Updated: Sep 15, 2020
We find ourselves living in a world where truth is in short supply or truth is what you imagine or make up. The statement if its on the internet it must be true takes on real meaning now in our present age.
So I will begin with a last research from the website YouGov concerning a survey compiled by data journalist Hoang Nguyen. Participants were asked, “Do you believe that the world is round?” Of those asked 84 percent said they believed the basic scientific fact, but, five percent said, “I always thought the world is round, but more recently I am skeptical/have doubts.”
Skepticism about the Earth’s shape goes up dramatically among millennials: seven percent of 25- to 34-year-olds are skeptical, while 10 percent of 25- to 34-year-olds say they are not sure if the Earth is flat or round.
But listen to this, the more religious someone is, the more likely they are to believe the Earth is flat.
Amazing but true according to the survey. The research indicates 52 percent of flat-Earthers say they are “very religious”, 23 percent somewhat religious—a much greater number than non-religious flat-Earthers.
Ok so what’s happening here?
Unfortunately, conspiracy theories have become a part of our culture.
Now we not only have ordinary citizens declaring conspiracy theories, but we have a President declaring the same.
There are many theories on the incubator of the internet, but most share a common thread which is a powerful organization of elite’s are withholding or distorting the truth. Some self-proclaimed flat-Earthers believe NASA was created to deceive all of humanity about the true nature of reality. Everyone else (you and I) believes a lie. Flat-Earthers and other conspiracy theorists are out to expose the truth!
Yes, I know believing the Earth is flat seems ridiculous, but why are Christians so susceptible to believing it and other “theories” outside the mainstream?
One of my favorite TV programs was and still is the X-Files. The writing was superior and production values were high and the acting was excellent. One of the Tag lines used was “I Want to Believe” which indicates "a story that involves the difficulties in mediating faith and science. It is featured on the UFO poster above FBI Agent Mulder's desk.
People are gullible, Christians included. We live in a complex and difficult world. We are broken and sinful and seek answers to life’s problems from sources other than God. The powers and principalities of this world, (of which most people including Christians today deny) are at work around the clock to delude and control. Sound like a conspiracy theory?
The Bible, God’s Holy Word makes it clear that there is a violent and serious spiritual battle taking place around us and within us. Yet our disbelief and sin have along with Satanic efforts have blinded us to that reality. We instead are foolish and sinful enough to believe in a flat earth or the illuminati instead.
Job 2: 3-6
3 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil? And still he holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to [a]destroy him without cause.”
4 So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. 5 But stretch out Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will surely [b]curse You to Your face!”
6 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life.”
Right now God obviously is at work and many people are failing badly in realizing this. The consequences are eternal whether we want to believe it or not.
So many of us Christians do Satan’s work for him. Romans 14:12 “So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.”
Are you spreading false and slanderous information? If so repent, change your thinking and behavior!
All of us are called to confront those spreading lies.
In his 1993 book, Satanic Panic: The Creation of a Contemporary Legend, Jeffrey S. Victor said this:
“Satanic cult rumors are symptoms of anxieties deeper than fantasy worries about a secret, conspiratorial kidnappers and murderers. These rumors are collaborative messages in metaphorical form, which speak of a moral crisis. That moral crisis, as people perceive it, involves a loss of faith in the moral order of American society, a perception of the rapid decline in traditional moral values. People are saying, in essence, that “our world is falling apart, because all things good and decent are under attack by evil forces beyond our control.”
Sadly, we tell the watching world that such behavior is accepted and practiced among followers of Jesus. This type of thinking and behavior are not practiced by faithful Christians. We therefore should not tolerate the embrace of the demonic. Many of the current modern conspiracies being spread by Christians were created by occultists, New Age pagans, and other groups dedicated to anti-Christian goals.
Ultimately all slanderous and inflammatory conspiracy theories originate from Satan and his demons. If we are a people filled with the Spirit of Truth (John 14:17), we won’t spread information from the father of lies (John 8:44).
24 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
Conspiracy theories are slander and lies. Christians who promote them are sinning against God.
Just because we believe something to be true dos does not make it so. This is a natural outcome of our Moral Relativism wherein we in our “Immanent Frame” decide to declare something as truth whether it is or not.
Proverbs 6 :16-19 “There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him:19 false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.
Right now we as Christians are called not to be silent! First, we must Pray daily, read scripture daily and with other like minded Christians take the Truth presented in the Gospel out into our neighborhood and community.