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Offline JackM

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Power of prayer????
« on: April 04, 2012, 09:32:37 AM »

Drummond's Bar began construction on an expansion of their building to increase their business. In response, the local Baptist Church started a campaign to block the bar from expanding with petitions and prayers.

Work progressed right up until the week before the grand reopening when lightning struck the bar and it burned to the ground!

After the bar burned to the ground by the lightning strike, the church folks were rather smug in their outlook, bragging about "the power of prayer," until the bar owner sued the church on the grounds that the church "was ultimately responsible for the demise of his building, either through direct or indirect actions or means."

In its reply to the court, the church vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection to the building's demise.

The judge read through the plaintiff's complaint and the defendant's reply, and at the opening hearing he commented, "I don't know how I'm going to decide this, but it appears from the paperwork that we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that does not."

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Re: Power of prayer????
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2012, 10:30:40 AM »

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Re: Power of prayer????
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2012, 10:44:36 AM »
The story above is not true, naturally.  It is set forth as a joke (and it is humorous :) )...but, the writer appeared to have had a purpose.  Below is an explanation posted to Snopes.com regarding this little "story".....  Ed
Snopes comment:
The story isn't supposed to be read as relating something that happened in real life; it's a modern day admonition to
churchgoers not to allow transient secular needs to get in the way of their faith. What a person believes or will
stand up for shouldn't change because there's a monetary factor involved; otherwise, it's not true belief. As the
fictional judge points out, there is something untoward about a congregation so willing to put worldly matters first
that it denies it believes in prayer.
While the tale is an exaggeration of its underlying moral, that overstatement is a way of prompting folks to measure
the contents of their hearts against those of the fictional congregation to see if they themselves aren't at times
engaging in a bit of religious distancing.  Do they set aside their faith, and their pride in it, when faith becomes
inconvenient?  Or do they stand up for their beliefs and proudly proclaim them, even when doing so is to their
disadvantage, financial or otherwise?

Posted by Barbara "standing order" Mikkelson to www.snopes.com
End Snopes comment...
The last sentence of the comment could be changed to read something along the lines of "Or do they stand up for their beliefs and proudly proclaim them, even when doing so is to their carnal/earthly disadvantage, financial or otherwise?"   Interesting little story...


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Re: Power of prayer????
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2012, 01:21:40 PM »
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Re: Power of prayer????
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2012, 02:19:00 AM »
"If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed.  If you do read the newspaper you are misinformed."--Mark Twain
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