[From the archives.]
A recent study reported that people who like a company sometimes write reviews on products the person has never bought, owned or used. You think they’re writing favorable reviews in order to promote the product, right?
Wrong. They’re writing negative reviews.
In essence, the professors explain in their report, the customers were acting as “self-appointed brand managers.”
“They are loyal to the brand and want an avenue to provide feedback to the company about how to improve its products,” the report explains. “They will even do so on products they have not purchased.”
People think they are helping the company by making things up about products. I bet the companies think otherwise.
Making Up Stories About Jesus
Well-meaning people make up stuff about Jesus, too. Don’t believe me? What image comes to mind when you read the word “Footprints”?
I bet you thought of this.
That cheesy poem is firmly entrenched in bad doctrine because if that “Footprints” poem says anything it says God helps those who help themselves. You walk for as far as you can on your own, and when you can’t take another step, then Jesus will carry you. Yeah, like that’s in the Bible. Check the Book of Hesitations.
I’d rather read the alternative story: “Dragprints.” That one describes a set of footprints going down the length of the beach with two drag marks alongside. Instead of picking you up and carrying you when you got tired, Jesus tells you he had to drag you along through life.
It is no more biblical, but it is a lot funnier.
I think most people who make up these types of stories do it because they haven’t read the truth about Jesus, at least not carefully. The Bible contains all we need to know about Jesus in order to understand him and our need for him.
Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:30-31.)
I’ll summarize that: The Bible doesn’t tell us everything about Jesus, but it tells us what we need to know about him.
I’m not making this up.