You Can’t Make This Shit Up (Part V)12 July, 2008
I got home from work today and (((Wife))) reads the following story to me (all quotes are from the Wilkes Barre Times Leader):
A man in Knoxville, Tennessee was “so consumed by the Spirit of God that he fell and hit his head while worshipping.” After two surgeries (I guess they were trying to find his brain) for which the churches insurance company refused to pay (would that come under an act of God?), he has decided to sue the church. For $2.5 million (medical bills, pain, suffering and lost income). Matt Lincoln claims that “he has fallen from the force of the spirit before but has always been caught by someone.” The churches lawyers say he failed to look out for his own safety (um, doesn’t God supposedly watch out for believers?) and that, after his fall, other parishioners reportedly saw him laughing.
So. Man gets so overwhelmed with the spirit of God that he falls and breaks his head. I have some sympathy for the guy (traumatic head injuries can be a bitch), but. . . . Shouldn’t he be suing God? After all, it was God’s spirit (which I assume is part of God just like his son Jesus is part of himself which the one which is the trinity which . . . (where was I?)) which divorced his rational mind from the reality around him and allowed gravity (another one of those pesky theories the Bible does not mention) to cause him to fall, not the church. Well, maybe the pastor’s sermon put him to sleep and that’s why he fell.
I know one or two of ya’ll are lawyers. Who should he be suing to pay his medical bills (I’ll leave the pain and suffering out (he believes, so suffering is normal to him)) and lost wages? The church? God? The pastor? The holy spirit? What venue (county, city, state or federal) would the case be heard under if one was suing God? Would he have to prove himself a theist to have legal standing?