Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
July 17, 2010

In a small town in America, a person decided to open up a bar business, which was right opposite to a church. The church & its congregation started a campaign to block the bar from opening with petitions and prayed daily against his business.

Work progressed. However, when it was almost complete and was about to open a few days later, a strong lightning bolt struck the bar and it was burnt to the ground. The church folk were rather smug in their outlook after that, till the bar owner sued the church authorities for $2 million on the grounds that the church through its congregation & prayers was ultimately responsible for the demise of the bar shop, either through direct or indirect actions or means.

In its reply to the court, the church vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection that their prayers were reasons for the bar shop’s demise. In support of their claim they referred to the
Benson study at Harvard that stated; “intercessory prayer had no impact !”

As the case made its way into court, the judge looked over the paperwork and at the hearing he made these comments:

“I don’t know how I am going to decide this case, but it appears from the paperwork, we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer and we have an entire church and its devotees that does not.”

Author - Akanksha Goel
  1. Carole Boshart said:

    I think this is one of the very few legitimate claims of “an act of God” that no insurance companies would pay on! And unless the judge believes that a church can direct the actions of the Almighty, the case should be tossed out! Amen!


  2. Lyn said:

    Belief in the power of prayer when it’s convenient. As you say…hypocrisy.


  3. Reblogged this on Peace of My Heart and commented:
    I read this story on two separate blogs yesterday. It’s message is a reminder that I think we all need so I wanted to share with my friends! Why would the ‘world’ around us believe if we ourselves express doubt? Don’t be a hypocrite. If you say you believe in the power of prayer, then pray with expectancy and give God the credit when He comes through for you.


  4. "Working for Christ" said:

    Great post! A five-cupper for sure! 🙂 Dave


  5. Joyful Reader said:

    The church is going more and more in this direction everyday! Sad, but true.


  6. Patty O said:

    Reblogged this on A Thankfully Imperfect Woman and commented:
    Sorry folks, I’m reblogging again. But this is FANTASTIC. What else do we say to ‘justify’ something we’ve said or done that leads us to hyprocrisy? Hmmmm….something to ponder today. Have a good and thoughtful day friends. Patty O


  7. This is so funny. And, unfortunately, all too often it’s true. We pray and pray for something. Then when we get an answer we fail to give God glory for it. I believe that, at some point, God will stop answering prayers for these people if it continues. Great reminder to always let your light shine. Thanks Kenny. In His Service, Jeff


  8. Glenn Smith said:

    Reblogged this on Cocktailogic and commented:
    As The Contental says “Let them believe what they want, I find my ‘spirits’ in a glass”.


  9. If only they had remembered that the Bible asks us not only to love our neighbors, but also to pray for our enemies. Oh the souls that could have been saved…


  10. wolfy said:

    Reblogged this on thewolfmusic and commented:
    This is great. Dilbert shines one of the best satires on big business there can possibly be.


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