Given the events of the past week, many people wonder how some can be manipulated and made to believe what is so demonstrably false. I know most people who visit my blog are natural born skeptics who apply cold logic to what they see and will question until they understand. So you must be wondering how it is all done - how a man using the power of words and borrowing the authority of a higher being can shape the beliefs of others, make them drop their skepticism and trust everything he says. The skill to do this consists of both art and science.
Before we continue, I just want to say that most men of faith teach what they truly believe to others with no ulterior motives except to guide them along what they believe is the right path to happiness and perpetual life. However, there are a handful who would do it for they own selfish gains.
"Mark you this, Bassanio,
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
An evil soul producing holy witness
Is like a villain with a smiling cheek,
A goodly apple rotten at the heart:
O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!"
-l Spoken by Antonio in "The Merchant of Venice", written by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
This outstanding video by famous British "mentalist" Derren Brown shows the techniques used by the unscrupulous to manipulate others for their own gain.
42 minutes and 40 secs into the video is a segment on "Prosperity Gospel" a teaching closely associated with the City Harvest Church.
Thoughts of a contented Singaporean who has lived in Singapore
for 40 years.