It seems that if one is going to make up a story and release it for public consumption, one should at least be certain that noone is still alive to refute your fabricated account,
Herman Rosenblat recently took a stab at revising history. In his book, Angel At The Fence, Rosenblat, a Holocaust survivor, writes about meeting what would be his future wife at a Nazi concentration camp.
Oprah Winfrey called Rosenblat's account, "the single greatest love story..."
One problem - it wasn't true. Family and friends of Rosenblat said the details didn't add up.
This reminded me of another story, written nearly 2,000 years ago. The Apostle Paul, writing to the Corinthian church in the first-century A.D. concerning the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus Christ, stated, "Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep." (1 Corinthians 15:6, ESV). Why does Paul call attention to the fact that most of these eyewitnesses "are still alive"? He was saying to his original audience, "Hey, if you don't believe me go talk to the eyewitnesses, they can verify my account - they saw Him."
Berkley Books withdrew Rosenblat's book, but Paul's inspired letter carries on, echoing details of the truly single greatest love story of all.