Magic Eye Jesus

With all the complaints Atheists have against theists generally, and Christians in particular accusing most of having a gullible blind faith, you’d think Christians would be less willing to provide fodder.

(Daily Mail) — A woman who prayed for a sign from Jesus got a little more than she bargained for when his image emerged out of some melted crayons.  Tara Gomez and her son put a few colourful sticks in the oven as part of an arts and crafts project they wanted to try out.  After cooling the mixture in the freezer, Ms Gomez was startled to discover Jesus’s face had emerged out of the swirling pattern…

Waxing prophetic: Tara Gomez, from Missouri, said she had prayed for a sign from Jesus with his face appeared in some crayons she had melted for an arts and crafts project for her sonThese kinds of stories always make me shake my head.  Why is it that Jesus or Mary make regular appearances in grilled cheese sandwiches, or some other snack or smear?  Admittedly, sometimes I think I can see patterns where it kind of  looks like a face…maybe.  In fact, there is the profile of a pig’s head on my bathroom floor tile.  Ok, I get that.  But why Jesus?  Why would He make an appearance there?  Honestly, so many people — living or dead — fit the description of: dark hair, dark beard.  Not to mention no one knows what Jesus looked like, even if the image were actually clear, and not some vague smudge.

I personally hate it when Christians do things that bring discredit on Christianity or what the perception of a typical Christian is.  Seeing the image of Jesus in food, oil slicks, or melted crayons is simply naive.  To think that the Creator of the universe would make an appearance in a melted crayon is actually a bit deprecating to say the least.  Not to mention it also gives unmerited ammunition to skeptics who make it their job to paint religious adherents as silly as possible.  Don’t help them for goodness sake.

So when you offer up a Jesus crayon for all to see, all you have accomplished is to push someone who may have been on the fence about making the committment to Christ away.  No one wants to be associated with an enterprise which boasts of portraits of their Savior in crayons.

My advice to anyone who thinks they are seeing Jesus in their toast, cookie, sandwich, crayon, spilled milk, or any other such venue keep this in mind: it’s not Jesus.  And if you’re convinced that it is, keep it to yourself.

Comments

  1. @ John
    We need people to keep posting this stuff and not keep it to themselves.
    It helps illustrates how much all religions have in common.
    Muslims see Mohammed
    Japanese Buddhists see Kannon
    Chinese Marxists saw Mao
    Hindus see Krishna
    Christians see Jesus
    Democrats see Obama

    We hallucinate whatever fills our heads.
    People share more than they want to imagine — religions often present themselves as uniquely and exclusively special. See my recent post on “Freedom from Sin“.

    Also, I did a post on “Pareidolia” that may help explain why this crayon phenomena happens.

  2. I find that 99% of all these image-seers are Roman Catholics, who have had this nonsense programmed into them.

    Simple common sense should make people think:
    No photographs or other images of Mary or Jesus exist, so we have no way of knowing what they looked like. If we don’t know what they looked like, then how in blazes can people claim the images they see are them?!?! You really don’t have to go any farther than that to dismiss the whole idea as nonsense.

    • Glenn

      I couldn’t agree more. I think the RCC as an historical institution has conditioned its adherents to look for things like this given its history of superstitious inclinations. But we see even Protestants doing this. I just wonder why the immediate conclusion is that its Jesus and not someone else. Or why people “see” a face at all. I mean, the “pig” that I “see” on my bathroom floor tile isn’t a pig and I know it. If I saw the image of a man, to me it is just “huh, that kinda looks like a guy with a beard”. It wouldn’t even occur to me to think it was Jesus.

  3. Marshall Art says:

    I think it’s obvious that these people see what seems to resemble existing images created to depict the person they claim to see. They already think of Jesus or Mary as being the face they always see hanging on some wall, perhaps in their church or homes. Then, when such “miraculous” images appear, they go for the fame aspect. But then, most of these stories that I see don’t necessarily suggest the person has received a sign, but that it is more of a novelty.

    Anyway, for those who are so put off by these stories as to turn away from the faith (those fence sitters to whom you referred), they don’t seem much like they were truly leaning toward the faith if something like this turns them away.

    • Marshall

      I see your point. If someone who is considering Christianity and they make their decision based on something as specious as this, I think they would be swayed out pf the faith rather easily. If not this then something else.

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