Thursday, June 22, 2006

Chesterton was right

This is the most staggering story from the BBC news website:

Insurers have withdrawn the cover on their virginity taken out by three sisters in the event of the second coming of Christ... The women from Inverness had renewed the policy since 2000. The cover was meant to pay for the cost of bringing up Christ if one of them conceived immaculately. managing director Simon Burgess said ... "The people were concerned about having sufficient funds if they immaculately conceived. It was for caring and bringing up the Christ. We sometimes get weird requests and this is the weirdest we have had." The burden of proof that it was Christ had rested with the women and any premium on the insurance was donated to charity, said Mr Burgess. The siblings had paid £100 annually since 2000. If they had secured a payout, they stood to receive £1m. He added: "The Catholic Church is up in arms about what we've been doing. We have withdrawn the cover because it was causing a furore. The three ladies have been informed." The women, who have not been identified, are believed to be members of a Christian group in Inverness... The Catholic Church in Scotland declined to comment.

I don't know whether to laugh or cry. There's such a strange mix up of doctrinal and eschatological beliefs, that part of me wants to send them all back to Sunday School. then they might learn that it was Mary, not Jesus, who was immaculately conceived. That Jesus will return as he went into heaven, and not by being born of a virgin (been there, done that, written the Gospel). But above all, they might realise that God is not someone who takes out insurance policies!

1 comment:

Gareth said...

You're forgetting the first rule of the most trenchantly held faith:

MY God does as He's told...