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Conspiracy Vs. Christ: Religion and Politics Conspiring Conspiracy Theories

Updated: Jun 16

The Pharisees, a group of Jewish religious leaders during the time of Jesus, harbored deep suspicion and animosity towards Him. They constantly sought ways to undermine and discredit Him, particularly focusing on His actions regarding the Sabbath. In the Gospel of Matthew, we see how the Pharisees took issue with Jesus' healing and acts of kindness on the Sabbath, accusing Him of breaking the sacred laws. This initial conflict escalated into a full-blown conspiracy against Jesus, with the Pharisees plotting His ultimate demise.

John's Gospel further highlights the deep-seated conspiracy against Jesus, particularly emphasizing the fear among the Jewish leaders that Jesus would be seen as the Messiah by the people. This fear stemmed from Jesus' growing popularity and perceived threat to their authority. The Pharisees feared that Jesus' messianic claims could incite rebellion against the Roman Empire, ultimately leading to the destruction of the Jewish nation and the temple.

The conspiracy reached its climax during the Passover celebration, as recounted in the Gospel of Matthew. The chief priests, scribes, and elders conspired to arrest Jesus secretly, fearing a public uproar if done openly. They planned to eliminate Jesus, believing it would save the nation from potential Roman retaliation. This calculated decision to sacrifice Jesus for the greater good of the nation demonstrates the extent of the conspiracy against Him.

Drawing parallels to modern times, the rise of conspiracy theories, like those propagated by figures such as Alex Jones, demonstrates how misinformation and mistrust can impact society, just like Biblical times. Jones gained notoriety through his outlandish conspiracy theories, particularly surrounding events like the 9/11 attacks and the Sandy Hook shooting. His influence grew through platforms like InfoWars, attracting a substantial following despite his lack of credible evidence.

Jones' conspiracies thrived on exploiting societal anxieties and fears, tapping into a deep-seated mistrust of established institutions. His financial success through the sale of supplements and merchandise underscores the profitable nature of spreading conspiracy theories. However, Jones' eventual banishment from social media platforms and legal repercussions for defamation highlight the consequences of spreading misinformation and falsehoods.

Jone’s is not the only person guilty of spreading conspiracy theories causing distrust of major institutions. We see the far right in American politics as a whole, including the religious establishments of America involved in conspiracy theories causing damaging effects to the well being of society. We see prominent health leaders like Dr. Faccui receiving not just death threats, but actual attempts on his life due to the fruit of conspiracy theories. The World Health Organization sees vaccine hesitancy as the top 10 global threats to public health. And indeed, not getting the proper vaccines jeopardizes the health of others.

In contrast, at EIC, we uphold the values of truth and faith, rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ. We acknowledge the dangers of succumbing to conspiracy theories that promote fear and division, offering instead a message of hope and victory through faith. Our mission is to illuminate the path of righteousness through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, providing a source of true enlightenment and salvation in a world plagued by deception and falsehoods.

By focusing on the eternal truths of God's word and the testimony of Scripture, we aim to dispel the darkness of conspiracy theories and offer a beacon of light in a world shrouded in uncertainty and mistrust. While conspiracy theories may offer temporary solutions or false promises, we stand firm in the belief that only through the grace and salvation of Jesus Christ can we find true deliverance and redemption.

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