February 13, 2015
Man has abused his position by portraying himself as the God and has led man down a poisonous path that supports hate of other humans and the destruction of the earth. We hear about the ultimate friction between good and evil; God and the devil and many of us are confused by this dynamic. My belief is that this contrast is part of the Creator’s design. The devil, if he does exist (I do believe that a devil spirit exist) is part of God’s creation this is no accident. Also, the devil is not in competition with God. God has no competition. The devil spirit is competition with the human spirit and has used humans to elevate himself to God; God-like, or a kin to God.
Even though man, one of the Creator’s most complex creations with a soul (spirit) and will, he is still enclosed within a physical body that has a predetermined end date so the physical characteristics of man (his body) can’t be what we are holding up high in comparison to the Creator. Every human that is born will taste death and his spirit will leave his body. It is his spirit that is his identity not the body. No matter how great or beautiful the body, it will be of no use to anyone once that human spirit leaves it. I’ve personally seen the last breath leave the bodies of both my mother and my father and once that happened, that body was no longer my parents they were empty corpses. So I ask you, why is the image of God portrayed in human physical form when this is obviously the lowest level and form and who does it benefit. The birth, death, and the life of human beings can’t be equated with anything associated with the divine(the human being is in complete dependency on the Creator’s Creation and has no independence an obvious characteristic of the Creator).
The whole world and specifically many Black Americans have been given the wrong ideas about God. They have been made to look for the God that they can see with their physical eyes which is impossible. Your thoughts about an invisible thing bring many ideas and pictures to your mind. When these ideas and pictures begin to take shape or form in your mind, you arrive at a concept. A concept of a thing is how you see that thing in your mind. Many Black Americans have been given the wrong ideas about God and religion. This is because they have been made to look for the God that they can see with their physical eyes. The Church taught Blacks that God, the Creator of the heavens and the universe, is a three-in-one-god. Blacks were told that there was God the father, God the son, and God the Holy Ghost. The Church used a picture of a white man on a cross as Jesus the son of God. Blacks believed that the white image that they saw on the cross was God. So the divinity or the god that they worshipped was in physical white flesh this is a false image of the Creator of the Heavens and Earth (God).
Since the image of a white man was put on the cross as Jesus, Black people identified white physical flesh with God which has made them accept and love white people and reject their own group and hate Blacks. The tricky plan of white divinity made Black people worship a visible, whitened god. When something is visible, you can see it with your physical eyes, and a white Jesus on the cross is the visible god of the flesh conscious church. What would be the impact on white children if for hundreds of years, a Black man was portrayed as God, the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth. How much would that white child love hate or dislike themselves while loving someone else. This lie has been devastating to the overall psyche of Black people, especially our children. The myth that young children are blind to race has been debunked time and time again, and studies have found that the self-esteem of our youth is easily influenced even before they hit puberty.
To help illustrate this, a group of preschool-aged black children were given the choice between two dolls one Caucasian and one with darker skin and were told to point at either doll to answer the questions asked by an interviewer. The results were shocking. “Can you show me the doll you like best or the one you want to play with?” The first black girl immediately picks up the white doll, and the next four young black girls choose the same. Of the group, only two picked the darker-skinned doll. At one point, the interviewer asked one girl to pick which doll was the nicest, to which the girl responded by picking up the white doll but when asked which the bad doll was, she picked the black one. When the interviewer asked her why she chose the ‘bad’ doll the way she did, the girl had a surprising answer: “It’s black. At such a young age, these young girls are already showing signs of self-loathing and internalized racism. Is it possible that our society is perpetuating a standard of beauty that is impossible for these girls to attain, thus trapping them in insecurity and low self-esteem for the rest of their lives? The ‘doll test’ was first performed by Drs. Kenneth and Mamie Clark in the 1940s. They found that while most black children identified with the black doll, they would much rather play with the white doll. The test has been repeated numerous times since with the same results; for example, student Kiri Davis re-did the test in Tampa Bay, Florida and found that 15 out of the 21 black children preferred the white doll. Another experiment done by Good Morning America had similar findings. GMA found that out of the 19 young black girls they interviewed, the majority believed the white doll was prettier. Devastating doesn’t quite cut it. Coupled with institutional and structural racism, a mass media campaign that portrays Black people in the worst light; this has ripple effects in our society, beyond the direct effects it has on these young girls.
The impact of portraying a white man as God is damaging to all people it’s a deviation from the real image of God. It especially hurts white people because it has given them a sense of superiority that has allowed them to do some of the most despicable acts to Blacks under the guise of religion. More than 400 years ago our ancestors were taken from Africa and forever enslaved under a form of chattel slavery never seen before in history this was done by white Christians against Black people. The slave trade flourish and millions of Blacks were forcibly relocated from their mother land, and ultimately stripped of their culture, heritage and history and became free labor for new industries in the Caribbean, South and North America this was done by white Christians against Black people.
Rahim Islam is President/CEO of Universal Companies, one of the largest African-American led businesses in Philadelphia, employing nearly 650 professionals across disciplines such as education, real estate, community development, social work, technology, finance, and preventive health. He has been at the forefront of resolving many of the community and social issues facing Philadelphians and currently works directly with a number of organizations in the areas of childcare, youth and recreation programs, drug and alcohol prevention, faith based efforts, block associations, political activity, and k-12 education. He can be reached through his website, www.universalcompanies.org. You can also follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rahimislamuc and Rahim Islam on Facebook.