Christian teens are taking the viral challenge dubbed Jesus’ Spit and are ending up in hospitals with eye infections and damage to the eye. So far twenty-three cases have been reported in teens aged 12-16.
Though its origins are shrouded in mystery, this faith-based challenge gained popularity on YouTube. The dare revisits the story of how Jesus healed the blind man as told in John 9: 1-7
As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud 7 and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam”(which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back.
In Jesus’s Spit Challenge one participant plays the role of Jesus and attempts to heal another Christian’s sight. It’s not necessary for the second person to be blind, however. That second participant may be wearing glasses or contacts. What is needed is a rock hard faith in the LORD.
Following the story as told in John, the young healer spits on the ground and makes a nice paste and then schmears it on the eyes of the inflicted. The individual with mud in their eyes then washes the healing holy balm off. If the challenge is successful, then eyesight is miraculously transformed to a healthy 20/20.
As of this time, no one has successfully completed the Jesus’ Spit Challenge.
Jacob Hall is aged 16 and tells his story of pink eye and loss of faith:
I did the challenge to myself because I knew how much I believed. I love Jesus so much I publicly renounced masturbation at my church last week. I’ve worn glasses since I was 13 and hate them. Seeing how I made such a commitment to God, I thought it was natural to get some potting soil from the garage, spit in it, and packing the mud on my eyes. Sweet Jesus, live streaming it on Facebook wasn’t a good idea.
The teen learned his lesson and now depends on medical science and not the Bible for health tips.
Other teens have very similar stories. When asked what made them think they could do a miracle like Jesus, they quoted John 14:12
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
Reverend Andrew Canard of Stone Mountain Baptist Church is an expert in miracles involving spit. He states the true problem with the challenge is that the no one has enough faith and until transgendered bathrooms are a thing of the past Jesus’ Spit Challenge will be doomed to failure.
Andrew Hall is the author of Laughing in Disbelief. Besides writing a blog, co-hosting the Naked Diner, he wrote two books, Vampires, Lovers, and Other Strangers and God’s Diary: January 2017 . Andrew is reading through the Bible and making videos about his journey on YouTube. He is a talented stand-up comedian. You can find him on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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