What If We Lived In A World Without Law & Order?


We could do what we wanted? It would be fun? No limits on what you do? And the list goes on and on, but one thing remains true…it would be utter chaos!

While it is true that it would be absolute chaos, as there would be no moral standard that all would follow. Even those that believe there is no God hold to the tenet “if there is no God, then all things are permissible!” (Father  Zosima, Brother Krazminov by Fydor Dostyevsky) In a world without law and order, then there would be no actual standard to follow and therefore each and everyone would do as they pleased. Gangs would be running rampant and destroying those who desired to have some semblance of morality in their lives. Of course, to no avail. Rape, pillaging, pedophilia, theft, murder, etc. would be the rule of the day. Without limits, the most evil beliefs of the possibilities of man would come to bear. There would be constant warfare going on in the life of everyone that lived. There would be no rest for the weary or the wicked. Each would have to stand guard over their lives and those of their fellow clansmen at all times. And would have to place their lives on the line in order to defend their family…at all times!

For if the truth of God has increased through my lie to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner? And why not say, “Let us do evil that good may come”?—as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say. Their condemnation is just. ~Romans 3:7-8 NKJV

We would have a difficult time of it, proving our point that God’s will is furthered and better served by lying, and other sins (any for of evil that would be be espoused). Consider the fact that in the Muslim faith of Islam, it is specifically stated that:

Qur’an 3:54—And they (the unbelievers) planned to deceive, and Allah planned to deceive (the unbelievers), and Allah is the best of deceivers.

Qur’an 7:99—Are they then safe from Allah’s deception? No one feels safe from Allah’s deception except those that shall perish.

Qur’an 8:30—And (remember) when the unbelievers plotted deception against you (O Muhammad), to imprison you, or kill you, or expel you. They plotted deception, but Allah also plotted deception; and Allah is the best of deceivers.

If we are to feel safe with our Creator, should not our creator be honorable and trustworthy in His word to us, His promises, His historical recounting of the past and the foretelling of the future? In the above passages from the Qur’an, in my opinion, NO ONE is able to trust Allah’s word or promises. As Allah is the best of deceivers (they’re words not mine) and therefore (One can reasonably infer) can lie and be deceitful to even those that follow him. This of course ties in to the doctrine of al Taqiyya

(Arabic: تقیة‎‎ taqiyyah, literally “prudence, fear”) is an Islamic term which refers to precautionary dissimulation or denial of religious belief and practice in the face of persecution. Another term for this concept, kitmān (lit. “action of covering, dissimulation”), has a more specific meaning of dissimulation by silence or omission.

This practice is emphasized in Shia Islam whereby adherents are permitted to conceal their religion when under threat of persecution or compulsion. However, it is also permitted in Sunni Islam under certain circumstances. (see reference)

This being said, the Muslim who follows Islam cannot be trusted, even those who are moderates. The reason being that they could be “concealing their religion” due to a real or perceived threat of persecution. This is the perfect religious guise to follow for such a lawless society; in that, you hide your religious belief and (as Mohammad had done in the 620s AD) built up his following of Islam. Made a treaty (10 year promissory) with those in Mecca to prevent their annihilation, upon the building up of a sizable force, four years later attacked Mecca under the guise of being a friend and non-aggressor and conquered the city of Mecca. Dishonorable of anyone to not honor their peace treaty…if not trustworthy under a peace treaty, how can they be trusted at any point in time?? Islam is a religious belief, a militaristic mindset, and a political governing ideology. And at no point in time can it’s leadership be trusted to keep their word, as they will seek to conquer all who do not believe in Allah.

Am I saying that the Islamic faith will be paramount in this lawless and chaotic environment? No, but they are very well organized and will run in the background while they are ruled by others until they make their move. They have a purpose for which they live and an ultimate purpose to attain and goal to achieve, similarly to communism…utter domination. They are very well organized. It is quite probable that they will be a super power of sorts during a time of such chaos. The unfortunate truth is that Christians have a tendency to veer away from violence and war. Does Jesus promote war? No, He does not, but where man is in existence war is inevitable. God desires us to live in peace and to live and walk, and talk, and act as Jesus did while here on this blue marble. But until the love of God, the One True God who Created all things (seen and unseen), we will live as the sinful, conquering, & warring species that we are.

Things will not be pleasant, to say the very least. God has called forth warriors throughout the Old Testament. However, even in the New Testament Jesus spoke of much division, which could be likened to war in a general sense. Although, these are more so concerning those who follow Jesus and the angst against (or from) those who do not.

Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” ~Luke 12:53 NKJV

For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’ ~Matthew 10:35 NKJV

Of course, Revelation 12 deals quite a bit with warfare in the last days. We will be fighting, in my humble opinion, and we will be either martyrs for Christ or we will be those who protect those who are weaker that ourselves. Of course my opinion can change, with the advent of other understanding and knowledge. We are all warriors for Christ, since our adoption into the family of God! Whether you carry a sword to do battle or a bible which is the two edged sword of the word of God…each has the ability to cut to the chase, so-to-say! (No pun intended, it just worked out that way!) Will we physically war and fight in defense of the faith and our lives, I don’t know <specifically>, but it is in the nature of man to defend and fight for what he believes in. We were told by the Apostle Paul:

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.~2 Corinthians 10:3-6 NKJV

From this, one can infer, that our primary weapons are those of prayer and faith. Do not forget the history throughout the Old Testament where men and women were called to arms to defend the faith and annihilate the perpetrators of evil and sin.

I would urge all my fellow Christians to study the Bible, learn it, understand it, study apologetics, study evangelism, and use every opportunity that God presents you to accomplish His will in your life! God has a plan for each of us and has promised and given us all the tools we need to accomplish that, or those, task(s) that He has planned and purposed you for.


After writing this blog post I came across a podcast of Ravi Zacharias entitled, “A NATION IN DECAY” (a 2 part series [Sept. 10 & 17, 2016]; 8 Parts on YouTube). In this series, at least in the beginning, he spoke of the infiltration of Communism into our society.  He spoke of Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (who wrote GULAG ARCHIPELAGO) who gave a speech before a large audience of Harvard graduates. He told them how it would infiltrate these United States (entering into the schools, judicial branch, the laws created, etc.) and he was booed and jeered as though he were talking crazy. And now look, he was proven to be exactly right with the liberal & progressive mind hard at work in our society. The liberal belief that teaches our children, the liberal mind that progresses and becomes a professional and thereby forces itself upon our society through it’s laws and legal decisions. THIS is how Islam is forcing itself into our society. Yes, by force! Using our laws against us with those liberal minds to their advantage. These ideas are so good that they must be forced down the throats of the American people. And one day if we fail to fight back, there will be no churches to go to, nor any bibles to read. There will be no freedom to speak because there will be one thought. However, utter chaos will be the initial step and then moving on to another agenda.


The socialist thought (both progressive and Godless) has been forced upon us since the 1930s, perhaps earlier; the Gay agenda has been forced on us since about the 1950s or 1960s; and now, another agenda to send us into chaos is that of the Islamic & Shariah Law agenda. Each agenda continues on and takes another chunk out of our rights and ability to think freely for ourselves. Beware my brothers and sisters…BEWARE!

While reading the book, They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It by Brigitte Gabriel

it was brought to my attention of many incidents where we (America and the rights we possess kowtowed down to Islamic pressure.) The evil perpetrator of the terroristic attack in the movie the Sum of All Fears was changed to Neo-Nazis from Radical Muslims, A valued analyst was fired, as a contractor, from the State Department because he refused to change to wording of his report concerning Radical Muslims and Islamic Jihadists. (The request or demand came from a Muslim head in the department.

While this is not my normal blathering and not intended to be a bashing, but rather a call to arms that each and every one of you arm yourselves with the knowledge in this situation. Many liberal progressive believers without any knowledge of the contents of the Hadith or the Qur’an will make statements that Islam is a religion of peace…but that is just not the case.

As I spoke with a co-worker last night, I have no problem that anyone practices their religion in peace [of course, I would prefer that all believed as I believe – that is my hope that one day they will, but I do not force them to do so.] However, Islam is a quasi religious, political, and military mandate from one author. The belief is pushed from the time one can comprehend until adulthood. Women have rights – the right to be raped – the right to be honor killed for being raped – the right to be stoned in public – etc. Women are the reason and focal point for all sin in the Islamic world.

READ AND BE INFORMED MY FRIENDS!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

Our lackadaisical attitude toward heretical teachings

I have found myself over the course of time, as I am certain many of you have, leaning away from biblical doctrine toward other ideologies that are not held or taught within the bible or it’s text. Usually, this happens while one is younger and less mature, less seasoned, or in the mind and heart of a wayward child. But it can happen later in life as well. We all have our problems and misguided thought processes. This is where one truly MUST delve into the bible through avid reading, research, study…which is a definite push toward studies into the art of Christian Apologetics. I am a firm believer in such things, as this (in my opinion) is the, or one of the, greatest reasons why a child when entering into a secular university setting tends to leave their faith…because they simply do not understand why they believe what they believe!

So, let us address the elephant in the room (no offense intended to any elephants within any rooms…): WHY DO YOU BELIEVE THE CHRISTIAN FAITH? WHY DO YOU BELIEVE WHAT YOU BELIEVE? Were we not told, warned if not commanded to:

always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you ~1 Peter 3:15 NKJV

I was speaking with a co-worker at work, during a lull, about church, biblical doctrine, and Christianity. He is a non-practicing Catholic who has not been to church for years and our conversation just went deeper and deeper. Just in the course of our discussions I could pick out numerous heresies within his thoughts and beliefs. We carried on our talks for a bit until the workload grew to a point which needed to be taken care of. In either case, we all have to be ready not just to discuss our reasons for what we believe, but also to discuss a defense as to why we believe. And it need not be brash or defensive in nature, but truthful and loving in such a way to make the person think. You have to be willing not to go overboard, which in many cases will cause the person to steer clear of you for any possible future discussions. You want them to think and you want them to come back to you for further talks to delve deeper into an evangelizing experience. This is how people are drawn toward God. God will give you the words and the reactions you need in order to be a beacon for that person, as well as, others that He desires you to lead toward the heavenly realm.

…the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say. ~Luke 12:8-12 NKJV

Don’t sweat it, it is all small stuff, God will aid you through the Holy Spirit! God has our backs in the form of the Holy Spirit working through us, guiding us, and aiding in our wisdom. This is what we pray for and ask for through Jesus the Christ who is our mediator to God the Father.

Although, as much wisdom as we seek, often times we find ourselves drawn toward many other teachers of the word, so-called. Not because we are careless, but we are attracted to what they have to say. To one degree that could be deemed as carelessness on our part, but it can also be seen as misguidance on the part of the teacher we are following. You must keep in mind that teachers are, in fact, held to a higher standard in God’s eyes and will be held accountable for our misguidance and the blood of our heads because they misrepresented God’s word and teaching.

My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. ~James 3:1 NKJV

But that does not let any of us off the hook for being mislead, by any stretch of the imagination. We are held accountable because we are to ensure that which we hear is according to God’s word.

“And now, O priests, this commandment is for you. If you will not hear, And if you will not take it to heart, To give glory to My name,” Says the Lord of hosts, “I will send a curse upon you, And I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have cursed them already, Because you do not take it to heart. “Behold, I will rebuke your descendants And spread refuse on your faces, The refuse of your solemn feasts; And one will take you away with it. Then you shall know that I have sent this commandment to you, That My covenant with Levi may continue,” Says the Lord of hosts. “My covenant was with him, one of life and peace, And I gave them to him that he might fear Me; So he feared Me And was reverent before My name. The law of truth was in his mouth, And injustice was not found on his lips. He walked with Me in peace and equity, And turned many away from iniquity. “For the lips of a priest should keep knowledge, And people should seek the law from his mouth; For he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts. But you have departed from the way; You have caused many to stumble at the law. You have corrupted the covenant of Levi,” Says the Lord of hosts. “Therefore I also have made you contemptible and base Before all the people, Because you have not kept My ways But have shown partiality in the law.”  ~Malachi 2:1-9 NKJV

Malachi speaks primarily toward the Levi Priests, and after all we are all called to the priesthood to share God’s word with all those we come in contact with, but it does infer to those being taught. We must be ever so careful of what we listen to and what we read that we should compare what we are taught, instructed, and suggested to do with the very word of the biblical text.

We all tend to fall for many of these televangelists and radio ministers because what they say is so appealing to our ears. But be aware, my friends, there is always a catch. We have been forewarned:

Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. ~Romans 16:17 NKJV

But there comes a time, while listening to these “hucksters” that your ears should star burning (proverbially) and something just does not seem right…that is the Holy Spirit telling you…WARNING you to check things out for yourself! You have access to God’s word (The Bible) READ IT!!!

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

You have been forewarned, my brothers and sisters in Christ, you have been warned! You must be the crutch to aid your fellow brothers in getting back up and to help your fellow sisters to steer clear of certain teachers of false doctrine.

I recall, many years ago, while in church a Priest stated that, “You are too stupid to understand the bible. I will tell you what the bible says.” That is arrogant even for a man of God to say such. A good man of God would relish the challenge (a good challenge, not one based on foolhardy ideologies.) The wise accept chastisement and challenges…FYI: I still have a long way to go, but I am working on that! Although, there are many resources out there, one of my other blogs has a resource page, check it out.

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

The Conceptual Possibility of the Trinity

Like the blog writer, I too am reading the book Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi…fascinating at the very least. But I had to steal this blog writer’s concept of what was written in the book concerning the Trinity which he grasped the perfect concept in nature of the Trinity from his Organic Chemistry class…here it is:

 

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Is the Trinity conceptually possible?

The Trinity is one of the most confusing concepts in Christian theology.
How can God be three persons [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] yet one?
Non-Christians sometimes say it is illogical and nonsense.
This is particularly true of Muslims who consider it offends the unity of Allah.
[Aside: It also seems that most Muslims think Christians believe the Trinity is God, Mary, and Jesus.]I am currently reading the fascinating book Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi.
I will write more about it later. Here I just want to highlight one small part of the story I found fascinating because of my interest in the relationship between science and theology.

Like most Muslims, Qureshi thought the Trinity made no sense.
But he became open to it in a completely unexpected circumstance. In an organic chemistry class (!) he learnt about the resonance structures of the nitrate ion [shown above]. This molecule does not have a single structure. Rather, it simultaneously has the three structures above. It is not one or the other, but all three of them. This is a result of [the bizarre properties of] quantum physics, it is the same as Schrodingers cat, being both dead and alive at the same time.

Learning about resonance structures did not lead Qureshi to believe the Trinity was true. It just made him open to the idea that it was conceptually possible that it could be true. He could no longer dismiss it out of hand.

Also consider reading this document: The Trinity

While everything here cannot possibly explain for each and every person, these are simple beginnings for research on the subject of the Trinity and it’s understanding. But know this: God leaves us bread crumbs in order to explain all things spiritual within the natural world He has given us!

This was a short one tonight, but a ton to ponder on…so, just think on this for a little while!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

God’s Ten Commandments versus Jesus’ Two Commandments

What are the differences? How can the “supposed” Son of God change the commands of God? Or, did He change them??? Let us look into this, it has always been on my mind and have not researched or even sought an answer…

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So, it is agreed, for the sake of this discussion that God did give to Moses, His servant, the Ten Commandments for Israel to adhere to and follow all the days of their lives and they were first given in Exodus 20:1-17 NKJV.

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And Jesus came along and gave us the Greatest Commandment in Matthew 22:36-40 NKJV, which is derived from Deuteronomy 6:1-3 NKJV.

Consider, for a moment or two, that there was a reason that Jesus simplified that which was already simple. How so, you might ask? Well, let’s take a good look:  The Jews were reminded that the Lord God lead them out of Egypt and the land of bondage.And the Sabbath was/is on a Saturday.

It is my contention that the Ten Commandments were, specifically geared toward the Jewish people, the very chosen people of God, Himself! Whereas, the modified Greatest Commandment was aimed toward the Jews but moreso in preparation for the Gentiles to adopted into the family of God.

As Christians, or sons and daughters who are adopted into the family of God (adoptive Jews, so to say) we were not lead from Egypt, we celebrate the Lord’s day on Sunday as it was the day upon which Jesus rose from the dead. Also, under the laws work was very specifically defined, such as walking beyond straight from one’s home to the synagogue was considered labor and other things as such. Jesus called out the Sanhedrin and Pharisees on such hypocrisies.

The Lord gave the Jews the land of milk and honey, i.e. Israel. While all of this world is the Lord’s, and everything therein…the land we live on was not given to us as the land (nation of Israel) was given to the Jews. While we can debate upon this matter, to a certain extent, we have not had to battle to maintain our land in our possessions as the Jewish people continue to do.

As I do think it a moot point that Jesus made the Lord simplified the Commandments which we are to live by, in that you either love God or you do not. Can we agree on that point, at least?

Let’s look at the Greatest Commandment which Jesus simplified for us:

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”~Matthew 22:36-40 NKJV

  • First of all, Jesus stated that “You shall love the Lord“, which makes these two commands individualistic and personal. Meaning they are demanded of each and every one of us who follow the Christ. No if’s, and’s, or but’s. We are to do so by choice, not by force
    • We are to love Him “with all our heart“, which means we are to be sincere in our love toward God. After all, God can see our hearts and therefore love is the first and great thing that we should devote to him.
    • We are to love Him “with all our soul“, which means the soul must be engaged for him, and all things carried out toward and for Him and for His glory.
    • We are to love Him “with all our mind“, which means God gave us a mind with which to think things out and to reason with. That said, we must glorify God with our power of thought and reason. We must use our minds to learn all we can of God and to pass that on towards others; thereby, to mentor and disciple others.
    • To love God as the One True and Only God and Creator of all, is the greatest test of all. After all, do you truly believe such a thing? And do you truly show your love toward God? Only you can answer such a question and you know that God can see your heart.
    • You love the Lord God when you honor Him, when you hold Him in the highest esteem because you know & believe that He created you and placed the breath of life in your nostrils. You honor God when you place nothing else before yourself in order to worship or love as your creator.
    • If you honor God daily, is there a necessity to have a special day? Good question, and each of us will have an opinion on such a subject. However, it cannot hurt to honor God on Sundays, despite your honoring Him everyday. Every day which you wake and rise with the breath of life in you…is, after all, a day of the Lord…is it not??

Some people make each concept (heart, soul, & mind) to denote one and the same thing, to love him with all our powers; others differentiate each term; the heart, soul, and mind, are the will, affections, and understanding. Our love of God must be a sincere love, and not in word and tongue only, as theirs is who say they love him, but their hearts are not with him. In my opinion, the Lord Jesus inferred that each term should be understood on their own merit(s) and as the sum of their merit(s), together. It is always wise to look at them from every angle possible, as God did grant us a mind to reason with.

  • Secondly, Jesus commanded us to …love your neighbor as yourself.” Sound familiar? It ought to, that pesky Golden Rule that we were taught as children. To love one’s neighbor as one’s self we need to follow last five of the ten commandments:
    • Honoring our parents, while not our neighbors but they are those over us who are commanded to rear us up in the word of God and teach us all His ways. We are instructed to hold those in high regard who are our elders.
    • Murder, adultery, stealing, false witnessing, and coveting – these each affect those around us, our neighbors, friends, etc. We would not appreciate any of these things happening to us; therefore, we are not to treat others so heinously! Our civil society is based upon these things; in fact, our laws are based upon these things. You honor and glorify God when you love your neighbor as yourself.

Is one set of commandments any better than the other? No, I don’t think so. But the commandments from Jesus were the true cumulative effect of all the Old Testament Laws and words of the prophets brought together in one paragraph.

I hope you found this interesting and helpful. My prayer is that we all can affect change in society through our changes toward how we treat our neighbors. Godspeed to you all!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

Why We Must Remember the Lord Our God

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And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.~Deuteronomy 8:2 NKJV

Deuteronomy 8 is rather profound in it’s teaching. It was from this chapter of the Old Testament that Jesus replied to the first of the three temptations of the evil one during His time in the desert. Do you remember?

…man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. ~Deuteronomy 8:3 NKJV

Remember what Jesus told the tempting spirit? Read Matthew 4:3-4!

We must know the accomplishments of God and all that He has done in order for us to honor and revere Him. We should be teaching our children these things. But as people move along in life and work harder, more overtime, more children, the spouse gets a job, etc. Man tends to forget the God that Created him. Why? Because man becomes too busy to live, survive, pay bills, pay his taxes, etc. We as the species of man are trained through commercials to spend more than we take in, get loans for those important purchases, such as cars & houses. Why is this? I suspect and believe that in order to kick God out of our lives the government needs to take God’s place. This is done by increasing your burden. How can a government do such a thing? They do so through the increase in taxes, through mandating healthcare, backing corporations which will push their products or the government can push their products through the Commerce Department, and other methods as such.

We have been brought up to have what we want NOW! Cost be damned! Have now, bratspay later, mentality for all. By promoting such a thing throughout our society, money, jobs, positions, etc. become our gods and idols of worship. Children are being taught to desire things NOW. Just recently, I was speaking with someone about an 8 or 9 year old child with a smartphone…call me old fashioned, but kids don’t need them! Children are getting away with murder, comparatively speaking to when I was growing up. Throw a tantrum, your butt was beat red. Not in an abusive way, but a corrective way. Unfortunately, children advocates, teachers and the courts have been taking people to task on this subject. Again, unfortunately, it has gotten to such a point where if you look at your child cross-eyed you could be on the receiving end of litigation.

Teacher Allegedly Banned Students From Wearing Crosses in a Tampa Florida school. Why? Because she noted that they were “gang symbols” and of course it went against her LGBT agenda which she promoted. Sadly, our teachers should only be teaching our children, not indoctrinating them! It is not their place to instill such ideologies in their minds, but rather challenge them to think, critically.

 Another problem in the parenting issue, is the fact that families don’t break bread anymore…you know dine together. “How was your day, today?” And other conversation events. Kids hardly have time for food anymore, because they are so into their computer reality games with 3D visual effects. We as parents have dropped the ball!

We should be praying together, talking together, being more open, teaching our children in the matters of importance. Lets face it…school is not the end all be all of life. They are not preparing our children for the life to come. We have a part in this. We must teach them of the greatness of our God and Creator. We must show them and teach them the morals taught to us through the Bible. Aid them to apply these new found notions. As they grow older, grant them a little leeway with decision making skills.

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We as parents are our children’s first sight of how God deals with us. YEAH, read that again! As parents, we have a very heavy burden placed squarely upon our shoulders. Our children learn their morals from us, they develop many tasks, which they will carry on into their parenting lives. By how we teach and act toward our kids, we are possessed with the potential of teaching even our children’s children’s children. (Yes, you figured it out…our great-grand-children!) Our children must learn to take a stance against much of this newly founded “trans-” lifestyle choices. You know, such as: Transgender…Transracial…Transabled… Guess what comes next?

We as parents are charged with developing the moral fiber of our children, teachers are to and can help…but they are not to hinder. God passed on to us the mandates that we are to teach our children in all aspects of the Laws of God, the Word of God, the Greatness of God, the Morals that God desires us to follow and stand up for. We have permitted the government to take so many obligations from our shoulders and place these mandates on to the school officials. That is wrong.

We as parents should take back the schools and the local and federal government. NOW HEAR ME & DO NOT MISUNDERSTAND ME! We must do so through the ballot box. We MUST vote each and every voting cycle…like it or not, apathy is what cause a low number of registered voters from showing up at the polls. By following the laws, by forcing a change in the bad laws, and if needs be fire some people. One of my greatest pet peeves is the fact that bad teachers remain on a payroll, just like many bad politicians remain in office. This country was founded upon our rights and liberties…which, through apathy of the American people, have been widdled away at and are dwindling away daily!

There is a US Supreme Court case which states:

…the first official act of this nation declared the foundation of government in these words:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident***.”  While such declaration of principles may not have the force of organic law, or be made the basis of judicial decision as to the limits of right and duty, and while in all cases reference must be had to the organic law of the nation for such limits, yet the latter is but the body and the letter of which the former is the thought and the spirit, and it is always safe to read the letter of the constitution in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence.”  – US Supreme Court, majority opinion; Gulf, Colorado & Sante Fe Railroad Co. v Ellis, 165 U.S. 150, 159-160 (1897)

Think about that for a moment! Our US Supreme Court Justices have been taking away our rights and liberties through a mis-reading and mis-construing the US Constitution and thereby eroding our country and its meaning through opinion and law, not by use of the amending process provided for by the US Constitution itself. But by God’s grace and by realigning ourselves with God and by voting for those who are Godly (which is a tough one, because they all act as godly people until they take office…) We, as a nation…ONE TRUE NATION, need to turn toward God and need to do more praying. But even Israel had failed God time and again, and God forgave them and brought them through some great trials and tribulations.

I hope you enjoyed this little rant on just a few of the reasons we need to remember the Lord our God…if it makes you feel any better…I enjoyed the rant!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

 

Did Jesus Predict Judas’ Actions??

“When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”~Matthew 12:43-45 NKJV

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When He was teaching and speaking with the great multitude, did Jesus predict Judas’ actions and betrayal of himself while speaking of the unclean spirit’s return? Does this teaching not speak directly to Judas and his actions? Was he not cleaned and renewed when called to follow the Christ and then tempted and fallen from grace, so-to-say? While the answer to the betrayal of Jesus is a big YES, but was this teaching in and of itself another prophetic insight to Judas’ betrayal of the Son of God? Quite frankly, after so many years of reading the bible and studying of the scriptures, I am very surprised that I did not see this before now.

Not quite certain where and when it hit me, but it was the week prior to Easter Sunday. Now, of course, I am speculating and I also believe I am one of but a handful of people that may see it this way, but I honestly believe that Jesus was showing what happens to many of us. We become saved and are enamored by the newness of our salvation. (But Judas was seeking a different kind of king, wasn’t he? He sought one to rid his country and fellow countrymen of the bane of the Roman Armies and occupational force.) And then as time wears on, we become disillusioned and have a completely different kind of experience, or expected a much different kind of Messiah. Then temptation arises and we seek a way, usually the easy way, to make things turn out the way we want…but it all plays out so much differently than we ever expected.

deceptionWhile we seek the Lord’s will in our lives, we tend to hear what we want to hear and sadly tend toward deceiving ourselves to believing that it is or must be the Lord’s will. Yet, it never plays out in such a way…and lo and behold…we find out we deluded ourselves and tricked ourselves into this false sense of belief. We all seem to be pro’s at this sort of thing. After all, it has been going on since the beginning of time on earth…well, almost…at least since the 6th day. By deceiving ourselves, we will blind ourselves to wisdom that God provides us through the temptation of ease and comfort. We fall into this trap all of the time, which expounds and expands upon our humanity and our human nature of sinfulness. Perhaps, one day we will all learn!

It is my opinion that the evil one left Judas for a short time after he was called to follow Jesus. As Judas spent more time with Jesus learning as none of the Apostles had ever learned before. Greater knowledge as was explained far more in-depth than ever before. Judas was claimed once again by the very Son of God who was sent to claim us all. But as time wore on, I believe Judas had a different vision of his present Messiah, one which was more militant, perhaps. Then he became more easily tempted, as we all do as we allow our minds and hearts to wander.

“…and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.” ~Matthew 12:45 NKJV

And Jesus gave each of us a warning, and not just one but several times throughout the New Testament! In other words, if we do not watch out, we can and will suffer a similar fate as Judas himself. The generation of Jesus’ time and all the generations thereafter were destined to suffer similar or worse fates. If we are not careful to follow His word and dictates, we will be destined to our own disasters by our own choices!

Time and again I have mentioned in this blog that we are a product of our choices. Also, that we have been given a great blessing and a great curse at the same time…THAT OF CHOICE. It is a blessing, in that, through the culmination of our choices WE each determine our our destinies. So far as we choose our direction and our path, one of wisdom and knowledge or that of foolhardiness and ignorance. WE CHOOSE, no one else makes our choices for us…which in turn would be a choice of deferring our fate to another. But keep in mind, our greatest curse is the choice itself…one of morality and ethics. Is our choice moral and ethical?

Do you remember in my blog post Woe To You…?

“If there is no God…then everything is permitted…” ~Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Без бога-то и без будущей жизни? Ведь это, стало быть, теперь всё позволено, всё можно делать?’ ‘А ты и не знал?’” (The original Russian)

While the sentiment is true from certain perspectives, IF you believe in God and a Eternal-Damnation-3moral lawgiver of such greatness (such as the One True God & Creator) then you must believe there is a final judgement after you die. In so far as saying, your very soul which lives on for eternity will either be seen as being worthy to go to Heaven for eternal blessing or adjudicated as being unworthy and sentenced to eternal damnation in Hell. You see, God does not send you to Hell. YOU, throughout your entire life have made the eternal_lifechoice through desire, want, lust, greed, envy, and murderous behaviors, etc. and made the demand to God to send you to such a place. BUT at the same time you also can make the choices to follow the Word of the Living God, by doing so YOU CHOOSE LIFE ETERNAL. We each hold eternal life in our hands, but we are forever choosing to spend our time arguing with others on Facebook or holding Tweet Wars against another. Wasting our lives on watching the 24/7 News channels. Building up our angst toward each other by holding to our agenda, which really isn’t our own…but we tend to own it without thinking about it.

God gives us each the choice to repent and turn toward His way of thinking, up until the very last breath we draw. God desires each and every one of His creatures to enter into His Glorious Kingdom for eternal life! Choose God! Claim Jesus! Repent of your past sins! As God will take you as you are and if you place your soul into His hands and care…He will guide you into a whole new life eternal.

Remember: DEATH comes to us all…

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

Understanding Balaam’s Error

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Now this is a tough one, to say the least; as there are differing opinions as to what Balaam’s error actually was. It is quite the dilemma in my mind as well, but let us delve into this to see if we cannot come to an understanding of his problem and what he had done wrong in God’s eyes.

Now, I will not insert the full biblical reference, but rather will start off with Numbers 22 and you can refer back to it in the bible. Let’s see if we cannot weave in and out of this menagerie of problems.

Let us face it, we as the species of man have a tendency, perhaps even the habit, of using God’s gifts blessed in our care for our own, meaningless, and even selfish reasons and purposes. We tend to misuse the numerous gifts (the breath of life, our life in general, our work, our abilities to sing, organize, wisely & thriftily spend the resource of money in our care, and many many other known and unknown gifts – but we use them for selfish and meaningless reasons and purposes. That being said, let us move along with Balaam and his dilemma…

As we start out in Numbers 22 we see that Balak son of Zippor saw what Israel had done to his neighbors, the Amorites. Fear set in his mind, and as always in every society when the unknown occurs fear is promoted and preached among the people. This is the only way politicians can get anything done in their own societies.

Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country. ~Hermann Goring

This seems to be the way that not just the politicians, but also numerous small groups who desire to play the victim while all the time creating the havoc around them. People, mankind , in general, does not do any homework and believes the majority of what he hears in the news or from others. Instead of what they should be doing and that is the use of the brain and God given wisdom which he had received at birth and throughout his maturing years. But we no longer teach our children HOW to think, but rather what to think and to jump on the bandwagon. There was a book published back in 1928: PROPAGANDA By EDWARD L. BERNAYS who was the German Propaganda Minister for Adolf Hitler. Moving on…

Now, Balaam had a great reputation of knowing who was blessed and who was cursed. If he blessed them, they indeed were blessed; if he cursed them, they were indeed cursed. And the bible indeed indicates, in Numbers 22:12 where it states: “you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.” And God warned him not to go with the leaders sent by Balak to bring Balaam to curse the Israelites. You just cannot get any clearer than that where God stated to him: “You shall not go with them” ~Numbers 22:12. One of the first errors of Balaam was he told the leaders: “Go back to your own country, for the Lord has refused to let me go with you.” ~Numbers 22:13. Which is interpreted to mean in today’s vernacular: “Well, I really, really, really want to go with you, but my Father won’t let me.” Which is an enticement for the other party to help entice you even further into sin. Instead, Balaam should have stated precisely what God stated to him. (1)

Another error accomplished by Balaam was that of falling into a form of greed. Balak sent other leaders, more numerous and more distinguished than the first group. But they offered riches and wealth. And by going was giving into such weakness of man…greed. It indicated to others, or could be inferred by others, that maybe God will change His mind if I go with them and see what Balak sees. (1)

I will reward you handsomely” ~Numbers 22:17 NKJV

Balak sent an offer to Balaam. And by Balaam’s answer, as mentioned, it could be inferred other ways. Meaning, perhaps, that God might just change His mind concerning this invading people and Balaam could obtain some extra money on the side.

Now, I do not know about you but I always had problems discerning the error(s) with respect to the avenging Angel, the donkey, and Balaam. On the cursory view of the matter, everything appeared to be on the up and up, with respect to the mandate of God which is spelled out in verse 20.  And as you read the passage, it still is not spelled out for us. However, we must go by inference with respect to the problem(s) at hand. He is associating and even working with those who are against God’s chosen people. For example, there are those of us (knowingly or unknowingly) who associate with or work with those companies or charities that are blatantly anti-Israel. (3) If we are truly men and women of God we will/would always align with God’s people. We do such things in order to garner support, favor, and acceptability with the secular society. In so doing we are cursing Israel and going against God. We are reminded in the Book of Genesis:

I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” ~Genesis 12:3 NKJV

Matthew Henry’s Commentary spells out quite a bit, in which, the Israelite people’s presence is so that they (Moabites) might come to know the righteousness of the Lord (MHC reference, Micah 6:5 KJV). Balak sent a diplomatic dispatch, of sorts, to Balaam in order to get the Israelites cursed, but you cannot curse that which God has blessed…can you?

God fulfilled His  promise to Israel by showing His displeasure with Balaam by having His angel stand in the way of Balaam, who was protected by his donkey shich he beat three times. It was at that point the Angel was revealed to him. (Numbers 22:21-34 NKJV, (4), MHC ref) We are intended to, and obligated to, follow God’s word, demands of us, requirements, etc. because if we do not we are in sin against God Himself and we will thus separate ourselves from Him!

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

We have a tendency to be blinded by our thoughts or our desires that we are unable to see the dangers ahead of us. God will give us some warning signs and some of us will notice and change our direction. Unfortunately, if you are like me you tend to be a bit thick in the head, stubborn, or just oblivious to what is happening and blame it all on Murphy’s Law, until such time as you notice it was God all along trying to get your attention.

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Eventually, we all show our true colors in any given situation, that is a fact! For example, when you claim a friendship with someone and say you are there for them, excepting only those times when they truly need you…you know, stuff like that! But getting back to Balaam, when he told the second set of ambassadors to remain the night. The reason this was wrong, as with many of us, is that we tend to think God will change His mind for our benefit, because it is something we desire to do. There is no need to check with God a second time for anything, as His word is final and is the Law. We need to face something…God’s word is final. (2)

I am truly hoping that I ave not confused any of you, and that I was able to aid in your understanding of Balaam. It is quite difficult, at best. I needed to do some extra biblical reading on the subject, myself.

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

References:

(1) The Error of Balaam

(2) Balaam the prophet of error

(3) Balaam’s Error

(4) Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Balaam