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11.02.2005    |    What a coincidence...
...that an image of Jesus appears to look like a Romanian Orthodox priest. Who would've thunk it? Found, via the Crusty Curmudgeon, this lovely story of an image of Jesus, Peter, and Paul found on an old wooden wardrobe.

Well, it is certainly possible that God would have sent an image of his Son to decorate the wardrobe of this elderly Romanian couple. This, however, is the sort of thing that borders on idolatry, as in worship of an icon. In this instance, something that looks like a typical Orthodox bearded priest.

This is voodoo Christianity, people. It cheapens the real faith that so many have, because it makes at least the silent claim that one needs apparitions and supernatural manifestations to sustain our faith.

The Gospel message is necessary, and it is sufficient. It is stunning in its simplicity, and challenging to our notions of how the world of life, and death, should operate. But apparently did not in the instance of our Savior.

In that regard, more than the simple telling of the Gospel message of Christ's atoning death, and His resurrection, is less. Claimed apparitions, such as this one in Romania, detract from the awesome power of Christ's message.

As regards the Gospel, more is less, and less is more.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Barbara said...

Please tell me how they know what Jesus looks like? They've seen too many of the 'so-called pictures' of Jesus floating around!

Apparitions are not for me! I'd rather have the WORD, and His spirit within me! I believe that these things are really from the devil, who is trying, in these last days, to get people distracted from God.

1:39 AM, November 03, 2005  
Blogger The Un-Apologetic Atheist said...

Much as I hate to say it, barring her religious drivel, I do agree with Barbara. There's no way to know what Jesus looked like, let alone convince yourself God sent some icon down just for you to witness. It's arrogance of the highest form, as well as a borderline form of idolatry.

Every time I try to point this fact out to my Catholic friend who shows me these as "proof" of God's existance, he snickers at me for being "unable to believe." So it's kind of funny for me to watch the same skepticism in True Believers (tm) for the things he held up to me, once, as a form of proof.

10:27 AM, November 07, 2005  

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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...

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