With the exception of a very outspoken minority (myself perhaps included), professing Christians are offended at the idea of conspiracy and reject supporting information of such out of hand. There might be many reasons for this, but here are a few I’ve come across:
- The Ostrich Syndrome.
- Refusal to believe in the existence of evil, the devil, demons, etc.
- Power of Positive Thinking doctrine leaves no room for “negativity.”
- Rejection outright due to the volume of obviously crazy ideas floating around.
This last one is the most unfortunate, but quite possibly proves the reality of conspiracies.
Let’s say that you and I could time travel back to 1903 and try to convince somebody that mechanical flight is possible. Depending on how knowledgeable the person is, they might cite the law of gravity as codified by Newton or whoever. They might even list the people who had tried (and failed) to fly with a variety of different machines and acoutrements, often at the cost of their lives.
We could answer with detailed plans of a gravity-defying contraption, including specs on the wingspan, propeller pitch and engine horsepower, of which we had inside knowledge of. In fact, we could tell them, we happened to know that two brothers from Dayton, Ohio had built a flying machine and were, at that very moment, about to successfully defy gravity with it in Kittyhawk, North Carolina.
Let’s say I had let you do the talking and you had made a very convincing case with your grasp of the facts and your effectiveness in communicating the information. Maybe the person you were trying to convince was listening intently, and honestly considering whether or not what you told them could be possible.
If, for reasons of my own, I wanted to absolutely destroy your credibility, and therefore convince them this rumor of a flying machine was a ludicrous urban legend from the mouth of a crackpot, all I would have to do is agree with what you told them, then add that we knew all this because we saw it in a crystal ball given to us by Moon Men flying down to deliver cheese on flying unicorns.
What was already difficult to swallow (because it challenged the person’s image of the status quo and preconceptions about reality) would now be impossible to believe. Until news of the Wright Brothers’ achievement became common knowledge everywhere, that is. With the victim of my successful disinformation, it would probably take seeing an airplane in flight with their own eyes before they would ever believe it, because I had so discredited the idea of mechanical flight.
And in like fashion, inside information about the unelected behind-the-scenes power brokers who really control the governments of the world, the economies of the world, the mainstream media, etc., is buried under space ship/invading Martians stuff, “Oprah Winfrey/Michelle Obama is really a lizard-person from Atlantis” stories, and all sorts of convoluted anti-Semitic garbage dumped on top and in between by agents of those who want to discredit the whistle-blowers (since they can’t keep what they’re doing absolutely secret anyway).
There are other techniques of disinformation I may analyze in the future.
I once worked with a fellow believer who broached the subject of conspiracies with me. Even back then I knew a little about the dirty dealings going on behind the political theater in the USA, so I tried to share some of what I’d discovered. He came right out and told me he thought conspiracy theory was farfetched, and just couldn’t buy into it regardless of what facts I could present. Then he surprised me with this admission: “I mean, I believe Satan is real, but…”
Since then I often wonder how many other Christians hold to this same conflicted attitude. Satan has already convinced the world that 1) he doesn’t exist, and 2) anyone who believes he does is an intellectually dysfunctional religious fanatic.
So this guy is a fringe lunatic in the world’s opinion already. He believes in an interdiminsional supernatural being with tremendous deceptive and seductive powers, involved in a continual struggle to thwart the plan of God. Yet he also assumes it preposterous that this powerful seducer would manipulate people to assist with or carry out his strategies.
I could spend pages and pages fisking every little argument and subargument people make against the very well-documented case for an international conspiracy pulling strings in our world right now, but I’m going to focus on believers–believers like the one I mentioned above.
“Okay, the dots are there, but connecting them is sheer lunacy because Think Positive.”
What is the devil? Is he a cartoon character in red tights with horns, a tail and a trident? Does he deceive and seduce by announcing himself to his victims, promising them an eternity in Hell if they listen to his advice? Of course that’s the truth, but nobody would follow him if he admitted to the truth and carried out his dirty business right in the open where all could see what he’s up to. Did he admit to Eve the suffering and devastation she would bring on the entire human race if she took his advice regarding the forbidden fruit?
In Ezekiel 8 is a bizarre description of a pagan conspiracy that had infected the priesthood in Jerusalem. The highest levels of religious power in Judah were utterly corrupt, practicing abominations in the secret chambers inside the Temple itself!
“Daniel and the lion’s den” used to be taught to children in Sunday school. You should read Daniel 6 again. The political and religious bigwigs hated Daniel, but could find no fault in him they could use to get him in trouble. They agreed with each other that if they were going to sabotage his career, they would have to use a tactic hinging on his dedication to the Lord. So they concocted a scheme that would make worshipping the Lord illegal. They schmoozed King Darius and got the law passed.
If that was not a conspiracy, what was it?
But let me cut this short by fast-forwarding to a topic every Christian, by definition, should be familiar with:
When Jesus walked the earth, not everyone welcomed Him with open arms. Despite proving His divine authority through fulfilment of prophecy, the religious leaders wanted Him killed.
Think about the events leading up to Jesus’ execution by the Roman government. The anti-Jesus faction could have presented their argument publicly this way: “We know this Jesus has done nothing wrong. We’ve tried to trick him and make him look stupid several times, but it’s like he knows what we’re thinking before we even say it. Granted, over 300 prophecies concerning the Messiah have been fulfilled in him so far. But he’s really creating an uproar. He’s had the audacity to question our ironclad, final authority on religious matters and our pride has been wounded as a result. He’s challenging our Talmudic traditions and people are trusting in him instead of us. So we want the Romans to nail him to a cross and leave him hanging there until he dies. All in favor say ‘Give us Barrabas’!”
But instead, these guys consulted with each other privately to discuss how they could get him killed. They came up with a game plan including what facts should be ignored when they appealed to the Roman authorities and to the people in Jerusalem for a verdict. They met secretly with one of Jesus’ 12 most trusted disciples, and paid him to betray Jesus.
This was a conspiracy, folks. There’s no other word to describe it. Yes, the devil was behind it. The devil has been trying to thwart the plan of God from the beginning, and he will continue until he’s thrown in the lake of fire. (Of course God is always three steps ahead of him–the crucifixion was not a defeat, but a step toward victory.) The devil used his own disciples in the plot against Jesus. Just like their master, they used deception and secrecy, because revealing their true motive and intentions would not have successfully manipulated those outside the plot into helping carry it out.
By the way: people like those who answered, “Let Barrabas go free; crucify Jesus!” are who conspirators think of as “useful idiots.”
There’s a reason why I used the phrase “Christian mindset” in the title and not “Christian worldview.” If you blindly adhere to the notion that conspiracy is not reality (in other words, you are a COINCIDENCE THEORIST), then you do not hold a Christian worldview.