Do you believe in conspiracy theories? If so, the normal response is a “Why?”
My response to that, as a Christian, would be a “Why not?”
To conspire means to plot, or to agree together secretly, to do something wrong.
Does the Bible present a view of the human heart that is likely to engage in such activities?
When we are told the heart is “desperately wicked and deceitful above all things” would this suggest it would tend toward conspiracy?
What about after the flood when God summarized human nature as evil in intention from its youth? And the flood came on the earth in the first place because “every intention of the thoughts of man’s heart was only evil continually.”
So I think most of us would agree there is nothing in human nature averse to conspiracy, if it serves a person well.
But does the Bible actually indicate this is indeed so in practice? When we are given God’s own interpretation of events, does he point out conspiracy? Ever? Often? Never?
Right away, for most of us, two incidents will come to mind. The first is when King David insists that Joab instigate a whole military action to ensure the death – the murder – of one man, Uriah. His death was ‘hidden’ – to men at least – among the various soldiers deliberately sacrificed that day. (Yes, Uriah was just one of many victims) And this was done by the man after God’s own heart. What about men who repudiate godliness? What are they capable of?
And then there is the lovely Jezebel who obtained Naboth’s vineyard for her husband, King Ahab, by hiring a rent-a-crowd which accused Naboth of blasphemy, and stoned him. Conspiracy? And how!
What about our Lord? Did the authorities treat him ‘fair and square?’ Hardly.
The Pharisees “plotted how to entangle him in his talk.” (You ask him this and if he responds that way, then I will ask…and so on). It is not a good idea to take God on, though, is it? Christ’s responses utterly humiliated them.
But does that stop conspirators? No, they just go deeper underground. From failed, trick questions to plotting lies and murder:
“Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking false testimony against Jesus that they might put him to death…”
Later, “they persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus.” (How? With paid agitators?)
And, when he had risen, they “gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers and said, ‘Tell people his disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’” (A false cover story, bribery)
Conspiracy? From first to last!
If you follow the history of Acts, you see exactly the same thing in the life of Paul – people following him to frame him, instigate action against him, destroy him…
And so on, through both Old Testament and New.
I told a friend of mine that I had highlighted all conspiratorial passages I came upon in Scripture to prove the prevalence of this human sin, as God infallibly proves it.
The Conspiracy Bible.