Controversy: White Jesus Idolatry. God gave a specific command regarding making images to represent heavenly bodies – do not do it. However, an image has been universally ingrained in the human mind – an image of a white Jesus. To counter this, there’s a narrative to introduce a black or middle eastern looking Jesus. The answer from God remains – No…!!
This idolatry is widespread and blindly enforced even today. Some church leaders know its idolatry but are afraid to make a stand which would declare many forefathers as idolaters. So they prefer to not upset the apple cart.
Idolatry is destructive. And as we can see from the white Jesus situation, many people who mistakenly associate the ills of Western Europeans and Brits to Christianity, clearly want nothing to do with “their” white Jesus.
In addition to God forbidding idolatry; he also said this: For the practices of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter. Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good.” (Jeremiah 10:3-5)
Worthless, that’s the view of God with regards to idols.
And as God opens our eyes in our generation we can see these images do absolutely no good whatsoever; they have no power and no matter what is claimed about them crying etc, God still says NO to them.
Still using pictures (images) of Jesus. Don’t make any excuses, just Stop.
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The controversy series addresses some tricky topics most of us avoid or try to explain badly; hopefully with a new or different perspective to the traditional narrative of good and evil.
Interestingly, in a spiritual context – good and evil are branches of the same tree – the tree that leads to death. Confused? Don’t be.
God explains there are two trees. One tree is Life, the other is the knowledge of good and evil. The tree of life leads to life; the good and evil tree leads to death. So, let’s clarify – good and evil are on the same tree – the tree that leads to death.
Hence when Christians do linguistic acrobatics to explain their faith and these tricky topics; they are actually speaking from the tree of good and evil – death; and not the tree of life.