Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Conspiracy Unmasked

There is something attractive in the idea that everything is a complicated conspiracy of some sort. It allows us the pride of feeling we have seen through this deep plot (Proverbs 16:18; 1 Corinthians 3:18; 8:1-3). It also allows us to paint whoever we disagree with as utterly evil. But it is not really plausible. The problem is not that people are not that evil, though I doubt that, even though human beings are sinners (Romans 3:23; Isaiah 64:6; Jeremiah 17:9), they are in general that uncompromisingly evil. The problem is that they are not that competent. We are capable of pulling off very limited sorts of conspiracy. But carrying out a massive, complicated sort of conspiracy, like the one envisioned here, without getting caught or exposed, is extremely problematic. And I am convinced it is one of Satan's schemes to befuddle us. By stereotyping them as unremittingly evil, it can turn Christians away from their obligation to love even their enemies (Matthew 5:43-46; Romans 12:17-21; Colossians 4:5,6). But it can also be used by those who disagree with us to invent complicated ways to avoid the Christian contentions. However, I am convinced that it is an illusion and keeps us from having a logical evaluation of the facts as they really are. But it can be by either side to prop up their theories. Nonetheless, it is a dangerous indulgence and should be avoided.  

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