Fake News Alert
Today I was surprised to find a message in my Facebook messenger inbox. The surprise wasn’t just that someone actually still uses facebook messenger as a real means of communication but that it was a chain letter declaring that a new movie to be released this summer would depict Jesus and his disciples are gay lovers.
Now, I love a discussion piece as much as the next guy, but I was a little more than skeptical that such a movie would exist without any kind of formal press-release. Had this been a real movie coming this summer, there would be a trailer by now or at least some form of public announcement. Since this would be a controversial movie, no doubt that the actual news (had it been real) would have already been circulated by all the major news outlets, especially Fox news. However, no such news existed. On top of that, it seemed a bit outlandish. Lastly, facebook forwards don’t have a long-running reputation as being authentic pieces of information. The forward can be read below.
The movie “Corpus Christi “is due to be released this June to August. It is a disgusting film set to appear in America later this year which depicts Jesus and his disciples as homosexuals! As a play, this has already been in theaters for a while. It’s called “Corpus Christi” which means “The Body of Christ”. It’s a revolting mockery of our Lord.
But we Christians can make a difference. That’s why I am sending this e-mail to you. If you do send this around, we just might be able to prevent this film from being shown in Australia, Canada and America etc. Let’s stand for what we believe and stop the mockery of Jesus Christ our Savior. Where do we stand as Christians? I am forwarding this to all I think will respect and appreciate being informed. Please help us prevent such offenses against our Lord.
There is no petition to sign, no time limit, or minimum number of people to send this to. It will take you less than 2 minutes! If you are not interested and do not have the 2 minutes it will take to do this, please don’t complain if God does not seem to have time for you. Imagine what would happen if this film were depicting Mohammad in the same way…the Islamic world would be in flames!!. Apparently, some regions in Europe have already successfully banned the film. All we need is a lot of prayer and a lot of E-mails. JUST GET THE WORD OUT!….Will God be able to find at least 50 righteous people who are willing to express their concern and voice their opinion against this act of blasphemy? -forwarded
Alas, I was forced to lookup the name of the movie and I discovered that no such movie was going to be produced. Moreover, this movie (based on a play actually called “Corpus Christi”) had been rumored since 1985. Additionally, it was reported as fake new more than a dozen times or so since then. Apparently, this viral rumor is having trouble finding it’s death bed.
Here are various articles on the matter, dating years back that speak of the many reappearances of this mythical creature.
Be Truth Seekers
As Christians we must not merely claim that we have the truth because we believe in the word of God. When we claim to hold ultimate truth, yet we make fiery false claims that are easily disproved, we become laughing-stocks to the world. We must be more diligent in seeking the truth in all matters, more curious in knowing the truth, and more dedicated to that truth, than anyone around us.
If we are the light bearers to the dark world then we must do our homework and not pass along propaganda like this old rumor. It serves no purpose other than to fan the flames of discord between the Christians and the rest of society. When we don’t do our homework it’s the gospel message that gets hindered. How much more of a reason to be guardians of truth and not rumors.