House Church Talk - Sorry, Mel Gibson Story Not True

Janet Murphy dreamgirl at
Wed Feb 11 16:57:00 EST 2004

After spending years on the internet now, I have realized that urban legends
abound.  There is a wonderful site, which checks out these
stories.  Here is the truth on the Mel Gibson story.  The true story is
after the false one that circulated


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From: "Phillip Cohen" <spiritfilledhome at>
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Subject: House Church Talk -  Testimony The Man Without A Face

> This email list is usually very honest. This article will make you
> shudder.
> Running to Him,
> Phillip & Mary Cohen
> spiritfilledhome at
> God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5
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> Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2004 10:57:35 -0800 From: "SIHOP Network"
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> A True Story by Paul Harvey
> You may be surprised to learn whom this young man turned out to be :-)
> Years ago a hardworking man took his family from New York State to
> Australia to take advantage of a work opportunity there. Part of this
> man's family was a handsome young son who had aspirations of joining the
> circus as a trapeze artist or an actor. This young fellow, biding his
> time until a circus job or even one as a stagehand came along, worked at
> the local shipyards which bordered on the worst section of town. Walking
> home from work one evening this young man was attacked by five thieves
> who wanted to rob him. Instead of just giving up his money the young
> fellow resisted.
> Unfortunately they 'bested him' easily and proceeded to beat him to a
> pulp. They mashed his face with their boots and kicked and beat his body
> brutally with clubs, leaving him for dead.
> When the police found him lying in the road they assumed he was dead and
> called for the Morgue Wagon. On the way to the morgue a policeman heard
> him gasp for air. They immediately took him to the emergency unit at the
> hospital. When he was placed on a gurney a nurse remarked, to her horror,
> that this young man no longer had a face. Each eye socket was smashed,
> his skull, legs, and arms fractured, his nose literally hanging from his
> face, all his teeth were gone, and his jaw was almost completely torn
> from his skull. Although his life was spared he spent over a year in the
> hospital. When he finally left, his body may have healed but his face was
> 'disgusting' to look at. He was no longer the handsome youth whom
> everyone admired.
> When the young man started to look for work again he was turned down by
> everyone just on account of the way he looked. One potential employer
> suggested to him that he join the freak show at the circus as The Man Who
> Had No Face. And he did this for a while. He was still rejected by
> everyone and no one wanted to be seen in his company. He had thoughts of
> suicide. This went on for five years ('Oh, can you imagine his heartache
> and despair??') One day he passed a church and sought some solace there.
> Entering the church he encountered a priest who had seen him sobbing
> while kneeling in a pew. The priest took pity on him and took him to the
> rectory where they talked at length. The priest was impressed with him to
> such a degree that he said that he would do everything possible for him
> that could be done to restore his dignity and life, if the young man
> would promise to be the best Catholic he could be and trust in God's
> mercy to free him from his torturous life. The young man went to mass and
> communion every day, and after thanking God for saving his life, asked
> God to give him peace of mind and the grace to be the best man he could
> ever be in His eyes.
> The priest, through his personal contacts, was able to secure the
> services of the best plastic surgeon in Australia. There would be no cost
> to the young man, as the doctor was the priest's best friend. The doctor
> too was so impressed by the young man, whose outlook now on life, even
> though he had experienced the worst, was filled with good humor and love.
> The surgery was a miraculous success. All the best dental work was also
> done for him. The young man became everything he promised God he would
> be.
> He was also blessed with a wonderful, beautiful wife, and many children,
> and success in an industry which would have been the furthest thing from
> his mind as a career if not for the goodness of God and the love of the
> people who cared for him. This he acknowledges publicly. Who was this
> man?
> Mel Gibson.
> His life was the inspiration for his production of the movie "The Man
> Without A Face". He is to be admired by all of us as a God fearing man, a
> political conservative, and an example to all as a survivor and a true
> man of courage. And to think I admired him before I knew any of this! He
> is quite a man!
> -Paul Harvey
> "The Passion of the Christ", produced and funded by Mel Gibson will be
> released into theatres on February 25th, Ash Wednesday. This movie on the
> final 12 hours of Christ's life is based on the Bible and is a TRUE
> accounting according to God's Word from Jesus' close friend and disciple.
> Billy Graham calls it the most important movie opens 2 weeks
> from today!
> Please pray for Mel Gibson, his family and anyone associated with this
> life-changing film. He has been receiving many death threats. While the
> movie was being filmed on location, there were actual physical healings
> of workers and many came to believe and accept Christ as their Savior.
> Mel Gibson shared this information when he recently visited Saddleback
> Church in Irvine (God's and Rick Warren's church/author of Purpose Driven
> Life>>>>the #1 Best Seller in 2003, it is a great book!!)......
> Please support this movie and take a friend/neighbor/co-worker to see it.
> Please note that the movie is rated 'R' due to the violence that Jesus'
> actually suffered. It was not the Jews who were ultimately responsible
> for Jesus' horrible, sad, heart-wrenching death; it was my and your
> sin......take kleenex!!
> 'What the enemy meant for evil (to kill/destroy Mel Gibson when he was a
> young man), GOD turned into GOOD!'>>>>>>> as He always does when we seek
> Him and when we make Him Lord of our lives as Mel Gibson has. PTL and may
> God richly bless you with your heart's desire as you take a stand for His
> Righteousness and seek Truth- M+
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