The Phoenix

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Everywhere I look, it's Jesus Jesus Jesus

What is going on here? Why all these Jesus sightings lately?

Last week in Romania, Valeriu Junie, 66, claimed that the images of Jesus, flanked by apostles Peter and Paul, have appeared on his wooden wardrobe. These images are not new, according to Mr. Junie, as he first noticed them over a year ago:

"I turned on the light and saw the image of Jesus in the middle and those of St Peter and St Paul on the sides. I didn't say a word to anyone for a few weeks but then the images started to become clearer everyday. I decided to call the priests and since then lots of people come to my house to see the miracle."

The walnut wardrobe is about 50 years old, and doesn't show any signs of tampering. The local priest, Vasile Nuhaiu said: "It is a miracle when Saints reveal themselves to us mortals and I crossed myself and started to pray. I told the two old people they should fast and pray to those holy images."

Where there's a yin, there must be a yang...where there's good, there's evil. Maybe Valeriu should check to make sure the image of Satan didn't burn itself into the wood of his underwear and sock drawer.

In the last couple years, there has been an explosion of Jesus and other religious sightings reported all over the world. Are these true miracles? Or is there a logical explanation for all of these appearances?

Pareidolia is when we take in vague visual stimulus and allow our brains to try to 'make sense' of what we're seeing by creating an image that we are familiar with. Ever play "What's that cloud?" when you were a kid? A cloud really just looks like a big puff of water vapor, but our minds begin to look for something recognizable in that cloud. Pareidolia is the phenomena that's utilized in psychiatric work, namely the Rorschach ink blot test.

But you can't ignore the impact all these Jesus sighting are having on believers. And it seems to be happening more often. Just two months ago, there was a sighting of Jesus appearing on a hawthrone tree in West Sussex, England. Here's a quick run-down of just a few Jesus sightings:

Cleveland, Ohio: Paula Holmes discovered the face of Jesus from her daughter's ultrasound. This proud grandmother doesn't think it's just a visual-trick. She believes it's a sign. Either it's Jesus in there, or her granddaughter is a hermaphrodite.

Ontario, Canada: Fred Whan was cooking fishsticks, and found the image of Jesus forever burned into one of his planks. He's kept the fishstick safe and sound, frozen since 2003. Maybe he should check for disciples on his hush puppies.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Jeff Rigo claims this image of Jesus appeared on the wall of his shower. Jeff sold the section of the wall for $1,900 on E-Bay.Apparently, Jesus doesn't mind mold and mildew.
And the top Jesus sighting is...

Lincoln, Nebraska: jmk3291 tried to get on the E-bay bandwagon after a grilled cheese sandwich with the Virgin Mary was sold for $28,000. He said finding Jesus' image seared into his grilled ham and cheese sandwich changed his life forever. He said he was a heavy drinker, and quit cold mean ham...after his discovery.

I think I've found my ticket to saving for's my effort to create Jesus toast!


Blogger Sherri said...

LOL! Have you put it on Ebay yet??

I'm forever seeing things in stuff. It's almost like a curse, my mind works overtime. When I was a kid, my bedroom had paneling in it, and I swear there was a spot with 2 knot holes that looked like eyes. LOL!!

11/05/2005 6:19 PM  
Blogger Mojotek said...

It is pretty amazing what people will try and profit off of nowadays.

11/05/2005 7:14 PM  
Blogger KC said...

On the other hand, there are people like me who cannot see images in things like clouds, trees, wood knots. I especially can't figure out how that ultrasound picture is supposed to be Jesus. Is there a name for people who can't decipher images where there normally aren't images to be seen? Oh, and I also have a really difficult time seeing those Magic Picture type things. I have to stare at them for a very long time before anything other than it's original pattern becomes apparent.

11/05/2005 7:41 PM  
Anonymous delmer said...

I always thought Jesus would be more of a bagel guy ... though the toast has a nice look -- he seems like a happier Jesus on whole wheat.

11/05/2005 8:57 PM  
Blogger siren said...

I always find it curious that you never hear of someone seeing Buddha on their Pop Tarts, or anything else. It's always Jesus and the Virgin Mary. Coincidence?

11/05/2005 9:23 PM  
Blogger Chyrene Pendleton said...

Interesting post. So far, I haven't seen Jesus appear on things but I believe anything and everything is possible.

11/05/2005 11:41 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Thats great but you have to say that the butter just fell like that on the bread. Or that it told you to sell it on eBay. I posted about a pillow a woman was selling that gave her erotic dreams about her husband. He'd obviously done something to piss her off cause she was selling it for .99c

11/05/2005 11:43 PM  
Blogger whitesgem said...

Lol! You havent posted the link to your Ebay auction yet...Were waiting....

11/06/2005 3:00 AM  
Blogger NowhereGirl said...

Gosh, for some reason I am suddenly hungry. Off to make some Jesus Toast, you Artiste?! ~chuckle~

11/06/2005 9:18 AM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

By the way, the grilled cheese sandwich that was bought for $28,000 on E-Bay was purchased by

How funny is that?

11/06/2005 9:44 AM  
Blogger Kid Jacque said...

It's truly a work of art my friend....

11/06/2005 10:21 AM  
Blogger ObilonKenobi said...

That was great. I always wondered why the son of G-d would show himself on the top of a piece of toast. It seems that if he were coming back he'd tell us by something a little more obvious and grandious. Trumpets and parting clouds and such. But I guess G-d works in mysterious ways.

11/06/2005 5:48 PM  
Blogger David Amulet said...

Isn't it funny how all these images of "Jesus," like so many paintings and carvings of the past 500+ years, look more like a European man than a Semitic one?

I guess we see what we want to see.

-- d.a.

11/06/2005 5:53 PM  
Blogger Keshi said...

I believe in God...while there r ppl who profit from Him faking His sightings, there r also genuine ppl who may have really seen Him...we should never doubt anything just because we haven't experienced it...:)


11/06/2005 8:55 PM  
Anonymous the weirdgirl said...

How can they tell which ones are Jesus and which ones are Peter and Paul? They all have the same haircut and robe.

And Kim C? I can't even see the magic eye paintings AT ALL!

Hilarious post!

11/07/2005 12:00 AM  
Blogger BrianAlt said...

Interesting, I thought the images looked like Moses. Especially the cloud one.

Oh well, we can't all be right.

11/07/2005 8:40 AM  
Blogger BrianAlt said...

Oh, and the cabinet, those are knotholes, split in the middle and put together. Ha!

11/07/2005 8:42 AM  
Blogger Mojotek said...

It's just psychology really. Our mind wants to make sense out of random images, so it applies pre-existing knowledge to try and put a coherent meaning to it. Since there are way too many wackos who want to see Jesus, their minds are more pre-disposed to try and apply their 'typical image of Jesus' to every random image that passes in front of their eyes.

11/07/2005 1:24 PM  
Blogger Kel said...

I think the genuine sightings of Christ's miracles like the Shroud of Terran can help other believers strengthen their strength. As for Jesus appearing in an ultrasound or on a peice of grilled cheese and being sold on Ebay. That's really sad/funny. People are willing to do anything including claim Jesus came to them through mold in their shower for profit.

You should try and sell your toast on Ebay. You might beat out the guy who got $600+ for the piece of toast with runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks' face on it!


11/07/2005 1:37 PM  
Blogger Ovedya said...

Great stuff.

You've covered all the bases here. When looking at abstract imagery our minds automatically try to connect it with something that we already know. The question that keeps coming to my mind is, why is it so often representations of an artist's image?

As Rae once commented on my blog, "Vissage worship is bunk."

11/07/2005 5:10 PM  
Blogger Pixie said...

LOL I bet that would sell on E-bay as well but call that toast? it looks anemic..

BTW phoenix I am very impressed with the amount of readership you are getting nowadays.Well done.

11/07/2005 7:38 PM  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 said...

I am a Norse polytheist in search of a piece of toast or other artifact with a picture of Odin or Thor on it. If you have such an artifact, please leave me a message.

11/07/2005 11:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I caught these images last night 4/14/08 at a local hospital here in Orlando Florida after visiting my ex-wife who has cancer. If anything, it helped inspire me to have hope.

4/14/2008 3:36 PM  

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