The central figure of Christianity is Jesus Christ. Since it's the largest religion globally, people have been trying to put the face on God's only son for centuries.
Most of us have an idea of what Jesus might've looked like. And in popular culture, he had white skin, piercing blue eyes, long hair, and looked pretty much like Jared Leto.
But, history and ancient holy books disagree, which led one man to find the real Jesus. Or at least to give us the scientific answer to what Jesus looked like.
Meet forensic anthropologist Richard Neave
Neave will disappoint many, but the forensic anthropologist used historical data and computerized tomography to show us the real face of Jesus.
You can't find a description in the Bible, but per the holy book, Jesus Christ "had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him."
That description is most likely intentionally vague, but we accepted that God's son was Caucasian or at least mostly white.
However, that's not the case.
The real face of Jesus Christ?
Richard Neave took three skulls from Israeli archaeological sites near where Jesus was believed to have been born.
Then, he used computerized x-ray and ultrasound methods to create a model of Jesus' face. Based on anthropological and genetic data, he came up with the picture. It shows that Jesus had dark skin, a wide nose, and full lips.
It makes sense since Jesus was born in the Middle East, so he would look like those around him. Not like the Hollywood version we've seen in the past.
Many refuse to believe Jesus wasn't white
"Jesus was a white man," said former Fox News host Megyn Kelly, while talking about another white male, Santa Claus.
We're aren't sure about Santa, for obvious reasons, but when it comes to Jesus, the Bible clearly states he looked like an average man. He was not a movie star, nor was his legacy in his looks.
Pretending that Jesus was born somewhere in the West is part of destroying his identity. So, in the future, the media should look at science and accept that Jesus wasn't a looker, but more importantly, he wasn't white.
Perhaps multiracial, but not Santa Claus white.
Do we really need to know?
The most intriguing part about Jesus and his life was never about the way he looked. Yet, we became obsessed with what was on the surface.
It doesn't matter which religion you belong to if any. The fact is that Jesus represents the good, as a nonjudgemental, warm-hearted figure.
So, instead of focusing on his face, let's follow his grace. At least a bit more often. At the same time, keep in mind the discoveries by forensic scientist Richard Neave.