Since 2011, we have had a new word, in English “Conspiritual.”
Any description of these ideas is probably negative, from people who don’t like them. New ideas start on the “fringe” and mainstream, and powerful people usually criticize and reject them. Over time, ideas on the fringe grow and become more popular, and they can even become mainstream thinking; truth for most of us.
So, expect negative sneering, for now, and more enthusiasm later:
We should know what is happening, in our world, and we should know what will happen soon; what is growing. This is not a conspiracy theory, new ideas are growing all the time, and some of them will be very powerful. Brace yourself.
Conspiracy – We know what conspiracy theories are. When some important event happens, we might think that some sinister group is using its power, and manipulating events for some secret reason. Right now, we have conspiracy theories about the destruction of natural gas pipelines in Europe.
We have many conspiracy theories about the COVID Pandemic, including the idea that it was never a pandemic. We also have many conspiracies about the election defeat of Donald Trump.
We don’t need to chase those rabbits here, but we know the stories.
Conspiracy ideas grow when we know we are being lied to, or at least the full truth is not given to us, some facts are concealed. We make our own information when the mainstream gives us propaganda.
Also, conspiracy theories might be true, or contain some truth. Don’t believe the sneering mainstream critics who tell us those ideas are crazy and wrong. The critics feel threatened.
We are told in the Bible “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4: 1). Christians are responsible to test ideas, and to see the spiritual forces behind them.
Spiritual – Are you into Yoga, a religious practice from Hinduism, or horoscopes, or alternative medicine, or a religion? Are you a prepper or a survivalist? You probably know someone with alternative spiritual ideas, and you may have some yourself.
The mainstream narrative in our culture is mostly Atheist or Agnostic, and there is not much serious discussion of spiritual things. On the personal side, most people that I know are spiritual, in some way. I am writing as a Christian and I believe in God, who is a spirit, and in Jesus who sent us the Holy Spirit.
During the time of COVID restrictions, we had a famous saying “We follow the science.” The mainstream clearly identified itself, and clearly put down any other ideas. Possibly, the mainstream was correct, but it was also sneering and exclusive. Right or wrong, this superior approach, with no discussion or compromise, insulted people.
The result was conspiracy thinking, from people who practice alternative medicine. Homeopaths and Naturopaths are some examples of alternative medicine, and many people follow these ideas. All of them were frozen out of the discussions about COVID treatments, and now we have a backlash; Conspirituality.
Conspirituality – Get ready for a new way of doing business. Conspiracy theories have joined forces with “spiritual” movements, and we will have some radical and forceful ideas. We will no longer be able to believe the mainstream ideas, in the media, and ignore everything else. The fringe is moving to the center.
The experts have warned us that our culture is changing, the world is becoming more Conspiritual. We can expect conspiracy ideas to surface in Christian churches too. We have to test the spirits, and we know that they will speak loudly. And sometimes, they will be correct. That’s why we test, instead of simply rejecting.
If we want to see real truth, we should also see tolerance and kindness, what the Bible calls love. How we speak about others is just as important as our true information; what we say and how we say it. Arrogant, sneering rejection generates a backlash. We are never so correct that we don’t need to love our neighbors.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. (Romans 12:9-10)
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Philippians 2:3-4)