Friday, December 28, 2007

Who really owns the land?

WORLD Magazine, in this issue's Quick Takes, published something that made me think immediately of Elijah and the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:20-40). "Cry aloud...perhaps he is sleeping and must be awakened" (27). Emphasis mine.

To solve a 20-year-old property dispute, an Indian judge is reaching out to a pair of Hindu gods. After having legal, mailed summons returned to him, Judge Sunil Kumar Singh put advertisements in local newspapers ordering the two Hindu deities—Ram and Hanuman— to appear in court personally to help determine ownership of a 1.4-acre plot in the eastern state of Jharkhand where temples to the two gods are located. Community leaders insist the land belongs directly to the two popular gods, but a temple priest claims the land belongs to him. Should the gods not make the hearing, the court will likely grant the land to the priest.

Man proposes...but will the *gods* dispose?

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