Satan: The Father of All Conspiracies

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Genesis 3:1-7 tells the story of the fall.

Have you ever considered how the Genesis story of the fall of humanity into sin is a perfect lesson on the nature of today’s conspiracy-saturated world? The devil in the guise of the snake laid out the basic elements of what every conspiracy needs to gain legs and create ruin.

First, to deceive Adam and Eve he told them a half-truth mixed with a lie. Every conspiracy in the history of the world has done that. It’s what sucks people in, the half-truths.

Second, he questioned the legitimacy of the truth they knew by doubting the authority of the source it came from. In this case the source was God.

Third, he seduced them by appealing to their passions and desires to do exactly the opposite of what they knew they should do. Every conspiracy, if it is going to gain a hearing and spread, will always appeal to our passions and prejudices, even when we know better.

The devil is the great deceiver (Rev. 20:10). His game is to distort the truth with lies. He is, after all, the Father of lies (John 8:44). Remember when Satan tempted Jesus on the pinnacle of the Temple by this method (Matt. 4:6-7)? The devil even quoted Psalm 91:1. But Jesus answered him back with God’s Word from Deuteronomy 6:16: “It is written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

In Genesis 3, Satan questioned the trustworthiness of God’s word. He did this by telling Adam and Eve a slanted truth, but not its terrible consequences. The consequence of this fatally wrong choice is what would cause the horrific bloodbath that became the rest of human history. The choice of Adam and Eve to become gods in their own opinions rather than trusting in the perfect judgment of God their creator is what brought about the sinful fall of humanity. And it still does!

Conspiracies always work best when they seduce us by our passions and prejudices. The Apostle James tells us that “each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death” (James 1:14-15).

The Devil purposely uses our passions and desires to deceive us. He knows what buttons to push in each one of us. He knows what will catch our attention and distract us from the way of Jesus and his gospel. Again, the devil is the father of lies and the seduction of a conspiracy is one of his tools. And for many people, the truth doesn’t really matter when the lie fits better with how we’d prefer to see the world. But that’s not the way of Jesus. For Jesus declared that it is the truth that sets us free (John 8:32). In Christ, the truth always matters.

Finally, we are warned by the Apostle Paul that, “for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness” (2 Cor. 11:14-15). This is the great challenge for every Christian in every age and in every culture. The challenge of discerning those who are out to deceive us by the appeal of the conspiratorial lie that suits our prejudicial view of the world around us. We are called to be always watching out for this (1 Peter 5:8). And I’d say that our present day and time in history, with the power of social media, is a time that calls for the greatest amount of diligence in discerning the difference between the truth and the lie (2 Thess. 2:9-12).

About the Author

Rob Braun is a salesman, a freelance writer, and a part-time minister for Princeton (Minn.) Community Church. He is a member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church, Princeton.

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Thanks, Rob, for your take on conspiracy theories.  Have you noticed that those who fall for conspiracy theories are mostly those who are politically on the far right and very often of a Christian persuasion?  Seldom do you hear of those on the left embracing conspiracy theories.  And have you also observed how similar conspiracy theories are to the Christian philosophy.  That seems to be why those who have bought into the Christian world view can so easily fall for many of these conspiracy theories today?  Of course, the tenets of both Christianity and conspiracy theories have to be accepted on the basis of faith, rather than objective fact.  Makes you wonder, doesn’t it, what is true and what isn’t?

Ok, come on!
How on earth is Roger allowed to continue to post his drivel, while any hint of conservativism in a comment gets it deleted?
He's not CRC. He's not Reformed.
Please ban him.

Secular global corporations, intelligentsia and news media (promoted by academia, social media and Hollywood) control Western nations and their new word for "truth" is "conspiracy theory". Yes, some ideas are conspiratorial, but most are truths counter to wicked world narratives. 
They exploit the lack of knowledge and discernment in our flabby and undemanding culture to ensure people know what to think and how to act. And, of course, contrary ideas are censored. And the church is not immune. The lack of courage in the church is appalling, but in fairness, the world changes the narratives and goalposts so often that it is impossible to keep up. The church was unprepared for the tsunami of wickedness upon us, and anyone who thinks otherwise is not paying attention. 

And, because they disagree, some readers will label me a "conspiracy theorist". Yawn. 

The present issue with the Corona Virus can be described in terms of the discernment needed to understand truth-telling vs the lie.  May our leaders and readers know the difference! 

For accuracy's sake, you ought to just retitle this article to reflect what the Bible says which is not that Satan is the father of all "conspiracies" but rather that he is the father of all "lies". The term conspiracy--particularly in this day and age--is a highly subjective term and it is not necessarily out of the ordinary for special interest groups to label what they view as non-orthodox thought as a conspiracy as a way to shut down open inquiry and discourse. A recent example I can think of is the way the idea that Covid originated as a lab leak was initially treated. Early in the pandemic, that idea was derided as a conspiracy, but it is now widely accepted as the likely origin of Covid-19. Christians above all should be seeking the truth and they should not feel afraid to gain a thorough understanding of multiple differing points of view regardless of whether other people label those points of view "conspiracies". Christians should oppose lies, and Satan is certainly the father of lies ,but that does not mean he is the father of all things that special interest groups label conspiracies.

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