Unfortunately a lot of science & Faith types of discussions essentially involve debunking the equivalent of conspiracy theories again and again and again. Most Christians or at least a certain percentage of them in the United States believe that there is a massive conspiracy against the Bible where the evil evolutionists are only allowing space for their theories but not the real theories from the Bible or whatever. It’s not just a Christian thing of course, as some studies show half of people believing in at least one of these six medical conspiracies.
I’ve gotten wrapped up in some in recent days from the ‘prophetic’ world that also finds conspiracies in many things including the 'vision from the Lord’s that sees Dr. Fauci as a rat:
This basically made me livid, with basically encouraging Christians to be suspicious of rats in the White House- which included probably one of the most important voices for Christians to listen to in the nation. At least at the end the ‘Prophet’ writes:
The intent is not to demonize Dr. Anthony Fauci, but rather we must recognize an agenda at work that is clearly contrary to the purpose and plans of God.
My dilemma is that many people close to me really respect this fellow and I seem to be struggling to respond with tact to such things. How are you coping in this season? What recommendations to you have for me? But then it goes further and another person close to me (within 6 feet we shall say ) basically gets caught up in a combination of this Jermiah Johnson ‘rat’ prophecy/dream and then some other conspiratorial Youtube type of thing regarding the claim that the CDC had advanced foreknowledge of COVID-19 because they posted these jobs a good 45 days before the WHO was made aware (i.e. for advisors for their quarantine program in major cities):
How can I help convince those around me that the CDC didn’t have advanced foreknowledge of this virus? I tried the approach that the CDC posting is fairly typical and we know what pandemics do and that quarantine/social distancing is one of the most effective strategies against things that don’t have any known drug treatments/vaccines but that didn’t fly. I also know that this conspiracy began with Mike Adams, the Natural News conspiracy fellow, and then was picked up and spread by Alex Jones (no comment necessary). But I’m struggling in this season to respond to those that are close to me in ways that help them to hear what I’m saying.
Basically, I am asking (perhaps for prayer to respond in a Christ-like way) how would you suggest responding to people that you love that get caught up in conspiracy theories?