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Old June 22nd, 2006, 10:20 AM   #1
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why is Jesus portrayed as white?


If Jesus was born in the Middle East near Bethlaham... why is he portrayed in most paintings and in all churches as being caucasian in color? Wouldn't his skin tone be a lot darker, like a modern day Arab? Same with the Virgin Mary. Why are they always painted as white people?
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Old June 22nd, 2006, 11:04 AM   #2
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They are painted as white because white people were portrayed as the superior people. If white people are the superior people, then wouldn't it be wrong that Jesus was not white as well? That would make things sort of awkward for the Papacy who happened to be white as well. So, you put two and two together and you get the fact that Jesus has to be considered white. Otherwise, you'll have problems and that was a problem for the Papacy.
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Old June 23rd, 2006, 10:55 AM   #3
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How come there are no paintings of Jesus when he was alive? Why didn't anyone paint him?
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Old June 23rd, 2006, 10:59 AM   #4
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Because when Jesus was alive, he was not important. It's mean and harsh, but true. He was of no importance to anyone other than the fact he was a radical. After time went on, though, he became the important person he is today.
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Old June 23rd, 2006, 01:34 PM   #5
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You don't think a person who walks around healing people and turning water into wine was important during his time? Romans tied his to a cross and tortured him. People traveling thousands of miles to witness his birth from a virgin mother. Seems like he was of some importance when he was alive...
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Old June 23rd, 2006, 01:37 PM   #6
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That's your belief that he turned water to wine and walked around healing people. My belief is that he was just a man. My belief, though, is not to follow A) Religion and B) Christianity. I am a Jew, therefore Jesus is not important to me. I don't believe that water can be turned into wine. I don't believe that he healed people other than to give them hope. It has been studied that hope can bring people out of problems. I still don't think that he was important when he was alive. The Romans tortured thousands of people. So one man being tortured is suddenly something to cry about? Why not praise Sparticus and all his slave rebels? I just don't see how he was important at the time. Later on, sure, he was important, but not at the time. Jesus just had some beliefs that were passed down over time that made him important.
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Old June 25th, 2006, 07:13 PM   #7

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Kahn, religious sentiments aside, Jesus had no real political power during his lifetime. I think this is what MafiaMaster is telling you. It is also not true that people travelled thousands of miles to see him; people thousands of miles away would never heard of Jesus at the time. His "fame," if you can call it that, was restricted to various parts of the Levant.
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Old June 26th, 2006, 06:08 AM   #8

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I think most European artists painted Jesus as "white" because that's really all they new. Most of them went their whole lives without seeing anyone of an ethnic background... They didn't see asians, blacks, polynesians, or anything else. They lived in their little cities and only knew one skin color.
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Old December 13th, 2006, 09:32 PM   #9
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I agree with Commander. Christanity was mainly a European faith, therefore he would be painted as being white.
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Old December 16th, 2006, 05:43 PM   #10

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Aye, Agreed.
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