in 1938, Orson Wells produced a radio program called “The War of the
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
Police switchboards were jammed from coast to coast with calls from
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
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
by an attorney, Charles Dawson and in 1953 was proven to be a modern
skull and a modern Orangutan jawbone filed to fit with the file marks
visible and then stained to give the appearance of age. Dawson
created the supposed fossil as a deliberate hoax against the scientific
community which was anxious to prove that man had evolved rather than
created. Piltdown man ? A spurious type of early man postulated from
fragments planted by a hoaxer near Piltdown, England. [Funk &
Standard Desk Dictionary pg.498].
A similar hoax,
considered a religious
hoax, was the “Cardiff Giant” which was supposedly discovered near
New York in 1869 and later proven to be a gypsum carving by a Chicago
after many years of controversy. In a famous British hoax, a prankster
declared that he could make a little-known and inconsequential street
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
and are recognized by most educated people. Others utilize “bait and
sales tactics to get people to spend their money for one thing, only to
discover that they have paid for something entirely different.
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
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
of lies,” Satan, himself. As with the temptation in the Garden of Eden,
he questions truth, denies its serious nature and finally accuses God
injustice or lying.
The Bible, the Word
of God, promises
all who truly believe that they shall experience a life of victory,
confidence, joy and health in this life, on this earth, as well as
life after we die. But all of God’s promises are conditional upon our
to love and serve Him.
One of Satan’s ways of
us is to try to get us to overlook God’s conditions so that it will
that God failed to keep His promise to us and thus make it seem that
is either a promise breaker or outright untruthful. To illustrate how
let us say that I, as a private airplane pilot tell you that if you
come to my house at nine o’clock on Saturday morning, I will take you
flying. Two weeks later, I have still not seen you again, but I hear
story that you are saying, “Sam lied to me. He promised to take me
the other Saturday and he didn’t do it!” What you have said is
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
may not bother to come to my house either! Likewise, Satan uses the
truths of John 3:16 and Acts 16:31, along with others in Romans to
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
those who had already believed as John 3:16, Mark 16:15-17 and Acts
tell us, and felt conviction because of that belief that they
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ
the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy
2:38). The Apostles all taught and believed that to be the
of Salvation as they demonstrated in Acts chapters 8, 10,16 and
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
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
in which they were written promise the healing and peace we all need
want. Don’t let Satan HOAX you out of it! The Apostle Paul said
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
real Peace in your heart, Joy to your soul, Health to your body,
for your earthly needs and Power to overcome all the powers of
that come against you!