Are All “Conspiracy Theories” Weird?
(This is an older thread that was brought forward as a result of some similar discussions. Some of the discussion facts are dated, but it seems the points may be considerable.)
MB shared some highlights of an earlier back-and-forth email discussion re: Conspiracy Theories. For my part, the present crisis has got me a lot more tuned to the Scripture than I have in ages. Coupled with this, i will readily admit I am also skeptical of conspiracy theories that seem to be abounding. ...Maybe it’s because I was so tuned into these for years, and felt I needed a complete break; and/or the fact that a certain person still directs a whole lot of these to my personal family chat group (including the "aliens living amongst us" variety). Hence I have given this kind of thing a wide berth!
In fact, a few days ago this person passed a “conspiracy theory” to us that I listened to the first two minutes of, then dismissed. However a couple days later, something inspired me to decide to listen to more of it ... and I ended up finishing it.
... Only once I got to the part where the speaker was quoting Scripture very effectively IMO did I begin to drop my guard and fully tune in. [OK, so that’s my preface! I’ll now pass this on to you, and when you have 20 minutes to spare, I recommend you may want to give it a listen.] ...
BitChute is a video hosting service founded in 2017. It was created to allow video uploaders to avoid content rules enforced on other platforms, such as YouTube. The platform accommodates far-right individuals and conspiracy theorists; with the Southern Poverty Law Center saying the site hosts "hate-fueled material". Some creators who have been banned or had their channels barred from receiving advertising revenue ("demonetized") on YouTube have migrated to BitChute.
For further irony, at least to my way of thinking, it was me happening to see an article on Fox News *denouncing* this whole “conspiracy theory” that actually got me interested in checking out this article that I had been sent (but never tuned in to)!
I think an article SD sent from The Verge (https://www.theverge.com/2020/4/9/21214750/5g-coronavirus-conspiracy-theories-radio-waves-virus-internet) makes a strong statement disputing the 5G-Coronavirus connection, as did the previous Reuters article (https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-coronavirus-5g/false-claim-5g-networks-are-making-people-sick-not-coronavirus-idUSKBN2133TI).
I don't know, but my personal opinion is that I'd encourage folks to give their time and attention to stuff like the answers John Lennox gave during his interview with Michael Ramsden posted under the Devotionals tab (Where Is God in a Coronavirus World?).
I guess what struck me most is that this fellow, whoever it is that is doing the talking, seems to represent a Christian undergrounder who is “aware of the devil’s devices” and anti-Christ plan, and appears to be working with others to counter it. Plus alluding to the possibility that the chip/Mark of the Beast could be contained in the vaccine the whole world is anxiously awaiting. All this kind of brought “the End-time” into a closer timeframe somehow.
Guess it made me self-analyze if I was still “discerning the signs of the times” or being lulled asleep by the deception of the society in which I live, part of the very elect who could be possibly be deceived, etc. In any case,“Knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep.” Romans 13:11
While on the subject of conspiracy theories, here's an article someone just sent from the Fort Russ News website (hadn't heard of them before): https://www.fort-russ.com/2020/04/robert-f-kennedy-jr-exposes-bill-gates-vaccine-dictatorship-plan-cites-gates-twisted-messiah-complex/
However, I think it is becoming more and more evident that “they” are going to use it to put more and more control on individuals. I don’t know who “they” are, but I think it is pretty obvious that it’s happening and has happened. Who would have thought 2 months ago that it would be possible to bring the whole world economy to a virtual standstill and to get almost every country around the world to move in lockstep?
I don’t really think that it is a Democrat vs Republican, a liberal vs conservative, a left vs right, a Christian vs whatever thing. There probably are elements of all of that, because it is good to dived people, but everyone has surrendered their personal freedom and rights and I really wonder how much of it will ever be regained? Probably none.