Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Divine Retribution?

This is from the Daily Times of Pakistan:

One minute after a Chinese man swore to God that he didn’t owe money to a neighbour, the man was hit by lightning. The man, named Xu, had made the oath in front of a crowd of people in Fuqing city. He said that he had never borrowed money from Mr Huang, who claimed Xu borrowed 500 yuan, or the equivalent of £40, from him some three years earlier. “He borrowed 500 yuan three years ago from me for a friend’s marriage gift, but he has denied it ever since then,” said Huang, who went to Xu’s home to demand payment. “I told him that if he dared to swear to God that he didn’t owe me the money, then I would waive his debt,” said Huang. Xu made the oath, but was suddenly struck by lightning a minute later. He was immediately taken to hospital where doctors confirmed he had been hit by lightning. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Divine retribution? Nah, I don’t think so? God would have killed him surely…