Faith is one of the fundamental teachings of the Scriptures for faith is believing in things our eyes cannot perceive. It is defined as an "unquestioning belief" in God.
For Christian preachers, to teach and help their church members build real faith is to prove that all things are possible through Him.
On a Saturday morning, a Zimbabwean pastor who was identified as Jonathan Mthethwa of the Saint of the Last Days Church, a local church in White River Mpumalanga.
He attempted a demonstration of faith at a river known as Crocodile River on a to his church members. He was trying to recreate a Biblical story of Jesus when He walked on the waters of Sea of Galilee.
According to the National News Bulletin's report, Mthethwa drowned into the river was witnessed by his church members being eaten by three crocodiles which were hidden in the deep water. The pastor wallowed around 30 meters into the river and at that point he promised his congregation that he will rise up above the water.
“The pastor taught us about faith on Sunday last week. He promised he would demonstrate his faith to us today, but he unfortunately ended up drowning and getting eaten by 3 large crocodiles in front of us. We still don’t understand how this happened because he fasted and prayed the whole week.” Deacon Nkosi said, one of the members of the church.
The pastor's death was described to be quick and brutal. The crocodiles were done feasting him in a couple of minutes said Nkosi. His pair of sandals and underwear that were seen floating are all that is left of him.
Thirty minutes after, ambulance reached the location but on their arrival, the man was already dead.
The story was later on found out that it emerged from a satire website. The website faked the internet with its 'too good to be true' story. Later on, it was the story was followed by different range of national and international publications before it was discovered on investigations the origin of the story in a fake news website.
David Simon, an American author, journalist, television writer and producer , responded to PSimon commented on the story on Twitter and said that the story falls under the category of "too good to check out".
Philip Gourevitch, who is a regular contributor of the American magazine - New Yorker, claimed that the quotations in this story are as close to perfect as we mortals can hope to get.
But as stated by Deacon Nkosi, he and other church members witnessed the scene themselves.
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