I wish people would stop hating on the European painters who drew Jesus as white. Whenever I draw him I prefer making him dark haired and dark skinned, but why would I belittle another person’s spiritual work on something as petty as skin color?
Jesus - and other figures - are often painted in a way that reflects the artist’s culture. Go to Africa, and you will find icons of an African Jesus. Look up the traditional Chinese silk paintings: if they were depicting Jesus, he always looked Chinese. For every ethnicity, nationality, race, tribe, and culture that makes artwork of Jesus or other holy people, they will create them in their image.
And guess what? Apparitions of Mary are known to resemble the people she approaches. Our Lady of Guadeloupe, anyone? She appeared resembling an Aztec princess, and we all know that she was never a native of mesoamerica. Does that mean the Holy Mother was lying about who she was? Of course not; God and the saints are beyond nitpicking the skin color people see them with, as they are more concerned in allowing people to connect with Christ.
So, yeah, light-skinned artists painted a light-skinned Jesus. They weren’t “inventing” anything; they were simply expressing their personal spirituality and attempting to connect with the Divine in a way they could do so the way they understood. Just like the rest from Africa, Asia, and the other non-white places of the world. And there is nothing wrong with that.
I would like some evidence of Chinese and African depicted jesus
I totally believe you, but i want to see.
I always imagined Jesus being tan-skinned or the like. Not completely dark but at the same time not completely white.
It’s all in the area.
So no more “Why do European artists depict Jesus as white?”passive-aggresive stuff.
Here I am trying to be perfect… I’m just dissatisfied with myself all the time, God.
But let’s take this time to remember that God has a plan. He does not cause suffering but he has a cause in it. He can use all things for the good of us all and he is a God of justice. Pray for the enemies- pray for the victims. Don’t ever underestimate your partnership with God. You never know…
I went grocery shopping guys! It’s the little things that make life worth living. I’ve been struggling with depression. Just taking a shower really takes a lot f energy for me. But now I have food!!! ^^
And isn’t God good?!! I got to see an amazing family that brightened my heart- and I bumped into a woman who I saw at church last night.
God highlighted her to me- and I was going to pray healing over her last night but I didn’t get the chance. So I’m at walmart and I pull up to one of the check out stands and there she is! The same lady! Right in front of me in line! So I brought up the courage to talk to her. Turns out she’s new to the area and she’s a prayer intercessor with her husband. She was indeed needing healing prayer. So as I prayed over her in walmart I felt the Holy Spirit come upon her and she said she felt better! :) not only that but she prophesied over me and told me that God is going to show up in a timely manner for me and that I will know exactly what to do when the time comes. She also shared with me about waiting for your husband and staying pure and AAAAA.
ISNT GOD GOOD?!?! I am so blessed that I have a God who loves the world and all his children. U have to learn to celebrate the small victories and get courage to get out of bed in the morning. Be thankful for the blessings you have and love God and others. :)
In this life there will be suffering and pain. Even Jesus wasn’t left out of that one! We just need to love really well. Love that only God can give us for each other. Jesus is not a crutch in which we hold on to and he will magically make everything better. No- he will cry with us in the pain.
God doesn’t cause pain and suffering but he has a cause in pain and suffering. Let me end this night by saying that all forms of attack from the enemy will be silenced. We have the last laugh- we are loved by God and he will not let injustice go unpunished.
This is my new favorite song. This is exactly how I feel and what I go through every day. Every. Single. Day. I’m crying my eyes out… Oh Lord Jesus…. My heart… Thank you that one day in your way and in your timing…
- people of Ferguson, Missouri
- Christians being persecuted in the Middle East
- the kidnapped girls in Africa who we have yet to hear anything about
- the depressed, lonely, sick and poor
- anyone thinking of committing suicide
- your friends and family
- people of leadership positions inside and outside of the USA
- your church
- yourself.Keep adding to this list, too! Everyone is always in need of prayer :)