According to the Bible, Jesus Christ suffered torture and died on the cross to save all of mankind from sin.
The wounds suffered by Christ on the cross have become a central image in the Roman Catholic faith. Indeed many people are familiar with the scrapes on the Messiah’s head and the holes in his palms.
Throughout history, there have been people who’ve claimed to have received wounds, body marks, sores, or sensations of pain in locations corresponding to Jesus Christ’s crucifixion wounds.
This unexplainable and controversial phenomenon is called “stigmata.”
Recently, a photo of a baby boy born in Quezon City was discovered with strange stigmata-like bruises on his body.
In the morning of March 15, 2015, Jejomar Castillo was born weighing 3.2 kilograms. The appearance of his bruises quickly spread across the Philippines. Thousands of faithful Christians assembled at the Quezón City General Hospital in order to catch a glimpse of the ‘blessed’ child.
Outside and inside the hospital - they offered prayers and exclaimed “Welcome to the Saviour” and “Thank you God for sending Jejomar.“
According to a certain Ph.D. Merlyn Cruz, one of the country’s top microbiological experts said, “The baby boy suffers a very rare syndrome causing localized purpura, which is characterized by red or purple discolorations on the skin.”
“I have to admit that this is an amazing case”, “Only a handful of similar cases have been recorded throughout history, and it’s the first time on a baby, so the scientific knowledge accumulated about his pathology is very scarce. We are doing a series of tests to determine what these sores actually are and what is causing them to appear, but we have found nothing yet,” she added.
Many who’ve seen this photo of the blessed baby are now convinced that the Lord may have great plans for Jejomar. Indeed many people who were bestowed with Stigmata are often strongly considered to be saints or are full of the Holy Spirit.
However, things may not be all they seem. The original article, was reported by World News Daily Report, appears to have been a hoax. There is no proof that a Jejomar Castillo, a baby boy born with stigmata, was ever born. There is a doctor named Merlyn Cruz, however it’s unlikely that she released those abovementioned statements.
The photo showing baby Jejomar’s wounds may in fact, have been photoshopped. The site Coolbuster debunked this news - comparing the real logo of the Quezon City General Hospital to that of the edited photos.
Here’s the comparison by Coolbuster.
Indeed the person in the controversial photo is not even a boy named Jejomar, but a girl named “Danica May Camacho” - a young girl born in Jose Fabella Hospital.
Whether or not these photos are real - there’s no doubt that no rational person, Christian or otherwise, would be misled so easily.
Remember we must always stay vigilant in spotting false information.
God shall reveal Himself to us in due time.
As was written in the New International Version of the Bible:
“At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” – Matthew 24:23-24
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