I had a discussion with a co-worker the other day – I will call him Donnie J – concerning the person of Jesus [the] Christ. We went for quite some time as Donnie believes Jesus to be God.
I showed Donnie J the photograph over to the right and asked him if he knew this person. He said no. I said, “You should because it is you.”
Donnie J frowned and said, “What you mean, that is not me.” I said, “Yes, it is. This person is Donnie J and it is you!”
I can see Donnie J getting a little upset so I backed off and asked him why was he getting upset? “Because of your insistence that this person is me?”
I said, “OK, now think about what you just said. Because I insisted that this photograph is you, you got upset. But why do YOU – and many others – insist that the paintings and images of Jesus we see so prominently displayed in art, film, and literature is Jesus?”
He just looked at me, but I could sense the thought-juices flowing.
I went on: “How would you feel if 1000 years from now, someone made an image or painting of YOU and insisted it was you. Yet, that person never lived in the time period in which you lived to know what you looked like? And, suppose the person found a photograph of another Donnie J (thousands of persons with that name) and made one of them you, but picked the wrong photograph? You would not like it, would you?”
Surprisingly, Donnie J got my point and conceded that the images we see of Jesus today could not be accurate as there is no way for anyone to know what he looked like.
If one were to do a search in Google of the keyword “Jesus” and then look at the “Google Images” what one will find is a collage of images of the one the world knows as Jesus. He is primarily portrayed as someone of European descent. One will find a few images of Jesus portrayed as a Black man and even many of those images are simply copy-cats of the European one. There are images of Jesus as a Black man with a dark face but every other feature from his eyes, nose, lips, and hair are European.
Yet, these are what they are: Images. They are not Jesus. Here is why? Because no one since the death of the last Apostle would know what he looked like. The presentation of one who no one today has seen would be a “False Christ” or a “False Image” of The Son of God.
Look at the images below and ask yourself, “Which one of these are Jesus?”
None of these persons are Jesus. These are simply images. The most disturbing thing about them is that he is portrayed primarily as a person of European descent. The point of the matter is that none of these persons (images) are The Son of God. They are all false because the person(s) creating these images never saw the real Son of Man, Jesus [the] Christ.
The point of the matter is that none of these persons (images) are The Son of God. They are all false because the person(s) creating these images never saw the real Son of Man, Jesus [the] Christ.
Below (and to the right) is a typical image of how the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society portrays Jesus [the] Christ. He is portrayed as someone of European descent. Yet, no one today has seen Jesus, so how can one make such an image of him? A more important question would be why would someone present him in this manner?
You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
This Scripture is not referring to just carved images, but of images, period!
The one sent by the Most High God is from heaven and currently resides there. Yet, images have been made of him. He is even worshiped as God.
The real danger embedded in these false images of Jesus, is the impression they leave on the minds of non-European descent members of the human family, especially children. They grow up having these false Europeanized images of Jesus imposed upon them and they grow up in fear of those of European descent. It amounts to a deification of a particular race of man.
I experienced this as a Jehovahs Witness with regard to my daughter when she was two years old. The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society portrays Jesus in its literature with European-descent features. (As a White man). The same holds true of angels, the Prophets and other personalities in Scripture. I recall one Sunday morning after the public talk and Watchtower Study meeting (where I was the reader), my two-year-old daughter and I were outside in the parking lot of the Kingdom Hall and an Elder approached me just to say hello and to commend me on the fine reading of the Watchtower article. My daughter looked up and pointed at the Elder and said, “Jehovah.” The Elder was a White man.
I quickly corrected my daughter and said, “No, not Jehovah, this is Rick (not his real name).
This was a wake-up call to me. Yet, religious organization has no problem in continuing on this course of portraying someone they have never seen as someone of European descent in their favor.
The Son of God should not be portrayed by anyone as a flesh and blood person because he not a flesh and blood person. He was not such when he was initially dispatched from heaven (where flesh and blood do not reside) and was not flesh and blood when he returned back into heaven after his resurrection and ascension.
At present, The Son of God is invisible, and should be viewed and visualized as such; not as a flesh and blood man resembling any race of persons on earth.
Jesus even said …
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.
Jesus, The Son of God is a worshiper of this God (who is Spirit). God is invisible according to Col 1:15:
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Since God is spirit and invisible and since The Son of God is also now a living spirit and “The Truth” and it is only through this Son of God that one comes to the Father, it stands to reason it is through an invisible person (The Son of God) that the Father is worshiped.
Visible images of The Son of God are false and faith zappers. It is much easier for a person to create a visible image of someone they have never seen and call these images Jesus and have these images implanted in their minds and these images serve as psychological anchors for their faith in him. Yet, faith cannot be had by the things that can be seen. Scripture teaches at Hebrew 11:1:
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
These false visible images of Jesus do not instill or cultivate faith in the real invisible Son of God. What the false invisible images do is deify a particular race among mankind who has taken the lead in misrepresenting the teachings of Christ and portraying him like themselves.
Personally, I do not see a visible Jesus. I reject any visible image of him man has created. I view my Master as one who is living and invisible. And my faith, hope, and assurance are in that one, the one who I cannot visibly see.
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.