I hate it when people forward bogus warnings, and I have even done it myself a couple times unintentionally, but this one is real, and it’s important. So please send this warning to everyone on your email list.
If someone comes to your front door saying they are checking for ticks due to the warm weather and asks you to take your clothes off and dance around with your arms up, DO NOT DO IT!! THIS IS A SCAM!! They only want to see you naked.
I wish I’d gotten this yesterday. I feel so stupid.
I can’t remember who first sent me this funny story, but the laughter it brought kept me giggling all day. How many times have I believed something to be true, even if it was totally illogical, and then later regretted the actions I took based on that false belief? You’ve done this too—if you’re human. Sometimes it is hard to avoid feeling stupid.
- Do you believe every email warning someone forwards to you? For example, did you ever get an email warning you that atheists are circulating a petition to have religious broadcasting banned from American airwaves? Did you forward it to your friends?
- Did you believe everything your college professors taught you without separating their opinions from the facts?
- Have you ever believed a negative statement about another and let it influence your relationship with that person before you checked out the information?
Don’t wash, spin, and repeat—here’s how to avoid feeling stupid the next time you hear what seems to a legitimate piece of news.
- Snopes can help you check out urban legends and misinformation floating around the Internet.
- Your Bible is the source for learning discernment. Refer to it often.
- Refuse to believe gossip as fact until you have discussed the piece of news with the person in question and the Holy Spirit.
Be properly informed and you’ll have less reason to feel stupid.
What false warnings and misinformation have you believed? What arenas need your discernment more than others? How do you avoid feeling stupid? I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
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truthorfiction.com is also a useful site for checking out urban myths and email rumors.