A Facebook friend of mine recently posted a picture of what was claimed to be the mummified remains of a fairy, with a comment / caption that fairy remains had been found and that we must decide for ourselves. Well, it didn’t take long for me to determine that the picture / story was a hoax. A very quick and simple search on Google took me to snopes.com with an article wherein which the person who had committed the hoax, had confessed that it was an April fools hoax in 2007.
What surprised the original hoaxer though was that even after he had confessed to it being a hoax, many people were undeterred and still believed the story, including the existence of fairies. What was more interesting though was his statement that a previous fairy hoax (the Cottingley Fairies), had only been determined / revealed to be a hoax after 50 years. That is a long time for a hoax to be active and believed. And this saddened me even more.
You see, if a story (hoax) had gone on for 50 years, it is very probable that there were people who had heard the story and died believing that story. They died believing that fairies were real. They died believing that there was more than God. They died believing a lie.
I simply cannot understand why is it that people run after all sorts of stories that in the end prove to be misleading or false. Why can they simply not just read the Bible and be happy with it? Read the rest of this entry
I shared yesterday what the greatest lesson was that I learnt whilst doing network marketing; if you have to say that you are then you aren’t. Well today I share with you the other lesson that I learnt and that is that network marketing is modelled upon Christianity. Now of course I’m not talking about the negative aspects of network marketing (like greed, covetousness, etc). But if you take a moment and think about it, there are many similarities between network marketing and Christianity. Let me elaborate with a few points.
Christianity is about connecting with people and sharing with them the Good News, and encouraging them to tell others about it (see 2 Timothy 2:2). This is done primarily through word of mouth and preferably through relationship (see John 1:41). Network marketing follows the same principle of word of mouth marketing, believing too that their product and method of making money, is good news. Read the rest of this entry
That’s right! I did a stint in network marketing. I was in Telkom at the time and hoping to retire at age 30 with that all elusive “passive income” sustaining me for the rest of my life. Well I’m closer to 40, still not retired, and very far from any sort of passive income. Needless to say, I’m not doing network marketing anymore.
Whilst there are a lot of negatives that I could hold against network marketing (or rather my particular experience), there were some positives too. One of the best positives was how they got us to read books to develop ourselves. As a result I was introduced to many great titles and authors.
One particular book that I read (I cannot remember the title or author) had a statement in it that has stuck with me ever since I read it more than a decade ago. The statement was: Read the rest of this entry
“Ha ha ha! That was a good one guys. Thanks for the free publicity. Now let me show you what really happened.” And He’d wisk them off back in time to the raging Sea of Galilee, put them in the tossing boat, lob them a Red Bull each and say, “Okay. Off you go then. Let’s see if it really gives you wings.” (See Matthew 14:23-33).
Let me give my non-South African readers a little bit of context. Earlier this week Red Bull launched an advert in South Africa with Jesus and two of His disciples sitting in a fishing boat. They get bored fishing so Jesus gets up and starts walking on the water. His disciples ask Him how is it that He can perform such a miracle, to which Jesus responds that there’s no real miracle, but that they just needed to know where the stepping stones were. Now I didn’t see the advert myself (I don’t watch TV) and I’m working off a newspaper article that I read, so my details may be a bit off. But this was the jist of the advert.
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But we already knew that. You really didn’t have to waste your time and money on all that research. All you had to do was read the Bible. Then you would have known upfront what you discovered in your report. But by putting empirical evidence to this known fact, you have indeed validated the Bible as being true and accurate. So thank you.
And when you see the name Darryl mentioned in the report, know that it is not me!! The report that was written, identified that there are practicing ministers who do not believe in God. Our friendly mr. atheist and company, used their own time and money to determine what many believers and ministers in the church have known for a long time (see Matthew 23:27). The big challenge though for you, is what do YOU believe? Read the rest of this entry