They Refused the Love of the Truth: Mass Formation Psychosis


“…and with every wicked deception directed against those who are perishing, because they refused the love of the truth that would have saved them. For this reason, God will send them a powerful delusion so that they believe the lie, in order that judgment may come upon all who have disbelieved the truth and delighted in wickedness.”
2 Thessalonians 2:10-12

They refused the love of the truth that would have saved them.

There has been much discussion swirling around the internet about a psychological concept called mass formation psychosis. Surely, you’re aware of it. In a nutshell, this psychological phenomenon describes a kind of powerful “group think” that takes hold of large numbers of people at the same time, drawing them into a type of group hypnotic state where they think alike, feel alike and quickly respond to outside suggestions in a similar manner. It is as if the group has been hypnotized.

Dr.Robert Malone, the inventor of mRNA technology appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast talking about mass formation psychosis, and for this sin, the left has demanded that Rogan’s wildly popular podcast be de-platformed. In another podcast about mass formation with Dr. Malone, Dr. Mattias Desmet a Professor in Clinical Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at Ghent University, Belgium went into significant detail about the conditions that can lead to mass formation and how he believes that these very conditions have existed surrounding the COVID pandemic response. Dr. Desmet believes that mass formation explains the sheer lunacy that we have witnessed in not only the governmental response to this pandemic, but more importantly, in the response of so many of our fellow Americans– the super-hyper focus on ineffective vaccines as the only possible solution and the demonization of the “unvaccinated.”

I recorded an entire podcast about mass formation and Torah that can be found at But for our purposes here, I want to focus on one thing that Dr. Malone and Dr. Desmet talked about: What makes someone susceptible to mass formation? While they acknowledged that those who actively resist mass formation are a varied lot, they speculated that there are two types of personal psychological structures that differentiate those who fall to the allure of mass formation and those who do not: the former find their stability, meaning, and purpose in identifying with a group vs the latter who find stability purpose and meaning by searching for truth- even if it goes against the dominant group narrative and causes great discomfort or pain for them personally.

The search for truth.

Is this search what keeps some of us from going over the cliff with the crowd? I have always set the search for knowledge and truth as a primary goal of my life. In fact, if you ask anyone who knows me, you can verify that the Bible verse that motivates my entire life is Hosea 4:6: “My people are destroyed by lack of knowledge.” I am therefore a voracious reader and student, not just of the Bible but of other knowledge too. But I do set God’s truth as my plumbline. Personally, I don’t care about anyone’s personal truth. The phrase: “This is my truth” is ridiculous. You can have your own lived experiences, your own feelings, your own opinions. But you cannot have your own truth.

Unfortunately, we have been conditioned to believe that we can have our own truth. This is why our society is ripe for mass formation psychosis. Many in our society believe that marriage can be between any two consenting individuals, not the antiquated idea of one man and one woman. Gender? God didn’t assign that at my birth. I’ll decide if I’m a woman or a man today– thank you. I don’t need God to determine that for me. In fact, I am God. I have eaten of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil so I can determine what is right and what is wrong. I can determine my own truth.

— except for one tiny little fact– if I think like this, I am deluded.

The Bible tells us that those who refuse to love the truth– God’s truth– submit themselves to delusion. In fact, the Apostle Paul tells us in 2 Thessalonians that God Himself hands them over to delusion. I know that is a difficult pill for some to swallow, especially for those who have learned that God is merciful but not just. (Ahhh, but that is another post entirely.) This idea of being turned over to delusion is similar to the concept of God hardening Pharaoh’s heart. The Hebrew word for “harden” means to “strengthen.” God strengthened what was already in Pharaoh’s heart. When God turns someone over to delusion, He is only clearing the path to destruction that they have already chosen to follow. Choice by choice, decision by decision, they forge their own wicked path and at some point, there is literally no turning back.

The Hebrew word for truth is EMET. It is written with an Aleph, a Mem, and a Tav– the first, middle, and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet. How telling. In Hebrew, truth starts at the beginning, includes everything in the middle, and goes all the way to the end. Truth doesn’t just show up halfway down the road as some new kind of revelation. It is what was at the beginning and will be at the very end. We cannot escape God’s truth. Oh, we try– we run from it, we wrestle with it, we ignore it, and we distort it, but we can never escape it. For this reason, it is wise for us to seek it out. If you don’t want to go over the cliff with everyone else, seek out God’s truth. Start at the beginning of truth– Genesis–and go all the way to the end.

It is our only hope for escaping the mass insanity of the world around us.

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  1. Caryn Thatcher

    Kathy Mardirosian (View Comment):

    @ caryn

    I want to start off by saying that I appreciate your honesty and willingness to share your thoughts and feelings. I also appreciate the kindness and respect of everyone on this thread. We all know that participation in the Ricochet community does not mean that we will always agree with each other, but it is good to be in a community of thoughtful and respectful communicators.

    It might be helpful if we started over and got to know each other.

    I have spent the last 20 years studying Torah, focusing on the weekly Torah portions as millions of Jews around the world do each week. I have often learned from Rabbis and Jewish friends who have always been eager to share their knowledge with me.

    My calling is and always has been to teach Christians all of God’s word. My Holy book begins with Genesis, and I greatly respect, honor and believe every word of the Tanakh. For 20 years I have taught Christians about the Hebraic roots of their faith and the primacy of Israel and the Jewish people in God’s plan of redemption for the entire world. I stand strongly against replacement theology and recognize the intense harm, destruction and death it has caused the Jewish people. Unlike other Christians, I believe that Yeshua was 100% Torah- observant and I don’t subscribe to the Christian idea that he was anything less. This belief doesn’t always gain me friends and allies in the Christian community, but my goal is not to make friends but to seek truth.

    I agree that it is important that Jewish people do not assimilate (the lesson of the story of Chanukah) but be a kingdom of priests:

    (Exodus 19:6) But you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the children of Yisrael.

    I have nothing but love and respect for Jewish people and was not attempting to be deceptive or hurtful in any way. I have lived a large portion of my adult life as an advocate for Israel and the Jewish people and will continue to do so. I fully understand the horrific events of the Holocaust were perpetrated by many who professed to be Christians; the reasons for that are too numerous and involved for this discussion. But I live my life humbly serving Jewish people and do not subscribe to the tactics you listed and hate.

    One of my motivating verses for studying and teaching other Christians Torah is

    And the many peoples shall go and say: “Come, let us go up to the Mount of Hashem, To the House of the God of Yaacov. That He may instruct us in His ways, and that we may walk in His paths.” For instruction shall come forth from Tzion. The word of Hashem from Yerushalayim. (Isaiah 2:3)




    It appears that I have been unjust to you and, for that, I apologize.  I suspect we could be friends and, perhaps, even learn together.  I wish you had jumped in sooner and clarified, though.  Or perhaps I should have written to you privately.  Again, apologies.

    One thing, though, and I don’t mean it to take away from my apology.  Having been an advocate for the Jewish people and Israel, do you understand my response?  Do you know of the deceptive practices used against us and see why I was so suspicious?  It’s too late to change a podcast title or web address, but in future, perhaps using something like “Torah for Christians” would be clearer.  You may already be aware of it, but this is a book you might find interesting.  I certainly did.  Interesting things are afoot around the world.  

    I think we can be allies.  I wish I’d known that sooner.  All best regards,


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  2. Steven Seward Member
    Steven Seward

    philo (View Comment):

    As a lowly, yet anxious, layman and innocent bystander who hung on to this conversation deep into the second page expecting fireworks, I now feel the big one coming…

    And like Fred Sanford………. the big one never came………

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  3. Caryn Thatcher

    philo (View Comment):

    As a lowly, yet anxious, layman and innocent bystander who hung on to this conversation deep into the second page expecting fireworks, I now feel the big one coming…

    I hope I didn’t disappoint.  I didn’t see your comment until after I’d posted mine.  (BTW, are you Philo, as in from Alexandria or “philo” the suffix, or philo something entirely else?) 

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  4. Saint Augustine Member
    Saint Augustine

    Caryn (View Comment):

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    Caryn (View Comment):
    Christianity became an alternate religion when the Law–the Torah–was thrown out and the new, easier version adopted by the Romans.

    Who did that, and when?

    Do you maintain a kosher diet as outlined in Leviticus? There’s a lot more than that, but it’s a good starting place.


    BTW, no Jewish teacher asks a non-Jew to do so.

    And thus you refute yourself. If a law never applied to me, how am I throwing it out by not keeping it?

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  5. Saint Augustine Member
    Saint Augustine

    Caryn (View Comment):

    I suspect you suspect wrongly.  It’s quite probable I know at least as much about Christianity–in both Catholic and many Protestant/Evangelical (Calvinist and Arminian; I know less from the Lutheran perspective)–as you think you know about Judaism.

    There is no “Torah-based interpretation of Jesus” to think about because Jesus doesn’t come from the Torah.  There is only post hoc Jesus-based interpretation of Torah.

    Apparently you know nothing at all about Christian theology. I would suggest N. T. Wright as a good starting point. If you are, as you seem not to be, willing to learn.

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  6. philo Member

    Caryn (View Comment): I hope I didn’t disappoint. 

    Never, I just enjoy the (non-NT) spirited discussions when they pop up.

    Caryn (View Comment):  (BTW, are you Philo, as in from Alexandria or “philo” the suffix, or philo something entirely else?) 

    That really is a mystery but most days around here this is your best bet:

    9 Philo Beddoe ideas | clint eastwood, clint, philo

    Here, with my editor:

    9 Philo Beddoe ideas | clint eastwood, clint, philo

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