Why the faithful would drink petrol.

Pretoria pastor Lesego Daniel has made headlines as he roped in congregants to support his claims that he can turn petrol into pineapple juice.

In January this year, he made members of his church eat grass for the same reason. At the time he reportedly told his congregation that eating grass would rid them of their sins and heal them of any ailments they may have had.

His “miraculous” power is demonstrated as a church member pours petrol into a basin and ignites it to prove that it’s flammable. After drinking the “petrol turned pineapple juice”, the demonstrator was asked by the pastor how he felt, and in response he coughed before saying: “It has a lot of fumes but I don’t have any side effects”.

Prof Helgo Schomer explains how when we become emotional invested in something we are willing to do things that otherwise we would not do. In this case he believes the bottle was swapped allowing the faithful to believe it was a miracle when it was simply a little magic.

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