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- There’s no evidence that Tim Tebow wrote this. It’s been online for more than a year without attribution to the former Denver Broncos quarterback, and a representative has said that Tebow didn’t author this.
In recent years there’s been much consideration of a potential cash-free future. Just look at these stories from the New York Times, Fortune, USA Today and Marketplace. But don’t be so quick to add former Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow to the list of writers weighing in.
"Tim Tebow posted this morning," tops several paragraphs being shared lately on social media.
The words attributed to the Heisman Trophy winner begin: "The government might be preparing us for a cashless society, but it was predicted by the Bible. Already designed! If put into place, this just means our time is getting closer. I’m not worried about what is going to happen, but just looking up and getting ready. While the devil is preparing people for the Anti Christ, God is preparing people for the Rapture."
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We reached out to Tebow via his official website and did not immediately hear back. But we couldn’t find any credible source attributing this to him. Snopes reported that a representative for Tebow told the fact-checking organization that he "did not author this."
Searching for the text of the statement attributed to Tebow, we found it posted as early as last year without his name attached — in this Facebook post from July 2020, for example, and in this tweet thread. Some people believe that the Bible does predict a cashless society, as the Facebook post says. Revelation 13:17 says, "No one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name."
But we’re not here to weigh in biblical interpretations. We’re judging whether this post is accurately attributed to Tebow, and we rate claims that he authored it False.
Facebook post, Sept. 13, 2021
Tim Tebow Facebook page, visited Sept. 16, 2021
Tim Tebow Instagram page, visited Sept. 16, 2021
Tim Tebow Twitter page, visited Sept. 16, 2021
Facebook post, July 11, 2020
Twitter posts, July 25, 2020
Snopes, Did Tim Tebow write apocalyptic Facebook post about ‘cashless society,’ Sept. 15, 2021
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