Anti Semitism and conspiracy theories

The contemporary form of anti-Semitism is identified in Britannica 1911 as a conspiracy theory serving the self-understanding of the European aristocracy, whose social power waned with the rise of bourgeois society.

Antisemitic conspiracy theories have been conceived throughout history. According to Kenneth S. Stern,

"Historically, Jews have not fared well around conspiracy theories. Such ideas fuel anti-Semitism. The myths that Jews killed Christ, or poisoned wells, or killed Christian children to bake matzo, or "made up" the Holocaust, or plot to control the world, do not succeed each other; rather, the list of anti-Semitic canards gets longer. The militia movement today believes in the conspiracy theory of the Protocols, even if some call it something else and never mention Jews. From the perspective of history, we know that this is the type of climate in which anti-Semitism can grow."

Some justify involvement with conspiracy theories by claiming that we need to know what is really going on in the world. But what is really going on in the world doesn't matter! What we really need to know is found in these verses:

Matthew 8:24-26

24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Philippians 4:7-9

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Romans 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Ephesians 5:12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

Isaiah 8:11-13 "For the Lord spoke this to me with a strong hand, and he instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people saying, "Do not say, "A conspiracy", to all them to whom this people shall say, "A conspiracy"; neither fear you their fears, nor be afraid." Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread."

References

Christians & Conspiracy Theories Dean and Laura VanDruff

http://www.acts17-11.com/conspire.html

http://www.acts17-11.com/conspire_FAQ.html

Say Ye Not A Conspiracy Dave Eells http://www.etpv.org/2006/saynota.html

Conspiracy Incorporated Joseph Herrin http://www.etpv.org/2002/conspy.html

Secret Things Rhonda Baim http://www.etpv.org/2006/secrett.html

Do Not Focus On The Negative Joh. W. Matutis http://www.etpv.org/2008/dnfotn.html

Report on the Stupider Effect William D. Brehm http://www.etpv.org/1996-97/stupider.html

List Of Conspiracy Theories From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_conspiracy_theories

Urban Legends Reference Pages http://www.snopes.com

About.com Urban Legends http://urbanlegends.about.com/home/

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