Subba’s Serendipitous moments

August 18, 2008

Judge’s dilemma over God

Filed under: Learning,Perspective,Stories — Subbaraman Iyer @ 6:08 pm
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In a small town, a person decided to open up a Bar business with some raunchiness thrown in for good measure. There was nothing wrong with the business, except for the fact that it was right opposite to a temple. At first, the temple authorities tried persuading the businessman to change the location, but failed in their efforts. They appealed to the local administration who couldn’t do anything because the prevailing law of the land didn’t have any specific restrictions about locating businesses. Finally, the temple and 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 struck the bar and it was burnt to the ground.

The temple folks were rather smug in their outlook after that, till the Bar owner sued the temple authorities on the grounds that the temple through its congregation and prayers was ultimately responsible for the demise of his bar shop, either through direct or indirect actions or means.

In its reply to the court, the temple vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection that their prayers were reasons to the bar shop’s demise as any admission of their action could render them liable based on the prevailing rules of the land.

As the case made its way into court, the judge looked over the paperwork at the hearing and commented: “I don’t know how I’m 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 temple and its devotees that don’t.”

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