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Oral Roberts flashback: my Jesus is bigger than your Jesus


Oral Roberts has to lie down after encountering the 900-foot Jesus; he must have modeled the humongous hands outside Oral Roberts University in Tulsa after the apparition.

Chris Kromm over at Facing South has a post up, This Day in Right-Wing Evangelism both at the blog and over on DKos about super-nut evangelist Oral Roberts that’s a hoot. It’s the 25th anniversary of the sanity-challenged pastor‘s alleged meeting of the minds with Jesus himself in Tulsa OK.

If you had any doubt that the AmTaliban has a screw loose, this story seals the deal. Apologies for lifting this nearly wholesale, Chris, but it’s too good to pass up.

And not just any Jesus, mind you — the Savior described by Roberts (in a fundraising letter, of course) was 900 feet tall. The following is one account of this “miracle,” which was widely criticized by fundamentalist Christians who maintain that God speaks to humans today only through the Holy Scripture:

The letter which triggered the most resounding outburst of public ridicule and criticism [to that time] was a September 1980 description of Oral’s vision of a 900-foot-tall Jesus. Roberts reported that late on the afternoon of May 25, he stood looking at the unfinished skeleton of the City of Faith, distraught over his financial difficulties, when “suddenly an unusual feeling swept over me”:

“I felt an overwhelming holy presence all around me. When I opened my eyes, there He stood … some 900 feet tall, looking at me … He stood a full 300 feet taller than the 600-foot-tall City of Faith. There I was face to face with Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. I have only seen Jesus once before, but here I was face to face with the King of kings. He reached down, put his Hands under the City of Faith, lifted it, and said to me, ‘See how easy it is for Me to lift it!'”

Oral recalled that his eyes filled with tears, and Jesus assured him that He would speak to the ministry’s partners and that the City of Faith would be finished.

And, of course, I forgot about this 62-ft.-high Jesus at the Solid Rock Church in Monroe, OH, which gives you an idea of big-ass Jeebus that Oral “saw”:


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