jesus-is-middle-eastern

"…I’m still impressed by the story of the Good Samaritan in the Bible, which was about seeing past ethnic or tribal categories. I wish Christians and other religions would learn that. We all just are who we are walking down the road. We want to be seen as no more and no less than that…"

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Iraqi-Assyrian Christians attend Mass inside the Our Lady of Salvation/Deliverance Syriac Catholic Church - Baghdad, Iraq

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Great Art, I absolutely Love it!!!

Plenty of films have taken a stab at bringing Bible stories to life, from “The Ten Commandments” and “Jesus Christ: Superstar” to this year’s “Son of God” and “Noah.” But despite those movies’ different genres and tones, these films all tend to share one similarity: They have white casts, even though the Bible’s characters would have been from parts of Africa or the Middle East. Photographer James C. Lewis of Noire3000 | N3K Photo Studios has decided to rectify by presenting these iconic figures in a new light.

Lewis’ “Icons Of The Bible” photo series depicts some of the most famous characters from the Old and New Testament exclusively as people of color, including Simon Peter, Elijah, King Solomon and the archangel Gabriel. The series, which will be fully released in October, features 70 models who identify as either Asian, Native American, Hispanic, African, Middle Eastern, Black American and West Indian.

"I think it is very important to see one’s self in the Scripture so that it may become real in their eyes," Lewis told The Huffington Post. "The whitewashing of the Bible has always bothered me. However I’m happy to now have the opportunity to give a different point of view."

While Lewis’ series doesn’t aim for perfect accuracy when representing all of the biblical figures’ supposed nationalities, it will hopefully spark discussion on the nature of religious imagery as well as the inclusion of people of color in the modeling world. Said Lewis, “I wish to exhibit a splash of color onto the biblical pages of history with my creative embellishments. By doing so I hope to open the minds and eyes of the ignorant and create open conversations of how we can learn to see the world through colorful lenses. After all, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is intended for everyone.”

Interior of the Cathedral of Saint James - Jerusalem, Palestine

This Armenian Apostolic church which is located in the Armenian quarter of Jerusalem dates back to the 12th century 

It’s the principal church of the Armenian Patriarch of Jersualem

Stop saying things like “Jesus can look like whoever to anyone uwu !”

Stop forgetting that Jesus was a Jewish Middle Eastern man.

Stop erasing Jesus’ race just because he was a Jew, your antisemitism isn’t as hidden as you think but it is fucking disgusting.

petitions to:

  • stop profiling Jesus as white because he was Middle Eastern
  • stop racially discriminating
  • stop discriminating based on gender
  • stop discriminating based on sexuality
  • stop being annoying little douche bags who use Jesus as a reason to be an asshole

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I feel like I should apologize on behalf of my religion. We are supposed to love one another. How did we take something so simple and turn it into the the right to kill innocent people based on their religion? If Jesus were alive today, he would be a middle eastern man. Who would be the first to put a gun to his head because of where he was born?

Bigots hate Muslims and are overall terrified of the Middle East, but what I fail to understand is how they don’t realizable that Christianity is a religion based in the Middle East?? Jesus was middle eastern?? Christians and Muslims share the same holy land and bigots still try to paint them as being alien and foreign but they’re literally from the same place and by the book they’re practically the same damn thing

"White Jesus"

The term “black Jesus” always confused me. Jesus was born approximately six miles south of Jerusalem, which is in Israel, which is next to Egypt. Egypt is in present day Africa. So white people if Jesus actually existed he looked more like the muslims you’re so scared of, you know, the ones you justify killing because they’re “the heart of terrorism” than like you. So why isn’t the term “white Jesus”? Seeing as he is of middle eastern/African descent?

anonymous asked:

Knowing that God incarnate (as Jesus) was a Middle Eastern man, wouldn't you say that means God has both a face and a gender? I'm curious as to why you said God is faceless and genderless (not trying to offend or pick a fight) when what I've read and been taught shows me that God has both.

Hey! Yeah so I was speaking of God the Father. I realize Jesus came to earth as a man, and He is a part of the trinity.

das-kaninchen asked:

How was Jesus fictional? Like I get how you could say he wasn't the son of god, but there's no way such a huge movement could be formed from someone who never existed. Plus there are several non-christian historical sources that reference him too.

Okay, saying that there was a Middle Eastern man named Jesus in 1st century Palestine is like saying that there was an annoying teenage white boy named Josh in 21st century California. There’s no debating that. Jesus happened to be an incredibly common name.

Now, a historic figure called Jesus whose life is documented in the New Testament? Far less likely.

Even if you strip away all the fairy dust and street magic, the gospels were written many decades or even a century after Jesus’ estimated year of death, by individuals who likely never met him and then were edited or forged over the centuries by unknown scribes with their own agendas.

Jesus is about as real as Jack and Rose from Titanic.