Especially in a day when the literacy rate is so low, compounded by the incomprehensible KJV only problem, there are many people who think the pictures of Jesus they see are accurate depictions, because they don't know the scriptures as they think they do. Folks, please know many of the pictures of Jesus the public is exposed to are F-A-R from biblical. In fact, some images of Jesus are dangerous to your SOUL!
As with anything else, we must test everything then hold on to the good (1 Thess. 5:21), that is, if any good (truth) exists. That means we must learn what the Bible says about the images of Jesus, which so many sincere people are seeing. When pictures of Jesus are tested in that manner, it becomes apparent that the devil has even been using Jesus pictures that many have hanging on their walls and even venerating those same images with kisses!
To have a laughing Jesus teaching serious heaven or hell truths -- correcting and rebuking -- is ludicrous. The real Jesus was a man of sorrows (Isa. 53:3). There are NO scriptures which state that Jesus laughed or smiled; neither any of his apostles! Especially when preaching, God's servants are to be dead serious (Titus 2:7)! There is something spiritually wrong with smiley, laughing, joking preachers!
Such a Jesus halo is never indicated in scripture. To represent his sinlessness with a Jesus halo, then having a halo above Mary's head too, is to imply that she also shared in the attributes of God. Again, pictures of Jesus like that are deceitful.
Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, (1 Cor 11:14)Surely, Jesus' hair was not a disgrace to him! The length of one's hair is an issue in Christian beliefs, though mostly neglected and denied in our day.
To have an image of Jesus wrestling with the devil is ludicrous. NOTE: It will take only one of God's angels to capture, chain and throw the devil in the Abyss during the 1000 year reign of Christ (Rev. 20:1,2)! Lucifer is doomed to eternal fire (Mt. 25:41 cf. Rev. 20:10)!
Such artists with their pictures of Jesus on the cross have deceived more than many dangerous false teachers on that subject! At least one picture in a Catholic church in Poland has Mary on the cross with the baby Jesus! (See image to the right.)
The Jehovah's Witnesses have pictures of Jesus on a stake with his hands above his head, as did J. Vernon McGee, the deceased once saved always saved teacher!
Such distorted pictures of Jesus and Mary have caused Catholic people to lethally look to and trust Mary for protection and salvation, as many Popes have. Certainly such pictures of Jesus and Mary have helped with that deception.
His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. (Rev. 1:14-16)They try to force out an interpretation of Jesus being black from his hair being white like wool [see image to right of a Jew with "hair white like wool"] and his feet being like bronze glowing in a furnace, but they conveniently overlook that the same vision also says:
Do not stare at me because I am dark, BECAUSE I AM DARKENED BY THE SUN. My mother's sons were angry with me and made me take care of the vineyards; my own vineyard I had to neglect. (Song of Solomon 1:6)Obviously, that shows symbolism. If we were to take that as a literal description of the Lord Jesus, then he was a white man, since he had a white head. Again, the issue of race is not important, since Jesus is the one Savior who died for us all.
By far the worst part of it all for the black Hebrew Israelites is their lethal attachment to the Mosaic law, from which Christians will fall from grace and Christ will be of no value at all by trying to be justified that way (Gal. 5:2-4). Please see Messianic Jews Have Reintroduced DEADLY Galatianism for details. Folks, all images of Jesus are flawed. We do not know what he looked like, except that he was Jewish, which he got from his mother, Mary. (Jews are not black, but they sadly do reject the salvation in the New Testament similar to the black Hebrew Israelites.)
The image to the right is what Catholic children are taught. Notice how Mary is shown to be between the Lord Jesus and the people receiving grace. Catholics have been wrongly taught that Mary is the mediatrix and dispenser of all grace. That is a horrible distortion of the truth, as presented in scripture.
From a laughing Jesus -- to a Jesus on the cross with a couple drops of blood -- to Jesus on the throne as a baby being held up by Mary -- millions of sincere SOULS worldwide are misled. Pictures of Jesus like that are worth a thousand words of DEADLY POISON! Jesus pictures like that should be trashed ASAP. Please pass these truths about pictures of Jesus to others you love and care about.