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Jesus Tree
Status: Pareidolia
image The latest face of a deity to be seen in a random object is the face of Jesus that some people claim they can see in the trunk of a tree on North Clinton Avenue in Rochester, New York. They're now calling it the Jesus Tree. Most of the time, when people start claiming to see the Virgin Mary in a grilled cheese sandwich or Jesus in an oyster shell, I can at least make out the outline of a face. But in this case I can't see anything at all. Maybe you need to have more faith in order to be able to see it.
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Posted by The Curator on Mon Oct 31, 2005
Has anyone seen the Flying Spaghetti Monster in a tree or on a piece of toast yet?
Posted by Nigel Pond  on  Fri Nov 11, 2005  at  10:33 AM
"Well, that's part of it, for sure. How can a being who is said to be the embodiment of love allow innocent people to suffer?"

if your wife is an expert on the bible why can't she answer that question ACCORDING to what the bible says even if she believes it or not?

This God who is the embodiment of love is the one from the bible right? so many answers about that same God are there.

Debating the bible is pointless. people who do that just go from one subject to another to another to another and even if the person in favor of the bible answers all the questions there's aonther one then another one.

the bible has some "aparent" contradictions. most of these aren't contradictions at all. the reader just doesn't understand so they think it's a contradiction. others are taken from bible accounts where what it says seems to contradict something written in another part but both accounts don't have sufficient details to really come to that conclusion and there's nothing wrong with that. it's just stating the relevant details. if the bible had to elaborate on every single thing that happened with each and every person to MAKE sure nothing seems to contradict it would be 50,000 pages? 1,000,000 pages? more?

the most important thing about the bible though is it's practical wisdom. surely someone who went to school and studied the bible there can at least get those benefits.

Bible's prophecies are proof of it's inspiration too and most so called bible experts dont understand anything about prophecy.

i've never been in an argument about the bible over the internet and it's pretty pointless too. e-mail me if you want because i dont want to post here any more. i also dont want to argue with you. i know your point of view and you know mine. i want to show you WHY i have mine though and that can take a while. what have you got to lose?
Posted by the same guy as before  in  Rochester NY (where the tree is)  on  Fri Nov 11, 2005  at  02:31 PM
i saw that website... the one why does god hate amputees. pretty weak.
Posted by same guy as before  on  Fri Nov 11, 2005  at  02:40 PM
same guy as before said:

"i saw that website... the one why does god hate amputees. pretty weak."

Really? What specific points made by the author would you like to refute? Should be easy for you to do since you think it's "pretty weak." Please enlighten us all.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Fri Nov 11, 2005  at  04:41 PM
same guy as before said:

"if your wife is an expert on the bible why can't she answer that question ACCORDING to what the bible says even if she believes it or not?"

Well, she absolutely could do that, including quoting large passeges of scripture from memory (she was born with a photographic memory). As I said, you would NOT want to debate the Bible with her. She was, of course, a believer when she went to divinity school. She isn't now because she can see the contradictions and absurdity in the Bible.

She's sitting right next to me and adds that a lot of the things in the Bible made more sense at the time they were written, like people being sick because of "demon possession." Nowadays, of course, we know about germs and genetic diseases. What was reasonable to believe 2000 years ago simply isn't rational in the face of present knowledge.

"the bible has some "aparent" contradictions. most of these aren't contradictions at all."

Everyone who has had any Bible study has been trained to use the phrase "apparant contradictions." The problem is in order to use that term you're using a standard where any explanation you can find, no matter how implausible, turns a contradiction into an "apparant" contradiction. If you were to apply the same loose standard to any secular contradiction, there would BE no contradictions, according to you, anywhere, ever.

The sad fact is that the Bible--according to you, the "inerrant" word of God--contradicts itself. Can't God keep His story straight?
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Fri Nov 11, 2005  at  07:18 PM
same guy as before said:

"the most important thing about the bible though is it's practical wisdom. surely someone who went to school and studied the bible there can at least get those benefits."

Better throw out any 50/50 blend T-shirts you have in your closet. After all, the Bible says you should NOT wear clothing made of mixed fabric. Seriously. It's in there, so you're obligated to believe it. Or are you cherry-picking the parts of the inerrant word of God you're willing to follow?
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Fri Nov 11, 2005  at  07:22 PM
Looks like my Uncle Stan.

I find it hard to believe that in 2006 people still believe in deities and other such archaic and silly mythology, but everyone needs a little hobby.
Posted by SoxSweepAgain  in  NYC  on  Wed Jul 05, 2006  at  11:56 AM
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