Skip to comments.Is Daredevil Nik Wallenda Tempting God?
Posted on 06/23/2013 6:53:17 AM PDT by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
After his death-defying, history-making walk last year on a tightrope, several hundred feet above Niagara Falls, Nik Wallenda this evening will defy death yet again in his live televised walk across the Grand Canyon.
The walk will be 1,500 feet above northern Arizonas Little Colorado River Gorge, known by locals as Grand Canyon East. The distance between Wallendas tightrope and the bottom of the gorge is equivalent to the distance between the top of Empire State Building and the sidewalk below.
So if Wallenda is off his game Sunday evening, if he suddenly encounters high winds or other deleterious conditions, he can easily plunge to his death.
Like his great-grandfather Karl Wallenda, who in 1978 attempted a walk between the twin ten-story towers of the Condado Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, only to fall to his death before a live audience.
Many think the late Karl Wallendas great-grandson is tempting God by continuing to undertake extremely dangerous skywalks without benefit of a harness or a net. But 34-year-old Nck Wallenda, a purpose-driven Christian, sees it differently.
Keeping the faith is all that keeps me balanced, writes young man Wallenda, in his just-released memoir, Balance: A Story of Faith, Family, and Life on the Line. If I didnt believe, Id fall in any number of ways. By believing, my spirit stays afloat.
Wallenda professes that his high-wire act, which will be viewed by a national television audience, brings glory to God. He holds fast to his faith that God will be walking alongside him when hes high above Grand Canyon East, as He was when the daredevil was high above Niagara Falls.
Im praying for Wallenda. I believe that every time he successfully completes one of his death-defying walks, he confirms the pronouncement of the Apostle Paul that we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
I also am persuaded that Wallenda has a unique anointing. Indeed, there were many, no doubt, who witnessed his Niagara Falls walk on TV, who heard Wallenda calling upon the name of the Lord during the live telecast, who were motivated by the Holy Spirit to seek Christ..
Similarly, there will be many who tune in tonight to see if Wallenda loses his life on live TV while attempting to traverse the spectacularly terrifying Little Colorado River Gorge or if Wallendas God once again delivers him from the clutches of death.
I, for one, believe God is with Nik Wallenda. And if the daredevil looks heavenward during his skywalk tonight, I believe he will see the Lord, high and lifted up.
I won’t judge but I thank God he hasn’t called me to do it.
God has nothing better to do than keep a man balanced on a taut rope he chose to walk over for a hobby, while millions of children are born to their deaths, in abject misery.
He’s a world famous tight rope walker from a long line of world famous tight rope walkers, this is what he does.
I hope all goes well for him, and that this doesn’t become a “suicide by gravity.”
We are all born to our deaths. Some simply have shorter lives than others. Every soul has its calling and purpose in this life, even if we cannot comprehend it as finite, non-transcendent entities.
If this man wishes to try and bring glory to God in this very dangerous way, it is his life to lay on the line. I send a prayer to him, and hope God does indeed walk with him.
I’ve known more than my share of people with clinical depression, driven to commit suicide, to not allow me the luxury to partake in the fantasy you project. Every soul has a calling and purpose? What purpose does a spontaneously (naturally) aborted (miscarried) foetus have, often ejected without the mother even being aware?
I wish him no harm, but I also see no spiritual value in doing something very dangerous so others can gawk and see if you die. I see nothing in it that glorifies God.
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
I would be curious if the money he raises goes to Christian charities. I will give him kudos for giving God the glory for his success, but with all of the things needed by people today, I can’t see “walking across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope” as one of them.
As I stated, nobody could ever know because we are non-transcendent. You are talking about natural evil, things such as tsunamis and tornadoes that kill people, without other people being involved.
Unfortunately, there is a widespread delusion that God’s purpose in creating this world was to craft us a nice little terrarium where nothing bad ever happens. Unfortunately it may be the case that for God’s will to be carried out, we must live in a world saturated by evil.
In a world without God however, the baby you describe really has no objective moral value anyway. It has no soul, it is simply organic matter, no more valuable than a piglet or a caterpillar, as Richard Dawkins has described unborn babies. It really is a little self-refuting to deny God and then seem to mourn the suffering and death of other living creatures. Would you weep for a dead frog? If not, then why weep for a dead child? In a world in which only the natural exists, neither is more valuable than the other. You’re simply projecting your own delusion of moral value that doesn’t exist. Both are simply the product of biological reproduction, in the same cycle of life and death. It is all meaningless.
I hate the term.. “ tempting God” as if He is looking for the excuse to reach out and bitch slap us..... That is so far from who He is to us....
He seems to me to be placing responsibility upon God to keep him alive. I would not do that. God does not fear death for us. And God does not require any one of us to, Himself, be in His Heaven.
The Lord doesn’t need gimmicks and, as anyone who has studied physics knows, that pole is almost like having a handrail. But I won’t suggest he do it without the pole, blindfolded, backwards, after drinking a fifth of Jack.
So the foetus was conceived and then aborted without anyone being aware as part of some divine plan? You contradict yourself when you claim at one instance that “every soul has a purpose” and then simultaneously state / imply that some don’t get a chance to fulfil that “purpose” because it is a “fallen” world.
The lion cannot survive without the antelope being mauled to death. The “fallen” state is the default condition.
Who is a human to question the Creator? You don’t know enough to ask the right questions, or understand if given an answer.
Do you know what happens to the infant (fetus) after the miscarriage? If not, how can you judge?
No, he is tempting gravity.
“Here! Hold my soda pop and watch this!”