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Hellfire Email from Years Past

When I’m not sorting through emails from the logically challenged and committing other to the spam folder, I sometimes have to deal with the traditional mass-forwarded email. These are easily identified by their subject lines containing repetitions of “FWD:” and “FW”, the hundreds of email addresses inhabiting the top portion of the correspondence, and the message, generally devoid of what someone with an IQ greater than 100 would call a compelling argument.

I received this email many years ago from a distant relative who had made an attempt to get in contact with more people from her family tree. She claimed she was going to be doing genealogical research, which seemed interesting enough, but after she started including me in her multiples-times-per-day spamathon, I blocked her email address. One message stood out to me, and I saved it in a high-tech Notepad file.

In light of the many perversions and jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke, it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her “How could God let something like this happen?” (regarding the attacks on Sept. 11).

Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, “I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?”

In light of recent events…terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.

Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school … the Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he’s talking about. And we said OK.

Then someone said teachers and principals better not discipline our children when they misbehave. The school administrators said no faculty member in this school better touch a student when they misbehave because we don’t want any bad publicity, and we surely don’t want to be sued (there’s a big difference between disciplining, touching, beating, smacking, humiliating, kicking, etc.). And we said OK.

Then someone said, let’s let our daughters have abortions if they want, and they won’t even have to tell their parents. And we said OK.

Then some wise school board member said, since boys will be boys and they’re going to do it anyway, let’s give our sons all the condoms they want so they can have all the fun they desire, and we won’t have to tell their parents they got them at school. And we said OK.

Then some of our top elected officials said it doesn’t matter what we do in private as long as we do our jobs. Agreeing with them, we said it doesn’t matter to me what anyone, including the President, does in private as long as I have a job and the economy is good.

Then someone said let’s print magazines with pictures of nude women and call it wholesome, down-to-earth appreciation for the beauty of the female body. And we said OK.

And then someone else took that appreciation a step further and published pictures of nude children and then further again by making them available on the Internet. And we said OK, they’re entitled to free speech.

Then the entertainment industry said, let’s make TV shows and movies that promote profanity, violence, and illicit sex. Let’s record music that encourages rape, drugs, murder, suicide, and satanic themes. And we said it’s just entertainment, it has no adverse effect, nobody takes it seriously anyway, so go right ahead.

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with “WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.”

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.

Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.

Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they WILL think of you for sending it. Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard it… no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don’t sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in!

Like so many other pieces that I have quoted, I don’t even know where to begin. From insinuating that someone created pornography with the intention of being wholesome family entertainment to thinking that spanking children is the only possible way to offer disciple in schools, the originator of this email has a seriously perverted worldview.

Nigerian Scam With a Religious Message

Throughout my years of internet usage, I have seen many scam emails. Most take the form of a foreign lottery jackpot or the estate of some distant dearly departed relative. This is the first time in more than 12 years of internet usage that I have come across one with an entirely religious slant. I think it’s funny that the overseas jackoffs that are running these scams can so easily (and quite accurately) recreate the verbiage that so many religious folks use.

Enjoy!

Dearly Beloved.

Calvary greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I am Mrs. Victoria Balli, I am a nationality of the United Kingdom, and I am presently hospitalized, due to my illness. I am 59 years old and I was diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer for about two years. I am a widow to Late Mr. William Balli. You see, my husband was once the Managing Director of Shell Oil Company in South Africa, where we spent most of our lives and I have served the Lord all through my life.

From all indications, my condition is serious and is quite obvious that I may not live more than six months, because the cancer stage has gotten to a very severe state and my doctor has told me this. The one that disturbs me most is the stroke that paralyzed half of my body before my late husband was killed during his reign as the Managing Director of Shell Oil Company.

My late husband was wealthy and after his death, I inherited all His business and wealth. Presently my doctor told me that I may not live for more than six months, though I am not scared about this, I am not afraid of death, hence I will be in the bosom of the Lord forever, any time my God calls me home. So, I now decided to look for an organization or an individual who is God fearing, that will use the funds for charity organization, by contributing to the development of evangelism in the world, assisting motherless babies homes and poor churches all over the world.
I selected you after searching the Internet for this purpose and prayed over it, for the fact that I always go to God in prayers in situation like this, because He is the Alfa and Omega. I am willing to donate half of my husbands wealth to you for the development of evangelism and also as aids for the less privileged around you rather than allow my husbands relatives to use my husband hard earned funds ungodly. You may contact my lawyer, James Cole, with the specified address-:

CHAMBERS OF James Cole
Barrister James Cole
9 Bedford Row London WC1R 4AZ
E-Mail: james_cole_lawfirm@mail2ohio.com
Phone: +44-702-404-1690

Ensure that you copy this correspondence to his email address above and tell him that I have asked you to reach him. Please, do not reply if you have the intention of using this fund for personal use, you will have a reasonable percentage of the total funds before investing the remainder of the funds for God`s works. Lastly, I want you and your church to keep praying for me regarding my health, because I have come to find out that wealth acquisition without Jesus Christ in one’s life, is vanity upon vanity. If you have to die says the Lord, keep fit and I will give you the crown of life. May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you now and forever more, amen.

GET BACK TO ME WITH MY PRIVATE EMAIL: mrsvictoriaballiv@gmail.com

Goodluck in all your future endeavors and God bless you.

Thanks,

Mrs. Victoria Balli.

Hate Mail – I think?

I debated on whether or not I should post this email, because I really don’t want to give this person the satisfaction. However, I think it is important to illustrate the twisted mindset of the opposition we face.

Do I have your attention Mr Blogger dude???

Man dude – with all the problems in the world – THIS hate God vengence is your imp crusade in life?? Are you nine years old dude??? Please, God, let this blogger be just a mentally disturbed individual and not a “sane” product of society…

For instance, here is a list of the 12 World Problems…
http://www.mac.edu/faculty/richardpalmer/POSTMODERN/application.html

Pollution – of the air, the water, the soil. – do you really believe too many prayers are causing all the pollution? Do you drive a car or walk? Or do you just stay home all day and blog???

Removing every church, synogue, mosque, big budha statue, sticks and stones on every street corner will not rid the planet of all the nukes, dude! Are you on any strong medication when you post???

Population growth outstripping resources worldwide. I got an idea! Why not next time blog to rid all the Atheists in order to sacrafice our resources! Or, perhaps a little less intrusive to you atheists, let all of you be deported to your own little commune where you do not have to hear the mare mention of God – or Allah – or Jesus – or Big Budda! You can all enjoy your evolution stories together with never having to worry about that knock on the door from a Jehovah again!

Unequal distribution of financial resources – Now aside from the fat rich pope or the Arab Muslims and the wealthy Mega church preachers – most God believing people are not rich in fact most today in other countries are being martyred for their faith (and they dont even blog!) Most of the money sits in the hands of the Democrats who pretend to be for the little guy! I am still waiting to see of Pres Obama truly believes in spreading the wealth but I still have yet to receive a personal check from him in my mail box. (Are you rich, dude??) Maybe you should give to the poor in between posting your hatred of religious folks! You can give on the computer, you know, dude!

aNTISEMITISM (well, I guess you wouldnt be concerned there since they are “religious” at times. I hope you are not a fan of Hitler! He was into evolution and Darwinism too and hated the Jews. Where did you post you are from? New York? I hope all the jews take cover from your posting finger!

And as an American – are you so clueless about the nation’s current woes??? And you blame it on religion? Dude! Are you serious??? I bet you didnt give one dime to Haiti, huh, dude! How could you when you are so busy posting the world is coming to and end over God lovers?! You must feel so imp, dud!! Do you sign internet autographs?? I mean, move over Pres Obama and give this dude his due earings of your peace award!!

Dude!! You really need to get a life and stay out of others’ lives! What a perfect world that would be if everyone followed suit! Such busy bodies in this world when millions are starving and dying of horrible diseases! Why not spend your hours you devote to your useless Blog to visiting the elderly in the old folk’s homes instead? I bet you dont even call your mom and see how she is doing! Shame! Shame! Shame! DUDE!!! Wake up!!! Life is short! (Esp with your impression of no after life!)

Sincerely,
John (johnroe6551@yahoo.com)

PS I bet this all boils down to that bicycle you didnt get on Christmas morning when you were 4 yrs old, right? You know, there are couselors for this dude!!!!

PSSS and dont pls comment back on religious fundamentalism! What a lame comeback that would be dude! Better yet, why dont you go right this minute, buy an airline ticket – (one way only I might add) and go to one of those Arab countries and present your very imp Blog to the leaders over there who hate us Americans! Surely your imp Blog will make all the difference with wanting to blow us up again like on 9/11!!

And do not even bother to send a reply, dude! If I see it come through on my computer I will delete on command!!!

****Dear God – please let this dude forget to save all his work and have a power crash for us internet travelers!! What a total waste of my search engine!****

If you got lost at any point in there, I’m afraid I can’t help you with that. However, the central message(?) seems to be something along the lines of “How can u cumplainz abot religionz wen so much uther bad stuff is goin on?” That’s what I was able to decipher anyway.

I really won’t go on any more about it, but you can see for yourself what this person thinks is a palatable argument. Maybe you could turn this into a mini drinking game. Every time you encounter a logical fallacy, you take a drink. You might have to change the rules around depending on your tolerance for alcohol/your hatred of your liver.

Unsolicited Email

I receive a lot of unsolicited email. Most of it could be easily categorized as “hate mail”, and I archive it away without a second thought. Rarely do I get email from people who appear to have intelligence. I appreciate email from people who have opposing viewpoints that respect that I’m not likely to be converted to their belief system. However, I dislike getting into long philosophical debates over email. I would much rather have these discussions in person, if at all. It’s not that I hate philosophy, I just hate that 9 times out of 10, people turn into self-righteous cunts when they get philosophical.

My goal with this website is to address modern day concerns of atheists and other non-believers. My goal is NOT to ponder the origins of the universe. You will not likely ever see the word “epistemological” or “intrinsic” on this website. That’s just not my purpose. There are plenty of websites out there if that is your thing.

This is rather long, so I’ll save my front page readers with a break tag. For my feed readers, I’m afraid there’s nothing I can do for you.

Hello,

Just came across your website and was interested in starting a conversation with you about religion, the existence of God, or the lack thereof.

I noticed your website seems to be based on a distorted definition of faith, at least according to Christianity. Faith isn’t something that’s blind – that’s called wishful thinking and superstition. When it comes to religion, faith is something that is built on facts and evidence, at least according to the Bible (Hebrews 11). Blind faith isn’t faith, nor is it rational. It simply doesn’t make sense to believe in something there seems to be no evidence for. Faith is when we know by evidence and facts that what we believe is true. We can’t see God, which is where faith comes into place, but our belief in God needs to be heavily supported by facts, or it doesn’t make sense and isn’t true faith.

I understand many Christians out there are under the same mistaken idea that faith is somehow blind and belief against proof. Biblically at least, that’s far from the truth.

Second, you seem to strongly advocate science. Nice. So do I. But the presence of science doesn’t = the absence of God. Science, by its very nature, is never capable of proving anything doesn’t exist. Science operates on inductive reasoning, which means it observes the world, and then draws conclusions based on those observations. Therefore, it can only draw conclusions about things that can be observed in the physical world.

Also, science and religion address different categories. Science addresses the “how,” religion addresses the “why” and “who.” Ok, the world formed billion years ago in a Big Bang. But why? And who? What is the purpose?

I believe in evolution as much as the next intellectually equipped person. But even evolution doesn’t make sense without religion. What endows these organisms with a will to survive? Why do they want to live? What’s the point of living? Who or what gave them the will to live?

Your site seems to capture very well the present time’s separation of critical thinking and religion, but it doesn’t have to – and is not supposed to be that way. Religion is supposed to involve rational and logical thinking. So what you’re really taking aim at are the people who practice religion, and not God.

I’d love to hear your response.

Matt

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