'Prophet' tricked family into digging up a dead relative

'Prophet' tricked family into digging up a dead relative July 22, 2018

After swallowing the New Testament myth about Lazarus, and how he was brought back to life by a geezer called Jesus, an Ethiopian family agreed to dig up a relative and allow a ‘prophet’ to revive the corpse.
It went badly.
Despite being told repeatedly to “get up” by “prophet” Getayawkal Ayele, who lay on top of the corpse of Belay Biftu and yelled at him, the dead man proved singularly uncooperative – and some family got so angry they attacked the wannabe messiah. Others just fainted.

Ayele was saved from serious harm when police arrived at the scene – although it did not mean he was out of trouble.
Abusing dead bodies is a crime under Ethiopian law and a local police commander told the BBC that the man, whose real job is as a health worker, is now in custody.
The incident was filmed and has since gone viral on social media.
Residents in the small western town of Galilee, in the Oromia region, said Ayele first went to the bereaved family and spun them the yarn about Lazarus, which they stupidly believed.

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  • Jobrag

    Are people that believe that a man can raise a corpse from the dead anymore credulous than, 9/11 twoofers, moon landing deniers, princes of Wales conspiracy nuts, etc etc?

  • Broga

    Jobrag: Homeopathy, Faith Healers, Souls.

  • andym

    Talking of conspiracies, a couple of years ago, I’d have dismissed this out of hand. Now, I’m not too sure.

  • Stonyground

    I remember a story here at the Freethinker about some charlatan selling ignorant rustics a herbal potion that would make them bullet proof. Some idiot treated himself with the herbs and then got a mate to shoot him to test it. He died and the villagers gave the herbalist a good kicking.

  • barriejohn

    The story of Lazarus contains the shortest verse in the Bible, and possibly its greatest contradiction:
    “Jesus wept.”
    Why the bloody hell would Jesus have wept at the grave of Lazarus, even if he didn’t know that he was going to resurrect him? He, more than anyone, would have foreseen their reunion in Heaven, wouldn’t he? He said as much to Martha (Lazarus’s sister) earlier. Don’t forget that Christians all wilfully disobey Paul’s plain command that they should NOT “sorrow” over the death of believers, because those who die before them precede them to Heaven. They all love a jolly good funeral, I can tell you, because it gives them the opportunity to bang on about sin, and death, and hell, and wasted opportunities, and all sorts of other cheerful, morally uplifting nonsense.
    “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.” (I Thess. 4:13)
    Many Christians twist these words around (shurely shome mishtake) to make them say that Christians should “sorrow not as others which have no hope”, but that’s not what is said at all. And as for Jesus weeping at the grave of Lazarus, many posit that Jesus was weeping over the lack of faith around him, and one elderly Sister whom I knew always instructed us (how she knew this I have no idea) that Jesus was thinking, “What hath sin wrought”, so that was the cause of his sorrow!

  • Cali Ro

    I think he wept because there wasn’t a decent glass of wine to be found. Frankly ,you gotta wonder what an all powerful, all seeing, all knowing god would ever have to be sad about. Anything that makes him sad he can instantly fix. I see stupid people.

  • Angela_K

    And then there are the nutters who say they died, went to heaven and came back…

  • Jim Baerg

    “princes of Wales conspiracy nuts”
    I’m not sure what you are referring to there. Perhaps something to do with the death of Diana?

  • 1859

    Suppose you could say this ‘prophet’ came to a dead end.

  • sailor1031

    andym: two years ago you’d have been right; and you’re still right. What is the evidence? None has been presented. Lots of opinion; lots of hypothesis; lots of plain old lies; b ut no actual evidence. And the fact is Trump has ratcheted up the sanctions on Russia and certain russian individuals – far more than Obama did. Do your research and don’t believe what the MSM put in front of you. Don’t forget Mueller has been “investigating” this for a year and a half and so far has come up with nothing on Trump. Maybe because there’s nothing to find? Evidence. Evidence.

  • andym

    I didn’t have it “put in front of me.” I found it when I was searching for a theory which would explain last week’s behaviour which was off the scale even by his standards. I’d say Trump’s behaviour on the Iran deal is a bigger negative, but I’ve got an open mind, as, like with Brownian motion, something we can’t see seems ,at times at least, to be behind his erratic behaviour.

  • gedediah

    @ sailor1031
    I wouldn’t call 32 indictments and 5 guilty pleas nothing. That’s a lot more than Ken Starr achieved in two and a half years. Collusion was clearly going on between the Tump campaign and Whitehouse officials and Putin’s government and cronies to interfere illegally in the 2016 election and to cover it up. The only questions left for Mueller is who else was involved and did it include Trump. It’s early days yet

  • Gaurav Tyagi

    @andym, the link which you shared about Putin being Trump’s handler is quite informative. These guys are the Presidents of U.S and Russia, two very powerful nations on this planet so, chances of them being held accountable for their shady dealings are non-existent.

  • Cali Ro

    Sailor 1031: Complicated investigations can take years to complete. As for evidence, typically investigators or prosecutors don’t reveal their findings or evidence before the investigation is over, so you and I have no idea what evidence there may or may not be. Your statement about sanctions is also not entirely accurate. Why are you defending the asshole?

  • barriejohn

    I presume that others also picked up on the following (reported widely) when Brett Kavanaugh was nominated by the orange freak recently:
    With John Bolton threatening salutary retribution against Iran (and also wanting to bomb North Korea), things could hardly be bleaker.