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Jesus dwells not in your heart, but rather…

If there’s one thing Christians tell us, it’s that Jesus is inside each and every one of us. Who knew that this was literally true? Don’t believe me? Take a look at this MRI:


Apparently they’ve been wrong all these years when they said that Jesus lives in every man’s heart. He actually lives in the lung. I guess that’s all the more reason for smokers to quit smoking. You wouldn’t want to smoke out Jesus, would you?

At least this sort of pareidolia makes it difficult for believers to show up to worship, although if this patient’s identity is ever revealed it wouldn’t surprise me if he became known as some sort of miracle holy man.

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37 replies on “Jesus dwells not in your heart, but rather…”

OK, no, no, no. That looks like evil-Spock, not Jesus. Just because something looks like a *person* doesn’t mean they get to say it’s Jesus.

That’s not Jesus. It’s Old Rasputin:

If this patient was willing to give up their identity, they could make a ton of money by selling them or the tumor on ebay. All joking aside, I wish the best for this patient and family.

I think you have your anatomy wrong. Jesus’ hair definitely lives in your aorta. It looks like his beard lives in the left ventricle and his eyes are maybe pulomanry arteries?

Jesus is wearing dark glasses, which suggests that Jesus is blind and wants us to also become blind in imitation of His example.

Likewise, Jesus is covering His ears, so that He cannot hear. Or He is listening to something with headphones. It is difficult to tell which literal interpretation is appropriate for a picture.

If anyone can identify the brand of headphones (if they are headphones) or glasses (if they are glasses) Jesus is wearing, I would expect that the manufacturer would be willing to pay big bucks for this incredible testimonial. Jesus wears X brand glasses/headphones.

So, my vision might be bad, but I really can’t see any shape in this picture. Any clues were I should look?

lung Jesus appears to be wearing ear protection and a wool cap with a little bob on it, ergo, lung Jesus is a lumberjack.

Wasn’t there a connection between “spirit”, “psyche” and “breath”, in the etymology of the terms? Seems the Greeks got it right (and that is… Zeus?), only to be messed up by a couple thousand years of Christianity!

Where did you hear that Christians say that Jesus is inside each and every one of us?

Why, just last week, I had a Christian co-worker tell me she had Jesus in her heart. I didn’t realize she could have meant it literally.

If that’s Jesus, he’s wearing a toque. I wonder if he’s a Leafs fan…

Pathologist’s report:
Slight keyhole stenosis of the L4-L5, just to the ventral of Jesus, with accompanying Messianic Spondylolisthesis. Marginal osteophyte formation near the Jesus-facet interface. Likely self-healing.

Oooh… this is someone’s real MRI. Now I feel bad…

The Placebo Journal has a regular feature of interesting images. This one seems right up its alley. That said not really seeing Jesus. Maybe The Scream?

Looks like former professional wrestler Mick Foley AKA ‘Mankind’ to me.

Perhaps because I recently read a book on the Crimean War, my first impression was of a rather dejected-looking Russian.

This probably proves that Rasputin was the reincarnation of Jesus.


Orac is mistaken. It is Elvis that is everywhere, is everything, is in everybody, is still the King.

Christians DON’T claim that “Jesus is inside each and every one of us”. Not every Christian uses that terminology and to those that do, He is only in the hearts of believers.

Thank you so much for clarifying that Donahue. That was going to be my point after I asked the question.

“You wouldn’t want to smoke out Jesus, would you?”

OMG the bong hits for jesus guy was right all along!!!!!

I agree with David@12, definitely Charles Manson. With sunglasses, a toque, and headphones!


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