Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Christians Who Believe In Conspiracy Theories

First off, I wanted to note that I was asked to write about this subject months ago. I was hesitant, only because I have a handful of friends who are into this stuff. I also dabble here 'n there, entertaining myself with conspiracy theories, but overall, there is usually zero proof of what's spread around the net, as well as zero disproof. This is why it's called a "theory." It's more about belief, or an assumption, rather than basing it on facts. And that's OK! Who knows---some or most may be true, but we'll never truly know. I really have no opinion on conspiracy theories, only because I tend to think up some wild things that are thrown back 'n forth and I've also seen contradictions in what's put out there, as opposed to what's assumed. My point: I'm guilty of believing in these things too, (as I put my tinfoil hat on.)

Who Are More Prone to Believing in Conspiracy Theories?

In my experience, I've known more Christians to believe in these sorts of things. Politically, I have seen both sides of the spectrum believe in them too. This is what gets me: if you're a Christian and believe that God has overcome the world, then why are we instilling fear in ourselves? Because the overall emotion in believing a conspiracy theory is fear. God says to fear not, because He is with you. There are also 365 verses in the Bible telling us not to fear. Besides, there's nothing anyone can do if you report a plane that seemingly has a chemtrail, or if you think you saw a UFO, they're going to say it was a plane or some sort of military project. I won't even get into the flat earther conspiracy theory.
When we as people don't know what is truly happening and can't connect point A. to point B. -- believing in a conspiracy theory creates a satisfying emotion. There are some Christians who are highly against them, because they feel that it's bearing false witness. In Exodus 20:16, we are commanded, “Do not give false testimony against your neighbor.”

Confusion

In 1 Corinthians 14:33 it states, "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints." Spreading conspiracy theories and amping up people's anxieties is causing so much confusion in this world. I've heard about the illuminati and how Beyonce, Rhianna, and even Brittany Spears are all apart of it. "They sold their souls to the devil." Some Christians will believe their own friends are demon possessed---making false accusations based on a belief or a feeling that they have "negative energy," or that their eyes are "too dark." It's an actual sin to do these things. It bears false witness and it also spreads confusion. So when you tell your friend, "I'm not sure about so 'n so because he/she looks like their eyes are too dark" ----that right there is bearing false witness, and it's also considered lying if you have zero proof. We are all sinners and fall short in the glory of God, but when does it come to the point of creating a witch-hunt for people who are probably not what you perceive them to be?

Stand On the Word

If you're a Christian and you're unsure about claims made regarding any type of conspiracy theory, the answer is right in the Bible.

In Romans 8:31 it tells us that we are more than conquerers! It says, "What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?"

In Luke 8:17 it states, "For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open."

In Deuteronomy 31:6 it states, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

So if you're confused with all the conspiracy theories flying around the net and you're getting upset because now your paranoia has set in, go to the Bible. What does it say to do? Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5-6

He will protect you, guide you and keep you from the spirit of confusion. That's all you really need to know if you're plagued with these tormenting rumors.

And while some of these theories may hold true, God's got your back. So rather than trust in these rumors, trust in God instead.

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