Is the conspiracy view of history Biblical?


Conspiracies: should we believe in them, or not? Does Scripture?

The conspiracy view of history is the Biblical view of history. From beginning to end, the Bible is the story of a supernatural conspiracy by Satan to overthrow God. He failed, he’s failing, and he will fail. All earthly conspiracies are simply outworkingings of the one supernatural conspiracy. All unbelievers are agents of Satan, and they do his bidding:

Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. (Matthew 12:30 ESV)

A conspiracy is a plot by like-minded people to maliciously undermine something that is good:

Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.” (Psalm 2:1-3 ESV)

The plotting of Jesus’ murder is the definitive conspiracy. It worked on the surface, and for a short while things seemed hopeless for the home team. But when he was resurrected, Jesus smashed Satan’s conspiracy definitively.

In contrast to those who conspire (“breathe together’) in the darkness is Jesus:

The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. (John 18:19-20 ESV)

That people develop an unhealthy conspiracy mindset, prone to the kookiest theories and the eternal hopelessness that goes with them, does not negate the Biblical view of conspiracy. Nor does the fact that the conspirators always deny that there is a conspiracy. There is always conspiracy. That is the healthy view. It is the true view of history. Christianity offers hope where the consummate conspiracy theorist has none:

He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
“As for me, I have set my King
on Zion, my holy hill.” (Psalm 2:4-6 ESV)

To develop a healthy view of conspiracy, you must start by affirming the reality of conspiracies based on the testimony of Scripture. God created reality, and to run from reality is sinful. That’s why drug abuse is sinful: drug abusers continually turn to drugs to permanently alter their perceptions of reality to escape it. Consequently, they suffer for it, economically and otherwise.

To run from the conspiracy view of history is no different. But to indulge it to the extreme is also to escape reality, and is equally punishing.

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