…at least on the net! If you type Illuminati on Youtube, you will get about 20,000 results! Hard to miss the videos presenting those secret societies that act in the shadow and "control the world". Since 9/11, conspiration theories florish to present simplistic explanations of complex events. What does the Bible tells about it? Is it healthy for christians to show interest in it?
Conspiration theories...a classic fashion
The expression seems to take its origin during the american and french revolutions (18-19th centuries). The supporters of the kings would discredit the republicans presenting them as puppets of evil "conspirators". There is nothing new: pointing at a "hidden" group to explain misery is a permanent trend of our society...particularly in times of trouble. For example during pandemic, strangers were killed because they were thought to have deliberately cause the diseases.
Conspirations in the Bible
The Bible reports many conspirations. Jezebel arranged Naboth's death so that she could steal his vineyard (1 Kings 21); religious elders provided false testimonies accusing Jesus to sentence Him (Matthew 26:59); Saul tries to kill David because he thought he wanted to steal his throne (1 Samuel 19:2). The example of Saul presents the bad influence of conspirations theories: paranoia is very closed when we see enemies all around. "If you see the poor oppressed in a district, and justice and rights denied, do not be surprised at such things; for one official is eyed by a higher one, and over them both are others higher still" (Ecclesiastes 5:8). The Bible certifies that human societies are unfair and the riches do rarely help the humbles.
A trap for the faith? Deceptive resemblances
It does not seem to contradict the words of God in the bible when you take an interest in politic ideology, humanist philosophy or conspirations. Nonetheless if you get strongly attracted by such messages, you may grown apart from your faith in Christ...and fall into a trap placed by the regular conspirator exposed by the Bible: Satan, "the father of lies" (John 8:44). To separate you from your Creator is his sole purpose. If you focus on darkness, you forget where you are. Focus on Jesus Christ, the true light, and you chase away obscurity.
Some conspiration theories may report true injustices. But they depict a view of the world that becomes discordant with your faith in Christ to focus on one idea, while the Bible condemns the sins of all humans, including you and I (Romans 3:11-12). It is less fun but entirely right! The Bible reminds us that before God "the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23) whatever the origin is: conspiration theory or individual behaviour. More focus we are on the sins of others, less perceptible we are on our own.
The paranoia associated to conspiration theories interferes with biblic truth. A christian should not be "against" but "for". The heart of our faith is love (of God and our neighbour) but not hate (of anyone). Each fight that brings us far away from these priorities is wrong. More you get interested in negative topics, more your thoughts become adverse. Everything that does not bring you closer from God brings you further from Him. This paranoia may also make you forget that God is the leader - sovereign - nothing happens without His approval. This attitude would therefore reveals a lack of trust in God, a lack of faith in the One who controls everything.
If I get too much involved and I spend all my energy to express my anger against a group of wicked people, I will lose sight of the mission that Jesus entrusts us with: go and spread the gospel to all nations (Matthew 28:19-20). Moreover the Bible asks us to gently instruct the opponents, in the hope that God will grant them repentance (2 Timothy 2:25). Be careful with your position or your attitude showing a lack of love towards someone, you would miss out on the heart of faith (even the biggest commandment according to Jesus, Matthew 22:37-39).
A certain end
Finally, the Bible teaches that God holds the world in His hand and all humans will report to Him. The Revelation was not written to drive us paranoid, suspecting conspirations everywhere, but to ensure that they are pointless and will not prevent God's plans. If we believe it, we can focus on the heart of our faith: the mission that Jesus gave us. God will overcome and bring justice. Meanwhile, we confide in Him, knowing that when we willl be together, He will wipe our tears, there will be no more death or pain (Revelation 21:4)...and no conspiration theories!