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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Chyanna Richards saw Jesus in her bathroom.

A few days ago, Richards, who lives near Houston, told a local TV news station she saw the image of Christ in a splotch of green mold on the wall above her tub. “People say, ‘Your house is blessed,’?” Richards said.

Not that there is anything unique about what she saw. To the contrary, the Son of God seems to pop up in some very odd places.

A woman in Port St. Lucie, Fla., saw Him in a cellphone picture of her TV screen. A woman in Clermont, Fla., saw Him in a power meter. A Tampa Bay area man saw Him in a bathroom door. In Sullivan’s Island, S.C., a woman saw Him on the back of a dead stingray. In McLean, Va., a family saw Him in a tree in their front yard. A couple in Anderson County, S.C., saw Him on a Wal-Mart receipt.

The reader will doubtless note that these manifestations seem to concentrate in the South — the Bible Belt. They are not exclusive to that region but presumably, when people in relatively irreligious Philadelphia or Seattle see what appears to be a face on a banana peel, they are more apt to shrug it off.

When I was a boy in Los Angeles, people said they saw the image of a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26) in the beveled window of a church two doors down from my house. For days, we had news crews, traffic jams and lines of people crowding our street. I dutifully took my turn at the window, but all I saw was the sun glancing through the glass.

That doesn’t mean those people didn’t see what they said they saw. It only means that I didn’t. Sometimes, in faith as in other aspects of life, one sees what one needs to see and there is no shame in that. “Whatever gets you through the night, it’s all right,” said John Lennon. Or as Father Ray, the conflicted priest on the short-lived TV series “Nothing Sacred” once asked: “Which man is truly crazy, the one who hears thunder and thinks it the voice of God, or the one who hears the voice of God and thinks it only thunder?”

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7 responses to “Leonard Pitts Jr.: Seeing Is Believing”

  1. howa4x says:

    Like George Carlin said ” people took this god thing and ran off the edge with it” It’s interesting that we call the bible belt the southern states. They had slavery and fought a war to protect it. I wonder if someone saw the face of Jesus in a cotton bale back then and heard him say everything I said was meant for white people!

    I also wonder if evangelicals today think that everything Jesus said was really for white people, and that he really likes the super rich ones, otherwise why would they have the kingdom of heaven on earth. I believe they think that because they are the ones that want to take from the people who have the least, who they call lazy loosers and give it to the people who have the most, who they call winners
    It’s the reinvention of Jesus, American style!

  2. Ford Truck says:

    John Lennon also sang: “Imagine there’s no heaven, It’s easy if you try, No hell below us, Above us only sky, Imagine all the people living for today.”

    Sorry, but Lennon’s dream of peace isn’t possible as long as the weak human mind keeps believing and looking for a god that isn’t there, then finding faith in something that requires killing those that don’t believe the same thing. We will never advance as a species until we learn that that thunder is just thunder and that Jesus on the wall is just mold that needs scrubbed away!!

  3. Budgie says:

    Some of the greatest Christians I’ve ever known are those I’ve never met, never seen, never heard of. They go about, doing their good deeds, without hooplah, fanfare, or notice, and then move on. They’re much too busy doing what their personal Diety has called upon them to do to waste time, standing around, patting themselves on the back.

  4. Rick2101 says:

    It never ceases to amaze me that those who want to believe will point to the teachings of their particular faith, whether it is The Talmud for Jews, The Koran for Muslims, or the New Testament for Christians, to make themselves into these kind, considerate, wonderful humans. All three books point to the idea that all humans must treat each other with respect and kindness. Yet, extremists in all three religions will explicitly point out the parts that say only “We” are the special ones and everyone must do exactly what “I” want. The extremists always bring hateful speech into the conversion with the other two. So far, all three claim to believe in the exact same Deity/Creator, the Abrahamic Deity of the Old Testament. Since these three religions are the wealthiest and most powerful in the world, why don’t they set a better example for the rest of us? Is it simply tribal warfare, a turf war, a gang war against the other two? How the leaders of the three largest religions in the world can can claim moral/ethical superiority of the other two and still allow extremists to commit atrocities against humanity is simply deplorable. Are these religious leaders not in charge and cannot do anything about it? Are they really charge and don’t care or worse do they really want the carnage?

  5. 1standlastword says:

    Could this mean the second coming has happened everso quietly many times over?

  6. Bryan says:

    The sign at the zoo says: Please do not feed the bearers. My father’s side of the family were “Holy Rollers”. My mothers were conservative German Lutherans. I have rejected all religons as being human created. I am best a tepid theist that believes in reincarnation. If there had been a Jesus, I dout that he would recognize christianity supposedly built on his teachings. Instead he would find the masses quivering in a corner afraid of death. And that is why religion exists.

  7. Landsende says:

    If I saw mold on my bathroom wall I wouldn’t be looking for a face in it, I’d clean that sucker!

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