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Who is conspiring to con us with conspiracies?
Conspiracy theories are ’a dime a dozen’, as they would say in America. Through the Internet and numerous radical magazines conspiracy theories and theorists have multiplied significantly in recent years. Even more so, since we changed the calendar into another century (at least the standard Western calendar).
Technological changes had many people getting overly excited about anticipated Y2K problems, credit cards and ’smart’ cards, virtual reality and instant communication. For decades now some people have been promoting the evils of bar codes, currency changes, electronic fund transfers, ATMs, and the potential of a ’cashless society’. All these are regarded, by some, as proof of the imminence of the end-times, the return of Christ, the influence of the anti-christ, and more.
The names of prominent politicians, finance groups, international bankers, and many others are bandied about with apparent ’authority’ and dogmatism. Some people make claims as if they (and a select few others) are in possession of enormously significant knowledge, of which the rest of the world remains in ignorance.
Conspiracy theories are popular. A ’good’ conspiracy theory will attract hordes of believers.
’Good’ conspiracy theories all share some prominent aspects:
A) they all contain some elements of truth, but also a lot of distortion, exaggeration, speculation, and often, falsehoods;
B) they raise the spectre of national, or international, takeovers;
C) they attack the current monetary system;
D) they make extreme claims about secret discoveries, or hidden activities;
E) they regard denials of secret discoveries, or hidden activities, as ’proof’ of their claims ("See, I told you so - I said they would deny it!");
F) they label moderates, and all who dare to disagree with them, as part of the conspiracy;
G) they refer to aspects of new industrial and technological developments as proof of the power and danger of the conspiracy;
H) they make predictions about a dismal future, and often instil a fear of the future;
I) when predictions don’t occur, they claim victory and suggest the predicted events were prevented or delayed because they exposed the conspiracy;
J) they make generalisations about the conspiratorial enemies’ identity - "THEY" may be the Asians, Blacks, Club of Rome, Communists, Fabian Society, Freemasons, Illuminati, Jesuits, Jews, New Age Movement, politicians, power brokers, world bankers, or a combination of all, or some, of them.
[Viewers should be aware that there are about 30 different Christian conspiracy theories on the identity and make-up of the Illuminati.]
Conspiracy theories attract extremists, fanatics, and many good people, particularly those who feel unsure of the future. This also includes many Christians, especially those who have become fascinated by particular theories of the End Times and the Second Coming.
When conspiracy theories seem to suggest what people want to believe, they will easily become committed to promoting and spreading such conspiracy theories.
It is particularly sad when Christians spend their money, time, energy and efforts studying and promoting conspiracy theories.
Christians are warned against speculations about the end times, or getting over excited about what some people think may, or may not, happen in the near, or distant, future (Matthew 24:1-27; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17).
Jesus, Paul, and Peter, all tell us that Christ’s return, and the end times, is going to arrive suddenly, unexpectantly, and like a thief in the night (thieves don’t generally announce beforehand that there will be some indication as to when they are likely to break in and steal!) (Matthew 24:36-44; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; 2 Peter 3:8-14).
Christians are taught not to be afraid of the future, to put their trust in Christ and not in speculative theories about the future. God’s perfect love revealed in Christ takes away all fear and enables Christians to share His victory (Matthew 6:25-34; John 14:27, 15:18-21, 16:32-33; 1 John 4:1-6, 15-18, 5:1-5).
Conspiracy theorists quickly deny that they are prophets when their predictions fail to come true (as the cultists do). They, and their supporters, will point to some successful guesses where they were right. The Christian has no right to accept such rationalisations. The Bible clearly warns about those who make false predictive claims - it does not say that six or seven correct predictions out of a total of ten or twelve is a good, acceptable average. God’s people should only be listening to His prophets, and anyone who fails in one predictive claim is not a prophet of God, but a false prophet (Deuteronomy 13:1-4, 18:20-22; Jeremiah 5:21-31, 14:11-16; Matthew 7:15-23).
Above all, Jesus has commissioned all Christians to go into all the world to proclaim His Gospel (not some interesting speculative conspiracy theories), and to be His witnesses (not witnesses of some conspiracy theorist) (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:6-8).
When Christians allow themselves to be sidetracked away from sharing the Biblical message of the Good News of Jesus Christ, and to spend their resources, time, energy and efforts promoting something else, they fall into the trap of the greatest conspirator of all - Satan, the Father of Lies, the Great Deceiver.
We all need to recognise that we are more likely to be deceived and conned in the area of things we believe, or want to believe, than in relation to issues about which we are suspicious or which we oppose. This means that we need to be extra cautious, and more thoroughly check out, theories, claims and views that appear to agree with our beliefs.
The Adversary gains victories when Christians allow something other than Jesus Christ to become the talking point, or focus, of their lives. Conspiracy theories have always had a tendency to become all consuming, and to destroy people’s balanced perspective. Christians should never allow anything to destroy that wholesome balance that Jesus Christ can bring to their lives.
With all the conspiracy theories diverting Christians’ resources, time, energy and effort, one can only ask, ’WHO IS CONSPIRING TO CON US WITH CONSPIRACY THEORIES?’