Sometimes a little faith can go along way, but blind faith can be a terrible thing. Pastor Jonathan Mthethwa found that out to his cost when he tried to re-enact Jesus’ walk on water in a crocodile-infested river.
It took about two minutes for three rather large crocodiles to attack him and rip him limb from limb.
He never even got to walk on water. He simply waded out, tried to ascend to the surface through the power of prayer, failed, and was then savagely butchered in front of his congregation.
“The pastor taught us about faith on Sunday last week,” said church member Deacon Nkosi. “He promised he would demonstrate his faith to us today, but he unfortunately ended up drowning and getting eaten by three large crocodiles in front of us.
“We still don’t understand how this happened, because he fasted and prayed the whole week.”
Prayer and fasting won’t ward off crocodiles
We’d like to make it clear at this point that prayer and fasting are not recognized defences against crocodile attacks. The fact that the place he tried to walk on water is also called Crocodile River probably makes this the stupidest leap of faith that we’ve ever heard of.
You can go swimming with Great White Sharks and you’ve got a shot at surviving the experience. You can even walk through a pride of lions and there is the slightest chance that they’ve just eaten and they won’t be interested in you.
Saltwater Crocodiles, though, are one of the few natural maneaters, along with tigers and polar bears. They’re actually programmed to hunt us and the general consensus is that if you try to cross a crocodile-infested river then your chances of reaching the other side are somewhere between slim and none.
Say a prayer if you end up in these waters by all means, but don’t think that will save you. It certainly didn’t save Jonahan Mtethwa…
Our ‘How to Survive’ Series Will Include Crocodile Attacks
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For now, here are some crocodiles in action. They really are pure evil when they get going.