900-Foot Jesus

17 12 2009

The death of Oral Roberts brought to mind an experience I had back in 1981 as a seminary student in Louisville, KY.  One of my friends was a chaplain at the local VA hospital, and he often worked on the floor which housed mental patients.  One patient asked him this probing question:  “Why is it that Oral Roberts sees a 900-foot Jesus and people send him tons of money, and when  I see a 900-foot Jesus I get locked in here?”  Good question.

[Read the 1980 Tulsa World article, “Oral Robert Tells of Talking to 900-foot Jesus.” This account has all the elements of an modern-day apocalyptic vision.]

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