The Atheist Girl and Jesus
Date Added: Aug. 15, 2002
Here's yet another inspirational parable wrapped up in a forward-this-or-you're-not-a-good-Christianpackage. It claims to be true and guilts you into forwarding, but leaves it a matter of faith whether you believe it or not.
IF SOMEONE HAD A GUN HELD IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE AND ASKED YOU IF YOU BELIEVED IN GOD, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? SAY NO AND FEEL ASHAMED THE REST OF YOUR LIFE? OR SAY YES, I DO, AND DIE STANDING UP FOR GOD? IF YOU'D SAY NO, THEN DELETE THIS E-MAIL. IF YOU WOULD SAY YES, AND STAND UP FOR JESUS CHRIST, PLEASE READ THIS AND PASS ON.
Note: This is a true article that was printed in a southern newspaper less then a year ago
TAKE A DEEP BREATH BEFORE READING THIS
There was an atheist couple who had a child. The couple never told their daughter anything about the Lord. One night when the little girl was 5 years old, the parents fought with each other and the dad shot the Mom, right in front of the child. Then, the dad shot ! himself. The little girl watched it all. She then was sent to a foster home. The foster mother was a Christian and took the child to church. On the first day of Sunday School, the foster mother told the teacher that the girl had never heard of Jesus, and to have patience with her. The teacher held up a picture of Jesus and said, "Does anyone know who this is?" The little girl said, "I do, that's the man who was holding me the night my parents died."
If you believe this little girl is telling the truth that even though she had never heard of Jesus, he still held her the night her parents died, then you will forward this to as many people as you can.
Or you can delete it as if it never touched your heart.
Funny, isn't it?
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 wha! t ! ! the Bible says.
Funny how everyone wants to go to heaven provided they do not have to believe, think, say, or do anything the Bible says. (Or is it scary?)
Funny how someone can say "I believe in God" but still follow Satan (who, by the way, also "believes" in God).
Funny how you can send a thousand '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 the lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but the public discussion of Jesus is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Funny how someone can be so fired up for Christ on Sunday, but be an invisible Christian the rest of the week. (Are you laughing?)
Funny how when you go to 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 to them.
Funny how I can be more worried about what other people think of me than what God thinks of me. (Are you thinking?)
Pass this on only if you mean it.
Yes, I do Love God
Good Friends are hard to find, harder to keep, and the hardest to forget.......
The "Funny how..." chain letter has been offending Christians for years. In it's many forms, it's been attached to religious poetry, purportedly real stories, ASCII artwork and other drivel.
I've gotten dozens of variants of this chain from readers who recognize the person who sent it to them meant well, but are still put off by the letter's implications that they aren't good Christians unless they clog others' mailboxes with an urban legend.
Despite the author's claims, there is no evidence that the events related in the above ever happened. If it did appear in a "southern newspaper," that publication is not stepping forward to take responsibility for it.
Further complicating the issue was country star John Michael Montgomery's 2000 album Brand New Me, which featured the song "The Little Girl." Song writer Harley Allen got the idea after receiving the above chain letter from his brother. The song expounds on the story and has led many to exclaim that the story must be true. We accept the story as true because we want it to be true. In the words of the song writer: "If it ain't true, it ought to be."
Unfortunately, the unfounded exclamation that the tale is true, coupled with the lengthy admonition to forward it, detracts from the story's meaning. Break this Chain.
References: Snopes.com, johnmichael.com