Scamming for Christ

June 21, 2006 – 10:59 am

I received one of these “Jesus Prayer Rug” scam letters in the mail a few weeks back:

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The Jesus Prayer Rug is a sheet of paper you unfold after opening the letter. The caption says: “Look into Jesus’ Eyes you will see they are closed. But as you continue to look you will see His eyes opening and looking back into your eyes. Then go home and be alone and kneel on this Rug of Faith or touch it to both knees. Then please check your needs on our letter to you. Please return this Prayer Rug. Do not keep it.” Alas, the optical illusion did not inspire me to kneel upon a piece of paper I received in the mail. I feel really bad for people that fall for this trick, and it annoys me that the originators of this letter are trying to trick these folks. Naturally, in the list of needs on the back of the letter, there is an option for enclosing a “seed gift” of money to help the “church”.

(UPDATE: higher resolution versions of the Jesus Rug. Can you see his eyes opening? First | Second)

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This is the message on the back of the “rug”. Soaked with the power of prayer? Maybe I should not have touched it. Sounds vaguely unsanitary.

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Just like emailed chain letters, this one also claims to make you rich as long as you pass it along to others.

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Even more of the ridiculous claims. You can read more about the scam on this informative post.

  1. 4 Responses to “Scamming for Christ”

  2. Bwahawhahhahahahaha…………………………….. OMFG, Jesus is looking at me! He wants me to send my money away!

    Man.. as a kid, I exercized my eyes a lot. I thik that was part of why I’ve had 20/20 vision my whole life, though I am starting to feel the strain. (Now that Carolyn has Lasik I have actually for the first time in my LIFE not been able to read something that someone else could, because she had 20/15 in both eyes for awhile.)

    Anyway, one of the “eye exercizes” I did (and i don’t know if this really counts), is to stare at a specific point without moving my head or eyeball for as long as possible.

    If you do it long enoug, your entire field of vision (well, everything stationary, anyway) will turn grey. You will eventually have your eyes completely open, seeing mostly nothing. A greyish hue.

    Like Jesus’s eyes.

    I think someone needs to rewrite this. “Stare at Jesus long enough, and he will cease to exist! Kneel down and pledge your soul to Satan.”

    By ClintJCL on Jun 21, 2006

  3. Chris says:

    “It looks like Zombie Jesus.”

    “Now, I will drink YOUR blood and body!”

    By doranchak on Jun 22, 2006

  4. I got that same shit in the mail a few months back. I keep turning Jesus this way and that to see if he’s looking at me, and I don’t know see the illusion. I feel left out.

    They should have put googly eyes on him.

    By Jerry on Jun 26, 2006

  5. I’m afraid this is the best I could come up with:

    jesus-googly

    By doranchak on Jun 26, 2006

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