Friday, September 22, 2017

A Photo of God

“Show me a photo of God, and I’ll believe,” someone recently wrote to a newspaper editor, responding to some religious-flavoured letters. Technically and spiritually, a tough call.

Technically, photographic evidence is no longer conclusive because even kids know all about digitally altering pictures.

It’s also difficult to photograph anyone who is invisible. But if we could; just imagine the gurus arguing about the resulting colours, resolution, the best equipment or storage issues! And would larger pictures or holograms (‘holy’ grams?) mean stronger belief?

Spiritually, God declared graven images a no-no, for he wants us to grow through knowing him. Static pictures and sacred places tie us to the past instead of calling us into the future. Neither can they give us courage to explore the opportunities within any unexpected challenges that arise – courage that inspires others to explore God’s availability.

Seeing God comes from our insight more than our eyesight; in the same way as we detect others’ love, hatred or indifference.  And we’ll always miss the pictures and sounds that surround us, without antennas to transfer them onto our television screens.

Jesus came into our world as God’s antenna: to transmit the generosity of his values and the clarity of his truth into our insights; regardless of our age, our background or however we look, sound or smell. For it’s his openhearted respect and compassion for others that help us to avoid self-righteousness that would otherwise tie us down in fear, or lock us into critical attitudes that perpetuate distrust.

Noel Mitaxa,

On behalf of a church near you,

Inviting you to explore God’s love.

 

Noel Mitaxa is from South Eastern Australia and has been in ministry since 1973, firstly with Churches of Christ – similar to the Disciples in the USA – until 1990, when he moved to a faith-based inter-based inter-church sports ministry of sports evangelism, sports chaplaincy and sports media, before returning to pastoral ministry with Baptist Churches in 1996.

Throughout his ministries, he has always aimed at building the kinds of churches that express God’s love practically, as much as verbally.  Most recently, this included a community centre for woodworking, a community garden and counseling and education programs.

He also enjoys the methanol fix of speedway chaplaincy, in which he has served nine seasons as the Head Rev of all those rev heads!

He and his wife Judy have been married for 35 years; their four kids have grown up and they have three grandchildren.

His writing began in 1982, with his first weekly Good News column, which has always focused on helping unchurched people to realize that God loves them and that He is already there for them.  The column has also been a tool for feeding and starting ‘water cooler’ conversations among Christians and non-Christians.  He also writes for Cypress Times in Houston TX.

 

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One Response to “A Photo of God”
  1. Julian says:

    Hi, I have had this photo for 13 years now and will have the book in print soon. It is available as an ebook for now. Some of the comments above is one of many reasons i have pretty much kept it to myself. However, now is the time to tell and show the rest of the world the supernatural act that God allowed to happen on March 7, 1999. There is an author named Lance Richardson who wrote a book called “The Message” and this photo i have confirms his experience that he wrote about in the same time frame that i got this picture. I am a Christian and a follower of Christ. I just came across your website and wanted to tell you about my experience and let you decide for yourself if you want to look further into it.

    In Christ,
    Julian

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