Jesus stingray

Stingrayyyyy On Friday, Erica Scheldt, 24, noticed Jesus in a dead stingray on the beach of Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. From the Charleston Post And Courier:

"I just kind of thought it looked like a bearded homeless man," said Erica Scheldt, 24. "But when I posted pictures on Instagram, one of my friends was like, 'That's Jesus.' And I was like, 'Oh, my God. You're right…' "

Scheldt, a Catholic who is getting married this summer at Christ our King Catholic Church in Mount Pleasant, said she didn't read anything into it, but she did see some coincidences. "I did think it was interesting, with Easter coming up," she said. "And it's such a beautiful image on such a harmful thing."

"Charleston woman sees Jesus on back of stingray"

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    1. It starts when you’re surfing a wave,
      You step on shore line, jesus face on  back of a stingray….

    1. …isn’t really harmful either. I have no problem with Jesus, it’s his fan base that gets to me.

  1. Stingrays, like Jesus, are fascinating things that can be quite dangerous in the wrong circumstances. Neither one is “harmful,” because “harmful,” to me, suggests that somethings very existence causes harm. But both can certainly be dangerous. I don’t believe that this is a divine message, because I don’t believe in the magical bits of any religion, but this is the first example of pareidolia that has me thinking about interesting (to me) connections between the “media” and the “content.”

  2. “I just kind of thought it looked like a bearded homeless man […] But when I posted pictures on Instagram, one of my friends was like, ‘That’s Jesus.'”

    I thought Jesus WAS a homeless man.

    1. Reading the New Testament, I got the impression that he probably couch-surfed a lot, but I’m not sure you could call him homeless in the strictest sense.

  3. Looks more like Jerry Garcia to me.  It’s telling you to quit proselytizing and start smoking pot.

  4. Jesus – too busy to stop pain and suffering in the world because of his cameos on dead fish….He’s gone Hollywood…..

  5. I’m wondering if anyone has done a study on what elements are essential for an image to gain currency as a Jesus replica. Long hair, for sure. A full beard, check. Does the face have to be somewhat long? I think so, but how short of a face can be Jesusy enough? Where do the features have to fall on the Caucasian-African spectrum? Thesis topic, anyone?

    Also, “such a harmful thing”? Poor lady.

    1. “I’m wondering if anyone has done a study on what elements are essential for an image to gain currency as a Jesus replica.”

      I believe that crippling superstition is the only requirement.

  6. I wonder if the people who believe in these things have ever seriously considered the implications of living in a universe where the Creator is obliged to send us ambiguous messages by putting his mugshot on rotting fish and pieces of toast. I know that He moves in mysterious ways His wonders to perform, but still …

    I’d be curious to know if theologists have come to any consensus on what this unorthodox mode of communication tells us about the nature of God.

    1. “I’d be curious to know if theologists have come to any consensus on what this unorthodox mode of communication tells us about the nature of God”.

      That He was rocking memes long before the internet?  That He is into the New Aesthetic?

  7. Not that we need to further establish that Ms. Scheldt is something of a simpleton, but that’s not a Stingray, it’s a Southern Eagle Ray.  And they really are harmless.  

    1.  Similar, but it’s a Cownose Ray, I think. Does have a barb, near the tail base. I’m pretty sure Southern Eagle Rays are confined to the Southern Hemisphere, but not certain.

  8. Jesus’s chin is that stingray’s butt apparently.  In other news…every guy with a beard is Jesus? :/
    I see faces in a lot of things.  In fact, people’s brains are wired for object and facial recognition insomuch that the human brain actively seeks to create patterns even when there aren’t any.  You can stare into a carpet and see faces and other things, just like with clouds.  If you’re a devout religious person great, proclaim your faith, practice your religion but don’t get all worked up when you see a beardface after you burn your toast.

  9. The chin. The chin.  Remind you of a South Park episode maybe? An Alien from MIB2?  Or just Peter Griffin’s chin b….

  10. “…such a beautiful image on such a harmful thing.”

    I’d say she got it exactly backwards.

  11. Throw that thing in a bucket of water.  If it comes back to life and swims off after 3 days, we’ll talk…

  12. It looks to me more like Iggy Pop…. and let’s face it (no pun intended) Iggy having a bit of rumpy-pumpy with a mama-stingray is not beyond the realms of possibility

  13. Yeah, everyone sees the white Anglo-Saxon protestant version of what Jesus looked like, you know, the one in the most famous paintings of him from people who never saw him.  Here’s a scientific take with a forensic model:

    “British scientists, assisted by Israeli archeologists, have re-created what they believe is the most accurate image of the most famous face in human history”

    Read more: The Real Face Of Jesus – What Did Jesus Look Like? – Popular Mechanics

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