Recently someone told me:
“I briefly checked your blog. It seems you are something of a conspiracy theorist. I subscribe to Occam’s razor. I suspect you know of it, but someone else may not. (He then leaves a wiki definition for Occam’s razor) Occam’s razor (also written as Ockham’s razor and in Latin lex parsimoniae, which means ‘law of parsimony’) is a problem-solving principle devised by William of Ockham (c. 1287–1347), who was an English Franciscan friar and scholastic philosopher and theologian. The principle states that among competing hypotheses that predict equally well, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected. Other, more complicated solutions may ultimately prove to provide better predictions, but—in the absence of differences in predictive ability—the fewer assumptions that are made, the better. (from => http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occam’s_razor)”
So yes, let’s go ahead and apply “Occam’s razor” to this question of Christianity and “conspiracy theory”. If the “simplest explanation is really the most likely”, then what “simple explanation” does the Bible itself give?
You can’t get very far into reading the Bible before you start getting hit with “the conspiratorial”… 3 chapters into Genesis, we read about a “serpent” who comes in, and convinces Eve to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. After the “Fall”, another 3 chapters in we read about the “Sons of God” having children with the daughters of men, resulting in the Nephilim. I realize this is a very touchy subject for most “mainline Christians” today, so I won’t go into great detail on it now, as I have already written about it a fair amount, but in a nutshell I feel quite comfortable in asserting that indeed these verses speak to the fact that fallen angels did in fact produce “hybrid offspring” with humans, which through the world into even deeper evil and bloodshed, ultimately contributing a great deal towards God’s decision to cleanse it with a worldwide flood.
After the Flood, the story of the Tower of Babel touches upon the figure of Nimrod, who in many ways can be understood as the “grandfather” of all the occult traditions and “mystery schools” that would follow down through the centuries. Abraham, when still known as “Abram”, left Babylon and it’s climate of pagan worship to go to the land God called him to. Upon arrival, he was beset by many more kingdoms embracing idolatry, witchcraft, and abhorrent pagan practices. The sojourn of the Israelites in Egypt was marked by living as slaves in a country dedicated to the worship of false, demonic deities. Their Exodus from Egypt into Canaan brought them face to face with more pagan nations practicing idolatry and occultism (and, as it turns out, Nephilim giants as well…)
This tension between being obedient to the One True God and the false Canaanite gods such as Molech and Baal was a battle that continued on throughout Israel’s history up until the times of the two major captivities. And then, several hundred years later, the promised Messiah is born. And what sort of world does Jesus find Himself facing as He begins His ministry? The religious leaders of Roman-occupied Israel rejected Him, and He called them out for what they were, a synagogue of Satan.
Jesus goes around healing the sick, making the blind see, performing miracles, and casting out demons from people. He didn’t scold the people for being “superstitious” in believing in the reality of demons, but instead demonstrated His authority over them, as the Son of God, the One with the power to cast them into the pit. When Jesus goes out into the desert to fast and pray, He is confronted by Lucifer himself, who tries to tempt Him into sinning. In one of these attempts, the devil took Jesus to the top of a high mountain, and “showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor”. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus doesn’t rebuke Satan for trying to offer something that was not his to give. He instead counters with another scripture saying, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” (Matthew 4)
The New Testament continues on with a verse most Bible-believing Christians are quite familiar with: “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.” (Ephesians 6:12)
Now, this verse is a very important one, because it factors in very heavily as to the mode of thinking by which so many Christians today reject notions of “conspiracy theory”. “See? The Enemy is spiritual”, they say, and they are quite correct! The only problem is, this spiritual Enemy is not at all content to just twiddle his thumbs in the spiritual realm, and leave humanity alone, until the time comes for him to be judged! Ever since the Garden, he has been hard at work to do everything he possibly can to interfere with God’s plan of Redemption, touching the real lives of individuals and whole nations in very tangible, evil ways.
The Bible says, “By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” (1 John 2:2-4)
What so many Christians today do not want to admit, is that the demonic, spiritual forces with which we are fighting, are very much now, and always have been, desperately intent on manifesting themselves and their rebellious, Luciferian “agenda” in the physical world in which we live. Think about it. Satan himself had a real, person-to-person conversation with Eve, who ate a physical fruit, and so she and her cohort in rebellion, Adam, were sentenced to real, physical and spiritual death. The demonics “gods” of the Old Testament demanded that their worshippers sacrifice their real children, in real physical fire! The Nephilim giants of Canaan were real, physical beings who were cannibals and sought to completely wipe out the children of Israel. The demons of the New Testament (who many believe are possibly the disembodied spirits of Nephilim, and not actual fallen angels, but who knows for sure) didn’t just “float around” but sought out the physical bodies of people to inhabit and torture. The Pharisees who burned with Satanic fury against the scathing words of Christ, truly DID “conspire” to get Him hung on a cross!
Jesus knew what they were planning in their hearts before their plot was ever sprung into action, and he even called them on it, saying:
“I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word. I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father. ”
“Abraham is our father,” they answered.
“If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would do what Abraham did. As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things. You are doing the works of your own father.”
“We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.”
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies…” (John 8:37-44)
Of course, their conspiring did not result in a victory for Satan, but rather his ultimate defeat, and so it is to this day. But the fact that Jesus won victory over Sin and Death on the cross, did this mean that the apostles then turned around and forgot everything Jesus had said about the “yeast of the Pharisees”? Did they learn about the Resurrection, and then suddenly close their minds to the threat of Judaizers infiltrating the Early Church? Did they close their eyes to the reality of all the demon worship that was rampant throughout the Roman Empire? Did Satan suddenly become some wistful archetype who no longer sought to derail the Gospel of Jesus in the physical realm???
Hardly! Christians were imprisoned, beaten, falsely accused, thrown to the lions in coliseums, and used as human torches in Nero’s gardens.
The Bible concludes of course with the book of Revelation, which indeed proves to be a very prickly pear for those Christians wishing to argue that “conspiracy” within the evil Spiritual realm, being manifested on earthly political and religious plains, is no longer something to be wary of. Unless one subscribes to a preterist eschatology (a view of all “end times prophecy” which believes all the prophecies have already been fulfilled) then you must admit that we are told that the greatest manifestation of Satan’s deceptive influence and designs for a global Luciferian empire are still yet to come. This is the “blueprint”, if you will, for a true, Biblically-sound belief in modern day “conspiracy”. If you claim to believe in the Bible itself, instead of some popular narrative about how civilization is more or less constantly “progressing” towards the greater good, then you have to at least be willing to look at all the evidence with these realities in mind. The world we live in today is indeed much darker and more sinister than most Christians themselves are willing to acknowledge, despite what their own scriptures tell them! Ironically, it never ceases to amaze me how so much of the time, it is people who don’t espouse Biblical beliefs who are often much more willing to ask the difficult questions, and look past the artificial veneers and phony explanations constantly being offered to us on our television screens. Is that not totally backwards? How does it make sense that people with quite secular beliefs could in fact be more able to recognize events happening today, which the Bible prophesied roughly 2,000 years ago, when the self-proclaimed “Bible-believers” do not?
I could rant and ramble on and on about this whole topic, but I will end with a great short video by Gonz Shimura (of the blog Face like the Sun) who adds a lot of rational insight into this very topic.