Theology out of the black experience of slavery, segregation, and the struggle
for a just society (Cone).”  Christians
throughout generations learned to demise everything that had to deal with the
Negro. They wanted to continue slavery because then African Americans would
forever remember their place, underneath them. If slavery was not abolished and
the negro uneducated in the ways of religion, then the whites would still have
remained in control and shaped them into how they wanted. A society where both
black Christianity and white Christianity is accepted by both ethic groups is
not going to happen because one refuse to see what they were doing is not wrong
and in fact it is how Christ intended it to be. 
Nor, would they acknowledge the pain and suffering they subjected a
group of people to. Cone, black theologian, hoped that by bring together
Blackness and Christianity that it would soothe the tension. He created a book
called, “Black Theology and Black power.”
 Cone brought attention to the racism
in theology. For example, in white Theology it does not go into full detail
about the black experience during the times they were slaves. White theology
does acknowledge they suffered by the hands of whites, but it was not an
extreme case like Cone have talked about. He wanted to create an entirely new
theology where it addressed black suffering but also empower them to “create a
new value structures so that our understanding of Blackness will not depend
upon European misconceptions.” No longer shall African Americans relive in the
past that makes them reject their blackness and force them to become something they
are never going to be, white. It was through these convictions, that made black
liberation theology a thing. When a group of people ban together and refuse to
continue living in the past where they had not idea what was going on, they
hold a power in them that comes out in a simple word: No. No, they are not
going to be oppressed by the people who lies on their God and even twist the
words to make people feel lesser than them. Blacks can relate to Christianity
because of the biblical stories that mirrored their own, therefore it must be
black. It’s the whites who cannot call Christianity their religion because they
have not suffered like both the Jews and Blacks.  “In a society where men are defined on the
basis of color of the victims, proclaiming that the condition of the poor is
incongruous with him who has come to liberate us (Cone).” Liberation is coming
for the blacks because they are descendants of God’s chosen people and thus
will receive his help in becoming free.



            Slavery was often spoken in front of
the bible by a white man it failed to mention African Americans being the
unwanted race, who was not considered human, and them being condemn to a life
of endless torture. While white christens used it to uphold their superior
position over the slaves, they used it to uplift themselves and make the
experience a little less painful. Many slaves did not believe the blue-eyed
devil was their master, but Christ himself. They would often pray to him and
ask to be liberated from their owners. Slaves identified themselves with the
Old testament Hebrew slaves and how they were liberated from their
masters.  God favored blacks because they
are in the same situation as his people a long time ago. Faith was not
determined by how much wealth one required, but how long one have been
suffering by the hands of others. Slaves would hold secret sessions and preach
this theology in attempts to get their brothers and sisters to believe that
changes were coming if they did not stray from their path. Black preachers
would take from the bible interrupt in a way that it sounded more appealing to
the blacks. White slave master became both angry and fearful. If the African
Americans started questioning things and becoming self-aware then they would
lose their power over them thus becoming equal or beneath the slaves.  Angry because slaves were turning the words
of Christ into something that did not benefit them. 

            In slave times, most of the slaves
converted to Christianity because some feared that not being Christian would
make the punishment become worst while other rejected all forms of religion
that was created by their Masters. 
Slaves that came from Africa did not know what Christianity was and
therefore could not practice it. African Slaves worship many different Gods and
did not just have one singular one. They also gave great praised to spirits and
their ancestors. Long before the arrival of whites, Africans were strongly
religious and would often practice different rituals to please their gods. When
the whites arrived, they witness a voodoo ritual and deemed it “unholy”, they
threatened them out of fear not to continue the practice. When they told the
negro not practice their own religion they ceased control of their faith.  White pastors believed that those who does
not know Christ cannot be fully human and because of that they cannot be
considered as one. The Africans might have looked human, but they are wild
beasts that have lost the way a long time ago. 
Slave Masters would tell the slaves about the bible, but misconstrued
the words to support inhuman conditions and why the Africans have the remain in
captivity. Most of the whites during the time could not read or write, let
alone actually read what the bible said. Priests would get the slave masters to
baptize the slaves, so they could become somewhat human beings. Africans that
became baptized and followed the “White washed” version of the book believed
that their situation was going to get better because they are now fellow
children of Christ. Slaves were started to talk about a having higher legal statues
and become members of society. Slave owners quickly but an end of baptizing
slaves out of fear that it might change the slave legal status.  Christianity was a tool to suppress slaves
and to reform them. Priests, Slave Masters, Pastors, and other people saw this
as a tool to completely get the Africans to submit to them. In many ways, they
managed to do it. White Christianity provided in full context that they will
never be considered human even if they converted to Christianity because only
the fair skinned could be blessed with divine gifts. Some Slave Masters would
tell their slaves that it was okay if they were in chains because Christ used
to do the same thing around his time. Christ slavery and Black slavery are two
different things.  Christ slavery is
captives, who lost to the opposing side, and were used for labor. They still
had rights and if two slaves were to reproduce the child will not be a slave.
Christ slavery paled in comparison to black slavery. Black slavery was an
intense torture that even in death one still could not break free. White
christens owned the entire being and that includes the soul. Negro slaves did
not have a choice in the matter nor did they have any chance of becoming
free.  If the negros were to reproduce,
unlike the Christ slavery, their child will remain in captivity.  The negros, in white Christianity, could not
escape being slaves even in death and therefore should give up on becoming free
from their white masters. African Americans began looking at Christianity in a
different manner. Major of the slaves rejected the religion because it was the
cause of them being held captive and even supported the inhuman acts while
others were too afraid to go against their masters.

Black Liberation and Christianity


to Rhodes, “Black theology’s dominant perspective of God is ‘God in action,
delivering the oppressed because of his righteousness. He is to be seen, not in
the transcendent way of Greek philosophy, but immanent, among His people.’ God
is ‘immanent’ in the sense that he is met in concrete historical situations of
liberation (Rhodes paras. 38-39).” God, in historical and biblical context, is
shown as a compassionate and powerful being. He is shown helping the oppressed
from their shackles and chains, freeing them from their oppressors and ensuring
freedom. “This” god is heavily worship by the people that is suffering. This is
critical to the Blacks powerlessness because they do not have the ability to
escape from their captors, who have broken bits of their souls and white wash
their religion. Having a God that is both powerful and good would make sure
that the good people will triumph over the bad people. “I Think that a God who
is absolute in both power and goodness make sense to black men… Absolute power
ensures the ultimate triumph of good; but absolute goodness assures us that
absolute power will not be abused (Roberts 88).”  The power that white men and the false god
will come to an end because the true God will do away with evil like he did a
long time ago. The black man, suffering, will be liberated by the same God who
saved his children from the hands of the Egyptians. Black men and women take
comfort in this idea even though most know it will take a while for that to
happen. The negro knows that their oppression makes the relationship they have
with God even closer than the white man. Black Liberation theology uses these
beliefs to uplift the Blacks and end their constant struggle underneath White

            Black Theology proves that African
Americans are the chosen people of God. Most of Black Theology foundation is
built upon the story of Exodus. The story about where God interferes with
humans to help the oppressed.  In the
book of Exodus, Moses leads the chosen people, Israelites, to freedom from the
Egyptian rule. God, a supreme being that does not have a physical body, shows
both goodness and how powerful He is. He could not bear the torture that his
children had to face in the ands of their oppressors. Freedom is something that
both the Blacks and the Israelites want, which for one of them was granted
while the other wait patiently for it.

God encourage the mistreatment of beings, who did not fit in with the superior
crowd. Their God encouraged enslavement that broke families apart, destroyed
minds of individuals, and ultimately become oppressors of themselves. Black men
and women are warped by this idea that some believed that it was a sin to be
born black and not white because of this they need divine punishment that could
only be done by God’s chosen people, whites. Whites have created this a fantasy
image of their savior. Jesus is depicted as a young man with long flowing
blonde hair, fair skin, and bright blue eyes. This God raises many red flags in
the black community because some can picture him as black, wool like hair, and
dark eyes which are the dominate features of African Americans. “Christ wasn’t
white, Christ was black. The poor, brain washed Negro has been made to believe
that Christ was white to maneuver him into worshipping the white man (Malcolm
X).” The idea that Christ is white came from a group of oppressors that sought
to create a “fantasy” person to still be in power. If the Black man was to gain
knowledge of Chris is not white, but Black the whites would lose their power
over the blacks.  Malcolm X and others
takes about the White man filling the negro with things that would keep them
oppressed and in the dark.  Christ is and
forever remain a White man’s god not a Black’s Man. A Black man God would not
allow the suffering to continue to go on and allow freedom of the negro.  Christ that the blue eye devil worship is not
a divine being, but an Satanic one. The Christ that the negro worship is a man
with brown skin and black wool like hair. 
Jesus, in Black Liberation Theology, is represented as a Poor Black man.
Many Blacks flocked to Jesus because he seemed like a relatable person that
embodied everything that African Americans had to go through. 

the times when racial tensions were still high, the house of the Lord became
almost a battleground for both blacks and whites. Church white folks could not
stand to have a “darky” in the pews with them while service was going on and
would often complain to the church authorities about it. Thus, making the
Church follow the same pattern as local stores, it became segregated. African
American would be seated near the top of the church while the whites would be
at the bottom. People like, Richard Allen, who became a bishop would preacher
to the black congregants though normally it would be at different times because
Church officials felt like it would interfere with their own service. Whites
believed their God allowed segregation.

of Prosperity is a concept that Whites uses to enforce the Blacks to believe
that they are in favor of their God. In their mind, God favors the wealthy and
in return they are blessed to be a part of something bigger.  When they die it is no Hell for them, but the
kingdom of heaven. The can commit as many sins as they want because they will
forever be in God’s good grace. For example, their ‘god’ encouraged the enslavement
of the Negro and ultimately those who do not have money and health they have
not being faithful. Therefore, if one failed to have money they will be
enslaved by their Earthly masters and shall not be rewarded by the divine
being.  White men and women choose to
believe this because of the results that it has so far. Blacks are still
enslaved and using their bodies to help generate more wealth for them. On the
opposite of the spectrum are poor, living in poverty black people. In the
viewing lens of Theology of Prosperity, all of this is happening to them
because they do money to their name and therefore cannot be rewarded. Being
enslaved is punishment for the lack of faith.  The Blacks does not fit in this notion that
Theology of Prosperity have laid out for them. They do not view the amount of
wealth they have is going to free them from white racism. Instead, the savior
is a divine being that will help the poor person and pushout the wealthy and
corrupted.  The savior is going to make
sure that the oppressed is going to help the negro and free them from the white
man control.

self-revelation to humans will depend upon the context in which each human
being is found. God’s message to the wealthy capitalist- and his revelation of
who he is-will differ radically from his self-revelation to the poverty
stricken homeless person(Roberts).”

 Theology of
Prosperity and Black Liberation Theology 


Liberation Theology can be shown through the spiritual relationships that
African Americans have with God. God, in this context, is the emancipator to
free the oppressed from their bondages. Black liberation views God and
Christianity as a coping mechanism for blacks that are being oppressed daily by
their white counterparts. The term first came about during the time of African
slavery. Captured men and women often would sang spirituals in their language
that ranged from Igbo to Yoruba before they became white washed mentally.
Through the hymns that was emphasized and became the pillar of hope for the
blacks, liberation formed. Nat Turner, preacher and rebellion leader, was the
first slave in African American history to see the almighty creator as an Black
man.  Black liberation through history
have been in constant battle with white Christianity and the affect that it has
cause amongst the black community. Therefore, it is possible for Black
liberation to be Christian


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