With all the complaints Atheists have against religion accusing most believers of having a gullible blind faith, you’d think Christians would be less willing to provide examples of exactly that.
(AZCentral) — A Scottsdale family on Wednesday said their cheesecake is a Christmas miracle.
When they pulled the dessert out of the oven, it cracked as it cooled. According to the family, the cake crack resembles a crucifix.
Family members say they won’t be eating the cheesecake. Instead they plan on selling it and donating the money to a local charity or church.
These kinds of stories always frustrate me. Why is it that Jesus or Mary, or in this case a cross, make regular appearances in grilled cheese sandwiches, melted crayons, spilled beverages, and window smudges? Admittedly, sometimes I think I can see patterns where it kind of looks like a face…maybe. Ok, I get that. But why Jesus? Why would the God of the universe make an appearance there? Honestly, so many people — living or dead — fit the description of: dark hair, dark beard. Add to that, no one knows what Jesus looked like, even if the image were actually clear, and not some vague smudge.
It is counterproductive for Christians to do things that bring discredit on Christianity. Things like this give the perception of what a typical Christian is. Seeing the image of Jesus in food, oil slicks, or crosses in cheesecakes is simply naive. 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 cheesecake crucifix for all to see, all you have accomplished is to push someone who may have been on the fence about making the commitment to Christ away. No one wants to be associated with an enterprise which boasts of portraits of their Savior in food stuffs.
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.