Joe Marino passes along some more Jesus pareidolia from a WND article, Google photo: Jesus just spotted in sky? As Joe points out the Kit Kat photo, mentioned in the article is old stuff; see, Jesus in Toledo by way of a piece of candy in January, 2011.
Mention images of Jesus these days and the shroud gets mentioned. WND reports:
Dr. Paul Lakeland, director of the Center for Catholic Studies at Fairfield University, says visualizing the Creator of all things in everyday objects has become a way for people to bring their beliefs to reality, as they desperately want to see signs and wonders.
“Everyone’s religious life is connected to their imagination,” Lakeland told the Hour. “But I’ve seen this before. Someone has a bagel that looks like it has an image of the Virgin Mary on it … I do scoff at the sort of thing, but it doesn’t do anyone harm. However, they (the McCaffreys) shouldn’t have people line up at their home to see the ink blot.”
He indicated the Catholic Church often downplays any credence to similar sightings.
“There is a reason to be a bit skeptical because there are very few (images) that have seen the level of credibility as say, the Shroud of Turin,” Lakeland said. “But, it’s all in the eye of the beholder.”
Pareidolia is a big deal when it comes to things some claim to see on the shroud like coins, flowers and inscriptions.
When I looked at the photo of the Shroud. I didn’t see coins or flowers or inscriptions or even Turin, but I did see Jesus.
Personally, I see more than Jesus: I see the unconditional love of God for EVERY ONE OF US (no matter his religion, faith, unbelief, color of skin, whatever), which was incarnated in a real human being like every one of us… Like someone once told me: “Our lives are more precious in the eyes of God than his own life because he was willing to die for all of us!” This crazyness (a God who consider the lives of his creatures as being more important than his own life) can only be understandable through the heart and not the brain… And I think the more and more we contemplate the Shroud and the more and more we have some chances to finally understand this awesome truth full of hope for every one of us.
End of the preach (for today). :-)
I can’t help to cite Paul here because he’s the one who summarize the best what I was talking about in my previous post : “For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles.” (1 Corinthians).
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