Is it a sin to make up stupid sh*t about g*d and try to pass it off as the truth?

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If “bearing false witness” is a sin so terrible that g*d himself supposedly put it in his top ten baddies, what are we to make of all the glurge and phony “scientific” stories about g*d that Christians make up then pass off as “true”?

I got to wondering about this the other day when my Christian friend sent me a “true story” about a pastor who accidentally launched a kitten into the sky that landed smack in front of a little girl who was praying for g*d to give her a cat.

It’s “a true story” about the unnamed pastor of an unnamed church in an unnamed place and an unnamed time and an unnamed mother and an unnamed little girl without witnesses or any form of verification. And which of course reeks of “too good to be true” even as it claims to “prove” something about g*d having a really lovable sense of humor.

Even the “Dwight Nelson” who allegedly told the original tale is meaningless since the friend sending the story doesn’t know any Dwight Nelson and has no idea who he is. Or if he exists at all. (Which he probably doesn’t, since he seems to have been appended to the story after the fact in a lame attempt to add authenticity.)

Now there’s nothing supernatural about this story. It could conceivably have happened — but if so I’d expect it to get written up in the local paper, complete with names and dates and some evidence that a reporter went around checking on the truth of the thing. Even if it went straight from life to email, one would expect names, dates, and other hard facts.

In the absence of all that, it’s just more of the sentimental, often-religious glurge that Snopes.com constantly debunks.

Yet people (like my friend) not only believe this nonsense. They accept these silly stories of the power of prayer as evidence of g*d’s greatness.

Hey, people. If you have to make it up because it never actually happened, it rather proves the opposite. Think about it.

Yet (shudder), millions of damn fools are convinced by crap like this.

Yes, this one was just a harmless cute story. But in the same category of making up sh*t about g*d and passing it off as the truth falls a lot more serious stuff. Pseudoscientific crap like the old story about scientists “proving” that g*d stopped the sun in the sky for Joshua. The person who originally peddled that tale more than a century ago knew it was bunk. The infamous Harold Hill (a fitting moniker, since the original HH is one of the world’s best-known fictional con artists) who updated it to have NASA doing the proving absolutely knew it was bunk.

Sometimes, of course, the original author is relatively innocent — just making up an inspirational tale with no claim of it being factual. But then along come an endless number of “good Christians,” changing the stories to suit their prejudices, slapping “true story!” on, and actually encouraging the gullible to believe this sh*t!

But this has been the way of religionists for centuries. The Internet has only made it easier. “Truth” isn’t what objectively happened (or didn’t). “Truth” is whatever encourages people to believe.

That means, though, that the makers (and editors and promulgators) of all these lying tales are bearing false witness to “prove” how wonderful g*d and Christianity are. And repentant they are not.

Doesn’t that mean they should be trembling before their deity — who sends people to hell for doing things like that?

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One Response to “Is it a sin to make up stupid sh*t about g*d and try to pass it off as the truth?”

  1. justasqpeg Says:

    Back before the internet, my parents had a box of copied papers with jokes and tales that had been passed around the office… and one of them was the “god stopped the sun story”, with the addition of the “god made the sun move backwards, once, too, and that makes for the exact same amount of ‘missing time’ NASA has recently found” tale. (I don’t remember where that tale appears in the bible.)

    Even as a kid I was able to analyze that bunk and see that there was no possibility of having a “fossilized day” way back then, to give a starting point to see where the sun should be right at this moment. But it was “Proof!”.

    I actually had someone tell me today that “Science proves the Bible!” But when I pointed out all the scientific falsities in the Bible, he changed the subject to “But the Bible proves The Great Flood!”. I guess it’s a good thing for those like him that respiration, digestion, and reproduction don’t require brains beyond the reptilian level.

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