I was recently reading an article
, and it raised some interesting questions.
Basically, a bar had been constructing a new building, and a church was protesting it and organizing prayers against it. The building was struck by lightning the week it was supposed to open and burned down.
The owner is suing the church on the ground that their prayer is what caused lighting to strike the building. The church is denying the owner's claims -- thus admitting that prayer is powerless.
If I were a zany christian, I would definitely see this as an act of God. I mean, what are the chances that this particular building would just be struck by lightning randomly? Looking at it from this viewpoint, I would say the church is definitely responsible because you can't sue God.
As much as I don't want religion to mix with law, if Christians believe in the power of prayer and the bartender believes in the power of prayer, they should pay up. It's obviously their fault.
The judge was quoted in the article: “I don't know how I’m going to decide this, but as it appears from the paperwork, we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that does not.”
Pure comedy. As long as you are trying to recruit new members to your faith, prayer is the most powerful thing in the world but you won't take responsibility for using this "power". Do you think the church is at fault for praying for and ultimately receiving the demise of this bar? Have you ever prayed for something and got it in a way that you weren't anticipating? Does the Christian church really undermine the power of prayer?