Friday, January 9, 2009

Disclaimer and Additional Commentary - by David

Let's talk about the "Marley image on a fish fillet" issue. I'm concerned that some might take offense to Tootsie's post about the images of Jesus Christ and/or the Virgin Mary on everyday items such as toasted cheese sandwiches. I had no intention whatsoever of insulting or denigrating either Christianity or the religious or cultural views of anyone. 

I am not a religious person, but I was once. I know enough about "the issues" to know that you can side either with the camp that follows the strict interpretation of the Bible, or the camp that sides with a church's (or cultural) interpretation of the Bible. But you can't do both. If you do, then someone will call you on it. 

There is nothing in the Bible that indicates that God speaks to selected people today through "images" on everyday items. Anyway, you might see one thing, while I see another. Think about it. 

Since any perceived image of Jesus Christ or the Virgin Mary is only based on the images presented by centuries of culturally influenced artists, as each individual might perceive these images, then we see what we want to see. Think about it. 

1 comment:

  1. I wouldn't get too bent out of shape about it. Me? I can lean back in my chair in my office and look at the patterns in the spackle in the ceiling. I see "clouds", "dogs", "cows", "cars", and images of "gremlins"... (maybe it depends on how much caffeine I've had in the morning or how much pepperoni pizza I had for lunch). Like they say, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"... your milage may vary... I even see patterns in the scales of monitor lizards-- (you can see that they have pretty scale patterns)