Herrumbre de Christo
Inside a church in Rhode Island, there hangs a picture of Jesus on the cross. There is a stain on the wall from behind the bottom of the framed painting which resembles a streak of water and rust. However, as reported by NBC News, some faithful in the church believe the liquid is blood, as it appears to run directly from Christ’s feet.
Of course, the directors of the church have no plans to figure out what it is. The members of the congregation are left to come up with their own interpretations. Seems innocuous enough.
But it actually serves as a reminder just how dangerous the rust of Jesus can be. In 2012, Sanal Edamaruku was challenged to investigated a trickle of liquid coming from behind a statue of Jesus in a church in India. He went to the site with an engineer friend and traced the source of the drip backwards. Moisture on the wall the statue was mounted on seemed to come from an overflowing drain, which was in turn fed by a rusty pipe that issued from a nearby toilet. The “miracle” was simply bad plumbing, he said. The discoloration of the liquid was rust particles from the plumbing, not some miraculous “blood” as the officials of the church would have their flock believe.
He presented his case in a live television debate with representatives of Catholic lobby groups, while outside the studio a threatening crowd bearing sticks had gathered. And that was just the beginning. The situation worsened, as Catholic groups accused Sanal of blasphemy, an arrestable offense in India dating back to a “hate speech” law enacted in 1927. The laws in India do not offer the same sorts of protection as those in the United States, so with each passing week, the physical and legal threats against Sanal continued to mount. He had to flee the country for fear of his life, and remains in exile to this day.
The rust of Jesus continues to impress the faithful, and in some cases, can be downright unhealthy to the unbelievers.