Conspiracies are everywhere these days.
Many conspiracy theories surround secret societies and what the rich and powerful really do behind closed doors. Maybe some of them are true. It would be a strange world if all of them were true. The ones that seem more fantastic are great plots for science fiction and horror movies. The ones that seem plausible or at least less fantastic are interesting and provide for great conversations.
The problem with conspiracy theories is that while they are interesting, they do become some people’s reality. For some, their lives revolve around discovering the latest and most secretive information about their chosen conspiracies. It can become an addiction. Just like pornography drags one deeper and deeper into voyeurism looking for more and more thrills, so too can conspiracy theories. What starts as a revealing picture can devolve into a worldview of gratification through discovery of some dirty secret only a few share.
Some of the theories are actually harmful. The conspiracy that some governments want to take away the right to own property or to have guns has led to dangerous militia groups and domestic acts of violence. These groups and individuals have disdain for governmental authority and believe it is their duty to protect their rights.
Some conspiracy groups arise from good intentioned people. For example, Antifa, a terrorist organization, hijacked the protests for racial equality. They created a conspiracy world that can only be resolved by violence. Violence that is very often against the very race they claim is held down by discrimination.
There are some conspiracy theories that have shown themselves to be true. Such as the slaughter of Christians in Nigeria. I first posted about this a year or so ago. Christians are the most discriminated group in the world and the number of Christians murdered for their faith outnumbers any other faith-based killings.
And then there are some that are so false even CNN or Fox wouldn’t report it. One such theory that has garnered credibility by being a part of the History Channel is the Ancient Alien theory. I have no idea why the History Channel thinks this is actual historical reality. I suppose this is just another example of an alternative narrative the media portrays in an attempt to divert our attention form the Biblical truth of God’s creation. Wait, is this a conspiracy theory or is it factual?
That is the crux of conspiracy theories. On the surface we either accept them or reject them. We all have our own criteria for making that choice but one of the ways in which we do choose is whether or not the specific theory fits our worldview.
Another criterion is if it makes senses in some way. The moon landing hoax conspiracy is one that perplexes me. The idea that the United States didn’t land on the moon and this has been covered up for over fifty years without a single whistleblower is tough to swallow. Yet, proponents of this theory use scientific data and in-depth analysis to prove their theory. Their arguments seem just as sound and rational as NASA.
Ultimately, whether you believe the alternative history narrative or if humans really went to the moon depend on what you want to believe and it is this belief that directs your path to discovery. There are times in which we just know that conspiracy theories are false. The ancient alien seeding the earth with humans is one of them. There are times in which theories turn out to be true. One is the conspiracy that the CIA was performing LSD experiments on mental patients at a Montreal area hospital.
The media, including entertainment networks, have an agenda. It is based on making money. Chaos sells newspapers and sex sells shows. The consequence of these is a society that is hyper-sexualized and fearful. Society has lost its foundation of truth.
Fox Mulder said many times on the X-Files, the truth is out there. But it’s not that hard to find.
Jesus said, “Actually, I was born and came into this world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.” John 18:37.
Andy Becker is a retired counsellor and author of The Travelers, a fictionalized account of spiritual warfare (available on Amazon) as is, Stupid Thyroid, a book he co-wrote with his wife, Stella. Andy and his wife, Stella, lead Lighthouse Ministry in North Central Regina, one of Canada’s poorest and roughest areas. He is a retired counselor, speaker, and writer. Andy Becker is working on his second book about spiritual warfare. His first book, The Travelers, is available at Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.