There is an email being circulated about a story from Egypt of two little girls who survived after being buried for 15 days! According to the email, they were fed by “A man wearing shiny white clothes, with bleeding wounds in his hands.” Is this really true? If so, then it is a very exciting event!!
Here is a quote of the email:
Murder Miracle in Egypt
A Muslim man in Egypt killed his wife and then buried her with their infant baby and 8-year old daughter. The girls were buried alive!
He then reported to the police that an uncle killed the kids. 15 days later, another family member died. When they went to bury him, they found the 2 little girls under the sand – ALIVE!
The country is outraged over the incident, and the man will be executed.
The older girl was asked how she had survived. “A man wearing shiny white clothes, with bleeding wounds in his hands, came every day to feed us. He woke up my mom so she could nurse my sister,” she said.
She was interviewed on Egyptian national TV, by a veiled Muslim woman news anchor. She said on public TV, “This was none other than Jesus, because nobody else does things like this!”
Muslims believe Isa (Jesus) would do this, but the wounds mean He really was crucified, and it’s clear also that He is alive! But, it’s also clear that the child could not make up a story like this, and there is no way these children could have survived without a true miracle. Muslim leaders are going to have a hard time to figure out what to do with this, and the popularity of the movie Passion doesn’t help!
With Egypt at the centre of the media and education in the Middle East, you can be sure this story will spread. Christ is still turning the world upside down!
Please let this story be shared. The Lord says, “I will bless the
person who puts his trust in me.” Jeremiah 17:7
Since this event is reported to have caused an outrage in Egypt, one would expect some mention of it in on the internet. I have done an extensive search and the ONLY mention of this story was on websites without credentials and which basically repeat this email. I did not find a single reference to any content which could be checked out and verified. There is no definitive information in any of the MANY DIFFERENT versions of this story (some of which go back to 2004). And some of the versions vary from the present email.
Although I would really like to believe that this actually happened, without any support, it sounds like a hoax. Remember all the petitions & emails that were circulated in an attempt to stop the FCC from eliminating religious broadcasting from radio and TV? That one was proven to be a hoax – I checked with the FCC myself and major Christian magazines (such as Christianity Today) all published statements that the story was not true.
Why would anyone create such a story if it is not true? I don’t know except that sometimes evil people do things that are designed to make Christians appear foolish or ignorant. The letter I received from the FCC stated that each day they destroyed many bags of letters that referenced the issue. That was a total waste of the well-meaning Christians’ money. It was also a distraction that diverted Christian efforts away from true and needy issues into a useless waste of time. Finally, it brought a reproach on the church for ignorantly distributing a lie.
Some questions that we need to ask ourselves before distributing such rumors to others:
- Have I checked the authenticity of this story?
- Is there anything that supports it as being true?
- Who would accept this story as true?
- What is the potential if I distribute this?
The first question is essential if we are to avoid the sin of slander or lying. If we do not check it out and just forward it along, we are just as guilty of slander as a busy-body who traffics in verbal rumors.
The second question depends upon the first. If we cannot find support, it does not immediately mean that the issue is a lie. However, it should give us pause and limit our use of the story. If we decide to send it to someone else, we need to state the results of our research so that they will not take the story as true – on the basis of OUR credentials.
The third question is necessary to understand the fourth question. If only CHRISTIANS are likely to accept this as truth (without any further support), then that would set up one potential result. However, if it is possible that more non-believers will accept it as true than the those who reject it then that would be a different possible result.
The fourth question really is decisive. Is it likely that a non-believer would believe this story and, as a result, accept Jesus as their Savior? Anything is possible but there are many powerful stories in the Bible – if they will not believe those stories, why would they believe an UNSUPPORTED rumor? On the other hand, if they do NOT believe the story, what is the potential? There is a very good chance that they would also reject the bearer of the story and ALL of Christianity then suffers. As a matter of fact, that may be the goal of the enemy in creating hoaxes of this nature.
By the way, the most authoritative sites that I could find, which addressed the current story, were the Snopes Urban Legends site and the Truth or Fiction site. Click on their respective links to see what each of those sites determined. In order to do your own research, just use your favorite search engine (such as Google) and type in key words from the questionable email. I used Google and the following entry (use quotes around a phrase):
muslim “8 year old” girl jesus “buried alive” killed
I realize that this is a controversial issue. Your comments (pro or con) are always welcome.