A blurry line between Christians and “Conspiracy Believers” – – it all depends on how far you want to go

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Some folks label me a “conspiracy nut”.
Some others label me a “conspiracy debunker”.
It all depends on who is labeling me as such.
And I don’t mind when people label me either way because there is no topic as fascinating as “conspiracies” and “conspiracy theories”.

Conspiracies have always existed from time immemorial.
Nothing new.
Whenever two or more plot something detrimental to the third party, that is conspiracy.

Here is a good quote from Edward Epstein from WALL STREET JOURNAL:

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Conspiracy, a word derived from the Latin “to breathe together,” has been a salient part of the darker side of recorded history ever since some 60 conspirators in the Roman senate, including Brutus and Cassius, plotted together to assassinate Julius Caesar in 44 B.C.

Nowadays the “C” word does not always sit well with journalists, who commonly employ it in conjunction with “theory” to describe paranoid distortions of reality.

Even so, a criminal conspiracy is not a rare phenomenon.
Not only was a foreign conspiracy responsible for the monstrous 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center (as well as the previous attempt to blow it up in 1993) but, according to the Center on Law and Security at Fordham University, over 90% of routine federal indictments for terrorist attacks since 9/11 contain at least one conspiracy charge.

The government’s pursuit of conspiracies is by no means limited to terrorism. Conspiracy charges are the rule rather than the exception in cases brought against businessmen accused of fixing prices, evading environmental regulations, using insider information or laundering money.”

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Yes, conspiracies exist.

But there is a difference beween “conspiracies” and “conspiracy theories”.
But many folks say that the word “conspiracy theory” is a creation of the CIA.
It also seems that a lot of folks believe in what’s described by psychologists as “delusional conspiracy theories”.
But it all depends on how far one wants to go with it.

When I post some articles about the role and effect of beliefs in “conspiracy theories”, then immediately some folks label me a “conspiracy debunker”.
Some even label me a “conspiracy nut” even though I only write about how beliefs in “conspiracies” affect a segment of the society in general.
Either way, you can’t win.

But here is one thing that people need to understand.
There is a blurry line between a Christian and a “conspiracy believer”.
It all depends on how far you want to go.

Many folks describe themselves simply as Christians.
Some describe themselves as “Bible-believing”, “Born-again” or “Evangelical” Christians.
But there are some folks who take pride in being “Fundamentalist Christians”.
Many of the so-called “mainline Christians” seem to want to distance themselves from Fundamentalist Christians.
Again, it all depends on how far one wants to go.

A Christian, by its own definition, is a person that believes in “conspiracies”, since the belief that Lucifer was the first “conspirator” against God is a major tenet of Christian belief.

I myself am a believer in Jesus Christ.
But how far I will go with it depends on circumstances.
(such as when I am in the company of a certain group – – perhaps this may not be right in the mind of some folks – -but I am a type of person who dislikes making dogmatic statements among certain groups).

Fundamentalist Christians (including most “Evangelical Christians”) not only believe in the Lord Jesus Christ but also believe that Satan also exists and that Satan is in control of this present world.

Such believers see the presence of Satan practically everywhere.
But at the same time, they believe that they can overcome the oppression of Satan through the power of Jesus Christ.

The bulk of Fundamentalist Christians and “Evangelical Christians” believe that in the near future, there will be a One World Government (more popularly known as the “New world Order”) led by the Anti-Christ, a re-incarnation of Satan, before Jesus returns in glory.

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PLEASE CLICK AND READ THE FOLLOWING:
UFOs AND END-TIME BELIEFS OF APOCALYPTIC CHRISTIANS
https://noriohayakawa.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/ufos-and-end-time-beliefs-of-apocalyptic-christians/

So, in this sense, there is little difference between those who believe in the New World Order conspiracies and “Bible-believing”, “Born-again” Christians.
It all depends on how far one’s belief goes

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Norio Hayakawa’s CIVILIAN INTELLIGENCE NEWS SERVICE

E-mail = noriohayakawa@gmail.com

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5 thoughts on “A blurry line between Christians and “Conspiracy Believers” – – it all depends on how far you want to go

  1. Ted Goertzel is a professor in the Sociology Department at Rutgers University in Camden, N.J.

    I think it’s time for a refresher on why people believe in conspiracy theories.

    The main reason people believe in conspiracies despite their absurdity is helplessness.

    Unemployment, under-employment, lack of education, substance addiction, chronic illness, dysfunctional families, and failing relationships and more, all contribute to a person feeling helpless.

    People are all different, so the reasons for them believing in conspiracies cover a broad range of factors. In general, though, people tend to believe in conspiracies because of helplessness. Ted Goertzel, professor of sociology at Rutgers University, found that belief in conspiracy theories is strongly linked to insecurity about employment, alienation, lack of interpersonal trust, and minority status – all forms of helplessness. Conspiracies are easily disproved by a wealth of evidence and some basic, sound reasoning, and yet sizable portions of the population continue to believe in absurd ideas such as the following:

    The moon landings are claimed to be hoaxes manufactured by large-scale government collusion.

    Aliens in Flying Saucer’s are claimed to have visited earth but their presence is concealed by malevolent agencies in some kind of human-alien exchange program.

    Modern medicine is claimed to be toxic and “alternative” medicine is claimed to be miraculous, but a global conspiracy involving greedy drug companies conceals these facts.

    Trails of ice particles left by airplanes in the sky (“contrails”) are claimed to really be toxic chemicals (“chemtrails”) being sprayed on the whole earth by a secret group intent on destruction and domination.

    The AIDS virus was allegedly constructed in a laboratory and is deliberately used by a secret society as a tool of destruction.

    Fluoride is claimed to be added to drinking water by secret government programs in order to exert mind control.

    A New World Order of elites is claimed to be secretly controlling all governments for malevolent purposes.

    The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and other terrorist attacks are claimed to be carried out secretly by the people’s own government in an effort to foment war.

    Free energy devices are claimed to successfully create energy out of nothing, but their widespread use is suppressed by powerful conspiracies involving energy companies.

    Genetically modified crops are claimed to be dangerous and a vast conspiracy is claimed to be suppressing evidence showing this fact.

    Despite the fact that conspiracies such as these run completely contrary to a giant body of evidence, and indeed go against logical reasoning itself, such conspiracies continue to be believed by many people. In order to cope emotionally with such situations, many people blame their helplessness on conspiracies; giant secret societies with amazing power that control everyone for sinister purposes. The belief in conspiracies gives those in hopeless and destitute conditions something to hope for. “If the conspiracy can just be exposed”, they think, “I will no longer be destitute”. The belief itself becomes empowering to many in helpless situations. They see the rest of the world as mindless sheep controlled by the elite, and themselves as the enlightened few. The belief in conspiracies also enables such people to emotionally cope with the chaos that surrounds their life by believing there is an overall ordered society of elites that controls the world. Even though they see this society as secretive and evil, the belief itself in an ordered, controlling society is enough to offer comfort to one who feels surrounded by chaos and helpless to their situation.

    Although a person may be safely employed in a rewarding career, a lack of education can be enough to render him subconsciously helpless and therefore susceptible to conspiracy theories. When a person does not understand the basic physical laws that govern the universe, daily events seem random and nonsensical. Being confronted day in and day out with a jumble of intelligible events is harrowing. To deal with this mental commotion, many people see conspiracies as the driving forces behind the seemingly random string of events. In reality, thelaws of science run the world. But it is much easier to believe a secret society runs the world than to try to understand science for those who have a poor education.

    Helplessness can take many other forms. Even wealthy, educated people get cancer. The miserable, ongoing, and terminal nature of serious diseases can make even the richest and smartest of people feel helpless. When modern medicine fails to help them (or just takes too long to help them), many people turn to conspiracies to cope. It’s more comforting to believe that a miracle cure is available but is kept just out of reach by a conspiring pharmaceutical industry, than to accept the reality that some diseases simply do not have cures. It’s more comforting to believe that your cancer was caused by chemtrails, water fluoridation, genetically modified crops, aliens, western medicine, tooth amalgam, household cleaning supplies, or power lines than to accept that cancer is a natural part of life that just happens.

    Goertzel states, “…during periods of insecurity and discontent people often feel a need for a tangible enemy on which to externalize their angry feelings. Conspiracy theories may help in this process by providing a tangible enemy to blame for problems which otherwise seem too abstract and impersonal. Conspiracy theories also provide ready answers for unanswered questions and help to resolve contradictions between known “facts” and an individual’s belief system.”

    Note that some conspiracies are real. But the real conspiracies are quickly dismantled by the justice system and are well documented by mainstream scientists, journalists, and historians. Also, real conspiracies tend to involve only a handful of people and are rarely successful. Most real conspiracies fall apart before they even get started, while the rest are eventually exposed and dismantled. Giant, powerful, successful conspiracies do not happen for the following reasons:

    It only takes one whistle-blower to bring down an entire conspiracy. The more people there are in a conspiracy, the more potential whistle-blowers there are, and the shorter the conspiracy lasts. The most successful conspiracies (such as Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme) involve only a handful of people, and they still eventually fail. Sustaining a global conspiracy among medical doctors would require convincing every single one of the millions of doctors from all religions, nations, and cultures to participate in a coordinated cover-up.

    People are inherently independent minded. Sustaining a global conspiracy would require making millions of people from all walks of life have the same goals and motives, and be willing to do what ever they are told to perpetuate the conspiracy. In the business world, people quit their job, move, start their own business, and campaign for reform whenever faced with too little independence. These types of actions would doom a conspiracy. History teaches us that the level of authoritarianism needed to sustain a global conspiracy leads to violent revolution by the masses. A large conspiracy would be doomed by internal warfare before it ever got off the ground.

    People are inherently decent. The vast majority of people on the earth are ethical, law-abiding citizens that pursue careers and causes in order to benefit society. A giant conspiracy would require a large number of people to lie, cheat, and purposely harm their family, friends, neighbors, and country.

    We are all human. Doctors get sick too. Doctors therefore have a strong personal incentive not to suppress medical treatments that succeed. Government employees live under the same sky and drink the same water. They have a strong personal incentive not to poison the water or fill the sky with chemicals.

    Large organizations are inherently too inefficient, cumbersome, and complex to carry out a large, coordinated plan of evil secrecy. Even the most successful large-scale secretive agency in the world – the CIA – has security leaks (such as the Snowden affair). The difference between the CIA and a conspiracy is that the CIA’s mission is supported by the will of the people and is seen as generally beneficial, so it survives its security leaks. A large-scale conspiracy would not.

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