A saloon owner began construction on an expansion of his building. In response, a nearby church started a prayer campaign to block the bar from expanding. A few days before the expansion project was set to be completed, lightning struck the saloon and it burned to the ground.
When they received the news that the saloon had been destroyed, the church members celebrated, and claimed that it demonstrated the power of prayer.
In response, the bar owner sued the church for damages, on the grounds that it had been responsible for the destruction of his building.
In response to the lawsuit, the church vehemently denied all responsibility and disavowed any connection with the loss of the building.
The judge assigned to the case read through the saloon owner’s complaint and the church’s reply, and at the opening hearing he said, “I don’t know how I’m going to decide this, but it appears from the paperwork that we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer and an entire church congregation that doesn’t.”