December 11, 2006
by: jovial_cynic
For Christians, faith is a large part of life -- faith that the God of the Christian bible will do what He said He'll do, and empower believers to do what He calls them to do. This notion of faith carries with it the implication of a promise, and the fulfillment of that promise at a future date.

Much of Christianity, however, has been diluted by an errant notion of faith that's more akin to Tinker Bell's pixie dust (just think happy thoughts!) than biblical faith. It carries with it the phrases "name it - claim it" and "believe - receive," as though God's promises can be rubbed out of a genie's lamp, and that wishes can be granted to the degree that the believer simply believes enough.

... which leads us to this tragic result.

From the article:

Evangelist drowns trying to walk on water

An evangelist who tried replicating Jesus' miracle of walking on water has reportedly drowned off the western coast of Africa.

Pastor Franck Kabele, 35, told his congregation he could repeat the biblical miracle, and he attempted it from a beach in Gabon's capital of Libreville.

"He told churchgoers he'd had a revelation that if he had enough faith, he could walk on water like Jesus," an eyewitness told the Glasgow Daily Record.

"He took his congregation to the beach saying he would walk across the Komo estuary, which takes 20 minutes by boat. He walked into the water, which soon passed over his head and he never came back."

The New Testament records the story of Jesus walking on the Sea of Galilee as he approached his disciples in a boat.

"And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea." (Matthew 14:25)
np category: religion


Luke said:
What a moron. Some people astound me with their stupidity...
December 12, 2006

jovial_cynic said:
Seriously. A part of me wonders if this guy was just crazy anyway. Like... maybe his "revelation" was evidence of some kind of chemical imbalance in his head. Any sane person would come up for air as soon as they realized that something was wrong. He could have just come up and told his congregation, "sorry -- looks like I don't have enough faith," or something. Or maybe he could have blamed his congregation for not having enough faith... but for him to let himself drown -- there had to be something else wrong with him, aside from his incorrect understanding of faith.
December 12, 2006

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