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#a283 :: Million-dollar bill bible tract

November 22, 2008

enlargeThis fine object puts the specie in specious:

Someone at the Christian organization worked very, information pills very hard on this piece of counterfeit. The four-color printing and gravure work are fine anough to pass the “holy, shit, WTF is that” moment after you’ve picked it up and still can’t believe it’s not money – that split second before you turn it over and learn the truth …

There is filigree around the seal, two cramped but fluid-looking signatures (one for the head of the “Department of Eternal Affairs.” and the other that of the “Secretary of Visual Media” (and the note, “This note is not legal tender for all …” – all ring true.

“Do they even make a million-dollar bill?” some gullible sector of your brain simpers – until, of course, you turn it over and find the pedagogic little blurb, lovingly framed in scrollwork spang in line with Washington’s gaze:

The million-dollar question: Will you go to Heaven when you die?

Here’s a quick test. Have you ever told a lie, stolen anything, or used God’s name in vain? Jesus said, “Whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Have you looked with lust? Will you be guilty on Judgment Day? If you have done these things, God sees you as a lying, thieving, blasphemous adulterer at heart. The Bible warns that if you are guilty you will end up in hell. That’s not God’s will.

The screed continues in Washington’s wake:

he sent His son to suffer and die on the cross for you. You broke God’s law. But Jesus paid your fine. That means he can leagally dismiss your cause. He can commute your death sentence. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son. That whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Then he rose from the dead and defeated death. Please repent (turn from sin) today and trust alone in Jesus and God will grant you the gift of everlasting life. Then read your Bible daily and obey it.”


But whoa, check out this beautiful steel engraving of Rutherford B. Hayes on the front, and the winking serial number JS 2102OR135G that may or may not be pointing you to Corinthians!
Clever, clever, clever.

Still, I always wonder how many people – if any – are suddenly “saved” and turned to the Evangelical faith just because someone threw the threat of heavenly damnation and the promise of eternal salvation at them in a slick piece of agitprop.


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  1. Phill February 20, 2009 @ 11:05 pm

    Too many. No one ever went broke overestimating the depths of human stupidity. When I was a kid, I always wondered: “Do they know it’s all BS? Or are they fooling themselves?”

    Who can say. So it goes.

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