- 5 years ago
So this weekend my Fiancé and I were visiting my parents. Last night, on our way home from dinner, my parents asked if we were interested in going to this travelling theater production that shows the horrors of texting while driving (this is what they were told it was). We pulled up to the place and asked how long it was, the parking lot attendant told us 45 minutes, so we decided to give it a try. As we waited in line my Fiance pulled up the website. It reads: “The ultimate near death experience” and “THE 99″ is a symbol based on statistics from the National Center for Disease Control.” Seemed interesting enough. Here’s the website: http://www.whatisthe99.com/index.php
We then spent the next hour being lead through a maze of different bad scenarios. It started off with a room that was completely dark, when the lights turned on “death” was standing in the middle of the room. He led you through all the different scenarios: gang violence, drug addiction, a car wreck (which I guess was supposed to be a drunk driving accident?), suicide, and a room with a screen playing real news coverage of different deaths (this room also included 2 coffins with two girls SCREAMING and crying over them as they grieved)
After all of that they took you into a room that was hell. No, it was actually supposed to be hell, because if you did these things that’s where you’d end up. There were ‘demons’ cackling and ‘death’ was taunting you, until suddenly a light appeared telling you to walk towards it. The next rooms showed an excerpt of The Passion of the Christ during the crucifixion (really graphic if you’re not familiar). Then ‘Jesus’ appeared carrying his cross. They finished it off with this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgIGnjU77zc and a man preaching to us. After ALL OF THAT, you walk out into a room where people are clapping for you and cheering you on for doing it. They separate the men and women and then started trying to convert you.
This whole thing was absolutely disgusting. It was incredibly graphic. Several times actors spat ‘blood’. It was so deceptive it makes me sick. If you Google “the 99” virtually nothing comes up. The website says NOTHING about religion. There are no clues when you arrive there. The moral of this “show” is that if you aren’t a Christian you’re going to make horrible life decisions, but if you get saved you’ll suddenly be exempt from the possibility of making bad choices, because apparently there are no Christian drugs addicts, drunk drivers, or gang members.
We paid $3 per person to go through this “experience.” Even worst, we spent nearly two hours there, between the exhibit and waiting to get in. They are using fear tactics and manipulation to convert young people to Christianity and they are being covert and deceitful about it. In what world is this “Christianly?” or even moral?!!
Also, we couldn’t just walk out once we realized what it was without completely interrupting the show. There was no clear way out (it was very dark the whole time) If you walked back the way you came you’d be interrupting another group’s tour, same with walking ahead. This is really just a vent and a warning to anyone else they try to deceive!