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Images of Bearded Men on Unlikely Places Aren't Jesus Christ
« on: March 17, 2012, 05:53:16 PM »
Images of Bearded Men on Unlikely Places Aren't Jesus Christ

The Sun reported Thursday (and updated Friday) that a decorator found an image on a wall in North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, of what he and others believe is Jesus Christ. WTSP-TV/CBS News reported Thursday that a Florida woman believed she snapped Christ's image from her TV screen.
It's silly to think images of bearded men on some unlikely objects are Jesus. What's behind these claims include religious conditioning plus that quest for "15 minutes of fame."
The Shroud of Turin's facial image stands out as an image of the face of Christ that people often think of. But the Shroud of Turin's authenticity has been debated for hundreds of years, as reported by the Christian Science Monitor in 2010 when it discussed Pope Benedict XVI stating he believed that the Shroud of Turin artifact is the burial cloth of Jesus.
The Associated Press also reported in 2010 that Pope John Paul II didn't authenticate the shroud after it was studied, though he deemed it "a challenge to the intelligence," and viewed it in 1998. Additionally, some experts claim it was "medieval forgery" from the 13th century or 14th century, based on carbon-dating testing.
Bearded men appear among the masses. Who's to say that these images of bearded men appearing on TVs or walls aren't one or more of those men? What about all the celebrities, living or dead, who have beards?
In 2002, Popular Mechanics reported that nowhere in the New Testament is there any account of what Christ looked like, and without any drawings, his looks have been based on artists' interpretations. The article featured several different-looking pictures spanning from the 11th century to the 20th century. For instance, in an 11th century stained glass photo, Christ had considerably less facial hair. In another image, Jesus is black.
Who can say what Jesus looked like with absolute authority, especially since still cameras or video recorders didn't exist back in Bible days like they do now? But for those who think these alleged images of Jesus Christ are signs from heaven, they should ponder Matthew's Gospel, where Christ told his skeptics, "A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah."
Based on Jesus' words, people should be more amazed when whale images appear on their walls, TVs, etc., as opposed to bearded men.


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