Many people claim to have Jesus in their hearts. They claim to be in a personal relationship with him where they converse and he answers their prayers. He is said to give them strength and embolden them. He is, as they say, their “rock.” Some people have gone a step further and have taken this literally.
I heard of this story about a month ago, but just got around to talking about it now. It is the story of a woman named Shae House of Virginia. She was walking in the woods when she came upon a rock formation. The rocks seemed to form a face, and not just any face, the face of Jesus himself. You can see a short video clip of her experience here:
She saw things that most people wouldn’t see in this formation because of her predisposition to all things Christian. A Muslim or Jew might see a face in the rock, as humans tend to pick out familiar patterns. Even an atheist would be able to see something that resembled a face, but they most assuredly would not think of Jesus.
According to one article I read, she asked this, “Do you see the nose, shut eyes, crown of thorns, bruised and puffy left eye, punched-wounded- puffy left cheek, beard, mustache, hair, long hair down the right side?”
She was walking just a few miles from the campus of Liberty University, one of the largest Christian universities in the world when she stumbled upon the rock.
“I was listening to my praise and worship music on my phone and was praising God humming, I just didn’t think I’d SEE God,” she said.
She was listening to praise music, just off the campus of a Christian university when she thinks she saw Jesus. That’s amazing. (eye roll)
“The more you stare the more you see! It’s absolutely beautiful! And you shall see signs and wonders! Praise God!”
And there you have it. Jesus revealed himself to a Christian woman out in the woods near a Christian university as she sang along to worship and praise music. I see a bit of a problem here. Do you see it? No? Well if you are or were a Christian, the Bible says a thing or two about personal revelation. Does it say anything about images of Jesus popping up on things instead of Jesus revealing himself in person? Umm….no.
In Matthew 18:20 Jesus said, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” In John 14:13, he said, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” Then in John 15:7, he says this, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
These are things that many (including myself) have tried and tested. I was a devout Christian, trusting in Jesus and praying earnestly for his blessings and approval. I wanted nothing more than to be closer to him and to do only the things he asked of me. I prayed again and again for him to draw closer to me and to guide my feet along the path that would lead me to heaven one day. Every time I had my prayers answered with silence. There was no sign. There was no hint or even a brief glimpse of Jesus being there with me or answering my prayers. There was nothing. I did each and every thing commanded of me and trusted wholeheartedly that the Bible was correct and Jesus would be pleased with me. But there was nothing given to me each and every time.
Then we see stories of people like Shae House who have Jesus confirm their faith by appearing in a rock. And of course, there’s this:
Yes, for those of you wondering, that is Jesus Christ himself appearing to us on a dog’s ass. Hallelujah. Here is another one:
Here we see Jesus on the shell of a horseshoe crab. There is also the case of Jesus appearing inside of someone’s orange:
The list goes on and on. There are endless examples of objects that people claim to have seen Jesus in. Where he has never shown himself, you ask? Where the Bible promises he would be. He isn’t there when two or more gather. He doesn’t give you anything when you ask for it in his name. Not even when you ask for him to help keep you from losing your faith, as in my case. I prayed in Jesus’ name for my faith to be strengthened and renewed and he ignored me each time I prayed for it.
When someone prays for their dying child to be saved, Jesus is nowhere to be found, but when someone is carefree and singing in the woods, he’ll show up in a rock. When someone is crying out in their depression asking for a sign before they end their life, he is again silent. Yet somewhere on a dog’s ass he smiles upon us. When children are molested, raped, tortured or killed, he sits back and allows it while remaining hidden. But we’re supposed to believe he has shown himself on a crab shell?
Let’s just say that these are actual signs of his existence. Let’s just say that Jesus is leaving us proof that he exists. What does that mean for us? Sure, it would be evidence that he is real, but it would also be evidence that he is not who the Bible portrays him to be. It would be proof that he exists, while all of the atrocities in the world would be proof that he doesn’t care or is incapable of doing anything about them. He would be proven to be a fraud and also a weak, impotent god. Showing people you exist by revealing your image on random objects is not what people need. Living up to your promises would be something else. Saying, “I’m totally real, but you’re all on your own” doesn’t do much for me. How about you?
Sightings of objects with images resembling Jesus are nothing new. People see whatever they want, wherever they want. If they want to see Jesus, they will see him, even if you have to have the light just right and really squint your eyes. That doesn’t make the images a sign from God and it doesn’t prove Jesus is real. Jesus actually doing something would prove he is real. That has yet to happen. But if looking at a crab or a rock gives you comfort and gives you stronger faith, have at it.
I know a little bit about looking at things that are ordinary objects and seeing something resembling a person. I am from New Hampshire where the pictures on our license plates, road signs and many other things have the image of the Old Man of the Mountain. I used to take camping trips as a kid up in the White Mountains of northern New Hampshire. One of the highlights of our trips was coming around the corner in the road to see the image of the face appear. We’d wait and wait and then there it would be. In reality, it was nothing really that special. It was just a rock formation up in the White Mountains here in NH that resembled the face of an old man. Daniel Webster, a statesman from NH, once said this of the Old Man, “Men hang out their signs indicative of their respective trades; shoemakers hang out a gigantic shoe; jewelers a monster watch, and the dentist hangs out a gold tooth; but up in the Mountains of New Hampshire, God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that there He makes men.”
The Old Man of the Mountain and my faith have something in common. They once left me in awe, but eventually crumbled and fell. So much for being God’s sign to the world.
Please, just stop with this nonsense that Jesus is somehow revealing himself to prop up your faith and give you strength. Ask yourself where Jesus is when you really need him? Where was he when you went through that personal tragedy? Where was he when innocent children died? Where was he when all of the wars happened, diseases spread and people who wanted to keep their faith lost it? Where was he when you prayed? Was he there with you, answering your prayer and proving himself to be real? Or was he in an orange or on a crab somewhere? A loving god wouldn’t tease his followers with images of himself while remaining silent during the times he should have shown up to help. A real god would be there for you when you need him. An invented God shows up on a dog’s ass.