Easter: How Many Churches Will Admit Jesus Christ Was Black?

Let me start by saying I mean no disrespect to those who are genuinely religious but how many Churches will tell the truth about a Black Jesus Christ? How many will confess and correct history? How many churches will admit Jesus Christ was Black?

Today is Easter Sunday, my least favorite holiday. As a child, I remember being tortured by what seemed like all day sermons of weird scents and boring hymns. It’s the day to reset your sins and start from scratch. Isn’t it wonderful to do so once a year? That may explain why it’s the only day most people attend Church.

I grew up Catholic and was the youngest in a Catholic boarding school run by nuns (mean ones too). That meant mass every damn morning before breakfast with Easter service lasting hours. It was pure torture for a 5-6-year-old. (I may have been a year younger or older)

As an adult, what I most resented about Easter was the inaccurate portrayal of a white Jesus that never existed. All over the world, Churches have images and statues of a blonde hair blue eyes white Jesus Christ. Such a creature did not live in the area during those times.

In fact, the earliest Christians pictured both Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary as dark-skinned Africans with woolly hair. Isn’t Easter about confessing sins? When will churches confess their sins of hypocrisy and lies told over the last few centuries? When will religions and churches stop selling a myth that Jesus was white? How many Churches will this Easter glorify a white Jesus? How many will tell the truth?

Funny how the erasure of black culture changed the entire complexion and story of Jesus Christ. Why did that happen? How can one continue to pray to a God whose history man desecrated with lies?

Easter lost its significance years ago for me. What will you do this Easter? Will your Church tell the truth that Jesus Christ was black?

Image of Black Jesus Christ
Image of Black Jesus Christ

Author: Angela Grant

Angela Grant is a medical doctor. For 22 years, she practiced emergency medicine and internal medicine. She studied for one year at Harvard T. H Chan School Of Public Health. She writes about culture, race, and health.

70 thoughts on “Easter: How Many Churches Will Admit Jesus Christ Was Black?

  1. Angela, I too was raised Roman Catholic and learned about a blonde hair blue eyes white Jesus. Too bad so much has been thrust upon us.

  2. Angela, as you probably know the Catholic church is very well aware that Yeshua is a so-called Black person. There are pictures and statues in the Vatican and all over Europe with a so-called Black JC and Mary as well as other famous people they say are so-called white. So-called Black people have been whited out in Europe, Asia and the Americas over the last 150 years. To the victors go the spoils. What bothers me the most is seeing a so-called white JC in a so-called black church, there is no excuse for that now!

    1. Hi Rudy,
      Ty for your comments.

      You are so correct that buried and hidden all over Europe are pictures and statues that tell the truth: JC and VM were both black people.

      The iconoclasts and the creators of alternate history have not erased all the evidence.

      Knowing this, why Do the vast majority especially most black churches remain silent or add cement to a historical myth?

    1. Haha! Hello Andreas, Happy Easter!

      As a little girl, I remember the moment I discovered that faith in God gave me hope. This belief helped me survive. I no longer believe in God as a deity but rather as powerful energy that is outside of us and created within us.

      Andreas, what is atheism besides the lack of belief in God?

      1. Pardon the intrusion, but lemme help ya out here. Atheists are people who hate God because He didn’t give them what they prayed for. So now they’re trying to slander the Man, and behave as if He doesn’t exist. Still, in secret, they’re still praying to Him.

        To be clear, the above isn’t the case with Herr Schlüter, eh. He’s the real thing!

        Btw, did you know there’s already Neo-atheism?

            1. Remember (and I was nailed to the cross by atheists for that) I called atheism just another religion? So, after the hype and they had cooled down a bit, they realized they tremendously missed going to church, listening to the thundering words of some self declared “I-know-it-all” wise cracker, and singing their hearts out. So now they’re going again, joyfully embracing their new savior, gossiping after the godless sermon, feeling uplifted again, as well as superior to all the other lost souls called theists. Same old. Just a new wrapping. Amen.

  3. There was never a Virgin Mary. I already told you that eons ago.

    Besides, what’s your point. Religions are full of imaginary stuff, myths, lies, tampered stories, and what have you. Did you know there’s gospel, claiming that Jesus never was nailed to the cross, but someone who looked like him? Just an example, eh?

    1. Hi Roald,
      Of course, there was no Virgin Mary who conceived Jesus Christ. She had other children too. Every great story comes with its baggage. But here we are speaking about one of the greatest lies of all times. A lie that led to many economic and political advantages for those who were fair-skinned and paved the way for the racism and divisiveness we see today.

      The most heartwrenching and criminal part of this myth is that it led to the oppression and brainwashing of a great and powerful culture. This myth may have set humanity back millions of years considering how advanced ancient civilizations were.

  4. Hmmm…my guess is that the skin would probably not be really dark, but moderately so like Middle Eastern skin tends to be.

    You bring up a good point about “white Jesus” though. It’s not at all what Jesus probably was. It’s certainly what some people might wish He would be though.

    1. Hi Brendan,
      I appreciate your comment as you bring out another myth: In ancient biblical times, Arabs were fair-skinned or olive skinned. In ancient Biblical times, Arabs were unmixed African blacks who converted to Islam. From my readings, through migration, and over time Arabs did become fair-skinned and so did Jews.

      1. You’re welcome.

        As I said, I was just taking a guess and I’m open to my guess potentially being wrong. Do your readings say when Arabs and Jews became fairer-skinned, approximately?

        1. That’s where things become murky. Based on stories and art, changes in physiognomy occurred as Africans migrated away from the sun. As changes occurred with migration, interracial marriages added to the mix.

          1. Hmmm…interesting. Yeah I am not an expert on the topic, so I’m interested to hear what you found and read. Thanks for letting me know what you found/read!!!

            1. Your question made me think more. I believe unmixed Africans had a variety of phenotypical features or rather much diversity. Not all unmixed Africans had woolly hair; some were curly. Not all unmixed Africans had wide nostrils; some were narrow. Relics and recovered statures suggest as much.

            2. Hmmm…interesting points. Which I guess suggests that there might be other ways too that “white Jesus” is not portrayed in ways that Jesus actually was.

        2. Hi Brendan, I came across some of my notes. Africans were dark-skinned up until the early first century A.D. That would mean Greeks and early Romans were dark-skinned Africans who migrated. I’m working on a story that touches on this so hope to have more later.

          1. Hmmm. Interesting. So Jesus was on the edge of that time period when people in the area were dark-skinned, according to your notes. I look forward to reading more about this later!

  5. I understand that Jesus would be African, the Jewish people were residents in Eygpt for longer than African Americans have been in America, yet their orgins have been in the Middle East just as African Americans orgins are from Africa. Though African is part of the Jewish identity and can be used to talk about the orgins of Christ/Hebrews. Such an interesting topic, one I do wish to discuss on a further date on my blog. Again this is all my view on the matter, and Glory be to God in all things.

    1. Actually I too am working on a story. I don’t believe the term Jew was used in ancient times. The Hebrews were Africans and when they migrated from Egypt to Canaan they became the Israelites. Growing up I heard the story about the curse on Ham and that’s why black people were oppressed. I didn’t know it was the rabbinical writings that started the myth used to justify color prejudice. The curse was actually on Canaan, the son of Ham. Canaan settled in what is now known as Palestine /Israel.

      1. That’s an interesting perspective on Ham’s Curse, never thought of it’s long term effects

      2. “curse on Ham”? Lmfao. Leave to the herd and their leaders to justify their creepy beliefs (e.g. racism, slavery) and appalling actions with ancient writings.

          1. A lot of people are extremely gullible. And there’s also that thingy called “confirmation bias”. And then of course, many people have an urge/need to find an explanation for stuff they can’t comprehend. That’s for instance where miracles and curses are based on.

            1. True! So you understand how easily religion can be used to manipulate. The curse on Canaan being changed to Ham was pivotal in introducing race /color in the Bible.

      1. The worst is Jesus with red hair. I guess it’s human nature to portray God in our own image. Old habits die hard. I liked your post, and I’m glad I ran across it. God bless!

        1. And it’s not only with his image. What so called believers and atheists do with the words spoken by Jesus, resembles, for instance, with what my high school teacher told us a certain poet or painter meant to say with their poems and paintings. And if I dared to deviate from that, all hell broke loose 👿

          Yeah, lots of people need to project their own stuff onto others. Then sell it as the ultimate truth. Also the reason why they created a Golden Calf, and not one made of wood. Another example? The Holy Chalice, which often was described as being of gold, or other precious materials. John Chrysostom was right when he said this was not so. But he was only one of a few 🙏

          1. “Projecting their own stuff onto others”. That’s the tale behind stereotypes used to label people of color. The majority are self-projections of white culture.

            It may seem as if I am harsh on white culture, but that’s not the case. Unmasking those lies seem unjust when a culture is built on lies damaging to other cultures. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that the Anglo culture can mete out lies and labels but cannot digest the truth.

    1. Did you know the Jews today are not the ancient Hebrews or Israelites in the Bible? It’s a kind of switcheroo. The ancient Hebrews and Israelites were Africans. The word Jew did not exist in those days despite what is written in modern Bibles. I believe the insertion of the term Jew and the interchangeable use with Hebrews and Israelites in modern Bibles were meant to deceive by perpetuating a myth or rather a lie.

      I don’t understand why the truth should be disingenuous when lies were taught in school and spread by the media? You only need to do a little research beyond Google to know Jesus was black. Btw, unmixed black people were always diverse, it’s another white myth that all Africans had woolly hair, the broad nose and pitch black skin. I can see why white history books attempted to limit our historical appearance to suit their myths.

  6. Hi! Trying to find sources that aren’t influenced somehow by politics or some other social agenda will be a challenge. And even if when I get to Heaven, I find that Jesus looks differently than he has appeared to me, then I’ll love him all the same. But when I come across information I trust, I’ll try to find this comment string and let you know, although I fear that if I find anything other than what you’ve determined to be accurate, then you may accuse me of projecting my culture.

    1. That would be borrowing from the prevailing culture’s play book of shunning the truth. I embrace the truth. For so long the only “truth” were lies fed by so called educators and traditional media. I welcome facts that shed light on ancient history. I will definitely have questions for you.

      1. I’m curious. Do you believe Jesus was/is black as in sub Saharan black? I’m trying to understand. I think I saw a comment referring to the Hebrews’ time in Egypt. Is that the basis? I heard some claim that all life began in sub Sahara Africa. Is that the basis of your belief? Maybe we can start here. I’m totally open minded to what you’re sharing, and even if at the end of the day, we don’t quite agree, I’m still glad for taking to you.

        1. Hi there, you have a religious blog so you are well versed on the topic and have your own biases. You should share those opinions.

          I believe Jesus was black. I don’t believe God is a human being but rather positive energy. I don’t believe the Jews today have much or any connection to the Hebrews or Israelites in the Bible. I believe much art was defaced by iconoclasts thus adding confusion and misinformation. My beliefs cannot be summed up in “some claim.”

          1. I agree that there is and has been much confusion and misinformation out there, especially depicted in artwork. I believe Jesus’ physical human form is how he appeared to me, a Middle Eastern man with dark/olive skin and thick black curly hair. Since I’m Caucasian, that isn’t exactly projecting my ethnicity onto him. In any event, I never meant to sum up your beliefs in “some claim”, and consequently, I believe this is probably a good place to go separate ways in peace. I am glad that I encountered your blog, but I’m not sensing that we’re going to achieve a fruitful conclusion. I do wish you all the best though, and God bless you!

            1. Yes I don’t believe we will find common ground. The Middle East today was not the Middle East of ancient times making extrapolating of the culture misleading.

              I was not offended by your comment what you got back was my sense

            2. Oh thank goodness. I am glad that I didn’t offend you. Even when I disagree with someone, I more often than not still find value in what they share. Thank you for sharing yours.

            3. I learned to accept people as they are a long time ago. In doing that, I learned to appreciate different cultures and understand that people have different communication styles. Used to be I’d change mine to make it easier for others. Now I let me be.

            4. You “learned to accept people as they are a long time ago.”? Lmfao! I think that’s a lie. Or maybe you’re misleading yourself. But OK, you could prove to be wrong of course. So let me have it: Do you (for instance, eh?) accept those cops you’re constantly sending to hell figuratively? Do you accept racists and people who yearn to get the Jim Crow laws back in place in the USA? Do you accept pedophiles? Do you accept people who curse you for saying that Jesus was black? Do you accept ultra-orthodox Jews settling in the West Bank? Do you accept white men raping black women? Come on, show it to me 😈

            5. Lmfao too. Roald I believe you confuse accepting a person for who they are with liking a person. The two are different. I accept people as they are but like few people and trust even fewer.

            6. Can you tell a racist on sight? Over the years I suspected many of being racist only to find out they were not. Many whites have never had contact outside of their culture. They know stereotypes fed to them by the media and society. I accept that.

              Didn’t you remind me never to say never?

            7. On sight? No. Neither a rapist, a holy woman, a used car salesman, a lawyer, and what have you. But it as soon as a racist opens his/her mouth, acts on the street, or has published something and I’ve read same, you bet your sweet ass I know . Do I make a mistake sometimes? Very rarely. But so what? Many people don’t believe I’m a saint, while I am.

              No, I never reminded you to never say never.

  7. Also, in Numbers we find that “Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married, for he had married a Cushite woman” (Num. 12:1). A Cushite is from Cush, a region south of Ethiopia, where the people are known for their black skin. We know this because of Jeremiah 13:23: “Can the Ethiopian [the same Hebrew word translated “Cushite” in Numbers 12:1] change his skin or the leopard his spots? Then also you can do good who are accustomed to do evil.” Attention is drawn to the difference of the skin of the Cushite people. So if the Bible drew attention to the darker skin color of the Cushites, then what color were the Hebrews?

    1. Not all Africans were ebony black with woolly hair. Africans were diverse even in ancient times. We know that from artifacts and sculptures and writings.

      In addition, there were over 80 bibles translated in many languages so it’s difficult for me to use it as the truth when the original Bibles are unavailable to the public and some banned.

      I believe the Bible to be books of myth used to control people.

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