Upon the Rise of the Zombie Apocalypse, How Will You Act & Rule?

These are the things you shall do:
Speak each man the truth to his neighbor;
Give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace;
Let none of you think evil in your heart against your neighbor;
And do not love a false oath.
For all these are things that I hate,’
Says the Lord.”  ~Ezekiel 8:16-17

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I believe it to be a very fair question, even though, there is NO likelihood, nor any probability, of such a thing happening. From an imaginative and horror aspect it is intriguing to expand your imagination to let it run wild, at times, as to not lose that childlike quality. IF you are a Walking Dead fan, then the question posited to all is: How will you act? And if the leader of a group of survivors, how will you lead and rule?

Will you be a cruel relentless leader such as the Governor or Negan? Or will you be a live at peace with all, if possible, as King Ezekiel? Or more of the middle of the road as in the likes of Rick Grimes? Only you can truly decide this matter for yourself! But, in my opinion, this is an excellent exercise in our moral philosophies on life. Will we be willing to truly test ourselves? Or, and I am not a fan of the series, but are you “morally flexible” as in the character Saul in “Better Call Saul”? Think about it…

We each have what we perceive of ourselves as our morally superior self, we all have ourselves depicted as the warrior that is possessed within each of us as well; but are we able to make such “judgments” with respect to our own clan, group or society as it’s leader? “Judgments” which are for “truth, justice, and peace” of the group as a whole ? Of course, we each say yes to this question without any forethought to the actual implication of the question, at large…

…BUT…

could you sentence someone to their death? Could you excommunicate someone from your society or clan for the remainder of their natural lives? Could you make such decisions with such harsh ramifications, both for the people of your clan, society, or community as a whole, for the person of whom is the target of the decision, and for the moral mind set of even yourself? Could you?? I have found, even with my own children and grandchildren, while the decision may be necessary…it can be heart wrenching. And consider the life of another which is held in the balance based upon YOUR decision…could you take or order the taking of another’s life because of what they have done? It is one thing to make judgment on someone who has taken the life of another, or had defiled the life of another (rape & molestation) but what of theft in the zombie apocalypse…could you sentence another to die? Would you excommunicate them, only giving them the chance to join another group and yielding them an opportunity to render a revenging attack on you for the “wrong” you committed against him?

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Would YOU be committed to a moral society, community, or clan? And what would, or could, you do to ensure such a “utopia” or paradise of sorts?

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And to just make matters worse, if that is possible, by seeking to create your utopian society – which everyone seems to like accomplishing without any knowledge of how to do so – we tend to fail miserably at the actual journey of creating said paradise for mankind, in general.

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Without a doubt, we will fight every up-hill battle, regardless of it’s actual value for the society at large, or for our own growth & knowledge. Most of the battles we take on, good or bad, have no value for us, nor any value for our clan or people! This is why it is important to prioritize your needs and resources. Even Jesus spoke of the necessity for determining if you had the resources to go to war or not. (reference: Luke 14:31-33 NIV)

“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.

While determining the benefits and welfare of those whom you both serve and care for, you must, at certain points in time, be willing to compromise. Because some of those times when our leaders in the heat of argument and anger, or frustration, tend to get their people into wars that the people had nothing to do with…BUT are forced to send their children into battle for their country’s honor. Remember prior to the time when Saul was made king of Israel? The warning that Samuel gave the Israelites after they desired to have a king:

“This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. ~ 1Samuel 8:10-18 NIV

Our children, and we, will always tend to be food & fodder for wars at the behest of those in charge of the countries at hand…whichever one we happen to be a citizen of at the time!

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But how can you as a leader, as a people, as a society or community or as a clan actually remain as a moral body? You MUST teach, learn, and act from the word of God as an emissary or as an ambassador of Christ and God the Father. It is only through the bible itself that we can learn this and understand this through much prayer! We are but children of God, and brothers to Christ, and vessels for the Holy spirit to accomplish it’s works through, but if we bide our time, learn the word, and apply it diligently in our lives…faith will grow. It was noted that Father Zossima stated, “Love your neighbor, really love him…” and it will really open in your heart the faith that you truly seek. (The original quote escapes me but this was a mish-mash synopsis of it.)

If you are to be a person of God, you will remember this one thing:

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…Give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace…

Within your clan, society, or community YOU must lead & YOU must judge rightly!

May God Richly Bless You My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

Forgiveness & Punishment

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Then the Lord said to Moses: “How long will these people reject Me? And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them? I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.”

And Moses said to the Lord: “Then the Egyptians will hear it, for by Your might You brought these people up from among them, and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that You, Lord, are among these people; that You, Lord, are seen face to face and Your cloud stands above them, and You go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night. Now if You kill these people as one man, then the nations which have heard of Your fame will speak, saying, ‘Because the Lord was not able to bring this people to the land which He swore to give them, therefore He killed them in the wilderness.’  And now, I pray, let the power of my Lord be great, just as You have spoken, saying,  ‘The Lord is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation. Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of Your mercy, just as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.”

Then the Lord said: “I have pardoned, according to your word; but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice,  they certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it. But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.  Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwell in the valley; tomorrow turn and move out into the wilderness by the Way of the Red Sea.” ~Numbers 14:11-25 NKJV

Even though God forgave the Israelites at the behest of Moses, He still knew that this choicespresent generation (20 years of age and older are considered adults in the eyes of the Old testament.) Even though man is forgiven his transgression and iniquities which he has committed, He still must receive punishment and chastisement for them. We are not immune from the judgment of God.

Even though, we as followers of Christ, believers in the Lord Jesus, and are saved by the grace of God…we are also sinful men who always remain in the nature of man, i.e. sinful and evil. Otherwise, under the grace of salvation of the One True God through the Lord Jesus the Christ, we would no longer possess our greatest gift and curse…choice. There are those who believe, choices1“Once saved always saved.” I, of course, do not believe this and believe it to be a misinterpretation of the biblical doctrine. To follow Jesus and live under God’s laws and commandments is, and always will be, a choice. A momentary, daily, weekly, annual, and life choice with eternal consequences. If we are, “Once saved always saved,” what prevents any of us from choosing to do evil? Think on that! Because if we are in such a state of grace by God, and at such a point in time that we cannot do any wrong that we lose our salvation, then we are free to do as we please…much as a heathen or hedonist. Throughout the Psalms and all that was written on King David, we see, despite his being a man after God’s own heart, the apple of His eye, he also knew that he was in constant danger of judgment by his own Creator. We are much in the same boat, if you will.

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All throughout the biblical text, we are constantly in a struggle of good versus evil. We are steeped in evil from our youth and when we face the music and see our path is going in the wrong direction we then seek to better ourselves. With that said, we tend to screw-up and revert back to our old selves. Which, regardless of how you look at it, is a choice; whether it is coaxed, cajoled, enticed, lured, or guided…you chose to give in to the “dark side”! (Sorry, couldn’t help the STAR WARS pun! lol)

While reading Stu Weber’s book SPIRIT WARRIORS, I came across this tid-bit:

“The Bible teaches that homosexual behavior is wrong and sinful, but it never holds a demon accountable for it. It is a human sin and a clear human responsibility, not a demonic problem.” page 141

It is very true that not just homosexual behavior is wrong & sinful in God’s eyes, but I will go one step further by saying that anything going against the Commandments of God are wrong & sinful in God’s eyes! After all, they are NOT the Ten Suggestions, are they??

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Forgiveness and punishment go hand in hand, God, our parents, brothers, sisters, friends, etc. will forgive us if they are true. God is always true, but we must be true in our hearts and He can see our hearts. But eventually we will be punished for out life of wrongs as there are consequences for our actions…each and every one of them.

For God will bring every work into judgment,
Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil. ~Ecclesiastes 12:14 NKJV

While this is from the Book of Ecclesiastes, a poetical book of wisdom, and if the fear of God is the beginning of all wisdom…wouldn’t it be wise to pay attention to to the wisdom passed on to us from those generations from days long gone by? Especially if that wisdom was, in-fact, inspired by God as put forth in the Epistle of 2 Timothy?

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. ~2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV

While we may have been forgiven of all our sins, our punishment may be a lower positioning in the heavenly realm – as inspired by Dante Alighieri’s  Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise and the multiple levels and stations within each of those realms.

What we as the species of man fail to either remember or understand is the fact that when we do something wrong, something must compensate for such wrongness and iniquity. Until we get right with God by asking His forgiveness – we are separated from God until we recognize we did such and admit to such. We are reminded that:

But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear. ~Isaiah 59:2 NKJV

But we are also reminded that when we cry out to God from our perceived grave of separation from God, that He will hear our cries and pleas in the Book of Jonah:

Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the fish’s belly. And he said: “I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction, And He answered me. “Out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
And You heard my voice…So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. ~Jonah 2:1-2, 10 NKJV

There are many of you out there that will disagree with my belief, or assessment, be that as it may as I have stated several times throughout my writings…DO NOT TRUST ME OR ANYONE ELSE…VERIFY WHAT IS SPOKEN TO YOU AND ENSURE WHAT IS TAUGHT TO YOU IS ASCRIBED TO IN THE BIBLE!

Understand this, if nothing else is taken away from any of my writings, that YOU as well as I and everyone else were commanded to and commissioned by Jesus to:

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. ~Matthew 22:37 NKJV

What this means to all of us is we are to use our intellect and reason to understand and our hearts share with others and our souls as an umbilical cord to God in order to understand what is being taught to us. We are to pass this information on to (The Great Commission) our fellow man, our brothers, our sisters, our neighbors in order to help guide them to salvation. In so doing, we are to follow the command of Jesus to love our neighbor as ourselves, as spoken in The Great Commandment and of the Old Testament Great Commandment. So, do you think we can uphold the two commands of Jesus which were a synopsis of 10 commandments and numerous laws? Man being steeped in evil from his youth it is not likely as we will fail time and again…BUT God is Great and will forgive us if our hearts are truly repentant!

Hope you enjoyed this one…God Bless you all!

May God Richly Bless You My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

 

Mix-N-Match Jesus…the American Way…Right?

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America, land of the free and home of the brave! You can say and believe anything! And it is even better if you can get others to believe the same. America! The home of the right to freedom of speech and religion. But can all that freedom be the undoing of America???

<based upon Challenge or Chapter #6 the case for the real Jesus – 73%>

We are presently, worldwide and not just in America, where we create our own Mix-n-Match Jesus! Think about that for a moment…just consider the facts:

  1. How many sects of Christianity exist in the world today? Latest numbers indicate in excess of 40,000 separate and distinct denominations of Christianity throughout the world. And what, you may ask, does it take to have a “separate and distinctly different denomination”? Just one tenet, just one word change within a tenet or doctrine…Yes, that is all it takes! Comparatively speaking it doesn’t make it much different but due to that one change it makes it more “unique,” if you will.
  2. Some denominations believe in drinking in moderation, as depicted in the bible. Other denominations are quite the opposite where drinking is prohibited because you MAY cause a brother or a sister to stumble in their walk with God. (As is inferred by the writings of the Apostle Paul and the Prophet Ezekiel.) Of course, other denominations have opposing views about marriage, snakes, dancing, and the list goes on and on.
  3. Some believers acknowledge Jesus as being White-Anglo-Saxon-Protestan, Others see Him as a white southern boy with a rebel heart, Others see Him as the Pope (but on a much grander scale), others see Him as a Black man, others as Oriental, and of course now there is the crowd that sees Jesus as not a man but a woman, a queer, a homosexual, or even a transgender person. And let us not forget the ever popular Kanye West’s Book of Yezus! (And I am certain this is not an all inclusive look into the ideologies of all denominations!)

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According to Lee Strobel in his book “The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ”we are, essentially, living in a world of do-it-yourself spirituality. Man reads of God and His commandments, moral doctrines & tenets, laws, etc. And since mankind does not like the way things are, he has to change them for his own good. Because once man changes it, it will make everyone else feel better about themselves. And why does man do this..?..he does this to garner support from others so they too can feel good about themselves. And lo and behold, a new religion is born, a new denomination of Christianity arises. Man seems to think that God is too strict and since mankind as a whole ‘feels’ so bad about himself, which is not good in the eyes of his fellow man. His fellow man changes a few things so his fellow man can feel better about himself. There you have it. A new religion, a new denomination, and a new 501(c)3 Non-profit Organization is born into the world, in order to collect millions from it’s followers.

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If you are tired of feeling bad about yourself…you don’t have to repent and change your ways. NO! You can just become a member of a new organization which says all you want to believe about God…no need in paying attention to what the bible ACTUALLY says about God…it is all about interpretation and sleight of hand! Voilà you have become a new man, or woman, in the eyes of your fellow man in the name of God (the one he fashioned after the desires of your heart!) You may as well have accomplished a lobotomy on yourself.

What is it that I have heard over the years about people’s personal beliefs about God:

  1. God doesn’t really send people to hell.
  2. If God is all good, why is there evil?
  3. God promised me…
  4. God could not possibly exist because there is evil, hate, murder, war, etc.
  5. God is the basis of a religion that judges, why can’t I just be a good person?

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But what most people fail to realize is that God created man to live by His rules and commandments and His word. But as man comes to a point of reality in his own life where God does not quickly and swiftly correct and chastise him for his wrong doing, man becomes bolder and bolder in his actions against God and His will. This separating man from God, man increasingly becomes a god in his own right and in his own mind. All things are permissible when you either believe you are god, or there is no god/God. And we see this truism through the biblical texts of Sodom & Gomorrah, Jonah, the trials of King David, Gideon, Joshua, and others. Man forgets that quick and swift judgment of God is not the same as man’s quick and swift judgment. God can judge you up until your last breath, allowing you the ability to change your evil ways, or after your final breath and grant you eternal judgment; on the other hand, man intends “quick and swift judgment” to mean right after your iniquity is perpetrated, or soon thereafter.

Consider, I implore you, to take God at His word and understand His word. This can only be done through continual lifelong reading and studying. This is a lifelong commitment. And when you read and study the Word of God, you must make it a point to study, and research, the culture and understanding of the words written. And after a time when you have gotten comfortable with that aspect of God’s Word, you might even consider a deeper understanding through the study and research of the Greek, Aramaic, Syriac, and Hebrew writings. By leaning such you will deeply enrich your understanding and the intended meanings of the written Word. An added dimension, if you will.

As a word of warning, do not give in to your base desires to create a mix-n-match Jesus and/or God, but study and research so you will enhance your true understanding of God, God’s meaning of life, and God’s purpose for you in this life. Seek Him and He will be found by YOU!

May God Richly Bless You My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

 

Our Present Culture of Abomination

Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed; Nor did they know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; At the time I punish them, They shall be cast down,” says the Lord. ~Jeremiah 6:15 NKJV

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As we slowly change, as an individual or as a society, we become more brazen in our acts against God. It is second nature to us, after all look closely at the Book of Genesis and the occurrences within it of man taking advantage of his neighbor & brother. Look closely at our mates taking advantage of our naivete. Look ever-so closely at our brothers not gaining their way an become so enraged at the fact that things tend to come easy to us, in some respects. The jealousy and envious behaviors build up to a spitefulness, anger, or even to a point of murderous rage. Regardless of how harmless any person sees either themselves or others we each have this capacity of disgust, hate, envy, and anger. Consider what is noted of us in the Book of Genesis after the flood waters subsided:

the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth ~Genesis 8:21 NKJV

This verse highlights the promise of God not to destroy man again with flood waters, but also noted an observational fact about what is, in my opinion, both based upon the gift of choice and foolhardy decisions. The gift of choice. It is through this one aspect, combined with anger, joy, love, rage, jealousy, and envy that we could be the most benevolent of creatures on the face of this earth or the opposite extreme where we are the most vile abominations in the sight of God Himself! We choose these paths, due to the mixing of emotions instead of thought and wisdom. Truly a very sad bookmark in the history of man.

Each and every man, woman, and child has the earmarks of this deep, within their very being. It is inherent to our make-up and innate to our very essence, being, and nature. I was recently pondering over my childhood and some things that occurred. I was not a very good kid, within the scheme of things…overall, perhaps, but in the context of certain things…NO! I was that kid, or person, that Paul spoke of Romans 3:10. In fact, I was the very antithesis of such a statement! Sad to admit, but quite true.

Well, enough blathering about such things…it is not all about me. But the point I am making hers is this: Every individual, and inherently each and every society, first walks sin-separatesaway from God because he/she does not think He is paying attention. When that happens, man becomes more brazen and bold in his separation from God by turning toward hedonism and further on with the belief that, “if there is not God then all things are permissible.” We spoke on that briefly in my post Woe To You… (January 23, 2017). As man becomes more and more at ease with his new self and his new immoral habits, life just goes downhill from there. Why? you might ask…well, look at it this way: As we each take on a new habit (good or bad), it slowly or quickly expands in its nature and scope. Man has a nature of indulgence and sinfulness. The further we separate ourselves from God, He becomes a distant memory…almost a joke in some instances. While God wants us to follow Him, naturally and by choice, but man just wants to be set loose — much like a child in a candy or toy store! At some point in time God will place feelers in your path, perhaps signs or warnings, maybe even a neon sign. These, as with the Ninevites, God is sending you a message to come back or else, because judgement is pending against you.

You have two choices at this point: Ignore the message(s) and warning(s) from God OR Pay attention to the sign(s) and warning(s) of God and REPENT and change your ways! In the book of Jonah it is shown that God is a loving and forgiving God, and if YOU sincerely repent of your actions within your heart, God will turn aside from His judgement and never-to-lateremember your sin no more. In fact, as time progressed you will be blessed abundantly! But again, this is the decision you must make while at the crossroads in your life and in your walk with God. The fact that it is never too late is proven in Jonah, because so long as you have breath and you are able to stand and pray and praise…it is never too late! It becomes too late only after you have drawn your final breath! Both Sodom and Gomorrah learned that God would have no more of their sinfulness. Upon the execution of God’s Judgement on both Sodom and Gomorrah…it was now too late for them to repent. In the Book of Jonah, the Ninevites listened to Jonah’s warning from God and they paid attention! And they REPENTED of their actions and deeds! And they turned to God, shunning their evil ways. Historically, their repentance and return to God and His ways lasted about 100+ years, where Nineveh was finally conquered and destroyed. But that is another topic, perhaps for another blog post.

Just remember this…

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We each, individually, can do nothing significant…but we can do something! And through groups of like minded individuals we can change whole societies, just by taking that lone step to stand up to our society and dare to challenge it to be something different that what it presently is or is becoming. Regardless of what topic you take where people wanted change to occur they stood up. Even if they were alone! It is irrelevant if you agree with their message, but it is incumbent upon us to change our societies for the better and for the glory of God!

…make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age…~Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV

We are challenged to make changes through the missions we participate or lead, through our ministries, through our daily lives just by carrying on casual conversations. This is the Great Commission that was conferred upon us by Jesus…that His Father’s will be followed and shown to all in our daily lives. The only way we can change the present turn of events within our society is by forcing society to recognize that God IS watching and judgement IS pending. If your fellow man does not pay attention then you are safe. If you do not warn your fellow man, he will die for his own sins but you are liable for his blood because you and I are obligated to warn our neighbors, brothers, and fellow man.

“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul. “Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. ~Ezekiel 3:17-20 NKJV

Take the warning of God’s Word…it is there for all to see, but not everyone reads, sees, or understands it!

May God Richly Bless You My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD