First of all, just because I'm linking to this doesn't mean I believe it. It just means I have found this thing on the Internet I have been looking for–and it is about time. Before I give you the lowdown, here are some things to remember:
1. — The Bible says we are not to worship idols.
2. — Photography was not invented until 1827 (according to this article on about.com)
3. — Images of "Jesus" may leave us with a false impression of our Lord and lead us to worship idols
I'm linking to this more because I think it is interesting how our mind puts "stuff" together to form pictures. When I was going to Marshall, someone game me a business card size card with this picture on the front and the story on the back. Ever since then, I have been trying to find it on the Internet. I thought it was very neat then, and I wanted to share it with everyone.
The image above has circulated in Britain since the late 1950s. It contains a face of Christ, but not everyone can see it straight away. The story that goes with it says it was taken by a Chinese photographer who was riding home one day through the snow. According to the story…
His soul was troubled. He had been witnessing a great movement towards Christianity among his friends since the Japanese invasion. He longed to know the truth of what he had been hearing from Christian missionaries.
As he rode along he said, "Lord, if I could only see your face, I would believe." Instantly a voice spoke to his heart, "Take a picture. Take a picture."
He looked out at the melting snow forming pools of water and revealing here and there the black earth. It was an unattractive scene. Nevertheless, being thus strangely compelled, the man descended and focused his camera on the snowy roadway.
Curious to know the outcome of the incident, he developed the film at once upon returning to his home. Out from the black and white areas of the snow scene a face looked at him, full of tenderness and love – the face of Christ. He became a Christian as a result of this experience.