Does God Inspire Bigotry and Racism?

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Does God Inspire Bigotry and Racism?

From biblical text to Christian literature, we are all led to believe that Jesus was a Jew. Yet, the images that we see within Christendom do not follow this tradition of depicting Jesus and Mary as Jews or even Samaritans of that era. Most medieval and Renaissance Christian paintings are ludicrous, in the eyes of most historians of Hebrew laws of the time stated. The depictions of the Last Supper, the Sermon on the mound, etc. Shown men with no headwear and women showing their hair, even the supposed virgin Mary shows her hair.  

However, one painting of the Sermon on the Mount by the Danish artist Carl Bloch (1877) does break the mould of the earlier artist on the theme. By showing most men in turbans and women in full headgear. With one exception, whether it is a coincidence or on purpose, Bloch has depicted Jesus sitting on a rock with a turbaned Jew standing with arms crossed on one side and a Samaritan Elder wearing a red tarboosh with turban (wrapping) sitting on the other side.

Is God biased or Bigoted of the Human races as the Bible tells us that we are all made in the image of God? Does the Christian God inspire his adherent to a supposed creation of his, a race of people he prefers? The earliest portrayal of Madonna and child do not show a Jewish mother and baby. Instead, they showed either an African (a Black Madonna and child) or European (a White Madonna and child), possing in the Egyptian style of Isis and Horus. Adult icons and statues of Jesus are based on European imaginary look-alikes and not just to any European, but a Nordic blonde and blue-eyed person. With Mary being portrayed the same and being younger in looks than her son. Neither Jesus nor Mary wear traditional clothes, which most probably were ragged as they were poor peasants at the time. Although, the Church relics of baby Jesus clothing showed that they were very affluent, which is incorrect if one is to believe the NT. Not forgetting that Jews wore turbans before the time of Jesus up to the early 20th-century. Especially the Babylonian Jews, the descendants of the exiled Judaeans 599 BCE-583 BCE known as the Babylon diaspora from the now-defunct Kingdom of Judah. It is Proof that the Judaean (Jews) wore turbans. Wearing a turban was a sacred tradition that also was worn by boys. Jewish young maidens and girls wore a veil as their headwear, and married women wore the Mitpahat, which only allowed husbands to see their wives hair.

Our ancestors were also turban-wearers. As with many items in Jewish history, this fact continues to affect us in some surprising ways. To take a rather simple example: the daily prayers recited by observant Jews include a benediction praising God. “Who crowns Israel with glory.”

Though the common practice currently is to recite this blessing in the synagogue, the original custom was to say it as one was getting dressed. The Talmud says clearly that one was to say it while wrapping the turban around his head. 

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It turns out that the Jewish pioneers were also turban-wearers. The daily prayers recited by observant Jews include a benediction praising God. ‘Who crowns Israel with glory.’ Men recited this blessing while getting dressed. The Talmud says that one was to say it while wrapping the turban around his head. 

Yet, there are no depictions of Jesus wearing a turban in an Icon, Pantocrator or Statuette or any holy image. Was this because of Christianity’s hatred for the Jews and the later Mohammedans? What do you say?


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