I've been intrigued by the possibility of their existence since my early adult years when I was first clued in to them by a friend. I'll admit that I've been on both sides of the fence as far as what I actually believe about these "shadow government" organizations. I mean...are the Bilderbergers really bent on world domination? What about the Illuminati...who are they? There's the Council on Foreign Relations, the United Nations, and of course the Freemasons for us to keep our eye's on!
But I've left someone out of my previous listing, someone who is as I understand it a key behind the scenes player in all the other scenario's. Someone who's stated objectives aren't limited to merely ruling the world under a central government structure.... No, someone who instead has their eye on the big picture, who's not playing for the chump change of this mist that appears for a while we call a life but instead for keeps, for all...
Do we, is there, can he? whoa, whoa, my conspiracy fascinated friend!
Perhaps the short answer here is YES! But NO!
Lets start with a look at our "shadow" enemy's declared mission statement...
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:
And our Saviors answer...
I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly
I just have to stop right here and say this...
Praise You Jesus, for you are the way,the truth,and the life! Praise you for Your amazing and abundant love given to each of us!
A Conspiracy? If you're a child of God there's definitely one against you! And just as it is with any true conspiracy or plan, secrecy is essential to it's success. The usual tactic is to take full advantage of the darkness or the ignorance of the victim who never see's it coming and typically isn't prepared for it at all.
C S Lewis said it like this...
“There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.”
I think we're pretty good at doing both here in America...
According to Christian pollster George Barna, 60 percent of American adults contend that Satan does not exist but is merely a "symbol of evil." In 2005 Barna also reported that 46% of born again Christians deny Satan’s existence. It's certainly not my intent to promote any unhealthy interest or preoccupation with our enemy, but based on these statistics I'm thinking a higher awareness than what we presently claim to have might be beneficial to us in many ways.
In all of those moments our enemies attack seems the most acute, we can, instead of being full of despair, do as the Apostle Paul did and rejoice in the persecution that's directed upon us for his name sake! Are all of our most challenging circumstances in this life examples of persecution? Of course not! There have been times in my life when I have felt persecuted or under spiritual attack and yet there have been other situations that were entirely my own doing! But even the wisdom to discern what is ours to change and the courage and strength to then do so are gifts from God! Neither am I saying that we should give thanks for all things but instead that we should give thanks IN all things! Praising God is our greatest weapon against the enemy! If, in the midst of our own affliction's or those of others we can't bring comfort and hope by revisiting our own stories of despair and deliverance we have I believe been spared by God in vain!
2 Corinthians 1:4
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
Everyday the full arsenal of the enemies weapons are arrayed against each of us! Only one who's walked down the same road as us can really know how we feel. Only someone who knows how it feels understands that we can't judge others because all of us have either been there before ourselves and were delivered from it, are there now, or will in the future go through something similar. We must stand together and support each other in love when we're going through trials! If we as members of Gods family view spiritual attack's against the brethren as nothing more than some "conspiracy theory" we're all in trouble! If we have no awareness of, or compassion for those experiencing these very real struggles in life and who are presently feeling the brunt of the terrible weapons our enemy uses to beat down our brothers and sisters in Christ then our problem is manifest in that we ourselves are also easy prey!
1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.