FAKE NEWS STORY

Blog: Max Dawson
December 12, 2016
If you have watched CNN, Fox News, or any of the major networks in the past week, you know that one of the hottest stories of the week is about “fake news.”
Fake news typically is stuff propagated on the internet by unknown sources. There is just enough believability in the stories to make them easily accepted by folks who may not be the most discriminating news consumers.
However, sometimes the fake stories do not originate on the internet. They are just lies that are told by celebrities, politicians, and other notables. Yet, even though investigation may prove the stories to be false, they are still propagated by news outlets, and believed by those who want to believe them. And, obviously there are reasons for keeping the stories alive; they are advantageous to someone.
I won’t name any of these stories because they are often politically charged. Folks are so politically divided this year, that I have tried to avoid political comments in all public forums. I want people to listen to what I write or say, not merely react to a political position. So, I will identify none of the stories or names involved.
But, if you have followed the news in the past couple of weeks, you know the kinds of stories I am talking about. And, it’s a shame that such stories exist because their typical purpose is to mislead people and hide the truth.
So, with that said, did you know there is a fake news story in the Bible? 

THE FINAL WORD

The fake story was reported in . It has to do with the guards placed at the tomb of Jesus. After Jesus was raised, these men went to the chief priests and told them what happened. The Jews gave a large sum of money to the guards to withhold the truth. The fake story they were to tell was to say, “His disciples came at night and stole the body while we slept.”
This story is so filled with fakery and flaws.
First, any discriminating listener would ask, “How would the soldiers know what happened if they were sleeping?”
Second, anyone might ask, “Why aren’t the guards in trouble for sleeping on the job? Something fishy here!” The Jews anticipated something like this when they told the guards, “If the governor hears about this, we will cover for you.”
Third, It was a story that opponents of Jesus wanted to believe. That’s why Matthew says this story was “commonly reported among the Jews until this day.”
No matter how often the story was told, it was still fake. No matter who repeated it, it was fake. No matter who believed it, it was fake.
The soldiers, the chief priests, and the Jewish elders all knew they were propagating a lie. But, no matter to them; it served their purposes.
But it should matter to you. Big time. So, what does the true story of Jesus’ resurrection mean to you? Does it mean enough to change your life? I mean, change it for real–not something fake? To live for the One raised from the dead? That may be the most important thing you will consider today! Think about it, my friend.
Blessings to you, truth lovers,
–Max

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