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Austin Cline

Jesus was African?

By September 29, 2003

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Was Jesus from Africa rather than the Middle East? Some people in Africa certainly think so. According to them, they are the true Jews, Jesus was one of them, and the river Jordan flows near where they live.

The Hindustan Times reports:

"God revealed himself to the Africans in the 1920s. He said they were Israelites," Samuel Wanyama, the high priest and self-styled representative of the Biblical Moses, said. "The Holy Spirit has shown us that Jesus was an African, not a white man. He is preparing his second coming and it will be here in Kenya in Bungoma, our area." The Judah Israelis believe the Jews in modern Israel are impostors because they do not believe Jesus to be the Messiah.
They are among the more original of the many independent churches set up around Africa in colonial days to give alternatives to the ban by mainstream churches on polygamy or female circumcision. The Judah Israelis encourage polygamy. "When these people are bringing the Old Testament into focus they are trying to make their message relevant to the ordinary man and woman in Africa," said Gilbert Ogutu, a religious studies professor at the University of Nairobi.

Religions can take some strange twists and turns - but I suppose that this religious group really isn't any stranger than others. It's just smaller and newer, much like Christianity once was. If someone finds orthodox Christianity to be credible, what is there that isn't credible about this group? Why not have faith in them?

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May 31, 2009 at 2:05 pm
(1) antonio says:

back during the times in the bible & quran what we know as the middle east”was apart of africa ~ no one want 2 acknowledge that so stop believing that the roman were b4 jesus~ moors = meaninig black~ egyptions civilised the greeks ~ then the greeks gave it 2 the romans they lost it~ then came the dark ages~ then moors invaded spain & brought life & light back 2 the earth

September 1, 2009 at 4:03 pm
(2) Wayne says:

Does it really matter the color of skin Jesus was in if he were African, Arab, or yellow belly sap sucker.
Jesus died on the cross rose for the dead for our sins It does not matter what color he was or is.

January 31, 2010 at 7:49 pm
(3) D.L. says:

Utlimately race does not matter… to Jesus. However, we all live in the natural world & in the natural world millions of souls are driven by the flesh, the look of the flesh, the color of the flesh, etc. Typically we find that my White brethern are quick to say it doesn’t matter, but only when we are faced with the possibility of having to alter Jesus’ “light” image to a darker one. That is just our subtle defense for saying we don’t want to see Jesus as Black, Brown, Yellow or Red. Of course when every drawing, statue, painting and greeting card of Jesus depicts him as a White man, we calmly tell the Black man to settle down & it doesn’t matter. I wonder how many of us (Whites) would “settle down” if the images were changed to a very dark skinned Black man. Make Mary Black and see how many White people say, well it doesn’t matter. Of course it matters to 90% of those of us who live in the flesh day in & day out. We are less than Jesus even as we strive to be like HIM. If it doesn’t matter then alter the images to represent all of the races & I don’t mean a few Christmas cards at Christmas while shopping in a card store in the larger citites, because you won’t find those images in the greeting card stores in small town USA. I propose talking to the Vatican to have them alter all the Roman Catholic statues that are made all throughout Europe, change the drawings, the front of our choir books, pictures in the bible, paintings of the last supper. Mix it up a tad… Afterall it doesn’t really matter, does it? Hmmm. Race doesn’t matter until our White daughters & sons walk through the door with their Black fiance. It is at that time we want to lecture them about how we ourselves aren’t prejudice, but the rest of the world is and oh my what about the poor kids this inter-racial couple intends to bring into this world. The kids won’t get any flack from me, but the rest of the world… oh my oh my. Trust me it matters and I would be upset if I wasn’t represented on billboards, magazine covers and so on (and I am not talking about the very short period of time of this recent generation of Black entertainers). I am talking about hundreds of years of not being on magazines, newspapers, album covers, etc. By the by now that Blacks are on billboards, you better believe there is the “quiet” battle of placing the Beyonce’s & Halle Berry’s on the covers versus the truly dark African-featured faces of the Black race. Does not mean Halle & Beyonce aren’t beautiful, but they are beautiful by European standards. What about the beauty that has no influence or commentary by the White man? What about successful Blacks who are not associated with the entertainment world, but are astronauts, scientists, mathematicians, doctors/surgeons, professors, preachers/pastors/priests, architects and more? Even our advertising world limits the Black man in what we think they can do for us. Its ok if you sing & dance for us (minstrel days), but what really makes us squirm is when you speak eloquently (T.D. Jakes), have a Masters degree, and are not entertaining us in some fashion. (nothing against the Black entertainers who took this avenue to earn their wealth). We have a black/white president who identifies strongly with his Black heritage & the first thing most of the Christians argue is that he is preparing us for a New World Order (but it has absolutely nothing to do with his skin color). We questioned his citizenship (but it has nothing to do with his skin color) We question his loyalty to Christianity vs Islam (but it has nothing to do with his skin color). I know Clinton was hated by the conservatives & took a lot of flack, but I don’t recall anyone questioning his citizenship or even asking if he was a Christian much less questioning his level Christianity. Oh sure it doesn’t matter.

November 29, 2012 at 9:44 pm
(4) Kim says:

Amen. A good read.

February 22, 2013 at 9:19 am
(5) Sarah says:

There’s so much to respond to in the article and comments, but let me hit the one that grabbed my attention the most. I’m a convert to Catholicism, and one of many things that drew me was the fact that the faith was universal (catholic), practiced by faithful in pockets and entire nations throughout the world for 2000 years. The Virgin Mary and even Jesus himself have appeared in their ressurected bodies to many in private revelations. To Juan Diego, Mary looked like an ingidenous Mexican. To the many in Vietnam who saw her, she looked Asiatic and even distinctly Vietnamese. To Europeans, she looked Caucasian. To Africans, she has beautiful, dark skin. She and her son are depicted in artwork from each region. She always looks like “mom.” Ressurected bodies are cool like that. If you’ve been the Vatican, you probably know that it has tons of European art (and hence, typically Caucasian), but we have museums and churches in Rome dedicated to many, many different regions and saints, and the artwork in them reflects the diversity of the church. Black, white, Asian, we really don’t care. One Lord, one creed, one eternal home. We’ve had African popes, and the faithful embrace the mass in every language and style. Check out a mass in Uganda or the Philippines for a totally different flavor if you ever make it over there.

February 24, 2013 at 3:54 pm
(6) Austin Cline says:

The Virgin Mary and even Jesus himself have appeared in their ressurected bodies to many in private revelations.

And yet, there is no good reason to believe any of those reports.

March 2, 2013 at 6:15 am
(7) Grandpa In The East says:

“Does it really matter the color of skin Jesus was…”

Many scholars believe he had no skin at all, for he never existed. Nazareth also did not exist at the time that Jesus was supposed to have lived.

Check the Encyclopedia Biblica. It appears to be doubtful.

You’re welcome.

Grandpa

October 31, 2013 at 10:03 am
(8) steve says:

That would explain how the veil of the temple was rent in twain

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