posted on Oct, 23 2002 @ 12:02 PM
Well, itís been an interesting couple of weeks here at ATS. Given the return of extreme theistic posts, and the recent events of Jerry Falwell's
influence in our government, it seems like a good time for the return of this topic.
Stepping back to consider all that has happened, and combining that with thoughts of historical events, we can see patterns. I like patterns. History
has patterns, people have patterns, people make history, and as we know history always repeats.
From time to time, we encounter extreme theists here on ATS. After some time reviewing other forums (including fundamentalist discussion boards), we
are not alone. Also, in my involvement online (beginning with early political conspiracy BBS forums in 1985, 300 baud, woo-hoo!), extreme theists are
always just around the corner, and always the same.
But unlike many non-theists, Iíve had a look at the inside of extreme theism. I was once an extremist in training. I was being taught to believe that
anyone who was not ìsavedî would go to hell. I was told not to have any friends who were not ìsaved,î not to read material written by people not
ìsaved,î not to listen to music performed by people not ìsaved,î and so on.
Many years later (26!), I can see the results of this type of extreme theist training in several people I meet in person, and encounter online. The
extreme theist is unable to regard any topic without some kind of Godly consideration. To the extreme theist, every stressful world event portends the
end-times. Indeed, the extreme theist ìtrainingî encourages rapt anticipation of the end-times described in Revelation. Forget that billions might
suffer horrible pain and suffering, the end is coming the end is coming! Hurray!
The extreme theist created from this kind of conspiracy of spirit, is intolerant to anything not of their brand of theism. They have been deeply
conditioned to believe their interpretation of Christianity (or Islam, or what-have-you) is the one and only true version of the dogma. The extremist
may go as far as bombing abortion clinics, or strapping TNT to their bodies and running into crowded areas.
But you donít need to be extreme to be part of the ìextreme theism conspiracy.î More moderate Christians often donít deny the views of the extremists,
theyíre just not ready to state them with such veracity. Aspects of the extreme theist thinking find their way into more moderate theists. Recent
revelations of extreme fundamentalist influence in our country's policy is disturbing.
Herein lies the danger to humanity. Consider for a moment (please) you and your teachers may be mistaken. Will the overwhelming mass of humanity with
the same root God, but conflicting beliefs (Judaism, Islam, Christianity), bring about end-times? Will we reach a critical mass of extremism in all
three religions that cause the unstoppable chain reaction no matter what we do? In this case, is fervent belief in prophecy, causing humans to move
events so that prophecy is fulfilled?
If this is not a conspiracy, what is?