You ever get a FWD:, FWD:, FWD: email? Some call them junk emails, spam,... I call them “spamnables.” Of course you have. Well… if you’ve had an email account for more than a day you have. Sometimes they’re jokes. Sometimes they communicate affection; sometimes they’re just damn cute! And then there’s the one’s that try to control you either by shame or fear to accept what they are saying as true and... if that’s not bad enough… pass it on to all your friends and expose their minds to it. As soon as you recognize what the thing sent you truly is, I recommend immediate and complete evaporation of it via the "delete" button. What I’d like to know about the motives of the authors of these damnable spamnables is… Do you really know what you are doing? Really?! Let’s examine this a bit.

Must.... Stop... Madness!!!
I just happen to have a perfect spamnable example. I received the following arial text below in a work email. I know! The one place you think you can hide from these things! I shortened it so as not to make you jump through the hoops of the version I got. Not to say I don’t wanna bore ya! But copied onto Word in size 11 font took more than 3 pages of shortened scroll to get down to the end of it! Like I got nuthin’ better to do than keep rolling the mouse wheel to read what crap someone deemed me worthy of receiving. Now I ain’t harping on anyone doing this. I did it myself when I was in my cyber-infancy… Until! Someone taught me a more responsible way of handling these spamnables. Which is, in respect to the one you’re forwarding these things to… confirm the information. Make sure it’s accurate. Personally? There’s enough lies on the winds of this world without me fanning them. It's my intention here to show those that want to learn how to check these things out and help in stopping the madness!

The oldest reference I’ve seen on this particular spamnable is January 07, 2006 on a Nigerian hosted blog. But I only looked for maybe 3 minutes. There could be older references. Point is… this... as most if not all... ain’t nuthin’ new. This email has been circling the web wide world takin’ up server bandwidth and “hard drive” space in people’s brains for at least 6 ½ years. It’s too bad we have to be human filters in this category of our lives but one great reference I’ve used to investigate spamnables, urban legends, virus warning, hoaxes, ect. and would like to share with you is (Other's I use are below under "Related Links.) in response to each "fact" is the research of TruthOrFiction quoted in bold purple text  in this "You Are My 8 In 8 Seconds" example. I'd like to I'd tear into it myself but then this might become a never ending post! My response to this email to everyone that received it with me is at the bottom of the story just before "Related Links." My thoughts follow the spamnable. But I will say this about the opening statement. It caused me to raise a suspicious eyebrow in that it comes across like a carnival side show barker. And I've learned... just because someone can quote scripture doesn't mean it's rightly divided. Here it is.
DID YOU KNOW THESE FACTS?....  BE SURE YOU SCROLL WAYDOWN TO SEE WHAT THIS MESSAGE HOLDS FOR YOU!!!!  YOU JUST MIGHT BE SURPRISED!!!  I WAS!!!   I SURE DIDNT TILL NOW. Death is certain but the Bible speaks about untimely death! Make a personal reflection about this......Very interesting, read until the end...... It is written in the Bible (Galatians 6:7):'Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sow,that shall he also reap..

The Bible quotation in the eRumor taken from Galatians 6:7 but was used out of  context to the text surrounding it. The Apostle Paul's letter to the Galatians is about Grace, Christian living and the sixth chapter warns against being condescending and instructs on helping others who fall into sin.

Here are some men and women who mocked God :

John Lennon Some years before, during his interview with an American Magazine, he said: 'Christianity will end, it will disappear. I do not have to argue about that... I am certain. Jesus was ok, but his subjects were too simple, today we are more famous than Him' (1966). Lennon, after saying that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, was shot six times.

“After saying that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ, John Lennon was shot 6 times - Fiction!

In his book, "Skywriting By Word of Mouth", Lennon wrote that he and the group had grown weary of touring and thanked Jesus for the comment that drove the band from the road and into the studio where they recorded their most creative projects….

…Seven years before his death, in 1973, Lennon's biggest solo hit entitled "Imagine" included the lyrics, Imagine there's no Heaven, it's easy if you try.  No Hell below us, above us only sky."  Many interpreted the song to be a message against religion but this was John Lennon vision of the world living in peace and not fighting over spiritual ideals or materialism.

The question is, why would God wait so long to smite John Lennon?”

Tancredo Neves (President of Brazil): During the Presidential campaign, he said if he got 500,000 votes from his party, not even God would remove him from Presidency. Sure he got the votes, but he got sick a day before being made President, then he died.

After saying that only God could remove him from office a Brazilian president elect died before his inauguration - Unproven! Tancredo Neves (1910 - 1985) He was elected president of Brazil in January 1985. Neves underwent surgery before his inauguration and was unable to take office. Vice president elect José Sarney Costa temporarily assumed the presidency. Neves never recovered and died from complications following his surgery.  We have not found any evidence that he made the statement about God.

Cazuza (Bi-sexual Brazilian composer, singer and poet):During A show in Canecio (Rio de Janeiro), while smoking his cigarette, he puffed out some smoke into the air and said: 'God, that's for you.' He died at the age of 32 of LUNG CANCER in a horrible manner.

Brazilian singer Cazuza died at the age of 32 of LUNG CANCER after blowing cigarette smoke at God - Fiction! Cazuza (4 April 1958 – 7 July 1990)  was a Brazilian composer, singer and poet who was noted for mixing the Bosse Nova with British and American Popular music styles.    According to his obituary in the July 8, 1990 New York Times, the openly bisexual Cazuza died of aids at the age of 32, not lung cancer.   We have not found any evidence that he mocked God.

The man who built the Titanic After the construction of Titanic, a reporter asked him how safe the Titanic would be. With an ironic tone he said: Not even God can sink it' The result: I think you all know what happened to the Titanic. 

The man who built the Titanic said "Not even God can sink it!" -  Unproven! The RMS Titanic was built in 1911 for the White Star Line at the the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast in the United Kingdom.  According to the web site an unknown White Star Line employee at the time of Titanic's launch on May 31, 1911 said, "Not even God himself could sink this ship."  It is not known who this person was or if in fact he built the Titanic.

Marilyn Monroe (Actress) She was visited by Billy Graham during a presentation of a show. He said the Spirit of God had sent him to preach to her. After hearing what the Preacher had to say, she said: 'I don't need your Jesus'. A week later, she was found dead in her apartment.

Actress Marilyn Monroe told Billy Graham that she did not need Jesus and died shortly afterwards -  Fiction!  Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) was married at the age to 21 to her first husband, Jimmy Dougherty. According to the bio on Monroe's official web site, Dougherty, said of his wife, "She was a sweet, generous and religious girl."  Monroe was reared as a foster child in a devoutly Christian family in Hawthorne, California but there is not much information about what her spiritual beliefs were before she died.  Monroe's death was ruled to be "acute barbiturate poisoning" by Los Angeles County Coroner,  Dr. Thomas Noguchi.  A spokesperson for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association told that there was no discussion between Marilyn Monroe and Billy Graham.

Bon Scott (Singer) The ex-vocalist of the AC/DC. On one of his 1979 songs he sang: 'Don't stop me; I'm going down all the way, down the highway to hell'. On the 19th of February 1980, Bon Scott was found dead, he had been choked by his own vomit.

Bonn Scott  (July 9th, 1946 -  February 19, 1980)   was the co-writer of the ACDC 1979 popular song "Highway to Hell" and at the age of 33 was pronounced dead on arrival at Kings College in London, England. The cause of death was asphyxiation as a result of vomiting after passing out after a night of heavy alcohol consumption.  The song Highway to Hell lyrics referred to the self destructive lifestyle of the rock and roll artist with the lyrics:  "Hey Satan, payin' my dues. Playing in a rocking band.  Hey Momma, look at me I'm on my way to the promised land.  I'm on the highway to hell."

Campinas (IN 2005) In Campinas , Brazil a group of friends, drunk, went to pick up a friend... The mother accompanied her to the car and was so worried about the drunkenness of her friends and she said to the daughter holding her hand, who was already seated in the car: 'My Daughter, Go With God And May He Protect You.' She responded: 'Only If He (God) Travels In The Trunk, Cause Inside Here... It's Already Full'. Hours later, news came by that they had been involved in a fatal accident, everyone had died, the car could not be recognized what type of car it had been, but surprisingly, the trunk was intact. The police said there was no way the trunk could have remained intact. To their surprise, inside the trunk was a crate of eggs, none was broken.

TruthOrFiction didn't have any thing to say about this last or the next paragraphs, but really... God's gonna protect a crate of eggs before people? Huh?! Who would wanna have anything to do with that "god!" OK, back to the spamnable.

Christine Hewitt (Jamaican Journalist and entertainer) said the Bible (Word of God) was the worst book ever written. In June 2006 she was found burnt beyond recognition in her motor vehicle.

Many more important people have forgotten that there is no other name that was given so much authority as the name of Jesus. Many have died, but only Jesus died and rose again, and he is still alive. 'Jesus'

PS: If it was a joke, you would have sent it to everyone. So are you going to have courage to send this? I have done my part, Jesus said 'If you are embarrassed about me, I will also be embarrassed about you before my father.' You are my 8 in 8 seconds. I am not breaking this. No way!

I'M TOLD THIS WORKS!!!!! Bishop T.D. Jakes '8 Second Prayer.' Just repeat this prayer and see how God moves!! 'Lord, I love you and I need you, come into my heart, and bless me, my family, my home, and my friends, in Jesus' name. Amen.' Pass this message to 8 people {EXCEPT YOU AND ME}....You will receive a miracle tomorrow. I Hope that you don't ignore and let God bless you.

OK. My turn.
"I'M TOLD THIS WORKS!!!!!?????" This whole email is based on lies, whoever forwards it has to wait til tomorrow for God to work in his/her life, proof that "this" works is not even available since the sender has to wait and now it offers me a vain, repetitive prayer then!... if I do what you tell me God will work in my life?! What's that? You have some ocean side property in Montana I could have for a steal? Oh yeah! Gimme both!!! (Can you hear the rattlin' as I shake my head?!)

Consider this. If the true God wanted to set an example and punish someone for mocking Him He would do so as He's instructed us on how to deal with evil. He would have it done immediately. What about the undoubtedly millions of millions of people through out time that mocked God and didn't die soon after? Including me! What about the ones that never mocked God and died young? What about... sooner or later everybody dies! Well... Unless you happen to find yourself breathing just before the gathering!

My response to this email to the sender:

Things don't work like this email in this day and time. We live in what the scriptures call "The Grace Administration." A period of time when the old testament law is held in abeyance until the next administration is ushered in. And it’s based on fear. There is no fear in love. To walk in love is what the whole Word of God endeavours to show us.

This is just another chain letter trying to shame readers into passing it on. "Just repeat this prayer?" There's no power in vain repetitions! It is religious though. Did you know the word "religion" only appears twice in the new testament? The book of James I believe*. I could be wrong. From the greek it's more accurately translated "superstition." "This man's religion (superstition) is vain.

Although these things may be true, God, my God anyways... doesn't kill people! Period! The lack of this simple truth messes up a lot of people's thinking!

My thoughts, for what it's worth, on this email.

I was blessed in the sender's response. The only one that replied back to me said,
"Wow, bro. That's pretty deep. I have seen this e-mail, before. It is interesting, however, you bring up some very valid points that I have to agree with." Yeah... Brandon's pretty cool!

* The verse I was thinkin' 'bout is James 1:26 & 27. "If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tonge, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. KJV

The word "religion" is actually used 4 times in the NT (2 useages here) and that word is translated from the ancient greek word threskeia. Threskeia means "outward religious service... practical piety rightly directed... the devoutness arising from godly fear" (respect). The word "religious" in v.26 is a form of the word threskeia being threskos.  Threskos implies an outward service with a superstitious, ceremonial attitude. "Religious, esp. in a bad sense." The show for the show itself.  - definitions from Bullinger's "A Critical Lexicon And Concordance The English And Greek New Testament."

So in modern American, only in order for us today to understand the intent of the verse, these two verses could read...  "If you run across anybody that appears godly in his works and isn't guiding his words with the truth of His written Word, in contrast to being godly he deceives himself to the very core of his believing. This man's relationship with God is profitless having no advantageous gain or return; that is to say, absolutely no benefit. Uncontaminated, unstained service to God as far as God is concerned is this, to check in on those in the household that need help, to keep yourself unstained from the world."

Threw that in extra... At no extra charge!   

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- Published 07/15/2011
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