False Witness: Don't Fall For These Lies
- NASA scientists proved that God really made the sun stand still--just as it says in the Book of Joshua.
- A wealthy Nigerian widow who has cancer wants to donate $7.2 million to your church.
- CBS was forced to discontinue "Touched By an Angel" because it uses the word "God" in every program.
- An upcoming movie portrays Jesus and his disciples as gay.
- President Bush once left a reception line to evangelize a teenager.
- A pastor's wife preached to passengers on the doomed Alaskan Airlines Flight 261 just before it plunged from the sky.
- NASA scientists discovered a lost day in time.
- A group known as "The Second Coming Project" is seeking to clone Jesus from the DNA of holy relics.
- Certain symbols displayed on the packaging of a variety of grocery items signify that their manufacturers have paid a secret tax to the Jews.
Don't believe a word you just read. They're all urban legends. They're 100 percent false. And they're not the only religious urban legends making the e-mail rounds. Cathy Holden of TruthMiners.com told the Scripps Howard News Service that one of the most insidious is the accusations about "Touched By an Angel."
"This story will not die. I mean, 'Touched by an Angel' has been on for nine years," she told Scripps Howard reporter Terry Mattingly. "Anybody who reads a newspaper knows that everybody who's involved says it's time to end the show. But people who send these e-mails don't read newspapers. Then they get an e-mail about that atheist O'Hair lady and they say, 'That's it!' You just want to tell them, 'Get over it. Go on with your life.'"
Holden says passing on religious urban legends isn't a harmless pastime. It's the same thing as lying. And we all know, thou shalt not lie. "I've been trying to get people to realize that a lie is a lie," she insisted in an interview with Mattingly. "This is not harmless. People get hurt. Christians have to believe truth matters."
One issue is that many believe the mainstream media are suppressing these messages, so forwarding e-mails is one way to pass on the word. But when the word is false, it becomes a huge problem. Holden says it's easy to fall for things that "grab our heartstrings."
Hey, most of them are riveting stories! They just aren't true. They never happened.