In a small community a brothel opened right opposite a church. Needless to say members of the congregation were none too happy about this. They decided to set up a campaign to have the brothel closed down using petitions and prayers.
The brothel continued with it's business but one night there was a severe storm and a bolt of lightning struck the building, and it was burnt virtually to the ground. Fortunately no one was injured.
The church congregation were rather pleased with themselves and the outcome. Their smugness soon disappeared, however, when the brothel owner decided to sue the church authorities.
The grounds for the legal action was that the church, through its congregation of prayers and action, was responsible for the destruction of the brothel either through direct or indirect actions or means.
The church set up their defence and told the court that they denied all responsibility or any connection that their prayers were reasons for the act of God.
The judge who was in charge of the court hearing looked at the initial paperwork and concluded, "I don't know how I'll decide this case, as it appears from the paperwork that we have a brothel owner who believes in the power of prayer and we have an entire church congregation that doesn't."