I happened to be leafing through the latest issue of Biblical Archaeology Review last night. With Herschel Shanks retired as editor-in-chief, the new regime has filled the magazine with ads for books to Reputable Bible Scholars Inc. alleging there was no such person as Jesus Christ–or at best, he was just a nice guy who ran afoul of the Romans.
I don’t want to get scooped on this scandal, so I can’t keep mum about it any longer.
This, we are assured by thoroughly unreliable sources, is The Big Scandal That Ties It All Together–Russian collusion, the Coronavirus, Jeffrey Epstein, emoluments, transphobia, dance fever, Roswell, and the 1919 World Series.
All of them orchestrated by Donald Trump–who, incidentally, is not really Donald Trump.
Now don’t ask me for details, because this time House Democrats are determined to keep it all under wraps. This time no one, not even Adam Schiff, knows the identity of The Whistleblower. This time no one will be allowed to know the exact charges laid against the man who calls himself Donald Trump. This time the Guilty verdict will be announced before the trial–if there even is a trial. There’s a Georgetown law professor who says the House can remove the president from office without a trial and without involving the Senate.
This is… The Real Bombshell. Forget the thousand stupid little nothing bombshells that went before it. This time we’re looking at Kaboom City.
It also has something to do with Climate Change, but that’s all I dare to say about it.
I’m still amazed, always, when I encounter conspiracy theories that say dinosaurs never existed, they’re just a massive hoax cooked up by “the corporations” or whoever. How did so many people come to think this way–if you can even call it thinking?
I just couldn’t make up my mind which dreary news story to cover for you today. Meanwhile, someone sent me an email alleging that last month’s solar eclipse was a gigantic hoax perpetrated by The Government for some sinister purpose–possibly to set us up for an invasion by hostile space aliens.
Are there that many people running around loose who ought to be in psychiatric wards, or has this kind of radically loopy thinking become, dare I say, mainstream?
How do people wind up believing things like this? Well, heck, they believe “Hands up, don’t shoot,” and that never happened. But people who believe that probably want to believe it: it gives them an excuse to do things they otherwise would find it hard to excuse.
But what’s the payoff for believing a truly out-to-lunch conspiracy theory? All right, all right–I know there are people out there who believe that socialism really works, the Democrat Party is for the little guy, Global Warming’s caused by toilet paper, and you can be a boy one day and a girl the next, depending on how you feel. I am not sure why they believe those things.
Any way you slice it, there’s a lot of screwy thinking going on out there. Is it because our culture is so screwed up? Because it is that, big-time. Is it because the sages of the West have cut themselves off from God, preached idiocy to their disciples, and more and more aspire to be gods themselves?
I don’t think these funny theories are really all that funny anymore.
“This is not fake!” an organization called “Conspiratruth” assures us. Well, you coulda fooled me.
That “giants in the earth” verse in the Bible (Genesis 6:4) has inspired an awful lot of twaddle. The Hebrew word doesn’t mean “genuine 15-foot tall giants who require special exemption to the laws of gravity so that their otherwise human skeletons don’t collapse,” but never mind. You don’t have to call them “nephilim.” You can call them “Annunaki.” They’re from Orion. There is not really any such place as Orion, but never mind.
The folks in this footage, otherwise occupied by some kind of military parade, seem to take the giant in their stride.
How many people, educated at great cost to the public and to their families, believe in conspiracy theories? In Annunaki from Orion? In “You can keep your doctor”?
Just before Our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, after His resurrection from the dead, some of the disciples asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” As if this were all about setting up Israel with a king again: maybe they weren’t paying much attention to the Gospel.
And Jesus answered, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons which the Father hath put in His own power” (Acts 1:7).
What part of “It is not for you to know” don’t some people understand?
So tonight will come and go without New York City being blown off the map, and tomorrow it’ll be another conspiracy, another prophecy, etc., etc.
How many times did the Lord have to say that His return would take the whole world by surprise, and that we must “watch”–“What I say unto you, I say unto all: Watch” ( Mark 13:37)–and that we are to be found at our posts, performing our duties like good servants, when He finally does return–“like a thief in the night” ( I Thessalonians 5:2).
We can’t help wondering exactly when that time will be, and trying to figure it out by studying the Bible’s many prophecies.
But I think we have to find more productive ways to “occupy until I come” ( Luke 19:13).
We watched the new X-Files last night. Patty is crazy about The X-Files. I’m not. All that conspiracy stuff gets to me.
When the show was over–complete with liberal TV wallah’s definition of “a conservative,” Heaven help us–I checked my blog… only to find still more conspiracy theorizing, this time by a reader.
It is not possible that anyone could be so dense as to spend a minute or two here and not realize it’s a Christian blog. But anti-Christians have this enormous sense of entitlement that empowers them to bad-mouth Christians’ most sacred beliefs, and no manners, either–they’re like someone who barges into your living room and pees on your couch.
So this guy comes on to tell me there was never any such person as Jesus Christ. Nope, you don’t have a Savior. Jesus, you see, never existed. He and the whole New Testament were “written in secret, by the Roman aristocracy–” what? all of them?–“as an antidote to Judaism.” It was all a conspiracy, you dig? A Roman conspiracy against the Jews!
But, Mr. Conspiracy Monger, the Romans had no need to conspire against the Jews. They had this thing called the Roman Army, and when some little nation like Judea bugged them, they sent the Roman Army over to kill them. End of problem.
There is evil at large in this world; and although its face is human, it serves spiritual wickedness in high places.