A few weeks ago I was driving very early to the airport for a business trip. On the radio was a program called Coast to Coast. It is a show that runs 1 to 5 in the morning. It is mostly conspiracy theories, aliens, crop circles and the like. The topic of the morning I listened was on governments implanting microchips into people, and that the people committing the recent mass murders all have a chip implanted in them and are being controlled by sinister forces in the government. One caller speculated that  Lee Harvey Oswald had a chip in him and was directed to do the killing of JFK, though the host added that at that time the chip would have been very primitive and bulky.

As I drove I listened to caller after caller relate how they have a family member or friend who they were sure had been taken over by an implanted microchip. The host had an “expert” guest on who claims he was a victim of these implanted chips and that 1/3 to 1/2 of all Americans have this chip implanted. The guest would engage with the callers, and validate their suspicions. I was thinking how crazy these callers are, and how gullible people are to ideas like this.

Then it dawned on me that maybe I wasn’t any different. At one time I believed an alien (angel) appeared to Joseph Smith, gave him a gold book and rocks to interpret the book. I believed these other aliens gave Joseph power over other people, and that he could share that power with others if he put his hands on their head.

The Church of Scientology if often the butt of jokes with their origin story of Xenu and the Galactic Federation. Does that sound any crazier than Kolob, the planet closest to God’s throne, the planet that controls all the other planets, and from which its light is the source of energy for other creations?

I now have a little more compassion for these late night callers. Who am I to throw stones at others when I lived in one of the most elaborate glass houses around?

What are your thoughts on people that believe the earth is flat, that the moon landing was fake, or that the earth is hollow and the Ten Tribes will appear coming our of the north Pole?

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