A Nigerian 419 scam is a type of scam that involves soliciting money via e-mail under the pretense of a much larger future payoff. The scam is meticulously constructed to look legitimate in order to lure people in. The victims, enticed by the possibility of monetary gain, willingly follow the instructions in the e-mail to ensure that their chances aren't squandered. They send the money as instructed, and wait for the scammer to fulfill their end of the promise. Unfortunately for them, once the money’s gone, that’s the last they hear of the scammer.

Religion operates under a similar protocol. Holy books are an anthology of un-falsifiable tall tales and fables told in order to give God legitimacy. They lay out a set of rules for believers to follow, with the promise of everlasting glory after death. And people follow these rules hoping to one day make it into the Kingdom of Heaven. Unfortunately for them, the holy books are the only time these followers ever hear anything from God.

In the first instance, we call that gullibility. In the second, we call it faith. Not much of a difference if you ask me.
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2 Responses Jan 21, 2013

I got one of those emails once from a "Princess" claiming to be running with her family's wealth from pirates who were coming to get her, I would apparently get to keep half of her wealth and gain a princess if I gave them my account info so I could hold onto their wealth...it would have been more convincing if it didn't sound like something straight out of a story book. Princesses and pirates? Come on now...

the former does not mean that money does not exist, and likewise, the latter does not mean that God does not exist.