There are things that happen to us in life that make us believe in luck, good and bad, then there other events even more miraculous that you can understand how people came to believe in God and the devil.
I was reminded of this today as I listened to a 1997 edition of the News Quiz repeated on Radio 7. It featured an article from an English parish magazine. It may be apocryphal, but I rather hope it isn’t:
After his cat got stuck in a tree, a minister from South Africa mounted a rescue operation. He climbed a ladder as far as he could, tied one end of a rope to the narrow trunk, then tied the other end of the rope to his car bumper.
As he drove forward, the inevitable happened. The rope broke catapulting the moggy into space.
A couple of weeks later, the minister was in the supermarket when he saw one of his church members buying cat food.
“I didn’t know you had a cat.”
“Minister, it’s quite a miracle really. About two weeks ago I was having a picnic on the lawn with my daughter.”
“‘Mummy, I’d love to have a cat,’ she said. I said to her, ‘You’ll have to ask Jesus for one.'”
“At that very moment this cat came flying through the air and landed on the lawn and he’s stayed with ever since.”
And thus religions are born.