I tend to rate myself high on the discernment scale when it comes to flaky email scams and tales. I almost always can sense when a claim just isn’t true. Of course, I still check things out at Snopes.com and often reply to those who are propagating falsehoods and strongly recommend that they do the same. The trick now is to put at the end of the email: “Snopes confirms this as true” and thus people don’t go to Snopes and check it out. If they did, they would find out that it isn’t true.
I got a kick out of one the other day that said that onions are the cause of viruses and sickness, claiming that onions absorb harmful bacteria, therefore preventing illness for those who have them sitting around their house, and causing sickness to those who eat them. Yes, Snopes (and science) confirms that this claim is 100% false. Someone could waste bags and bags of onions thinking that positioning them in the house will prevent sickness, or throwing away perfectly good onions because they fear getting sick by eating them.
I’m not really concerned about you believing that onions prevent and cause sickness, but it is a good illustration of how lies change the way we live. At the root of almost every emotional malady are lies. Nothing is more central to creating emotional problems, addictions of every nature, and psychological disorders than lies that undergird our belief structure. When I wrote You’ve Been Tweeked! It was because I saw at the root of all mental maladies the battle between truth and lies.
I don’t have space to write a book here about the battle between lies and truth, but you can read more when you order a copy of You’ve Been Tweeked! right her tokillalion.com/index.php. Today I write to challenge you to uncover and renounce the lies that wage war in your mind. They may be lies surrounding sexual abuse, rejection, shame, self worth, the love of God, or a host of other things. Dedicate this next season of your life to recognizing lies and then renouncing them! And if you get one of those sensational claims in your email, before you forward it, check it out at Snopes!