Believe it or not, Craig and I enjoy researching conspiracy theories to learn which ones are conspiracy fact. Unsure about what a conspiracy theory is, keep reading…
It is pretty common that when you tell someone what you believe really may have happened regarding say, the JFK assassination or September 11, 2001, they look at you like you are out of your mind. It gets worse when you tell them about how secret or elusive societies such as the Freemasons, the Illuminati, the Bilderberg Group, or the Bohemian Grove and such, seem to really exist. It is why we usually only discuss it between the two of us :o)
Merriam Webster Dictionary's definition of conspiracy is "a secret plan made by two or more people to do something that is harmful or illegal and conspiracy theory definition: "a theory that explains an event or situation as the result of a secret plan by usually powerful people or groups."
Basically, conspiracists don't tow the party line that the mainstream media presents us with, regarding explanations for events and subjects, such as mentioned above. Usually we reject what we've been told in most cases because the evidence just doesn't stack up. When that happens, those who want a more acceptable answer or in many cases, those who really want to know the truth, do detail research on whatever it is. And then there are those who come up with the ideas or theories on the truth.
Based on what we have learned thus far, there are legitimate conspiracies that prove to be true and those that, well, appear to have a tad too much time on their hands. For example look at what some conspiracists came up with when the Malaysian Air Flight MH370 couldn't be found or the theories about how the deaths of some celebrities such as, Robin Williams have been illuminati sacrifices. So I can understand why one might roll their eyes…
However, if you choose to not take all "news" word for word, often enough, you will discover that there is plausible evidence to discredit what we believe to be true. Asking questions is always a good thing.
For sure, the age of the internet has helped give a voice to anyone who wants to express a thought, including ones that should probably be kept to oneself. Regardless, conspiracy theories can not just be entertaining but quite sobering as well.
If you are now, a tiny bit curious, feel free to check out a sampling of what is available regarding some of the mentioned topics that I have posted on my Pinterest account. (click)
Believing Without Seeing
We may have learned to question all we hear and see in the media or even from the government, but, we can rest in knowing beyond all doubt, that all we read in God's Holy Word can be taken at face value. Word for Word, God's Truth is reliable and solid. Go ahead and ask questions if you want, God's Word is not questionable - there is nothing to doubt. That includes this conspiracy that we read today in Nehemiah Chapter six!
Here are my notes from reading Nehemiah Chapter six. I do confess that after my husband read his synopsis, I added some points I missed. Thanks Craig! It's why we are doing this together :o)
Nehemiah Chapter 6
When Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and Nehemiah's other enemies found out that he was done rebuilding the wall, they begged Nehemiah to meet with them. They sent multiple messages. Realizing they were intent on harming him, Nehemiah replied by asking why should he stop working to meet with them. This exchange of messages repeated four times - the exact same words back and forth. However, it was the fifth time when Sanballat sent his servant with a letter that talked about how there was a rumour about Nehemiah and his intentions regarding rebuilding the wall. It was rumoured that the Jews were planning a rebellion and that he wanted to become Nehemiah their king, among other related stories.
Nehemiah replied again, telling him the stories were completely false. The letter challenged Nehemiah to come and talk with their King. He refused to go.
A false prophet was sent to Nehemiah asking him to basically hide out in God's temple for protection. He told Nehemiah that Tobiah and his cronies were planning on killing him. To hide out in God's House was not something Nehemiah believed was the right thing to do. He clearly was a bold, courageous prophet of God. Then Nehemiah was given God's discernment and he concluded that this fellow was not of God, but was hired to deceive him, by Tobiah and Sanballat. didn't listen to him.
In [Neh 6:10-11 KJV] 10 Afterward I came unto the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah the son of Mehetabeel, who [was] shut up; and he said, Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us shut the doors of the temple: for they will come to slay thee; yea, in the night will they come to slay thee. 11 And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who [is there], that, [being] as I [am], would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in.Nehemiah was determined to work even harder on the rebuild because he knew these fellows where trying to intimidate him and tempt him to sin, in an attempt to ruin his credibility, and get him to slow down or stop the work in Jerusalem.
On October 2nd, it was complete. It took fifty two days to complete it. Hmmm, I wonder if that number is significant considering there are 52 weeks in a year??
Humiliated and Scared
The enemies of the Jews were quite bothered by the restoration and could not deny that the Nehemiah and his people had the help of their God. In spite of all this, Tobiah sent many letters to the nobles of Judah who had an alliance with Tobiah, because of certain "social" connections. They would say many nice things about Tobiah to Nehemiah trying to scare him and then would report back to Tobiah whatever he said.