I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve seen a lot of conspiracies on the internet lately.
The same theme seems to run through them all. Someone (maybe aliens, the government, the Illuminati or a combination) are attacking us (through chemtrails, mind control, food additives or educational infiltration) for their own desired ends (money, power or to even kill us). In order to fight and eventually halt this unseen menace, we must “like” and “share” many questionable videos and social media posts in order to educate the masses.
Now, I’m not denying there might be some truth to some of what is being said on some of these sites. After all, things become believable only when they contain truth.However, it is how they take a grain of truth and then run with it that concerns me. Although there may be some truth in what they say, it is in fact impossible that all of it is true. The trick to it all is trying to untangle what is true and what is not, which isn’t always easy to do.
Perhaps the biggest problem I have with them however is the fact that there never seems to be any good news in it all. It is all about evil and negativity and there is no real hope for change. If we think about these “revelations” for too long, it takes us to a dark place emotionally and causes us to live in abject terror of the future. There are literally thousands of people who live in fear thanks to conspiracy-minded websites. The effect on peoples’ lives is not good.
So, am I sceptical of conspiracies? Absolutely not. In fact, when I look around at the world, I see conspiracy everywhere. As I look at the food industry, the music industry, the film industry, the pornography industry, the gaming industry and the fashion industry, I see a huge number of different corporations, both large and small—the vast majority of which are motivated by the same basic underlying philosophy.
As I look around the political world, I see a huge range of things going on. I see liberals and conservatives, I see charismatic politicians, outspoken protesters and totalitarian dictators, both left and right—the vast majority of whom are motivated by the same basic underlying philosophy as well.
As I look at the world of organised religion, I see a tremendous range of groups, practices and belief systems—everything from huge Christian churches to atheists, cults, religious orders and small spirit gatherings—the vast majority of them also motivated by the same basic underlying philosophy.
This philosophy that underpins them all, even many who claim to be Christian, is a turning away from the God of heaven and an exaltation of self as God.
It’s all connected
There is no way that such a huge variety of different groups could have so much in common if there weren’t some kind of conspiracy. However, it is also impossible that any human group or individual could possibly syndicate so many diverse peoples and forces together for their own purposes. I believe this is not a human conspiracy at all but rather a spiritual conspiracy.
The apostle Paul declares in Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” He tells us that beyond the material world resides an invisible spiritual world where both good and evil forces war over our future. These evil forces behind the scenes are trying to manipulate and control humanity to bring about its eventual destruction. However, the authors of the Bible also say that God is continuing to fight for and defend humanity in order to save us for the glorious destiny He has planned for us.
The biblical authors also declare that the evil conspiracy’s basic philosophy of turning away from God and lifting up ourselves in His place was born in the heart of a being commonly referred to as “the morning star” or “the enemy” (“Ha-Satan”). Originally a perfect angel in heaven, one day he decided, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly . . . I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:13,14). What followed was the beginning of a mighty war between good and evil which eventually found its way down to our little planet. The thing I love about God is that He did not abandon us here in this spiritual war zone. He Himself entered into it, to fight for us and rescue us from the clutches of evil. The apostle Paul says that all of us have in some way, great or small, turned away from God and lifted up self. In this way we have joined the enemy’s rebellious conspiracy and in doing so have pledged our allegiance to him and his lie.
But because of His great love for us, Jesus died on the cross to take the penalty intended for us. If we ask Him, He will forgive our rebellion and selfishness, and will rescue us from control of the evil one. He then makes us partakers in the victory that He won over the enemy at the cross. One day He will return to rescue us from this painful world and take us to be with Him forever.
For the time being, all of humanity is now involved in a great spiritual war between Christ and Satan regarding the character of God, His law and His sovereignty over the universe. After dramatically experiencing this truth for himself, the great Protestant reformer Martin Luther sat down and wrote the hymn “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”. Here are the lyrics to the third verse:
And though this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim,
We tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure,
For lo! his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.
I believe that any time we feel scared, beleaguered, attacked or alone we can call out for help to a very real and personal God who longs to deliver us, defeat our spiritual enemy, and take us into His arms of love. That’s a wonderful answer to any evil conspiracy.
Daniel Matteo is a pastor from Victoria, Australia.