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A WORD FOR NEW YEAR REVELLERS:
REMEMBER ZOYA, THE GIRL WHO TURNED TO STONE,
31 DECEMBER 1956 - 31 DECEMBER 2006
.............................After what had happened to Zoya, people flocked to the churches. They bought up crosses, candles and icons. Those who were not baptized got baptized. There is no doubting that all this really did take place. A girl really did ‘turn to stone’. There are the testimonies of eyewitnesses, some still alive today, and documents from Communist Party meetings of the time. ‘This isn’t some fairy tale or never-ending fable’, said Anton Zhogolev, editor of the Samara Orthodox newspaper ‘Good Tidings’ (Blagovest) and co-author of a book about Zoya, who has done years of research into the case. From the research, it is clear that this was not the only case of ‘petrification’ in Soviet times.
Hmmmm But in closer comparison it is not similar. I don't understand how a likeness of a saint could be considered taboo to handle? Where is that in the Bible? And also, she did not disobey or mock God, it was a saint, who would be first in line to mock himself and be humble. And then there's this, God in Lot's wife's story gave fair warning, there was no instance of this in Zoya's case, so therefore it was not from God.
I'm still not convinced of the authenticity of Zoya's story, but will keep an open mind about it.