What Does the Bible Say About Conspiracy Theories?
Is the earth truly round, or maybe it's a big conspiracy by NASA and every other space agency in 9 different countries hiding for some reason that the earth is flat? Did man really walk on the moon, or maybe that's also a NASA conspiracy and the moon landing was staged?
Was 9/11 was a terrorist attack, or maybe it was a government conspiracy and the collapse of the World Trade Center was the result of controlled demolitions? Maybe area 51 is hiding aliens. Maybe Sandy Hook didn't happen. Maybe flouride is a communist plot. Maybe JFK was killed by the CIA. LBJ. The KGB. Maybe HAARP! Chemtrails! The Illuminati!
What should we believe is true and what is conspiracy? Well, in Isaiah chapter 8, God was about to send the Assyrians to conquer Israel for their rebellious ways. Everyone would be sent into confusion: Who's in league with whom? What side should we join? Should we fight or flee?
To those who were faithful, God said, "Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the Lord of hosts, Him you shall honor as holy. Let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread" (Isaiah 8:11-12).
Peter would later reference these words when he said, "Suffer for righteousness' sake, and you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect" (1 Peter 3:14-15).
Do not obssess over manmade conspiracies. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge" (Proverbs 1:7), when we understand the text.