By R.D. Miller
A British scientist from the University of Manchester, England, demonstrated in a recent column published in The (Nigeria) Herald that the man Christians have worshiped for centuries or call Jesus Christ was more like an African descendant than the pure white, long hair, blue-eyed, six-foot-tall, groomed candle-holding chap without a tan.
Prior to Richard Neave’s reconstruction, Jesus’ ethnicity and relationship to John the Baptist were always unclear.
I am not a scholar of theological advice or history, nor am I a particularly devoted Christian, but this should make no difference when considering conversion as a result of discovery or possibly arguing for the signing of a new song in the future.
There are still some who ask why Jesus was the sole Caucasian male in a place where everyone is thought to have tan skin and wool hair, and why he was not adopted or flown in from the West. Despite today’s postcard of Christ’s image.
Religion, with or without DNA, has always been complicated, particularly when it comes to conflicts over this mystical being who spreads peace and calm like an eagle gliding through the air.
Furthermore, many archaeologists and theological scholars have interpreted or concluded where the holy sites surrounding the Christian experience began, but the Holy Scriptures remain complicated for many readers.
I had no choice but to get up every Sunday and accompany my parents to church until I could say, “Not this Sunday.” It has always been a profound spiritual struggle and questions about how the world should look, live, and accept itself under this tent.
The complexities of this history also seemed to have widened into a debate that has lasted since Muhammad, who outlived his sons and died without an apparent heir and has remained a source of contention between Shia and Sunni Muslims.
Perhaps they are trying to figure out which culture or “faith” is the true heir and representative of true Islam. Again, I am not an expert on these topics.
Nonetheless, those who believe in creationism have a problem with Christianity after the crucifixion because they believe that the universe or humanity and other living things were created by supernatural acts of divine creation. As a result, a lot of individuals are still looking for a new leader.
From the Pulpit
According to history, Christianity was the most popular religion in the twentieth century for over 2,000 years. It has encountered difficulties, as have many geopolitical issues, in the pursuit of tolerance; freedom, acceptance, and what role it can play in doing more for the poor.
Today’s sermon is not an attack on Christianity, religious doctrine, or promoting racial divisions, nor is it an attempt to install a new piece of artwork in the pulpit or halls depicting a bronze-skinned male holding a sword in wool clothing looking over a flock of sheep.
This is only an outside evaluation without the scriptures that focus on the ongoing questions. It doesn’t matter what your skin tone or eye color is. Even so, one can’t forget about some of our own divisions inside of ourselves.
However, seeing him through the lens of stratification and socioeconomic status, some still believe their pigmentation makes them similar to that man, and thus superior to others who do not look like him.
As a result, it has created an ongoing struggle for the universal good, as he once preached that everyone should be allowed in, and countless people are still waiting outside the gates to get in.
One positive is that the future of Christianity will not be determined by one’s skin color, church size, political connections, or what was instilled in many families, but rather by what this establishment will undertake to promote in bringing communities collectively under the faith of peace, reconciliation, tranquility, and tolerance.
According to the scriptures, he breathed life into non-believers, Buddhists, Jews, Muslims, Christians, and everyone else. Scholars also contended that he was the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit manifested as Jesus, who came to save the world.
Despite the fact that there are many powerful religious leaders today, preachers of tolerance appear to have taken a back seat or only appear when the camera is on. The ongoing social and geopolitical turmoil has also raised questions about whether Jesus has done enough for humanity, especially since Christianity spread across many continents and into the Western world.
What grade would I assign to some of his disciples today? If you believe that John the Baptist had an assistant or an advisor, it appears that many disciples today could benefit from another John the Baptist. It is not as simple as the number of new baptisms performed, and to sum it up, if my interpretation of Luke 14 is correct, “how willing we are to give up.”
I don’t want to compare followers’ undivided love to being in a toxic relationship in which love can cloud one’s vision. This silent affirmation, special reverence, and usual respect for calm even high tides is a powerful tool that many of us could use today.
The Altar Call
According to Reuters, “Pope Francis asked Protestants and other Christian Churches for forgiveness for past persecution” a few weeks ago. His gesture represents more than just a desire for peace; it also represents one of the institution’s guiding principles.
For thousands of years, even for many non-believers, the church has been viewed as a community force, fostering tolerance, towns, sustainability, and guidance for future generations. Religion became the foundation of the family, as well as a place for mutual support that represents good health and cohesion.
During slavery, it was a place to rest, find hope, or find liberation; it was a place where freedom was planned and implemented, as many scholars have documented. Now, despite less religious persecution and greater freedom of worship in many places, social and economic strife are displacing inspiration, peace, and prosperity from a number of pulpits.
The financial burden that churches face today as a result of overall poor economic conditions has created a battleground for psychological, social, and spiritual development.
The drive for probability is a fine line that can be seen between a pimp and a pastor with a significant influence on these communities, which are now facing more empty benches and souls as polls show an increase in non-believers.
A brief spiritual pilgrimage
Today, it appears that there are more churches per square mile than schools, police stations, rehabilitation centers, or low-income housing. On the other hand, theoretical strength appears to be dwindling.
As I visited some of Europe’s, Africa’s, and the Caribbean region’s historic churches, it became clear that some had lost their stride, power, and influence.
Many of the traditional spiritual followers and teachers who once spread his philosophy now have one foot in the political polls and the other in the offering basket.
Others who once stood up for its principles have died or stopped attending.
Many pulpits appear to have abandoned history, and social issues such as marriage equality, abortion, and political philosophy have now become an extension of cable news. While the destitute search for a meal a few feet away, these ministries are rated for profitability in the same way that cable networks, news, or hotels are.
The church does not have to unravel its core belief and interpretations of historic doctrines passed on to each generation. However, take a step back and look at the empty chairs through the stained windows figuring which light shines better from within.
The church alone cannot solve today’s social problems. Today’s DNA will not bring us any closer if its leaders are unable to avoid more chaos, mismanagement of trust and power, and the use of ideologues whose capitulation and protagonist views only isolate and ignore fiction from reality.
The fear of God will not be blasting through an amplifier for many houses, especially along the small shore’s lines, up the hill, or down the road; the church is more powerful than the rule of law or local elected officials who occasionally gather after a popular event to make them relatable for the subsequent election.
Because of inconceivable economic conditions, deviation from one’s parents’ upbringing is not a struggle. Some people who hang out on street corners aren’t there because of who’s making the altar calls. They, too, struggle to separate these moral compass bearers from their messages.
I used to think that taking a trip for the fifth row would make my mother proud, but all I remember is those few checks mailed to a dude who in return sent her a postcard, some holy water, and an image of who he thought this guy looked like.
I kept seeing him on cable television telling people what they couldn’t and shouldn’t do with their bodies.
They have gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender friends, as well as others who could facilitate reconciliation between gangs that have taken over communities, and yes, even an ex-offender who could benefit from a job connection.
How can young people get to the altar when preachers have more bodyguards than heads of state? It appears that some churches now require appointments even for confession or to discuss their struggles, as well as what color should be in focus if one decides to pray.
Following these resurrection ceremonies, the church must cease to be just another structure. Only a few people today have the courage to face their fears and anxieties, and only their elderly personal history has kept them going, but what will happen if the next generation does not recognize their contribution to the community?.
Scholars must rediscover their church roots. This institution plays an important role in the communities. Although tucked away behind century-old trees, where few are looking for a resurrection, a beam of light remains, competing with the sound of the most recent music blasting while the pastor reads the first Psalm.
Although some have migrated for economic reasons and to avoid social taboos covering spirituality, many young men and women have given up lucrative opportunities and are now serving their community despite not being recognized.
Though many churches have seen more fences today, whether due to reduced membership, gentrification, or political and social ideology, it remains the only beacon of hope for even two Sunday services each month, and it may come down to more than the color of the wall.
Today, a new altar call may be able to resurrect this new generation. Regardless of a man’s skin color, poverty, corruption, and other social issues exist; however, access to good and affordable health care remains a problem, particularly in many impoverished and developing countries.
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