I was strolling through the General Baptist Discussion Board and came upon the thread about lightning striking Jim Caviezel and the assistant director (twice) while filming The Passion of Christ. One poster, Mark Ogalthorp (sorry if that is spelled wrong - this computer is too slow to go back and double check right now) stated that this was without a doubt God punishing these people for depicting Jesus Christ in an artistic/dramatic form. He went on to condemn any artistic/dramatic rendition of Jesus, including Christmas/Easter cantatas, documentaries or Gospel stories about Jesus (i.e., children's programs), and even having a visual image of Jesus in your mind when praying (which he says the Lord has mercy on him for having these since these images of Jesus have been forced upon him throughout his life). He calls any images blasphemous and idolatrous. Is this a general Baptist distinctive? He seemed to be getting some opposition, but I don't know if they were Baptists or not. If its not a Baptist distinctive, is it nonetheless allowed/acceptable to hold this belief and remain Baptist? If so, how does one reconcile his belief with another Baptist's belief that such images are okay, and even enhance ones spiritual/prayer life? Thanks in advance to all peacable responses from my Baptist brothers and sisters!