Is there a need to believe in God if you are a boxer?
One of my recent Twitter tweets has started a discussion in the offices of Premier Christianity magazine.
The post was about boxers who "claim" God helps them win. I cannot see how this can be justified as most boxers either end up with serious injury, or worse; this year another fighter died in the ring, and the number who suffer brain hemorrhages increases by the year.
If you don't get a hemorrhage, there is a high risk of going blind from separated retinas.
The first boxing clubs were set up by the church to get boys off the streets in the hope that giving them a cause would avoid them going into a life of crime, however, this was not always the end.
In these days when fighters earn more money than you or I can dream of seeing in three lifetimes for a few minutes of punishment, is the church supporting a barbaric institute for no reason?
The support of the church for gladiatorial combat goes back beyond Roman times, but it came to the fore with the arena contests in the Roman times. The Gladiators gave the V sign and shouted "Those who fight here salute you" because they knew few of them would survive the fight, so they had nothing to lose by insulting the Emperor.
In World War 2, the German U-boat crews had a similar ritual of urinating from a hill on passing vehicles of their officers, the reason was that the survival rate for submariners was less than 1 in 6. So, out of a crew of 15, fewer than three would return.
Overall, most sports are overpaid in my opinion, the exception being motorcycle racing, which ironically is the most dangerous. If a car crashes the driver has a shell to protect him, but if a motorcycle has an accident all the rider has for protection is his leathers, and no matter how well they are made, hitting the ground at speed will soon shred them.