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A family in North Augusta, South Carolina lost just about everything when their house burned down in a fire. They’re okay, thankfully, but their belongings are all gone. Their two dogs didn’t survive either.

You can guess where this story is going, can’t you?

[Wendy] Crawley says she was on her way home, when she saw her life go up in smoke. Wet pages and minor smoke damage, but her bible survived the fire that destroyed the home and just about everything in it.

“Laying on my night stand, is where I kept it.” Crawley said. “It was the only thing I found that we really needed.”

I’ll tell you what: If my house ever burns down, the bibles can go, but I’d like to keep everything else. Including any pets.

This is a tragic story. Two animals — one that the family had for 15 years, the other a service dog for their autistic son — are dead. But a book made it through so we should celebrate? That’s a crazy thing to think. No doubt this family is looking for any silver lining after a disaster, but they seem happier about the Bible than sad for their dogs.

As if God sent them a sign with the Bible… but had nothing to do with the fire or the dogs’ deaths.

Look: It’s not a “miracle” when a leather-bound book with onion-skin pages doesn’t disintegrate in a fire. Local news channel WJBF didn’t talk about the furniture that was also still standing (which is seen in the footage) or why the Bible may have survived the fire. In that sense, it’s not really news; it’s just religious propaganda.

Crawley says the bible is only one of the miracles she witnessed, that reminds her someone upstairs is keeping her and her family safe.

Here’s a thought: If God wanted to keep them safe, He shouldn’t have allowed a fire to burn down the house. If God wanted to send a miracle, he shouldn’t have sacrificed two dogs in the process.

Would Crawley be celebrating the same miracle if a person had died instead? I know it’s churlish to even ask that question, but it’s not like we can expect news reporters to ask the obvious question in a situation like this.

(Thanks to Kyong for the link. Portions of this article were posted earlier)

Hemant Mehta is the founder of, a YouTube creator, podcast co-host, and author of multiple books about atheism. He can be reached at @HemantMehta.

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