Friday, February 15, 2013

Well, That's Curious

This morning, a meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, a city which can generously be described as 'rural'. It's in the Ural mountains, the dividing line between Europe and Asia. over 1100 miles from Moscow. While the area has a population of about a million, it's incredibly remote (sometimes considered part of Siberia); it's where the Soviets made much of their weapons-grade plutonium, so the damage from pollution or accidents would be contained. Despite the complete remoteness of the area, within minutes of the incident, dozens of videos were posted and viewed by millions of people around the world.

Meanwhile, we are told of the constant stream of apostolic-quality miracles happening all around the world. People are being healed - and not just back pain and fevers and the other easily-fakable stuff the obvious sham artists use either. No, cripples are made to walk again, amputees have limbs regenerated from stumps, leprosy is instantly washed away, sometimes even the dead are raised. Most of this happens in remote areas, but some happens in churches right around the corner. Nearly all of it is done at the hands of missionaries who send monthly newsletter updates and flood Facebook with pictures and videos of their kids for the family back home. And yet somehow not a single one of these miracles has ever been caught on camera. Even those miracles performed in American churches with thousands of people (many armed with smartphones), churches who record everything for broadcast and/or review, somehow always seem to escape the cameras.

Seems odd.


DJP said...

...and they've had since the invention of the camera to catch even one.

Kerry James Allen said...

And they've had even more time than I thought to catch one!

The forerunner to the photographic camera was the camera obscura. In the fifth century B.C., the Chinese philosopher Mo Ti noted that a pinhole can form an inverted and focused image, when light passes through the hole and into a dark area.Mo Ti is the first recorded person to have exploited this phenomenon to trace the inverted image to create a picture.

DJP said...

OK, Nathan. Adrian Warnock says he has proof:

So I guess you'd better take this post down or something? He's saying?

trogdor said...

Oh man, is my face red.

I've written before about the miraclulous non-catches the disciples experienced. This amazing record of swarms of miracles happening amidst a sea full of recording devices without so much as one being caught (even by accident!) surely ranks right up there.

Robert Andrejczyk said...

My pastor asked this same question a few weeks ago:

Robert said...

And when one considers all of the non-eventful silliness that people capture on video or in pictures with smart phones, one would figure these types of events would be posted somewhere and go viral. I mean people take pictures/record videos of everything these days.