A few days ago I had an individual ask me why I “Keep bringing up race” in some of my articles since – as he stated – it is not in the Bible. He asked a very good question deserving of an answer.
Note: It was a German physician named Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (May 11, 1752 – January 22, 1840) who classified people into racial groups. He determined that there were five: Caucasian (White race), Mongolian (Yellow race) to include all East and Central Asians, Malayan (Brown race) to include Southeast Asian and Pacific Islanders, Ethiopian (Black race) to include sub-Saharan Africans, and American (Red race) including American Indians. Sadly, this foolish classification was generally adopted by the world and has been taught in the European-based educational systems most today are subjected to.
The reader is absolutely right. Classifications of the human family in the way it is classified today is of man, not of God. Yet, many religious organizations insert man-made racial divisions into their doctrines. Such as Black people being cursed because of Ham. Or, portraying Adam, Eve, God, Jesus, Angels, Noah, Moses, the Apostles and others as White people! How ridiculous is that? So no, I have to call these things out. What is most curious to me is the behavior of those persons who get riled up when I do.
God is an impartial God and does not show favoritism and respect one race within the human family over the other. He does not look at the external appearance of people, but their hearts. (Acts 10:34) But he asked why include race in some of my articles?
Then Peter began to speak: I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism.
Well, the reason why I do is to ask why someone has done this. We see images of Adam, Eve, Angels, Noah, Moses, The Prophets, Jesus, etc predominately portrayed in the likeness of persons of European-descent? Yet, he views my observation as me introducing race into the mix. No, I did not! It was already in the mix and persons like myself are supposed to be accepting of it all without question, challenge, or investigation.
Someone else – persons of European descent – introduced race into “The Bible” because we see the persons I just mentioned portrayed in the likeness of the European. So, it was not me he introduced race, someone else long before me did. I am simply questioning why they arrogated themselves to do it. Everything is in the likeness of one race among a variety in the human family: White people.
That I raised this issue draws out the small circle of understanding many claiming to follow Christ find themselves in. They want such false portrayals accepted rather than questioned. Why would they be OK with them? In fact, I wonder why they themselves do not question them.
What I see is a real danger: Association of White Supremacy with the teachings of Christ and the deification of one race among mankind over another. I have seen the effects of this fear of White people in many quarters in Africa where I used to live.
I refuse to accept, for examples, images of Christ as a White man (or any color of man) in the sky coming down. It sends a wrong message that he is a man and that a White man will save the world. This is false! It is a false portrayal of The Son of God and a false portrayal of his teachings.
Yet, the first thing to come out of the mouths of persons who think “I” and bringing up race is that I am bringing up something that was not taught by Christ. They are correct! But I am QUESTIONING why persons of European descent did?
What it boils down to when people play the race thing is this: They want it to be accepted that all persons associated with Scripture are to be viewed as White people. It is a play on White power and control of the masses via a religious system called by men, Christianity.
This new movie about Jesus that is being made confirms this. The man they chose to play the part of Jesus is a White man! So who is introducing race here?
Someone is working overtime to push the lie that Adam, God, Angels, Jesus, and etc are White.
I tell you what, keyword those persons in Google and then click the images link and tell me what you see? White people. White supremacy, Arianism, and White ethnocentricity are still very much alive. Yet, God is impartial is He not? Some of you have forgotten that or you simply don’t care and have usurped The Most High God to yourselves and think He and His Son is for you and you only?
I will NEVER accept these portrayals of my Master Jesus [the] Christ, His God and my God [the] Father, the angels, Adam and Eve and others and will always come out strong against them. While many attempts to minimize the impact of these false portrayals, I see the powerful impact they have on people of color all over the world. If the table was turned and all of those persons were portrayed as Black, the entire world would be in an uproar! What, White children hugging a Black Jesus? Yes, I would be just as strong against those persons being portrayed as Black, too. Why? Because no one has ever seen God, Angels, Adam, Eve, etc.
I question what is wrong with the persons who do accept them and – more importantly – insist that others do as well.
God, Christ, and Angels are invisible. They cannot be portrayed in the likeness of any race among men. No one today has seen Adam, Eve, Noah, Moses and the others to portray them in any likeness of any race among men. And, if God is impartial, why would one race among mankind – those of European descent – arrogate themselves to make all of these persons White.
Shame on you for doing this and shame on you for insisting that the world accept these false images.
It is not the truth that you are into, but lies and deception and you cleverly make persons – such as myself – who question you, look like the bad guy and the liar.
No one of importance. A disciple (student) of Christ apart from the established religious systems who reasons, thinks and concludes matters for myself. Something is not right with the state of religion in the world. The real dichotomy is that we live in a world so full of religion, yet is an evil, immoral, and dangerous place to live. A mental and spiritual separation from this world that Jesus said his kingdom is no part of is the first step to a "break-through" to freedom and entry into a much larger spiritual world where God and Christ resides and the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of God can be accessed.