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Facial Recognition—No Hiding

by Donald Geddes — last modified Dec 13, 2014 08:53 PM
God operates the perfect facial recognition!

A man suspected of child sex abuse has been caught halfway around the world after 14 years on the run from authorities, thanks to facial recognition technology.

Neil Stammer, 48, of New Mexico, was caught in Nepal hiding under the alias Kevin Hodges, after his photo from 1999 was recirculated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on a reissued wanted poster in January.

With new Facial Recognition technology, it may soon be impossible to hide from the law. The average Australian is captured 15 times a day by surveillance cameras so, if the police have your photo (say from a passport or Facebook), software will be able to create a mathematical map of your face which computers can use to trace you.

The software can make corrections to allow for beards, different hair styles, eyeglasses and hats.

What most people do not know is that God operates the perfect facial recognition! If the very hairs of your head are all numbered as Jesus told his disciples in Luke 12:7 then God knows all about us.

In John 10, Jesus describes himself at “the Good Shepherd” and says ‘I know my sheep and my sheep know me—’  ‘He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.’ (NIV) 1 Corinthians 8:3 tells us, ‘But whoever loves God is known by God’ and 2 Timothy 2:19 gives us this assurance, ‘Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his.”’

This means that God knows all about us and he cares for those who are his children no matter what trials we may be going through.

It also means that on the Day of Judgement, God will readily recognise his own children and welcome them into heaven. This will be the ultimate ‘facial recognition’. In his parable of the sheep and the goats, Jesus indicates God will as easily separate those who are his from those who have rejected him as a shepherd can tell sheep from goats.

There will be no fooling God the Judge as Jesus indicated in Matthew 7—

Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?”  Then I will tell them plainly, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”

It also means that, like Neil Stammer, no one can hide from the Lord as Jeremiah 23:24 says, “Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the Lord. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord. Like from the F.B.I., no fugitive from God is safe.

Though they hide themselves on the top of Carmel, there I will hunt them down and seize them. Though they hide from my eyes at the bottom of the sea, there I will command the serpent to bite them. Amos 9:3

God’s ‘facial recognition’, therefore, is a source of great comfort to every true Christian but not so to everyone else.