Fugitives from Fundamentalism

The Musings of Adult Missionary Kids (MKs) & Former Born-Again Believers

Reality Test 6–How has my thinking gone wrong?

Posted by Ann on July 25, 2010

6) If it’s a rumor you’ve heard, it’s most likely false

Although completely possible a rumor you’ve heard is true, in most cases, rumors are false. They can make for exciting storytelling though. As in ghost stories, miraculous healings, incidences of ESP, Jesus rising from the dead, or George Washington having wooden teeth (yes, your elementary teacher told you a falsehood–check your facts, regardless of who’s doing the telling!). Urban legends are fun in the telling and hearing, but they are almost always nothing more than fun or exciting stories. Check out Snopes.com for a great list of rumors broken down by category.

And, contrary to popular belief, airlines do not avoid pairing Christian pilots with Christian co-pilots to avoid the possibility they are both snatched away during the rapture, leaving an unmanned plane to crash and potentially kill thousands of non-Christians who’ve been left behind (or more if a bunch of planes crash at the same time). Thought I should debunk that one once and for all.

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