Saturday, September 16, 2006

This is why I don't read fiction

Fiction just can never match the awesome random wierdness of real life. While checking my email just now to see the latest posting activity on the Daily Duck (I get an email for every comment on the blog) there were no new messages in my inbox, but 10 new messages in my "bulk mail" box, which is where Yahoo deposits what its filters considers spam. I opened the bulk mail inbox out of curiosity instead of deleting the new messages, and came upon this message titled "cello fatherly" from the intriguingly named "Hugo Castaneda". Reading it, it appeared to be a normal stock tip for some pump and dump scheme, but it was the spiritual message after the tip that blew my mind for its bizarre indecipherable wierdness. Here is the spiritual message in its entirety (the stock tip was an image, so I couldn't cut and paste):

And as thenovices grew in wisdom, these were again sent forth to journey to otherlands. The baptism of Jesus came about in this wise. For insuch matters had they great learning. Ye must not confound these brethren with any creed. For Him wasnothing necessary, He being sent forth with His own purpose ready forHim.
This can Iexplain: for part of it is true and other part not set down truly. This came as a flower that shooteth from theground. But before this must He spend a year in the desert of Egypt. We that were in Judea worshipped Him throughHis might. Of the growth of one religion upon another.
I cannot give you small tales of His wanderings. But they which saw him and knew him told me that astrange child he was.
And these stirred up much strifeamong themselves.
Now, as I have told you, John was one in whom the strength of his faithand desire was very great.
But ye must not think that this Beauty was not also within Him from thebeginning.
And of thesemessengers was Moses the first, Elias the second, and John the third.
Jesus, coming into the water, did presentHimself as one desirous also of such cleansing.
But she being jealous, willedthat she should find the way to end the life of John. This came as a flower that shooteth from theground.
Of the growth of one religion upon another.
But ye must now be told that of these great Purposes were there three.
This beauty hath He brought with Him from Greece. The brethren spakeseldom among themselves but as was meet for their teaching.
Such men went seldom forth into the cities to preach. This indeed was as it hath been written: for here was amystery and yet no mystery

What do you think? Did someone actually write this, or is this the work of a random spiritual message generator? Could God be a mailbot?


Blogger David said...

It's a version of the gnostic text, The Gospel of Philip the Deacon.

September 16, 2006 9:36 PM  
Blogger David said...

Which can be found here.

September 16, 2006 9:42 PM  
Blogger Brit said...

I have noticed that spam is getting weirder.

And I'm not the only one.

Is it the only way they can get past the filters these days, or is it more sinister than that?

Another sign of the Discombobulation?

September 17, 2006 8:03 AM  

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