll tell you why it matters, because for the most part the groups who create an issue of this have beliefs to varying degrees that are unbiblical. Above everything else, the most crucial error is a misunderstanding, or in some cases denial, of who Jesus Christ is, what He taught, and how His death and resurrection provide the way of salvation.
What these groups believe is far more important than their ancestry.
Black Hebrew groups characterized as black supremacist by the SPLC include the Nation of Yahweh and the Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ. The Anti-Defamation League has written that the "12 Tribes of Israel" website, maintained by a Black Hebrew group, promotes black supremacy.
Black Hebrew Israelites (also Black Hebrews, African Hebrew Israelites, and Hebrew Israelites) are groups of African Americans mainly in the United States who believe they are descendants of the ancient Israelites. Black Hebrews adhere in varying degrees to the religious beliefs and practices of mainstream Judaism. Many Black Hebrews consider themselves—and not mainstream Jews of European descent—to be the only authentic descendants of the ancient Israelites. Many choose to identify as Hebrew Israelites or Black Hebrews rather than as Jews to indicate their claimed historic connections.
I submit that close examination of any "church" that makes a doctrine of the idea that Jesus or the tribe of Judah was black will show that there is some sort of heresy at work in their beliefs and practices at worst and at best manipulation of the black minority for questionable motives which are not spiritual.
A straight forward look at the history of the life of Jesus in the Gospels notes He was the virgin-born son of a Hebrew woman from the town of Nazareth in the modern-day nation of Israel. A descendant of Jews, Jesus would have certainly been born with a Jewish complexion, typically consisting of an olive, light brown skin tone. This is also supported by the fact that Jesus fit well within His local Jewish culture and was known as being from Nazareth and being a Galilean (Matthew 26:69). Read more: http://www.compellingtruth.org/was-Jesus-black.htm.
The evidence clearly supports the view that Jesus was an ethnic Jew with a Jewish complexion. This Jewish Messiah is the One who calls those of every background to come to Him for salvation (Acts 4:12), offering eternal life to all who believe (John 3:16). And the color of His or anyone's skin has nothing to do with that.
Thank you for your comment. In all my years of studying the bible I have never read a chapter or verse that made issue of one's race, have you? Again thanks for commenting.
Authentic Christianity transcends raceðnicity. There is no black or white cultural value system in the Bible there is a humanity system recognizing that we are all made in the image of God,sinners in need of redemption- through Jesus Christ.
tsadjatko- I believe your right. Again thanks.
Welp, can't argue with you on this one. Jesus, assuming he was a real guy, would have been a perfectly-normal Middle Eastern-looking fellow. I recall the Isaiah prophecies stating the messiah would be someone of average appearance, so it checks out.
I was reading someone's answer to this question and deleted the answer/comment by mistake. I'm sorry about that. You're welcome to try again.
Graceinus, there was only one I ever noticed, when Moses married a woman from Ethiopia and his sister complained about it. She was chastised for her attitude by both Moses and God. She was struck with leprosy. Ironic, as it made her stark white.
Sherry Thornburg- Can you provide the Chapter and verses of your information. I wouldn't mined reading it? Did shecomplain because her sister became white or because she was struck with loprosy? Thanks
"Why then were you not afraid To speak against My servant Moses?" This is why the leprosy. Numbers 12:1-15
I thank you also Rich. What and interesting portion when taken in light of this subject. Who among is white as snow?
"Who among is white as snow?"
From my readings, everyone that repents and calls on the name of Jesus.
nope, it doesn't matter as michael jackson said, no matter black or white, what matter most is how did Jesus teach and how well did people embrace his teaching. If Jesus was a woman, it is the same too.
Well I never heard anyone use Michael Jackson to support a theological viewpoint, but you are right on peachpurple! Embrace Jesus, His book, and don't judge Him by his cover (color) :-)
peachpurple- Thanks for your answer. I agree. " No matter black or white."
Tsad- At the end of each of your comment it reads in red "This comment is awaiting moderation." Third time I seen this on your comments. What's going on?
I sent you an email - you need to moderate it, mark it not spam
Tsad At the risk of sounding stupid what e-mail I haven't seen it and if I click "Not spam" on your comment does that clear it up?
It should, I emailed you through fanmail on hubpages, is that email you have there still good? search., you check all your emails from hub pages or tsadjatko?
Tsad- I discovered my e-mail address was short by to letters and corrected it, so if you wish try again. And I'll clicked both "Not spam" on both your comments and see what happens, thanks
Let me just throw this out for consumption. God is not the absence of being something but rather the inclusion of all things. I think Paul was writing to some new church and mentioned about being all things to all people --- how much more so is God.
Just as the folks talked in tongues understood by all. God is all things in appearance to all people. So in my humble mind; yes He was black and yes he was any color to anyone who met Him. Why not?!
I go back to the theory of speaking in tongues. How could that be. How could God be all colors? Easy for God.
I wonder in the non-scriptural notion of the wise men/majji did they see him as Eastern, did the Samarian see him thusly?
So I am a great big white guy with some Irish and American Indian roots that make me look near Southeast Asian. To me, Too me Christ looked just like me.
Perhaps I am wrong. But I know for a fact in my heart that up on that place with Elijah and Moses he was very near just beautiful light.
John 4:9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, "How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
I suspect that Christ looked like a Jew that He was and the Samaritan women saw.
I likely presume that his appearance had nothing to do with her knowledge of his Gospel. She knew him a Jew by his preaching and not by his sight. Yea that I walk with no sight I know you by name and adore you by the words you speak, even though.
Eric- Thanks for your comment. I beleive that race is another issue that satan uses to distract follower of Jesus from a more valueable subject which is the Kingdom of God. Issue of color is just one more subject that adds to distraction from truth.
John 4:9 was the initial meeting before any preaching. All she initially had to go on was his looks and the sound of His voice saying "give me a drink". preaching followed knowing He was a Jew.
Not really, in that it should not matter what Colour we are, since as the Reverand Doctor Martin Luther King said, we should not be judged by the colour of our skin, but by the content of our character - and His ( that of Jesus ) is Perfect. Now I do believe though that Jesus was olive skinned, as those in the Mediterranean are, and He should always be shown that way, if only for the sake of authenticity. I understand some people object to a white skinned, blue eyed Jesus as not relating to them, but they miss the point. Show Him as He really was, but understand that He is the Saviour of all mankind for all sins for all time, since when all is said and done, very little is mentioned in the Bible about the appearance of Christ, since He was not there to be looked at, but to save us, which He did.
Sometimes it does matter when I am feeling marginalized because of my race. Most of the time is does not because no matter His skin color He still suffered, died and was resurrected for me.
His shed blood was red much like ours only His wasn't tainted with sin.
willbelove- Thank you for your answer I can understand how one my feel mistrated or marginalized at times. No one should have to go through that. I agree, He suffered, died and was resurrected for all our sins. Regardless of our skin color or His.
I assume Jesus was dark-skinned and a product of His culture. Doesn't matter how black, brown or white He may have been, because it changes nothing of His testimony, teaching or example. Lacking any other reference point, every culture seems to depict Him in such a way that that nationality or culture can better identify with Him but, if He is accepted or rejected on the basis of how "brown" He is, then His message was clearly missed.
Agree with you totally. HIs skin tone would have been a genetic thing. His message is what matters.
Palumbo- Good seeing you again, it's been a while. Thanks for your answer. I agree with all of it.
It doesn't matter.
All people on this planet have descended from Adam and Eve, which would means that we are all related in some way. Genetics have created differences in skin color, etc.., but in terms of being part of the Body of Christ (Ekklesia), physically differences are of no matter and are eliminated by the oneness that all true believers share.
Those who harp on these differences are using them to further a man-made agenda.
It shouldn't matter what his skin color is but that's how our nation is in a nutshell. It shouldn't matter if we're black or white but it still does. If we use that approach and apply it to Jesus, then I can see why people care about his skin color so much.
Jesus is considered pure and good so what difference does it matter who he is. Would you be angry if he was dark or light skinned? I don't understand the logic of some of these people. It was his actions that mattered not what he looked like. I wouldn't care what his skin color was as long as he's still the person we believe to be good and loving to everyone.
It only matters,if you believe in the premise in the first place.
BradmasterOCcal- Thanks for your comment. For those who think it matters, then you have missed the whole point of why God sent Jesus to us in the first place. God's Kingdom is for anyone who seeks after it regardless of the color you've been given.
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