Propaganda 101: Is Jesus Christ Your Savior? (Fellowship Tract League Tract #118)

Yes, the following really is the first line.

My friend are you saved? Saved is a Bible word, not a term thought up by man.” There are a cornucopia of errors in this single line. Saved is an English word, from Middle English via Old French sauf, from Latin salvus, safe. The Bible’s early manuscripts are written in Hebrew and Greek with some Aramaic translations. Pay attention class: see English anywhere in there? German? Anglo-Saxon? Or anything in the direct ancestry of English? No.

“Saved” is certainly not a Bible word.

It also seems to want to claim that something that is a “Bible word” is not therefore a term thought up by man. To assess this claim, however, I need an instantiation of a “Bible word” to examine. Since no definition is provided, and the only example is patently bogus, I suspect this phrase has no meaning.

Maybe the author of this tract is referring instead to the specific jargon he’s applying to the word “saved” according to usage in the Bible. If so, he really put his foot in his mouth that time.

I have been a Christian for almost twenty years, and I find that most people still do not have an understanding of God’s message of salvation.” Bad editing here, this sentence isn’t even a separate paragraph, yet it has absolutely no transition or context connection to the previous line. Except maybe that the word “salvation” happens to be a cousin of that Latin word salvus.

Plato, Aristotle, or Einstein could only think as far as their finite minds were able. They could not even solve the problems of this life, such as sickness, disease, pain, hunger, and death, let alone know anything about eternity.

And the author is about to claim that he himself has these answers? No, wait, he is but a mere messenger.

God knew we needed something to go by, so He put everything there is to know in His Bible.

Like Cre recombinase and Tre recombanaise—recently discovered enzymes used to combat HIV. No? No mention of it? Perhaps this isn’t part of “everything there is to know” or maybe it has nothing to do with “sickness, disease, [and] pain.” In the world of propaganda this is known as a glittering generality—it’s also an example of a Big Lie. To effect the Big Lie propagandists spread a particular false belief into the population, “the Bible includes everything there is to know,” repeating it ad nauseam until a large enough portion of the population believes it to be true.

The tract does not go on to clarify what it means by the above statement so we can take it at face value: it’s simply asserting a bald falsehood expecting the reader to swallow it.

So you and I, like our father, Adam, are born sinners. We have not obeyed all of God’s commandments.

This is an appeal to mythology. First time I’ve seen this specific instance! Adam is a figure in Biblical mythology touted as “first man.” Except that Adam wasn’t born a sinner, so this sentence isn’t actually consistent with Biblical mythology after all.

Your guilt as a sinner is shown by the fact that you will eventually die.

And Germans are evil because of the fact that have large noses and speak a different language. As a proud citizen of the USA you should buy war bonds to aid our soldiers in fighting the German scourge! This sort of false assertion attempts to bond two things that have no causal connection. According to this logic: plants and animals are also sinners shown by the fact that they will eventually die.

And, of course, if all else fails end the tract by threatening the reader using an appeal to fear:

Please hear this. People do not go to hell for their sins. They go to hell for rejecting Jesus Christ as their Sin Bearer, their Substitute, and the One who died in their place for their sins.

6 thoughts on “Propaganda 101: Is Jesus Christ Your Savior? (Fellowship Tract League Tract #118)

  1. another winner

    You should do this one next-

  2. Hello George. Sure, I’ll look at that. Most of the ones I’ve done already are phamleteering style propaganda pieces that friends of mine collected being handed out near my college on Mill Ave. This type is particularly familiar to me as I’ve extensively studied World War II era anti-German pamphlet propaganda.

    Booklets excerpting Lee Strobel’s work might best for a science philosopher. Though, I could try.

  3. I’d be willing to give it a try if you’d rather not Carmina. Also I like your post and work! I hope you keep it up :)

  4. Wow, this site is dead. Dose that mean the athiest finally admitted the truth? Nah, your all proably sitting in the closet rocking back and forth saying “There is no God, There is no God…”.
    Psalm 14:1-3

    Pease ;-)

  5. No, actually, things have just been pretty dead of late. ;) However, with the school year having just begun, there are sure to be plenty of opportunities for pwnage. Keep an eye out for us (and for the love of butts use spell-check)!

  6. JC-Homeboy,

    I can’t speak for the people who usually run this site, but I can assure you we are still around. A good number of us who post here have our own projects in the works that will greatly surpass anything currently on this site.

    Psalm 14:1 is one of my favorites! The oft misused propaganda piece of the evangelicals! Brush up on your Hebrew and give that passage a good look over. The word “fool” in the passage is actually a poor translation. The word that it is translated from actually means “moral fool” meaning that the unrighteous and amoral say in their heart that there is no god.

    For me, I prefer the adage, “A fool may say in his heart there is no god, but the wise man says it out loud.”

    If you are bored because we aren’t keeping you company, you could try reading a science text.

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