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The Cruelest
HOAX
 in the World
Ptltdown Mam Hoax
BACK in 1938, Orson Wells produced a radio program called “The War of the Worlds” from a novel by H. G. Wells. Though not a true hoax because it was not expected to be believed, panic struck the hearts of many thousands of people. Police switchboards were jammed from coast to coast with calls from frantic listeners. People jumped out of windows at some imagined sound in their hallways and some committed suicide rather than be taken captive by the imaginary  invaders from Mars, which were supposed to look much like octopuses. Could this be the cruelest hoax in the world?

Or maybe you remember some of the true hoaxes like the Piltdown Man that was supposedly discovered in 1912 by an attorney, Charles Dawson and in 1953 was proven to be a modern man’s skull and a modern Orangutan jawbone filed to fit with the file marks left visible and then stained to give the appearance of age. Dawson purposely created the supposed fossil as a deliberate hoax against the scientific community which was anxious to prove that man had evolved rather than being created. Piltdown man ? A spurious type of early man postulated from skull fragments planted by a hoaxer near Piltdown, England. [Funk & Wagnall’s Standard Desk Dictionary pg.498].

A similar hoax, considered a religious hoax, was the “Cardiff Giant” which was supposedly discovered near Cardiff, New York in 1869 and later proven to be a gypsum carving by a Chicago sculptor after many years of controversy. In a famous British hoax, a prankster declared that he could make a little-known and inconsequential street the most famous in the world and proceeded to get a load of coal, a British Lord, a wedding party and numerous other persons and things involved on false pretenses and generated a sort of notoriety for the street.

There are all kinds of hoaxes today. Some, like envelope stuffing and chain letter schemes are outright illegal and are recognized by most educated people. Others utilize “bait and switch” sales tactics to get people to spend their money for one thing, only to discover that they have paid for something entirely different. Especially if used to cheat an elderly widow out of her life savings and leave her destitute, one might think that this hoax could be a strong candidate for the title of the world’s most cruel hoax.

But, Friend, there is a hoax that is far more cruel than any of these. It was masterminded by the very “father of lies,” Satan, himself. As with the temptation in the Garden of Eden, he questions truth, denies its serious nature and finally accuses God of injustice or lying.

The Bible, the Word of God, promises all who truly believe that they shall experience a life of victory, power, confidence, joy and health in this life, on this earth, as well as eternal life after we die. But all of God’s promises are conditional upon our commitment to love and serve Him.
One of Satan’s ways of hoaxing us is to try to get us to overlook God’s conditions so that it will appear that God failed to keep His promise to us and thus make it seem that God is either a promise breaker or outright untruthful. To illustrate how thisworks, let us say that I, as a private airplane pilot tell you that if you will come to my house at nine o’clock on Saturday morning, I will take you up flying. Two weeks later, I have still not seen you again, but I hear the story that you are saying, “Sam lied to me. He promised to take me flying the other Saturday and he didn’t do it!” What you have said is two-thirds true. I did promise to take you flying, and I didn’t do it! If you have taken your story to someone else that I have made a similar promise to, they may immediately assume I am not going to keep my promise to them and may not bother to come to my house either! Likewise, Satan uses the beautiful truths of John 3:16 and Acts 16:31, along with others in Romans to teach an easy-believe salvation which the Apostles never taught, and so robs many of the Powerful change in their lives that they really need and want.

  The Apostle Peter taught those who had already believed as John 3:16, Mark 16:15-17 and Acts 16:31 tell us,  and felt conviction because of that belief that they must “Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:38).  The Apostles all taught and believed that to be the Plan of Salvation as they demonstrated in Acts chapters 8, 10,16 and 19.  The Apostle Paul explains the meaning and consequence of water baptism in Jesus’ name in Romans 6:3,4; Galatians 3:27 and Colossians 2:12.

Jesus promised that , “These signs shall follow them that believe…” (Mark 16:15-17),  and “But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you, and ye shall be witnesses unto Me ….” Other scriptures, fully in the setting or context in which they were written promise the healing and peace we all need and want.  Don’t let Satan HOAX you out of it! The Apostle Paul said that in the last days, men would have “…a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

Yes, The Cruelest Hoax in the World gives you a religion without sure confidence in the power of God to bring real Peace in your heart, Joy to your soul, Health to your body, Provision for your earthly needs  and Power to overcome all the powers of evil that come against you!

-- S.M.S.
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