Urban Legends?

Are these stories(found on a website of possible urban legends) TRUE or Christian urban legends? You be the judge!

God relocates church: The story is about a congregation who wanted to relocate their church building. They had approached the owner of a desirable piece of empty land, but the owner would not sell. Subsequently, a tornado came through the area, picked up the church building and set it down squarely on the previously empty property. This convinced the land owner that God must want the church there. So he gave the property to the congregation.

Christian pastor tears up 3 million dollar check: Michael Phillips wrote an article about an alleged gift of $3 million from Christians in the U.S. to Dieder Palacki, a Christian pastor who survived imprisonment and torture behind the Iron Curtain. Palacki allegedly said: “I have spent much time in your countries. I have been in your churches and bookstores. I have witnessed with my own eyes the trappings of your so-called spiritual prosperity, which is really no prosperity at all, but a hollow empty shell.””Something within me wants to shout and say to you all, ?Go home to your contented and wealthy homes and communities and churches.’ The Good News of Jesus Christ is alive and vibrant and is fully capable of carrying itself abroad into the hearts of hungry men and women without the benefit of your expensive and lavish commercial efforts on its behalf…..””For thirty years we have smuggled and traveled, taught, preached, gone hungry, organized, yes, and even spoken and written to you of the West as well. Thousands upon thousands of our fellow Poles and Russians and Slavs and East Germans have laid their lives on the line for the sake of their faith and in order to share that faith with others…..””How many of you listened to us?””My brother and friend Alexandr Solzhenitsyn attempted for a decade to be heard, as have so many others. We asked for your prayers, for Bibles, for help in teaching and training our people. And some help did come, for which we were grateful.””But the rest of you continued to feed your own mammoth religious systems, building yet bigger and bigger transmitting stations and more television stations and publishing more books – all in the name of proclaiming the gospel.””But did you ever give of yourselves? Did you come help us? Did you pray for us? Did you suffer and die and starve with us? How much did you really care about the people you now so pompously think you will save for the kingdom?””Where have you been all this time? We needed your help and prayers and support and Bibles when times were hard! We have been beaten and imprisoned and even killed for the gospel’s sake. Where were you when it counted? We lived our faith behind the Iron Curtain, and now that it is down, who is to say we even want you coming with your pompous egoism and self-reliance?”He is reported to have then torn up the check into several pieces and let them drop to the floor.

Personally, though I feel the first seems unrealistic, I believe/ hope the last one is factual!

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10 Responses to Urban Legends?

  1. Rick says:


  2. bchallies says:

    Where did you read those, Susanna?

  3. Susanna Rose says:

    I found these on a website listing possible urban legend stories(the author suspects they’re untrue). I just thought they were interesting stories whether or not they are true!(:

  4. Neo says:

    Rose –You might wanna try snopes.com to check them. That first found sounds to screwy to be true. The one about the check does sound more realistic.

  5. Mella says:

    I’m not sure if either are true; but I do know that I’d like to believe that God still moves mountains (or churches in the case of the first story)though. If He can raise his son from the dead, I’m pretty sure tossing a building from one spot to another would be a piece of cake… =)

  6. Susanna Rose says:

    Thanks and GREAT point, Mella! Oh me of little faith!(=

  7. pat says:

    A story I hear many times in different flavors is…Hurricane/Fire/Other natural disaster destroys church. Everything inside is destroyed completely… Except the bible which is unharmed and open to some related passage. I don’t know if these are true or not. You’ve probably heard the same stories though. What are your thoughts?

  8. Tracy says:

    Hey I just came across your profile and saw that 3 of our favorite books coincide! Nice blog by the way and nice website too.

  9. Neo says:

    Rose –Time to update! Neo nudges RoseYou can do it!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Maybe after finals you’ll appear agin.

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