Alternate Realities

Greetings everyone! I’m just bouncing this out to all of you for your thoughts and I would seriously appreciate your feedback if you can afford the time to do so.

I have a couple of family members who buy into a number of the prevalent conspiracy theories that are currently believed by a fair percentage of our population. Over the course of the last few months I have determined that why they believe, what they believe, is not associated with a lack of intelligence. Both of them are intelligent individuals. They see what is unfolding from one perspective and I see it from another. One family member in particular spends an inordinate amount of time and effort following up on the different accusations or assumptions they believe in and we have spent a good number of hours listening to one another and exchanging perspectives. We’ve learned from experience, to allocate or control the time we interact on this subject with one another, so as not to allow if to divide us as family members, which is a good thing.

Being semi-retired, I also have a considerable amount of time at my disposal and I have used some of that available time to do my own fact checking on a good number of the assumptions being portrayed as the truth, in some of the prevalent conspiracy theories, from a wide range of sources that cover a broad spectrum of both pro and con. If I didn’t know better, I’d almost think that a switch had been thrown within the minds and hearts of one half of the population and the other. It’s not off the wall to say that our logic and reasoning comes from two differently perceived realities. Within the concept of alternate realities, there are two sets of almost everything which can be diametrically opposed to one another. And not only can these realities be opposed to one another but they can also feed off of the differences between one another. Let me give you some examples.

Two different sets of alternate facts:
Feeds off of different or alternate sources, trust, objectives, presumed deception, reinforces what you see and what you hear, what you accept as authoritative and produces an alternate sense of loyalty.
Two different sets of alternate objectives:
Feeds off of different or alternate facts, trust, objectives, presumed deception, reinforces what you see and what you hear, what you accept as authoritative and produces an alternate sense of loyalty.
Two different sets of sources:
Feeds off of different or alternate trust, alternate facts, objectives, presumed deception, reinforces what you see and what you hear, what you accept as authoritative and produces an alternate sense of loyalty.
Two different sets of trust:
Feeds off of different or alternate sources, alternate facts, objectives, presumed deception, reinforces what you see and what you hear, what you accept as authoritative and produces an alternate sense of loyalty.
Two different sets of deception:
Feeds off of different or alternate sources, trust, alternate facts, objectives, reinforces what you see and what you hear, what you accept as authoritative and produces an alternate sense of loyalty.
Two different sets of visual representation:
Feeds off of different or alternate things that you see or view, alternate facts, sources, objectives, presumed deception, reinforces what you hear, what you accept as authoritative and produces an alternate sense of loyalty.
Two different sets of verbal confirmation:
Feeds off of different or alternate things that you hear or listen to, alternate facts, sources, objectives, presumed deception, reinforces what you see, what you accept as authoritative and produces an alternate sense of loyalty.
Two different sets of authority:
Feeds off of different or alternate sources, alternate facts, objectives, reinforces what you see and what you hear, presumed deception and produces an alternate sense of loyalty.
Two different sets of loyalty:
Feeds off of different or alternate objectives, sources, alternate facts, reinforces what you see and what you hear, presumed deception and what you accept as authoritative.
Two different sets of justice and mercy:
Feeds off of different or alternate objectives, alternate facts, reinforces what you see and what you hear, presumed deception and what you accept as authoritative.

I am deliberately NOT going into any of the accusations on any of the conspiracy theories that are current prevalent. I am looking more at the process that is involved when opposing reality truths collide.

The thing is that they are all connected to one another, if you show valid proof that one assumption is deceptive or deemed as not being true, that invalidation or demonstrated deception of the assumption is negated by disregarding your source or loyalty or any number of other connecting associations. It’s like being in a huge house with many rooms (varied conspiracy theories), and each room has many doors. If you go into one room and close one door, another door is opened in that room, sometimes to another room, and nothing is ever contained or put to rest (that conspiracy theory is disproved and the room remains isolated).

So what happens when we get into a discussion where opposing realities and all their associations are in play? Well I can tell you from personal experience, frustration definitely becomes a factor. And frustration can quickly lead to anger, if it is not held in check. Fortunately, in our case, our family members who disagree with one another have not allowed this disagreement to cause any kind of a lasting break in relationship between us. We have agreed to disagree and occasionally, we will interact with one another on this subject, but not to the extent where tempers start to flare. In short, each of us has learned when to back off, because we all are aware of the consequences of not backing off.

I have never seen the tempo of believing in conspiracy theories like it is today but around 50 years ago we (the Christian Church at large), did have a run at this type of thing, to a lesser degree.

I don’t know how many of your recall the book entitled “The Late Great Planet Earth” that was authored by Hal Lindsey back in the 1970’s but I recall the sensation it became quite vividly, especially in the Evangelical Christian circles that I frequented.

That’s almost 50 years ago. In the book, Hal Lindsey compared end-time prophecies in the Bible with then-current events in an attempt to predict future scenarios resulting in the rapture of believers before the tribulation and Second Coming of Christ to establish his thousand-year (i.e. millennial) Kingdom on Earth. And yes, the sinister Illuminati was operating at full speed in the background.

Unfortunately, at that time, I did not possess the biblical understanding I now have with regard to Christ’s return and the difference between the end times and the last days (Christian Eschatology). The end times of course covers a broader period of time while the last days gets down to specific years with notable occurrences being specifically foretold that will take place.

Guess what? I’m seeing what happened with Hal Lindsey’s book “The Late Great Planet Earth” happen all over again with the coronavirus that we are currently experiencing. Conspiracy Theories abound and if I believed a good number of videos and posts that are readily available on YouTube and various other multimedia venues, Jesus is returning VERY SOON.

Do I believe that we are in the end times or last age? Yes I do, but we’ve been in the end times for a considerable amount of time. Do I believe that Jesus is returning soon? Yes I do but soon to me doesn’t mean this month or this year, or probably the next. I’d have a tendency to say that we are looking at approximately a decade, maybe more, maybe less. Jesus told us to watch for all the signs, and that is exactly what I am doing. Do I believe that we are currently in the last days? Not yet, There are definitely some interesting developments, but there are still a good number of specific events that need to come into place before we enter the last days.

Bear in mind that Jesus was RETURNING SOON, 50 years ago, with The Late Great Planet Earth.

It’s really important to comprehend the type of circular arguments one will get into when discussing conspiracy theories and why they are circular arguments. It’s important to understand what is highly likely to happen next when we do so. Conspiracy theories has to do with speculation (deemed as truth) and what you speculate can indeed differ from what I speculate.

In 1 Timothy 1:2-4 NASB, the Apostle Paul writes the following to Timothy: “To Timothy, my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. Just as I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, to remain on at Ephesus so that you would instruct certain people not to teach strange doctrines,  nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to useless speculation rather than advance the plan of God, which is by faith, so I urge you now.”

Paul’s advice to Timothy was sound, focus on the advancement of the plan of God, which is by faith in Christ crucified. That straight and narrow path is straight and narrow for a reason, don’t lose focus on that reality.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

21 comments

  1. Thanks for the great insight this morning. Conspiracy theories abound and you’re remembering Hal Lindsey is useful. Time has a way of testing the truth. In the meantime, we can focus on the scripture and the Way of Jesus.

    Blessings.

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  2. Bruce ~ since our last election in the States, I have pretty much ignored the news. I figure that I have a job to do: Share the Gospel message with those with who I come in contact and are open to discuss it. When I read Late Great Planet Earth as a “young” Believer, I was convinced that there would be a pre-trib rapture. That was followed by Tim LaHaye’s Left Behind series. Although presented as a very interesting novel, it seemed to validate the pre-trib viewpoint.

    However, when I really dug into the Word for myself, I came away as a mid-tribber hoping the pre-tribbbers were right. Now, I tend to be a post-tribber hoping the mid-tribbers are right.

    All I know for sure is that He will come in His time!

    Good discussion,

    Don

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    • Hi Don, I’m pretty much like yourself, keeping my eyes open and focusing on today and not worrying or speculating about tomorrow. Thank you for taking the time to comment, sincerely appreciated. God’s grace, peace and blessings to you and yours.

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  3. It is important to remember that a conspiracy theory is an explanation of something morally wrong that happened that involves a group of conspirators planning to do this evil. Without (1) a group of conspirators and (2) something morally wrong that occurred there is no conspiracy theory. It is just an explanation of how something happened.

    Considering the snake in Genesis right through Revelation with Satan being chained and then thrown into the lake of fire as an explanation for the moral evil in our world, Christianity is a conspiracy theory. The main conspirators are Satan and the fallen angels deceiving disobedient humans who prefer their own wills over God’s will by joining the conspirators.

    I believe in the account in the Bible, so I would be a conspiracy theorist by my own definition. I also think the election last November was fraudulent. Those who planned this moral evil are the conspirators. Without actually seeing the flipped votes (moral evil) I would not have believed there were conspirators. November 4th was an awakening for me. I still don’t know who all the conspirators are or how it was done. My conspiracy theory is still incomplete.

    Note that an atheist (naturalist) should not have conspiracy theories because there is no ground for moral evil in naturalism. Since there is no moral evil there is no need for conspirators in an atheist’s explanation. Those atheists who do accept moral evil are standing on unacknowledged Christian presuppositions.

    Conspiracy theories rightly imply that moral evil exists and that there are agents who have enough free will to get together and plan this moral evil. Specific conspiracy theory explanations may be wrong and need to be adjusted, but they should not be rejected by labeling them a “conspiracy theory”.

    Anyway, best wishes and blessings. That is what comes to mind after reading your post.

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  4. Bruce, Everyone will be accountable some day for how we spent the time given to us with the mind and talents given us. I’ve chosen to not spend time on things I don’t know for sure, even my own theories.
    If I live to be the same age as my parents when they passed, I have aprox 7,304 days left to live (20 years worth).
    Every morning I will get up and Read the Word and pray (even if outlawed). I will keep mentoring guys by taking them fishing and witnessing to neighbors. I refuse to fear anything but God…he has on any buttons which affect my life. Not any virus, not governments decisions, My way of casting aside every encumbrance to running the race and fix my eyes on Jesus.
    That being said, you keep doing what God has called you to do and be. We only pass this way once and we should be doing what will seem important 100 years from now.

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    • Hi Gary, I’m pretty much going alone on the same lines as you are. There are so many waves on this lake we are on that it can tend to get a little disorienting at times, so I try to help where I can. Some might not agree with me but that is their choice obviously. Thanks for taking the time to comment, sincerely appreciated. Blessings to you and yours!

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  5. Hi Bruce. Good post. Of course, my interest grew when you started talking about the timing of Christ’s return. I’m pretty much right there with you. A decade? A little more? Christians should be motivated to sharing the Gospel as never before!

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    • Hi David, I’m watching closely what happens to Israel but as we can see as of late, things can change very quickly. And you’re right about sharing the Gospel. The fact that it is seriously getting more difficult to share the Gospel, is in itself an alert I would think. Thanks for comments David, always appreciate your insights! Blessings!

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  6. Hey, Bruce! Are things in Nova Scotia as stringent as they are in Alberta? Regardless of where one lives it is becoming increasingly more difficult to be a Christian. My mom lives in FL and she was telling me how some of her Canadian neighbors will have to be quarantined in a hotel when they return to Canada. Is this for real? I am asking sincerely because I thought it was fake news! Anyway, I agree with you there are so many different theories on so many different things. While evangelism and discernment are spiritual gifts, each believer is called to evangelize and exercise discernment in their own lives. May the Lord Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit help us to both to the glory of God the Father. Love and blessings to you and Peggy!!!

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    • Hi Mandy, we haven’t had anyone arrested for preaching the Gospel in church because of the coronavirus restrictions, our numbers are really low right now, 1 (one)new case in all of Nova Scotia, yesterday so we can still have church, just need to practise social distancing and wear masks etc. Your Mom is right, any Canadian returning to Canada has to to go a hotel for two weeks to quarantine, at their own expense I might add. We’re not messing around! We have only 19 active cases in all of Nova Scotia right now. Small province but still a million people. Blessings to you and yours too!

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      • I am encouraged to hear of your low numbers!!!! I saw there was a Pastor arrested in Alberta so I did not know if that was happening in all areas or just this incident. At your own expense, that would really make a person think about traveling! If a person had to travel for work, are there exemptions to this? Are you able to travel in country without issue?

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      • Travelling for work is allowed at the border and between provinces, tests have to be done etc. Most people are just staying within our own provinces etc, if you want to travel, when you come back you are quarantined and yes, travel outside of province is down about 85%. Following the common sense restrictions has got us down to almost zero. Crazy what compliance will do! Blessings!

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  7. Good thoughts, Bruce. Very well thought out and organized. You mentioned Hal Lindsey. Another provocateur back in the day was publisher Jack Chick who blamed every calamity on a worldwide Jesuit conspiracy. I’m not a fan of the Jesuits by any stretch, but Chick’s accusations were beyond ridiculous.

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    • Oh I know, there have been quite a few over the years but nothing like the numbers we are looking at now. I could elaborate on why that is but that wouldn’t be helpful. Thanks Tom for taking the time to comment, sincerely appreciated. Blessings!

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  8. It’s hard to know what to believe these days. Atheists believe we (Christians) are crazy or stupid. If you believe what the mainstream media says, you’re considered naïve, and if you are skeptical of what you hear, you’re a conspiracy theorist. Of course, if there’s really a conspiracy, as has been known to happen in history, that’s not a conspiracy theory, it’s a real conspiracy. There are striking parallels between what happened in other countries when socialists took over and what is happening in America. Is it wise to ignore them? People are predicting some pretty bizarre things, but then bizarre things have happened. Since I’m not sure I would know where to connect which dots, I will keep focusing on Jesus and pray for guidance through Scripture. As for the predictions, I’ll believe them when they happen. (Maybe.)

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    • I hear you Ann and your observations are valid. But I keep remembering the words of Jesus and Paul about not worrying about tomorrow, that nothing today or in the future or in life or in death can separate us from the love of God and it shifts my focus from the “what if’s” to the here and now and what I do know. I know the signs, I’ll know them when they are here, if I am here. And if my redemption is drawing near, I will rejoice. Jesus specifically told us about what would happen so that we would not worry or fear (I have overcome the world) and I am pretty sure He meant it. One perspective looks to what Jesus has done and our life in Him and the other looks to what will possibly come and there is an element of fear there. For myself, I just can’t see Jesus wanting me to do that. I know from experience that He is perfectly able to get me to see what He wants me to see and do what He wants me to do. I will know if He wants me to know and I will move and if He wants me to move , but one way or the other, He’s got me and all of us, and that is all that is important. I can’t focus on the what if’s. And I can only speak for myself when I say that. I don’t know if that helps or not but I hope that it does. Blessings.

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  9. We must focus on Christ and the Gospel. I think with regards to end times, the Bible seems to stress more about being prepared and I suspect that when it happens, it is going to happen fast end times events and that’s why its so surprising for people even though technically its been two thousand years we are waiting.

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