God ‘grabbed’ teen who fell off a Missouri cliff

God ‘grabbed’ teen who fell off a Missouri cliff June 12, 2019

HARDLY a day goes by without Christian news outlets reporting on ‘miracles’ of crosses or Bibles surviving earthquakes or fires, or someone getting ‘miraculously’ saved from death by a Higher Power.


The latest report of a ‘miracle’ comes from Missouri, where 17-year-old Ben Foster, above, slipped off a cliff on Sunday and and was rescued by paramedics and fire crews.

But Foster credits God for saving him from what might have been a fatal fall from a cliff in Cuivre River State Park, located in Saint Louis.

Foster and friends were exploring Frenchman’s Bluff Trail near the 120-foot rounded cliff. While there, his foot slipped on a rock which sent him off of the bluff 50 feet down until a branch broke his fall.

All I could think about was what’s going to happen next? Will I be able to get out of this? I just flung my left arm out and grabbed onto it [the branch] somehow, and just held on.

While holding onto his cross chain, Foster said:

I felt God grab on to me and pull on me tight. God grabbed onto me and brought me to safety.

Foster was rescued and placed on a rescue boat which took him to a nearby hospital. His mother, a nurse, Maria Branon said she worried her son would never be able to walk again.

My heart stopped, I didn’t know what to think and plus being a nurse, I froze, I didn’t know if he’s alive. How bad is he injured?

Foster survived the near-fatal fall with just a broken clavicle and minor cuts and bruises. He went on to thank the first responders and his faith for saving his life.

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  • Why doesn’t he blame God for putting the rock on the trail in the first place?

  • Erik1986

    I guess god didn’t like that hiker/climber guy who got his arm caught and cut it off himself rather than die from heat and dehydration. Or maybe he was a godless atheist. I don’t know.

  • so god turned into a tree branch? to bad ‘he’ didn’t tell him beforehand it was a dumb idea to be climbing there in the first place, but i guess, you know, ‘mysterious ways’ and all. one ‘good thing’ is now he’ll make a ton of money going around ‘preaching’ about how he was ‘saved by god’s hand’. i am surprised nobody caught it on video. that would make it worth more.

  • Ann Kah

    Did you thank god for making you an adolescent male prone to careless behavior and the thrill of taking risks?

  • Hate to break it to you, kid, but it wasn’t God who saved you. It was Satan, because he knows you’ll piss off that woman you’re gonna date in 2031. Who will screw up in the lab as a result, and accidentally release the virus that will kill half of humanity.

  • Jim Jones

    Virtue signaling. The second goto of all ‘Christians’.

  • sweeks

    Satan put that rock there when god wasn’t looking! m/

  • phatkhat

    We have a joke here in the south that the most common last words of men who die very young are, “Hey, y’all, watch this!”

  • barriejohn

    You’re so right. He thinks he’s something really special because he’s “precious to God”. I knew Christians who were convinced that if they had a difficult childbirth, or if their child had a serious – especially a life-threatening – illness and recovered, this was proof that their god had marked them out for “his service” in some special way. They even drummed this into the poor children throughout their childhood, added to which some of them went on to “dedicate their child to the Lord”, whatever that was supposed to mean. This often resulted in their offspring turning into obnoxious brats, or suffering from neurosis. Talk about child abuse!

  • Zetopan

    What is quite interesting is that his gawd bothered to save him, but was apparently too busy to save the approximately 25,000 children who die each day of the week (including the Sabbath and Sunday) from starvation, disease, injury and neglect. It apparently helps to be so myopic, to the point of being entirely self centered and oblivious to the rest of the world.

  • TommYYman

    What a great story! Happy for him!

  • TommYYman

    Glad he is ok. If this ordeal strengthens his Faith, all the better.

  • Die Anyway

    What is the “great” part? The kid has scrapes, bruises and broken bones. His mother was scared and still has to deal with helping him heal. The community had to expend resources on the rescue. This sounds like a sad, sorry story all around.

  • TommYYman

    That he survived.

  • Broga

    I’m in a bit of a dilemma on this as I had it on good authority (a devout Christian relative) some years ago that I too was saved by God. I was involved in a head on car crash and a bit mashed up afterwards. Mainly my nose which was probably an improvement but more seriously the seat belt cut into my chest. There was some concern that my heart had been damaged (calm down TomYYman, I don’t want to raise your hopes). However, I recovered fully but the car was a write off.

    When my son told my devout Christian relative that the garage man who towed the wreck away said that he had never seen anyone come out of such a crash alive she explained why this was. “It is obvious that God has saved your dad for some purpose.”

    My son replied, “Could God not have saved him for this purpose without damaging his face, causing us so much worry that his heart had been damaged and smashing an almost new car?”

    Religious Relative: “It is not for us to question the ways of the Lord.”

  • Broga

    That is a classy explanation.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    But it will be the “right” half – it’s all part of the Great Plan ®

  • 24CaratHooligan

    My 2 brothers are Fire & Rescue and Police, my man is a volunteer lifeboat coxswain. They save people’s lives. God has nothing to do with it. How dare you try and take away the hours of training, the time spent away from their own loved ones, the physical exhaustion and sheer determination of the people who rescued you. Ungrateful little sod. [/rant]

  • 24CaratHooligan

    And the good guys will be raptured anyway because End Times and all.

  • 24CaratHooligan

    I just got the neuroses. Wish I could be a brat.

  • Brian Curtis

    Tell ya what, Benny; if God gets all the credit, how ’bout we put you back there and take away the rescue workers? You’ll be fine. Your faith will sustain you.

  • barriejohn

    Well said!

  • barriejohn
  • Pofarmer

    My State is full of superstitious religious nutjobs. I simply don’t know how else to put it.

  • Pofarmer

    God gave him the strength to cut off his arm. It was a test.

  • Pofarmer

    Have you been watching Good Omens?

  • Pofarmer

    Probably actually “Oh, Shit”.

  • Pofarmer

    Mysterious ways brother, Mysterious ways.

    It’s a self sealing argument.

  • Pofarmer

    Win win, I say.

  • Nah. Never read any Gaiman or Pratchett, don’t have whatever service it’s airing on in Canada, and I really don’t watch dramatic TV these days anyway.

  • tjallen54

    Would you feel the same way if it strengthened his faith in Allah, or Zoroaster?

  • Shan

    Penultimate words, then.

  • Pofarmer

    Sry. Just sounds like the beginning of the show as the Demons are talking amongst themselves.

  • Broga

    You said what I didn’t say and wanted said. Well done and said with feeling. I could have said something similar regarding members of my immediate family.

  • Broga

    Or, “He doesn’t look so tough to me.”

  • Broga

    Do you read books? Have you ever read a book? Have you read “Alice in Wonderland?” Have you ever heard of the book? Because you reflect in you behaviour Humpty Dumpty’s opinion.

    When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean- neither more nor less.”

    This is why you are such an irritating git. The rest of us, even when we disagree. use words which we accept have a specific meaning. You do not, and indeed cannot, because you would be helpless and more exposed than you are already in your smug, sneering comments.

  • Flint8ball

    I’m not going to slam this one too bad. He felt god when he was “saved” by the branch. Just adrenaline I’d say, but he didn’t say anything too ignorant.

  • MystiqueLady

    Got a better question for him: Why did god let him fall in the first place?

  • MystiqueLady

    You win the internets today!!!

  • MystiqueLady

    AWESOME show — Binged it all in one day! But, then again, I’m a huge fan of both Gaiman and Pratchett. I love listening to Gaiman’s books where Gaiman is the narrator (especially Neverwhere).

  • Why not blame God for letting him fall at ALL…and if God’s THAT good, why didn’t he just teleport the kid out before he ever hit the ground, eh.

  • yep yep me too

  • hermes brookover

    That god fellow is no more than an attention whore. he must have been thinking this… first i will cause this kid to slip and fall. then i will save him. HAIL ME. What a great god I am. More fail from the make believe world of jesus christ.

  • barriejohn

    There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

    For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

    They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

    Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

    Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

    (Psalm 91:10-14)

    Funny how some parts of the Bible have to be taken literally while others are merely figurative. One day, maybe, we will be able to work out which is which!

  • C_Alan_Nault

    “God ‘grabbed’ teen who fell off a Missouri cliff”

    OK. In that case, everyone that falls from a cliff was pushed by god.

  • Linda Coleman Allen

    I agree that God gave him the strength, but I don’t think that it was a test.

  • Broga

    God exemplifies some of the worst aspects of human nature: a craving for admiration, a determination to punish anyone who withholds the that, unrestrained brutality, a readiness to slaughter children indiscriminately …………… you know the rest.

  • barriejohn

    Yes – like a brutal, warlike, demagogic (male) Middle Eastern potentate of years gone by. Now I wonder why that might be?

  • Good thing that the god of Moses choose for once not to burst into flame while impersonating vegetation.
    17-year-old Ben Foster would be sure to swiftly release his hold if his fingers were receiving third-degree burns while he had hold of that branch.

    Tell me – did young Ben take the time to remove his shoes there, as that is the action to take if one “is on holy ground or hard against a holy cliff face” . . . just saying!

  • barriejohn

    Simple solution to that problem: bash the cliff with a stick and wait for the water to come gushing out. That was another of Moses’s little tricks. A regular Ray Mears was he!

  • Broga

    Odd that, isn’t it? He has an insatiable appetite for applause and that fits with the Middle Eastern potentates.

  • 24CaratHooligan

    [blush]Aw shucks![/blush]

  • 24CaratHooligan

    OMG! Yahweh has Munchausen’s-by-Proxy!

  • Ah-ah-ah. Moses ended up in some serious do-do for just that sort of thing:
    full story Numbers 20:8-12

    QUOTE below from vs 11-12:
    11 And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice,
    and water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their
    12 And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did
    not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of
    Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land
    that I have given them.”

  • Pofarmer

    A reward then?

  • Anselm Kersten

    Hear hear!!!!

  • Pofarmer

    I feel your pain. I really do. As someone who deconverted in my late 30’s-early 40’s, after being kind of a moderate type theist, I feel you pain. It nearly cost me my marriage, and certainly strained relations with my in laws. All for Jesus. They are so much more certain of things that they can’t see than the interactions with the other people in their lives. If you don’t share their imaginary friend, then you’re the enemy.

  • barriejohn

    That’s because he lost his temper!

  • Broga

    I’m sorry about your marriage and I know that whatever you, and so many others have suffered, my problems have been minimal. What I can share with you is my late brother’s experience. He wanted to marry a Roman Catholic young woman and she just as much wanted to marry him. However, her father, a dominant man, insisted that they must be “guided in faith” -whatever the nonsense was at the time. The priest, at the guided in faith sessions, insisted that the marriage could only proceed if my brother converted and he promised that the children would be brought up as RCs. The girl’s father confirmed and supported that.

    My mother, Scottish and Presbyterian and later atheist was appalled and refused to be involved in any marriage that was held under these conditions. Register Office was suggested as an alternative. The priest vetoed that. He said that they could be married in church only if they entered and left “by the back door.” That was refused by my brother and he had still to promise that the children be brought up as RCs.

    The couple parted and married others. My brother told me decades later that he never recovered and thought of the woman he wanted “every day of my life.” For what was that sacrifice made? A priest from a church infested with paedophiles. How safe would the children have been?

  • Right – right! Silly bugger Moses! Surely he had enough interaction with that big sook of a big banana; the Angry god of Israel, to learn that- the super-sensitive deity did not permit anybody else to loose their temper, whenever He was loosing his.

    That’s because that OT is one long – long – long testimony, apparently cobbled-togather by numerous scribes, prophets, priests, and other very imaginative galahs, about a great big sensitive, temperamental boofhead of a deity who’s always 180º away from being a happy little vegemite..

    Why did the bible leave-out bipolar whenever it gets around to listing “divine attributes”?

  • Mantis for ever

    Thank you…..I feel the same way, Broga!

  • kaydenpat