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12.05.2004    |    Cheesy Virgin
Where to begin? There's just so much wrong with this little "faith" story that appeared in today's Washington Post. First, the basics from the story:
Diana Duyser, a resident of Hollywood, Fla., made the sandwich a decade ago and, after taking a bite, saw "the Virgin Mary staring back at me," she said. Duyser kept the sandwich in a plastic container beside her bed before selling it last week to GoldenPalace.com, an online casino.
Kind of says it all, actually. As in how cheesy is the religion of some so-called Christians. The article tells the story, with the equivalent of a straight face, as to how it is "not likely" that Holy Mother Church will recognize this cheese sandwich as a "divine apparition."

Jesus on a taco, and all of that. Why is it that people think that our Lord, or His mom, have to stoop to conjurer's tricks to get noticed? Not that I've anything against a good cheese sandwich. As for a religion that depends on certifying as miraculous the equivalent of conjurer's tricks, I have no use. This is primitivism, and pagan worship of an idol. In this case, the idolization of a cheese sandwich.

Of course, GoldenPalace.com did, apparently, shell out $28,000 for this way-stale sandwich. Since I will not knowingly link to a spam site, I don't know what they might be doing with this holy cheese sandwich. I'm sure it's nothing to do with Jesus Christ, and everything to do with idolaters seeing pagan apparitions in their food.

Of course, this particular idolater is having one over on the rest of us. She got a bundle of cash for a sandwich, and we get to waste our time reading about it.


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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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