I am so tired of seeing this type of story. NBC11.com reports that a viewer has seen the face of Jesus in a shrimp. One of the images from the NBC11 website is shown at right. But it doesn't stop there. NBC11 also has links on the website to other Jesus sightings:
Jesus Rock Draws Hundreds Of Pilgrims
Sellers See Jesus In Sheet Metal
Couple Says Fish Bone Bears Jesus Image
Pictures Of 'Shower Jesus'
Sisters See Image Of Jesus In Paint On Wall
Pilgrims See Jesus' Face In Apartment Window
Some See Jesus In Dental X-Ray
Now, I don't know how in the world that the person who saw this image of Jesus in the shrimp was able to determine that it was an image of Jesus. After all, we have no photos or drawing that were made during Jesus' lifetime, so we can't say with any certainty what Jesus looked like. Thus, even if I were to grant that there was an image of a person in the shrimp (which, with a little imagination to fill in the details, may be a person with a bearded face), I don't know on what basis I'd say it looks like Jesus. Personally, it looks to me like one a dour Che Guevara. But apparently, I'm in the minority. The on-line poll shows that 60% of the people who looked at the shrimp agreed that it was the image of Jesus.
I become even more confused when I look at the other images of Jesus in the slideshow. I don't know that any of the images really resemble any of the other images besides the fact that I can imagine them all to be bearded men. For example, the picture of Jesus in the paint reminds me more of the drawing of Count Olaf from the Series of Unfortunate Events books then Jesus Christ. Doesn't the fact that none of these Jesuses resemble each other (other than the fact that they all have beards) tell us that these can't all be the Jesus?
Then, I recalled there was this little thing back in the Book of Exodus called the Ten Commandments, and that the second of these commandments was that we are to make no graven images of God. I wondered, if we aren't supposed to make any graven images of God, why in the world is God engraving his image in everything from shrimps and tortillas to sheet metals and x-rays?
One of my fellow students in adult ed at our church made an interesting observation about this whole thing. He suggested that the reason people are seeing Jesus in everything from stones to dill pickles is because they are so badly in need of something meaningful in their lives. I think that makes a lot of sense.
But we Christians shouldn't be participating in this nonsense. After all, it makes us look like we're chasing after Elvis sightings -- just the type of thing that makes skeptics think that Christians are backwoods hicks. How silly. Let's stop this nonsense.