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If you ever seen the movie “Cast Away” with Tom Hanks then you

probably know who Wilson is. The story goes that Hanks plays the part of

Chuck Nolan, a fast paced FedEx executive who gets stranded when his plane

goes down in the middle of the South Pacific. In trying to survive, he started

a fire with a sharp stick and cuts his hand severely. In anger, he takes the

volleyball and throws it as hard as he can. When it lands he sees that his

bloody hand has made an imprint which looks like a fiery head. With his

finger he draws a face in the blood- an idol if you will. He talks to his new


What you should also notice is that all through the film Hank’s

character never prays to God. He’ll talk to the volleyball, but never to God.

Now, you should ask yourself why he never did that? but then you have to

ask yourself why people trust in all kinds of other things rather than God.

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