I’ve wanted to go into detail about this subject because it’s one of those simple things that no one seems to want to discuss, resolve or to speak truthful about. Although I use the name Jesus Christ I am not and would never use degrading language regarding Jesus Christ. I speak about the people you find standing in the pulpits and sitting in the pews across America and the world.
If you don’t understand what I’m talking about let me give you a quick example. Now when many of you see or hear the name Jesus Christ an image entered your head. If that image is like the one you see here, you have bought into the Americanization of Jesus Christ.
This is not Jesus Christ. It’s physically impossible for it to be.
This picture was painted by Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni. Michelangelo was born on March 6 1475 A.D. and died February 18, 1564 A.D.
A.D. means after the death of Jesus Christ.
Now we do not know for sure the exact age of Jesus when He was crucified, but He was probably 33 years old. According to Numbers 4:3 it’s reasonable to conclude that Jesus began His earthly ministry at the age of 30. Since it went on for 3 1/2 years before Jesus was crucified, it is safe to say that He was in his early or mid 30’s at the time of His death and resurrection.
Here’s the million dollar question that I can’t understand why people especially Christians don’t bother asking or finding the answer.
If the picture displayed in your church, printed in your Bibles and embedded in your psyche is said to be a picture of Jesus Christ, when was it painted? Michelangelo was born 1,475 (One Thousand Four Hundred Seventy-Five) years AFTER the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.
The answer is obvious; the man in this picture is not Jesus. I can actually stop here, but I want to go further.
Since childhood I questioned this and no one would take any time to answer this simple question.
When you passively accept the words from authoritative figures such as a minister, priest or elder as truth without questioning you are as much involved in its merit as he who speaks it.
You should never allow a lack of research dictate what could be the greatest tragedy of your life. The aversion to your questions should not discourage your desire for the truth. Until someone confronts the appalling silence and unchallenged acceptance of many people in the church world today we will never accomplish what we are commanded to do.
You may be thinking, “It’s just a picture, what difference does it make?”
It is just a picture and it can not save me. But what does the picture represent?
A misrepresentation can have great consequences. Misrepresentation leads to mischaracterizations and false accusations which opens the door to inaccurate perceptions of inferiority and inadequacy.
Recent history teaches us what can happen when you supply individuals with bad information and false representations… i.e. “The Case for the War with Iraq” and “palling around with terrorist”.
It’s not about an image believed to be Christ, but the image of Christ you believe in. When we as Christians, especially American Christians end the Santa Clausification of Jesus Christ just maybe we can do what he commanded us to do.
Why is it that the church is overflowing on Easter, Mother’s Day and Christmas or when there’s a tragedy?
I’m finish with the subject at hand but want to add this one thing.
I heard this woman on the radio utter one of the most backwards thing I ever heard. It has only been a few days after Barack Obama won the Presidential election. It was obvious that she didn’t vote for him, but that’s not the problem. The problem is that she said that she’s a Christian and she was so scared for our country now.
I wish she could have heard my response, but it was just me in the car.
Last Word – Those who consider yourself Christian, ask yourself if you are living up to the root of the name. Be willing to engage in research and the true meaning of the Word.
All Christians receive the Old and New Testament as sacred writings, but they are not agreed about the meaning which they attribute to them. The book itself remains as at the first; the commentators seem rather to reflect the changing atmosphere of the world or of the Church. The division within the individuals within the church is reflective of their societal and environmental influences, the different points of view, to which their interpretation is narrowed or made to conform.
Never feel that you can not question authority.
Article References / Source of Inspiration: DR. CORNELL WEST “THE COURAGE TO BE A CHRISTIAN” (AUDIO) ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA “MICHELANGELO” WIKIANSWERS “HOW OLD WAS JESUS WHEN HE DIED?” BIBLEGATEWAY – INTL VERSION “NUMBERS 4:3” BIBLEGATEWAY – NKJV “ISAIAH 43”
CORRECTION: “The Head of Christ” was painted by Warner E. Sallman, who died in 1968, was a religious painter and illustrator whose most popular picture, “Head of Christ” . This is the image you may be more familar with,”Head of Christ,” created in 1940, was reproduced more than 500 million times, appearing on church bulletins, calendars, posters, bookmarks, prayer cards, tracts, buttons, stickers and stationery. Tens of thousands of wallet-size copies were distributed to servicemen during World War II. In the mid-1950’s, Sallman’s soulful, back-lighted Jesus with flowing, shoulder-length hair gazed out from the Inspira-Clock and the Inspira-Lamp, tie-in products intended for the pious Protestant home.