953: ONE MILLION BRICKS FOR JESUS!

British evangelical Christians are going to build an ‘Eternal Wall’ from one million bricks donated by people whose prayers have been answered by Jesus.

It will be built on high ground in the Midlands, overlooking 2 motorways where at least 300,000 people will see it each day. It will be fulfilling a vision the instigator says came from God. Ten acres of land has been donated by one Lord Edmiston, an evangelical Christian and billionaire businessman who also donates to the Tory party. A design competition has been held and the winning shape is not so much a wall as a rather attractive fifty metre high mobius strip. I look forward to seeing it, not because it is some Christian vanity project but because it is a challenging architectural project.

The total cost will be nigh on £10 million and will include a visitor centre and a book shop. It will be funded by donors. It is a memorial to answered prayers. Anyone who wants to can submit one example or more of how prayer has been answered in their lives. Five photos may be submitted and accounts should not be more than 500 words long. And don’t forget that donation. (Ten million pounds and one million bricks: that comes to about ten pounds per prayer.)

It will be completed in autumn 2022 in time for the Commonwealth Games in nearby Birmingham.

Examples of “answered prayer”, taken from the project’s website:
(i) An 18 month old toddler had repeated nightmares until the parents prayed to Jesus, who promptly stepped in to calm the poor kid.
(But, how do they know it wouldn’t have stopped anyway, without any prayer?)
(ii) Cases of healed eczema. (Someone I know had this and it went away of its own accord.)
(iii) A miraculous conception.
(iv) A new house and car. (A bit materialistic, isn’t it? Like all four examples cited here it can be construed as selfish. “I want something for ME and my family. Gimme gimme gimme!” Nothing about making the world a better place.)

Other random thoughts:
(a) Expecting the dwindling number of aging UK evangelicals to stump up £10 million quid at this time is a bit steep. Many of their places of worship are in urgent need of expensive repairs and there is barely enough money in the pot to pay the enormous pensions bill for retired clergy.
(b) Alternative uses for the cash? Ask your self what would Jesus do if he had this much cash? Maybe the words ‘healing’ and ‘the poor’ would occur. I don’t think ‘build an eternal wall’ would enter his head.
(c) What if someone who was religious but not a Christian was to submit an example where the prayer was answered by a different non-Christian deity?
(d) Repeated scientific experiments have demonstrated that prayer has no effect whatsoever. There’s the placebo effect of course, but I’m afraid I must say the donors are fooling themselves: they are delusional. (In case you hadn’t noticed Zingcreed is a Christian-atheist POLEMIC.)
(e) This blog also believes there is no God or Jesus out there to answer mankind’s prayers.
(f) This blog also maintains that Jesus was a sage who left mankind valuable teachings, and whose death was real. This brings us to one of the central paradoxes of the Christian faith. His death has been proclaimed as one of the most important in human history (“He died for our sins”) while simultaneously being a fake death as he is reported to be still alive much later. Doesn’t this second somehow detract from the validity of the first? If he truly died he surely can’t be spending all his time bending the laws of nature to please a few muddled British evangelicals!
(g) When I was 11 or thereabouts I saw a man on the beach with a very hairy chest. I thought he looked splendid, and I dutifully said a prayer that my young bare chest might one day be hirsute too. Guess what: it did eventually grow some hair. Was this proof that prayer works. Should I write it up for inclusion in the eternal wall?

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