With all the news floating around on social media and television about the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, the recent catastrophes of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and much, much more. It’s no wonder that the conspiracy sages have crawled out from their hiding places with all kinds of explanations and motives for these devastating actions.

I am mindful of a couple of my favorite movies from years past. The first being a 1997 movie starring Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts in a flick titled of all things "Conspiracy Theory."

It’s about a man obsessed with conspiracy theories who becomes a target after one of his theories turns out to be true. Unfortunately, in order to save himself, he has to figure out which theory it is.

The second stars Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, and Janet Leigh. It’s a 1962 film entitled "The Manchurian Candidate" about a former prisoner of war who is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy.

The Las Vegas incident has not offered any official motive but law enforcement says it was the work of a single crazed shooter from the 32nd floor of a Casino Hotel. However conspiracy theorists have conjured up that there is a government cover-up and that there were multiple shooters.

It was the same with the hurricanes...floating around social media. The "prophets of doom" (conspiracy theorists) were preying on people's fears that the end of the world is coming about because of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. They were ridiculously pulling scripture out of context and interpreting the Bible to fit their schemes. The following was circulating Facebook and was being shared by gullible individuals who think that this is a prediction of that which is to occur...

The solar eclipse occurred on August 21 and Hurricane Harvey hit landfall on August 25 and flooding started on the August 26.

NOW LOOK UP LUKE 21:25-26.

[25] "There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. [26] Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.

Keep reading [27] At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. [28] When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."

Harvey means "warrior or soldier." Corpus Christi means "body of Christ" which is where Harvey made landfall! Now we have Hurricane Irma. Irma means "warrior goddess or goddess of war."

You know, FEAR SELLS! Individuals are getting rich out of scaring people with numbers and words like 666, Antichrist, Illuminati, Conspiracy Theories, Area 51 and the like.

You would have thought we would have learned our lesson in 1964 with the JFK killing conspiracy theory. But then people like to see and hear about fear. They like to believe in some guru that has some so-called special knowledge and insight. Don’t think so? Remember the hundreds who drank the poisoned punch in Jonestown, Guyana. Or tell that to those who allowed themselves to be burned to death in Waco, Texas.

See you next Sunday.

Bob Fettes is a semi-retired Cambridge businessman and columnist for The Sunday Jeffersonian. He can be reached at nancopiz@yahoo.com.