That’s one possible answer for why the infamous “Touchdown Jesus” of Solid Rock Church in Cincinnati got struck by lightning and burned to the ground, that Jesus just wasn’t happy with the likeness. It could possibly be because he got annoyed with the name “Touchdown Jesus”, which then opens the door for any number of reasons why he might be annoyed. Maybe he doesn’t care for football. Maybe he just doesn’t care for the Bengals. Maybe he felt trumped in a way by football and that it wasn’t showing him the proper respect he feels he deserves. We could spend days going down this path.
Perhaps Yahweh finally had enough of his kid getting all the attention. Perhaps he was looking down and thought, “why doesn’t anyone make likenesses of me anymore?” In an exhibition of that old school, old testament rage, he let fly one of those bolts. Perhaps Yahweh prefers the name “Allah” and he doesn’t care for this deification of Jesus. Maybe Zeus is making a comeback. Maybe, maybe, maybe.
The point is, you can spin this anyway you want because it’s all unsubstantiated nonsense. Religious claims are just fanciful tales, and they can be spun anyway one needs them to be spun. This is especially true for a situation like this, when there’s seemingly no explanation for an event. Many can’t handle that, and need to silence that anxiety. When you think about it, religion is essentially self medication, a means to treat the anxiety one has. That anxiety can be about all kinds of things like death, a sudden bad, unexplainable event, what might happen tomorrow, or perhaps dissatisfaction with one’s career, marriage, or general lot in life.
So no doubt the members of this church will cook up some rationale for this “act of god” in order to deal with the anxiety. Perhaps it’s punishment for some sin. Maybe each member will internalize this as punishment for some sin of theirs. If the leader of the church is smart, perhaps he’ll encourage that, with the obvious release being increased donations as penance. Clearly though, this was a supernatural event. I mean, just look at this statement:
The amphitheater, statue and surrounding area had lightning resisters and grounding rods to dispense lightning into the ground, but for some reason they did not work, Neu said.
For some reason indeed!