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Miracle Seeker Falls Off Jesus Statue

from Metro UK

A man who climbed a 45-foot tall statue of Jesus to pray for a miracle cure saw his plan backfire slightly, when he fell off, breaking several bones.

Farmer Alipio Acosta climbed up the statue of Jesus in Ocaca, Columbia in front of a crowd of onlookers – and TV cameras – in an attempt to be cured of his epilepsy. Once at the top of the statue, he prayed for a few moments, then started to climb back down.

Unfortunately, he hadn't planned his descent route terribly well. To add to the problems, it had been raining, which made Jesus quite slippery.

As he tried to negotiate his way around Jesus' outstretched arm, Acosta dangled for a moment, before losing his grip, falling, bouncing off the plinth and then falling some more.

More religion-related offbeat news on the plus side, he survived. Which is a miracle of sorts.

He was taken to hospital, where he was diagnosed with multiple fractures to his wrist, hip and skull.

This is not the first time Acosta has climbed up the Cristo Ray statue – he did the same thing two years ago. On that occasion, he wasn't cured of his epilepsy, but he didn't fall 45 feet either, making the venture a sort of 0 – 0 win.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sure that dealing with epilepsy is no walk in the park. I certainly feel for the guy and understand that some people go to illogical and unbiblical lengths to try and find healing.

However, it is important to note that this man is not a fair representation of the biblical Christian faith.

November 09, 2006 2:10 PM  
Blogger Darren said...

I'm not sure why you try to distance yourself from this man. Of all the horrible acts done in the name of biblical Christian faith, this is by far one of the most benign - climbing on a statue to pray. If it wasn't for the fact that he fell, which is hilarious, it would be rather touching. What's so crazy about climbing on a statue? I don't understand why you feel so ashamed of this man. I could understand you being pissed that I make fun of his fall, but I don't understand why you'd marginalize a fellow Christian for something rather tender. See what you've got me doing? Defending a Christian! Now I'M pissed!

November 10, 2006 1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah-ha! So the Christies come here to attack the godless blogger? I am glad this guy wasn't hurt but his fall was kinda funny. I loved the line about Jesus being slippery when wet -- or something to that effect. - Kathy in Kentucky

November 25, 2006 3:15 PM  

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