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Tried To Copy Jesus' Miracle

An evangelist, who tried replicating Jesus' miracle of walking on water, has reportedly drowned off the western coast of Africa. Do you think this hurts people's faith in Jesus?

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 ---Mary5544 on 8/31/06
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No, I think those of us who know Jesus know that we can emulate His attitude and follow His teachings, but the smart ones aren't going to think they can "speak to a hurricane" and expect it to calm. This guy was obviously disillusioned.
---Crystal on 5/14/07

How could this happen to sombody who was obviously so dedicated to our lord God? Yes, he was misguided and possibly slightly delusional, but was he not, like us, one of Gods true children, trying to spread his word in a world seemingly infested with non-believers?
---GuidanceNeeded on 9/7/06

What was he an evangelist of? Christianity? Are you sure it's Christianity? If so, then he didn't have the Word of Faith, meaning God didn't speak to him and tell him to "Come." Peter walked on the word "come", not on the water. He walked on the water, but only because Jesus said, "Come." I hope I'm explaining this revelation correctly.
---Donna9759 on 9/5/06

I have witnessed pagans in the Caribbean dancing on a pile of broken glass barefoot without a scratch,but no way would I try it!
---1st_cliff on 9/3/06

I like Tom2's answer. And I do have to disagree with bebet... Jesus said we would be able to do even greater things than He did.
---Amy9384 on 9/1/06

Bruce ... Be sceptical, but why disbelieve?
Think of the madman David Koresh, and the Reverend Jones
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/1/06

I'm sorry, but I cannot believe this happened. What is the source of the story? Can it be confirmed?
---Bruce5656 on 9/1/06

Why walk when 300 people can fly over the water at 550 MPH. all at the same time while eating and sleeping and talking to their family thousands of mile away.That's even a greater miracle. LOL.
---john on 9/1/06

I don't think man could ever duplicate Jesus' miracles!
---bebet3754 on 9/1/06

God's power is not for entertainment. If God commanded him to walk on the water, then he could have; if he would have been in prayer, or needed to walk on the water in order to save someone or something like that, then again he could have done it. But for vain show, no, Jesus was humble and made himself of no reputation: "Please read Philippians 2:5-11.
---Eloy on 9/1/06

no ,or atleast not me.only proves 2 things, God was not in it ,and 2 he couldn,t swim.
---tom2 on 8/31/06

Does an unsure car salesman make the car defective? In some situations a person can mar a product or make it malfunction. In God, He is in control not us. As Jack said, we are not to tempt God. God will honor us when we walk in His will, not in our own showmanship. Just as Mark16:18 has been abused, has this man abused God's word. The act of walking on water does NOT show faith. It is the act of following GOD that shows faith.
---mikefl on 8/31/06

Sue - It is ok, so don't worry. The man who supposedly did this was a very silly person to do such a thing. Jesus never told us to walk on water. You will slowly get to know what is of God and what is not of God by reading His Word and getting to know what is in it. Fear by the way is not of God, so tell the devil to keep his fear in Jesus' name. Bless you.
---Helen_5378 on 8/31/06

Satan told Jesus to jump off the pinacle of the temple because the angels would catch him before he hit the ground and what did Jesus reply? "You shall not tempt the Lord your God". I think that man had more arrogance than he had faith. God doesn't have to play our games. I pray this doesn't make anyone stumble.
---john on 8/31/06

I'm just wondering if his motives was in the right place. In is heart ,was he really trying to teach faith in Christ to his on lookers? Was his motivation to really bring glory to God? The scriptures says, these signs shall follow those who believe....Thy shall cast out devils, heal the sick. It doesn't say anything about walking on water. Oh well, only God knows his true motives, and if his heart was in the right place, I do believe he is ok.
---Barbara on 8/31/06

Math 4:7 'You shall not tempt the Lord your God'. Like the churches that handle poisonous snakes. Did Jesus tell this man to get out of the boat and walk on water? I agree, he should have calmed the sea or fed his countrymen with loaves and fishes if he wanted to duplicate a miracle. This doesn't hurt peoples' faith, but it hurts to watch someone drown. And regret for not stopping him.
---Rachel on 8/31/06

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Oh dear, please forgive me, but I can't help laughing at that question. Did an evangelist really drown trying to do that??? or is it a joke. He should have made sure he could swim first.
---Helen_5378 on 8/31/06

My dictionary defines emulate as ""try to equal or excel; rival; imitate zealously"
That all sounds like works, not keeping jesus commandment of loving.
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/31/06

He should have tried to do it in a swimming pool first.
---Jacques on 8/31/06

Yes, I think it will. He obviously loved God and had faith..........but his faith got him drowned. This makes a beginning Christian, like me, wonder. Please help.
---sue on 8/31/06

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It says more about his pride. He was not walking to Jesus, but putting on a show.
---Jack on 8/31/06

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