What to do about conspiracy theories

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As followers of Christ and students of the Bible, we don’t need any conspiracy theories. We already have one, and it’s not a theory; it’s the truth. “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:11-12). 

There you have our conspiracy theorists: “evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world,” “mighty powers in this dark world,” and “evil spirits in the heavenly places.” That’s a pretty ominous list, and there is no need for anyone to add to this group or name certain individuals. These are not theories or speculations; this is the truth. These are our declared enemies. This is what we are up against as long as we are in this world. And because we are way out of our league here against these enemies, we are not told to fight them, but to stand firm in the protective armor God has given us — armor that prepares us to endure being in the midst of spiritual warfare. That armor is explained as the shield of faith, the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation, the shoes of the gospel of peace, and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:14-17). That is our protection against the real conspiracies of the devil. 

Therefore, we musn’t get caught up in the alleged conspiracy theories of the day. This only creates fear and apprehension. We aren’t served by theories. We already know who our enemies are, and we know what to do about them so as to not be afraid. 

And because of this, fear has no place in the life of a believer. Peter tells us that instead of fear in our hearts, we are to put Christ at the center of our hearts. You can’t have fear and Christ occupying the same place in your life. It’s either one or the other. With Christ in your heart and your spiritual armor on, there is no reason to be afraid.

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8 Responses to What to do about conspiracy theories

  1. Like a maniac shooting
    flaming arrows of death
    is one who deceives their neighbor
    and says, “I was only joking!” — Proverbs 26:18-19

    Have you ever been tricked or deceived?
    It’s a terrible feeling when you find out that you have been taken advantage of. Thousands of years ago, the Jewish sages coined a term for deception, a term that teaches us what it really means to be deceived. The term is genayvat da’at, which translates to “theft of the mind.”

    Think about that. When a person is deceived, their understanding of what is happening is incorrect. They have been led to believe one thing, while the reality is something else. They have literally had their “mind” — their perception of the reality of the situation — stolen from them and replaced with a false perception of what is going on.

    By referring to deception as stealing the mind, the rabbis teach that even if the deceiver has not physically stolen anything, a crime has happened. One who has been deceived realizes that they were vulnerable to the person who deceived them, that they could have been taken advantage of in any number of ways.

    Proverbs teaches us this same lesson. We read, “Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death is one who deceives their neighbor and says, ‘I was only joking!’” The Hebrew literally says, “flames, arrows, and death,” as though these are three separate tools of attack.

    Rabbi Meir Malbim, a great European rabbi from the 19th century, explains that the verse is teaching us that once a person is deceived, there is no limit to what a deceiver can do to them. Flames burn the clothing or skin. Arrows penetrate the skin into the body. And death, of course, is the worst of the three.

    When it comes to stealing the mind, the effects of deception are long-lasting and damaging beyond the words spoken. One who has been deceived is completely vulnerable. Once they realize that they have been manipulated, [they realize] they were susceptible to any number of attacks.

    But the deceiver always retains the ability to stop at any point and walk away claiming they have done nothing wrong — “I was only joking.”
    But the damage is done. The person who was deceived feels hurt and shaken. For this reason, Jewish ethical law forbids the practice of “practical jokes.” Because even when done for fun, emotional scars can remain.

    Let’s build people up, not make them feel more vulnerable.

    Excerpted from the “Holy Land Moments” daily devotional entitled “Stealing the Mind”
    https://www.ifcj.org/learn/holy-land-moments/daily-devotionals/stealing-the-mind

  2. Andrew Zwick says:

    But we have the sword of the Spirit which is the Word. The same Word Jesus used in the desert when He was tempted. The Word of God is our only offensive weapon and we need to learn it in order to use it well!

  3. John A Fagliano says:

    Conspiracy theories are a tricky topic to take on. Some people categorically dissmiss all as nonsense. But human beings can be secretive and evil. Therefore some do happen. Jesus was betrayed by someone on the inside, proof that it can happen. But equally true is some can create theories which are bigoted and harmful with the intent to deceive as Bob suggested. The problem with most of them is that even if they are true, the guilty ones covered up so well the they will never get caught. Thus it remains a theory.

    God promises us that secret crimes will not remain that way forever
    One day all will be exposed and shouted from the rooftops. That includes all those who knowingly created false theories to deceive others and vilify their enemies. Till then we should be patient, trust him, fact check everything, and avoid jumping to fast conclusions.

  4. peter leenheer says:

    What I find happens so often is that we understand our defensive armor but not our offensive weapons. i think we should fight the ‘powers that be’ by prayer in the Spirit. The armor of God is presented in Ephesians 6;15-17. i could never imagine why we only needed defensive armaments. Reading verse 18 immediately thereafter we are told to pray in the Spirit. To me that means that we pray God’s Word back to him through the holy spirit, that to me is using the sword of the spirit. I cannot imagine myself donning the armor of God and that being all there is to it. i definitely think it is effective and powerful to use our offensive weapon of prayer.

    So how effective is prayer in God’s battles. I have used prayer to bring conspiracy theories to light by praying for the truth to come out. We should pray and watch God work. it is amazing!! There is a quote in Revelation 8: 3-5. As you read this notice how the prayers of the people and the Spirit of God work together to bring judgment and purification to the earth. To me that puts all other opinions to rest. We should pray ‘God ‘s kingdom come and his will be done’….

    Then the eighth angel with a golden incense burner came and took his place at the altar. He was given a great quantity of incense to offer up consisting of the prayers of God’s Holy people, upon the golden altar that is before the throne. And the smoke of the incense with the prayers of the holy ones billowed up before God from the hand of the angel. Then the angel filled the golden incense burner with coals of fire from the altar and hurled it onto the earth, releasing great peals of thunder(God’s power), voices (that carry the word of the Lord).lightning flashes ( that illuminate God’s divine truth), and earthquakes that shake the kingdoms of men to their foundations. (Rev. 8:3-5)

    up until a few years ago prayer for me, was basically a 911 call to God. While that is a good use of prayer, it is rather one-dimensional. Look at the opening statement of the Lord’s Prayer…Our Father Hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come and thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. If we pray this prayer in some form, that is not sitting idly by, and taking only advantage of God’s protection.

  5. Sandie says:

    “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13 (NIV)
    In military terms, to stand is an active term. That being said, when we spiritually take a stand, we are to fight tooth and nail with the armor and weapons He has provided, to guard and keep safe that which has been gained at such great cost.
    The picture provided by Paul is that of a Roman soldier. It is telling that Roman armor made no provision for protecting the rear. Retreat was not an option for them, and it should never be for us.
    As Petra sang, “OCCUPY, OCCUPY, til our Captain marches in!”

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