Losing a Pet Hurts More Than People Think April 28, 2019

If you are a pet owner, you already know that there are no words that can describe the joy and love pets bring in the home.

Pets are a perfect company, they welcome us at the door, eagerly waiting for us to spend some time playing with them, they can perform numerous pranks and tricks to make us laugh, they are amazing with kids, and they offer unconditional love.

Pets are always there for us when we are feeling blue or lonely, when we need comfort and a warm hug, and when we are happy that life can sometimes be too beautiful to be true.

This explains why people find it too difficult to say goodbye to their pets. The loss of a pet is always a traumatic and painful experience, as it is the departure of a best friend.

Numerous people underestimate the pain felt after losing a dog or a cat, or any other pet, so researchers investigated the extent of sorrow owners feel in these cases.

The study was carried out in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Mexico. Researchers questioned pet owners about their feelings after the loss of their pet, and they all agreed that the pain has been too intense and deep. 

Interestingly, Hawaiian researchers have even found that the pain after the death of a pet is usually much longer lasting than the pain we feel with the loss of a loved one.

Numerous people agree that they cannot compare the pain they have experienced after the loss of their pet to the one after the loss of a loved one. This can only be explained by the fact that pet owners are deeply connected to their loved pets, and they suffer as they have lost their soul mate.

Source: www.naturalhealingmagazine.com

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Did Jesus Go To Hell? Part 2

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Based upon my research, I could go either way with this issue. I can see the fact that Jesus stated, “It is finished!” [Refer to: John 19:30, Matthew 27:50, Mark 15:37, Luke 23:46] While it was only noted in the Book of John the words, “It is finished!” However, when His Spirit was given up to God, it can be implied that His purpose on this earth was finished, or implied that He completed the task given Him by the Father was completed.  Although, we are not to add to God’s Word anything we think happened, but rather what we can glean from the information given to us by the Gospel writers. From the written word we can also see the possibility that Jesus did go to Hell in order to finish His mission.

Consider the following:

Ephesians 4:9 NKJV Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?

Acts 2:24 NKJV whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.

1 Peter 3:19 NKJV by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison

Hosea 13:14 NKJVI will ransom them from the power of the grave;
I will redeem them from death. O Death, I will be your plagues! O Grave, will be your destruction! Pity is hidden from My eyes.

Zechariah 9:11 NKJV As for you also, Because of the blood of your covenant, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.

Colossians 2:15 NKJV Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

Each of these scriptural references implies that Christ descended into Hell. However an argument can be made that each infers that Christ was buried in the earth and rose from the dead…and then ascended to Heaven.

While Jesus suffered the outpouring of God’s wrath on the cross; however, for the rest of us humans (non-Gods) [Psalm 82:6-7 NKJV] You are gods, And all of you are children of the Most High. But you shall die like men…” We will be sent to Hell for the fulfillment of God’s judgement against us, will we no? Why then wouldn’t Jesus also be subject to such judgement? Although, we do need to keep in mind [Romans 9:15 NKJV, Exodus 33:19 NKJV] I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.

Wherein Consisted Christ’s Humiliation after his Death? The Westminster Larger Catechism Answered: Christ’s humiliation after his death consisted in his being buried, and continuing in the state of the dead, and under the power of death till the third day; which has been otherwise expressed in these words, he descended into hell. But as King David foretold in Psalm 16:10 (NKJV): “For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.” We all can ask but what of the soul or spirit of Jesus? Of course, as it is in Systematic Theology some argue that the word means precisely what it says, i.e. He descended to hell.[Personal Note: I am not Catholic, but I was raised as such. I have a great number of problems with the Catholic Doctrine. However, I believe much of the word was passed through the Catholic Church and was protected, overall, for us to read and come to know our Lord and Savior, Our God and Our Creator. That is why some of my research usually includes Catholic references.]

The idea of preaching to the spiritual prisoners in Hell, in the context of 1 Peter 3, seems rather unlikely and unbelievable. An argument (not defended) by Augustine: The passage refers to what Jesus did in the spiritual realm of existence at the time of Noah. Christ was preaching  through Noah to the hostile unbelievers around Him during his building of the Ark. Such things supporting such a notion:

1 Peter 1:11 NKJVHe testified beforehand

1 Peter 3:19 NKJV “… He went and preached to the spirits in prison

2 Peter 2:5 NKJVdid not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah

Consider what was written in 1 Peter 4:6 NKJVpreached also to those who are dead” The word “dead” is a bit ambiguous, don’t you think? Are we talking “dead” physically? Are we talking “dead” spiritually? Those separated from God? Perhaps, unbelievers?

Atonement (non-Reformed): Christ paid for all sins on the cross.

Atonement (Reformed): Argue IF Christ paid for all sins of all people on the cross, then there is no penalty left for anyone to pay.

Atonement (My Opinion): Christ paid for all sins of all, once, on the cross. [see Romans 6:10 NKJV] However, man MUST accept Christ into their hearts, Believe, Repent of their sins, & Be Baptized.

I believe, of course this is my opinion only, that Christ did not have to complete the judgement of God the Father by going to Hell in our place. He, Jesus, had to fulfill the judgement on the cross where He was “…counted among the transgressors…” [Isaiah 53:12Luke 22:37] and eventually gave up His spirit.

I believe this was quite a subject to study. It made me think on the Biblical text, research what others stated, and eventually come to my own conclusion. Between my notes (10+ pages), web searches [3 general, 4 specific], the videos, the podcasts, reference books, etc. The basis for this study was a question posed on Facebook, of all places. [I am rather surprised that it was not removed for violating their standards.] It is questions such as this, however basic they may be that truly gets you digging into the Biblical text, commentaries, searching the internet, and other reference books on the same subject.

I hope this was interesting for you!

May God Richly Bless you, My Beloved!

MK Murphy

References:

Systematic Theology, Chapter 27 “Atonement” by Wayne Grudem

8 Bible Verses on Christ’s Descent into Hell by

Where was Jesus for the three days between His death and resurrection? GotQuestions.com

Parable of the Lost Sheep AllAboutJesusChrist.org

Heidelberg Catechism

[CHRIST] “DESCENDED INTO HELL”

 

Did Jesus Go To Hell? Part 1

This is an interesting philosophical question. We all need to have these kinds of questions on our minds and actually do the research and answer these questions for ourselves. We should want to do such research for ourselves just so we have a basis of information to answer others who ask of us thes sorts of questions. You know:

“...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

One side says, “YES, Jesus did go to Hell” and the other side says, “Jesus did NOT go to Hell.” There are those who take no position on the issue either because they do not wish to offend someone OR they just do not care because it just does not matter to them to waste (in their opinion) their time on something as such. YOU will be one of these four people. Will you lose your salvation because you believe one way versus the other, or do not care at all? No, it will not have any affect on your salvation. But I find some of these questions to be both interesting and mind stretching.

Jesus came to find and save the lost sheep of God the Father’s flock (Jews, brothers & sisters, of sort.) [Refer to: Matthew 15:25, 18:12-14; Luke 15:3-7, 19:10; 1 Peter 2:24-25]

The words, “He descended into Hell” are not in the Biblical test; however, they are implied by the Biblical text in certain ways. Although, such a creedal statement is pushed forth by the Apostle’s Creed, which was not approved by a single church council, as was the Nicene Creed (325 A.D. & 381 A.D.) However, throughout the history of the Apostle’s Creed which was shaped over the centuries from 200 A.D. through approximately 750 A.D. These words were not specified in the creedal statement until the writings of Runinus (390 A.D.) Considering the writings of Runinus, “He descended into Hell” meant that Christ was buried. That statement took on a whole new meaning over the centuries.

Some definitions:

  • Hades: the abode or state of the dead (grave.)
  • Hell: the place or state of punishment of the wicked after death; the abode of evil and condemned spirits; Gehenna
  • Abyss: a deep, immeasurable space, gulf, or cavity; vast chasm
  • Sheol: the abode of the dead (grave) or of departed spirits.

The Heidelberg Catechism (Q44) questioned/answered the following:

Q. Why does the creed add, “He descended to hell”?
A. To assure me during attacks of deepest dread and temptation that Christ my Lord, by suffering unspeakable anguish, pain, and terror of soul, on the cross but also earlier, has delivered me from hellish anguish and torment.

[Isa. 53; Matt. 26:36-46; 27:45-46; Luke 22:44; Heb. 5:7-10]

John Calvin reasoned the following:

..If Christ had died only a bodily death, it would have been ineffectual. No — it was expedient at the same time for him to undergo the severity of God’s vengeance, to appease his wrath and satisfy his just judgment. For this reason, he must also grapple hand to hand with the armies of hell and the dread of everlasting death. A little while ago we referred to the prophet’s statement that “the chastisement of our peace was laid upon him,” “he was wounded for our transgressions” by the Father, “he was bruised for our infirmities” [Isaiah 53:5 p.]. By these words he means that Christ was put in place of evildoers as surety and pledge — submitting himself even as the accused — to bear and suffer all the punishments that they ought to have sustained. All — with this one exception: “He could not be held by the pangs of death” [Acts 2:24 p.]. No wonder, then, if he is said to have descended into hell, for he suffered the death that, God in his wrath had inflicted upon the wicked! Those who — on the ground that it is absurd to put after his burial what preceded it — say that the order is reversed in this way are making a very trifling and ridiculous objection. The point is that the Creed sets forth what Christ suffered in the sight of men, and then appositely speaks of that invisible and incomprehensible judgment which he underwent in the sight of God in order that we might know not only that Christ’s body was given as the price of our redemption, but that he paid a greater and more excellent price in suffering in his soul the terrible torments of a condemned and forsaken man.

To continue on, he further reasoned that Christ’s descent into Hell refers to the fact that Christ not only died a bodily death on the cross, but He also underwent the severity of God’s vengeance to appease the wrath of God the Father.

We, the common man, could both extrapolate and query the from the above, the following:

Jesus by taking our place was also separated from God (Isaiah 59:2), which explains Jesus’ despair (Psalm 22:1-2; Matthew 22:46; Mark 15:34.) Upon Jesus’ death he was buried. IF Jesus took our place of torment, where would His soul/spirit go? IF His soul/spirit went back to be with  God, then God’s judgement is not theoretically completed. I would posit the possibility that Jesus’ soul/spirit did go to Hell to finish the judgement process. Thereby, allowing Jesus to conquer death, implied and stated by the Apostles John and Paul.

Also, with Jesus conquering death and possessing the keys of death & Hades (Revelation 1:18) it can be inferred that Jesus went to Hell. [This is my opinion based upon the Biblical text, theological treatises (both for and against) and my personal reasoning.]

Otherwise, where did Jesus’ soul/spirit go upon death and burial? An how was God’s wrath and vengeance appeased if Jesus did not go to Hell to fulfill God’s judgement.

To be continued, next week…

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy

 

References:

Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem

8 Bible Verses on Christ’s Descent into Hell by

Where was Jesus for the three days between His death and resurrection? GotQuestions.com

Parable of the Lost Sheep AllAboutJesusChrist.org

Heidelberg Catechism

[CHRIST] “DESCENDED INTO HELL”

A Bit On Bullying

#BullyingIsReal

I saw this project by Gabriella Corvina and it inspired me, at least, to have one blog post on bullying. Why is it that we do not teach our children to protect those who are weaker than ourselves? Why do we allow, as children or adults, to permit bullying and other forms of abuse to be laid on those who are too weak to protect themselves. Often times, we are there looking on in awe, or we are angry at those doing such things, or we are snickering and laughing with the rest of the group just hoping to fit in with them. Why do we allow this to continue on?

I know in my neck of the woods, that very often those who have had enough and finally stand up for themselves end up being suspended from school for what??? BULLYING! Yes, you got it. there was a case here in Nebraska where a kid was being abused by his/her fellow school mate(s). He/she reared back after having far too much and let his abuser have it. the next day HE (the abusee) was suspended from school for…wait for it…bullying! This was despite all the witnesses had to say. It used to be when I was growing up, if you had a problem with someone you went around the back of the school and had it out…then it was over. Now a days, it has become a national progressive circus.

Defend the poor and fatherless;
Do justice to the afflicted and needy. ~Psalm 82:3 NKJV

Then He also said to him who invited Him, “When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” ~Luke 14:12-14 NKJV

Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. ~1 Thessalonians 5:14 NKJV

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While most depictions of bullying, on are both unrealistic and unsubstantiated. The reality of bullying, at least when I was a kid was an attempt to show power over another by force. While I love the depictions of the bullied standing up for themselves and putting down the bully, but it is not a very common thing. Especially, in this PC (politically correct) culture and the drive to feminizing the American male. Now boys are suppose to base all of their decisions upon their feelings, instead of by logic and reason.

All too often, people (primarily those who do not belie and those who doubt the Christian faith) ask, “why does God permit the pain and suffering we see all around us? A good god would not allow the kind of suffering we see in our world, would He?” I believe J. Warner Wallace has some great insights on this subject:

  1. A good God values character over comfort. Creature comforts are temporary, but character transcends time. It shouldn’t surprise us that a transcendent God would understand the difference,
  2. A transcendent God understands that ‘love’ is the perfect balance between mercy and justice. We, as humans, often hold a very temporal understanding of love; we think of love as a warm, instantaneous feeling, a lustful desire, or a passionate season of romance. But God understands that true love transcends the moment and often requires discernment, discipline and judgment,
  3. An eternal God provides humans with an existence beyond the grave. We usually want our desire for comfort, love, mercy and justice to be satisfied in this life and immediately, if at all possible. But our pursuit of immediate gratification often leads us to do things that are ultimately harmful.

While many would and do believe that pain and suffering disproved God, because many cannot get beyond the fact that pain and suffering actually teach us things, very valuable lessons. Patience. Character. Integrity. Fear. Joy. Mercy & Compassion. And so much more…

The following are two articles on helping the poor and weak, these are Biblical tenets on the subject, based upon the teachings that were passed down. Peruse or skim through them.

 

I recall, back in 2013, my wife and I took a trip to Washington D.C. for 5 days. It was great, we had a great time. I had not been there since the early-mid 1970s. The historic nature of the trip was fantastic! However, the most impressive upon my heart was the touring of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum where you walked through the various plights of pain and suffering of the Jewish people, as a whole, during WWII. It impressed upon me to from that moment on to aid, help, or protect the poor & weak if it be in my power to do so. This was but one of numerous historical events which depicted bullying on a national, if not on a world wide, scale. You cannot legislate morals, but you can act morally. You cannot legislate character or integrity…but you can act in such a way that you are a light of hope to those who need such a mentor.

The only way to stamp out bullying is to allow those the opportunity to stand up for themselves and let the bully know, in no uncertain terms…”you’re not tough, you’re just a jerk!”

Often times many bullies are either living in a home where everything is given to them and receive little, if any, discipline. Or, perhaps, they are made to feel worthless and because of their size and stature they are able to pass that worthless feeling on to others who are smaller than they.

There are a great many people who are bullied:

  • fat people
  • skinny people
  • homosexuals
  • pot heads
  • members of PETA, as well as other members of other groups
  • the list continues unto eternity

Regardless of one’s persuasion, all mankind deserves to be treated with dignity. You know the old saying, “Love the sinner, not the sin.” And for that matter every group that is bullied by others, somewhere else is the bully. Hatred will never be cancelled out through more hatred, but showing of love to our fellow man.  Hatred is learned by those we hang around with or reared up by. Love and protect those around you! You do not have to love what they do, but we are mandated to love our neighbor!

Remember the Great Commandment:

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 22:37-40 NKJV

It is not predicated on the verifying of one’s sexual orientation (which is a topic for another blog post), nor whether you are worthy, nor if you have paid your dues…this was a mandate to us by the Son of the Most High God!

We need to teach our children to respect others, to walk away from a fight, if it is possible, and to defend those who are not able to defend themselves! Our children should be trained in the art of self-defense, and to control one’s own emotions and anger. These tools, along with the Biblical tenets of how to live life will follow them into their old age.

Everything Has Its Time

…A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace.

I hope this was helpful and enlightening…

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy

 

Here are some other videos, which espouse the truth of bullying:

Be Not Far From Me

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Psalm 22 NKJV

The Suffering, Praise, and Posterity of the Messiah

Psalm 22 seems to tell it like it is, even in today’s standards. The trouble we are surrounded by, the lion’s mouth which is awaiting each of us, all seem to be of our own making and design.

How often do we feel as though God has left our presence? How often do we feel separated from our Creator? At almost every tough moment, every adversity, every time where we have failed, or perceived to do so, and it is an uphill battle to get to that even point. We all feel, at times, where each and every thing we do seems to be a battle for dear life! When we look back on it all and reflect, we know it was not so, but at the moment in question…it would seem as though a battle for dear life!

We are promised:

All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. ~John 6:37-38 NKJV

For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them. ~Matthew 18:20 NKJV

…For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” ~Hebrews 13:5 NKJV

He will keep us, He will be among us, and He will never forsake us! God is a great God who loves His children. He does not love what we do, the decisions we make, BUT He loves us! Would you sacrifice you son or daughter for your fellow man? Not likely.

God taught us to trust at our mother’s breast. This was our first lesson in trust. Afterward, our parents may, or may not, have trained us up in the Bible and the ways of God. But God would have led us through a labyrinth which would lead us to Him. And eventually we would trust in He, who Created us. If we chose another path, perhaps longer or possibly eventually choosing not to believe in Him. But those of us who were led to His ways…we would trust Him. To lead us toward His Righteousness and to follow in the footsteps of Christ.

As we grow older, we tend to dwell or reflect on the deeper questions of life. Such as our purpose, the meaning of life, what we should desire. What path should we take in life? etc. Only God can truly connect us to the answers we seek. The Buddhist and Hindu beliefs are of works where  we must pay for our past lives until we at some distant point in time use up the karmic solution and have overcome the bad in our lives. The Far East beliefs are of little relativistic value as we determine for ourselves what is morally right. And Other beliefs are a matter of doing good to overcome the evil or perhaps for the deity to be good-willed enough to forgive you. But Christ died for our sins and all we must do is acknowledge him, rely on His word to save us…by understanding the following:

…There is none righteous, no, not one ~Romans 3:10 NKJV (Psalm 14:3)

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God ~Romans 3:23 NKJV

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us ~Romans 5:8 NKJV

just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned ~Romans 5:23 NKJV

For the wages of sin is death, but the [a]gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord ~Romans 6:23 NKJV

confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved ~Romans 10:9 NKJV

For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” ~Romans 10:13 NKJV (Joel 2:32)

Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? ~Romans 6:3 NKJV

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ~Romans 10:17 NKJV

That is what you would call the Romans Road to Salvation.

  1. Who needs salvation.
  2. Why we need salvation.
  3. How salvation is provided.
  4. We are sinful.
  5. We need to call on God for our salvation, claiming Jesus as our Lord and Savior!
  6. We need to be baptized if it is in our power to do so.
  7. We need to claim, read and study the word of God…the Bible!

In this day and age, God should never be far from any of us, because technology allows the word to be at our fingertips. Also, this is the very reason we should be studying and memorizing the word.

King David pleaded to God:

Be not far from Me,
For trouble is near;
For there is none to help. ~Psalm 22:11

God is always near us, in our very hearts…if we will but study and learn His Word! That is why we should be doing such studies…that God will be so near to us that we can deal with any circumstance which crosses our paths. There was a time when we had to study and memorize the word of God, the whole of it…not just scripture verses. As a people we have fallen far from our Creator, but we can do better, by picking up the gauntlet and striving to do better.

This is God’s will for us, to know and understand Him. What better way can we do so, but through His word?

May God be ever so close to your hearts, my friends!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy

 

 

 

 

…listen to me, my children…

Listen

 

“Now therefore, listen to me, my children,
For blessed are those who keep my ways.
Hear instruction and be wise,
And do not disdain it.
Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at the posts of my doors.
For whoever finds me finds life,
And obtains favor from the Lord;
But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul;
All those who hate me love death.”  ~Proverbs 8:32-36 NKJV

God as our Father, just as our humanly fathers do, always tries to teach us various teachings of wisdom. Sadly, just as with God and our humanly fathers, we each fail to listen to what we are taught. Unlike our humanly fathers, God has left us a manual for our lives that contains all of the teachings we need for our lives…the Holy Bible.

Our humanly fathers are the first picture of God, our Creator, that we will ever obtain. Some of our fathers were brutal and abusive, others were kind and filled with great teachings. God placed us not with the humanly fathers we desired or even wanted, but rather He has placed us with the human father we needed. Perhaps, there was something that this father had some particular ability which we needed to learn for our life’s journey. Or there was an ability he could pass on to us; thereby enabling us to stand up for ourselves. Or there was something we needed to come into contact with in order to have our life redirected toward God, Himself. Who is to say, but there was a specific reason that we were born to the family we were raised by. 

The Parable of the Lost Son, or the Parable of the Prodigal Son, comes to mind or even The Parable of the Two Sons

“But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went. Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?”

They said to Him, “The first.”

Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward relent and believe him.

We all have our time as both the good son and as the bad son. Because we all do both good and bad as we grow up and learn from our parents. We learn through making bad decisions, those bad decisions teach us how to be wise that we will in the future make better and wiser decisions.

The Book of Proverbs, the Book of Psalms, the Book of Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon all have great wisdom to pass on to each of us. If we will just slow down to truly listen to the words that are written therein. Momentary snippets of information that can be applied to our daily lives, if we can just hear those words from an observer of our actions in the moment. There is much we can learn.
I am not going to say that all our fathers were great men. I will not even say they were good men. But I will say they all had good qualities about them that they could teach us those hard lessons in our lives. I can remember both the good and the bad of my father, but it is only a reminder that none of us is good, not one! We can learn that of King David who committed adultery and covered it up through a murder. But this also shows us that God can use us, each of us, as broken as we are we can be used by God. Look at King Solomon who sought wisdom and then leaned on his own understanding and allowed himself to be led by his wives to give glory to other pagan gods and his allegiance was torn between God and paganism and his wives. Perhaps he was not as wise as he thought. But God still used him and the lineage of David for our salvation through Christ.
So, listen to me, my children we can be used by God to do His will in our lives for His express purpose(s) if we will but listen to His word! God desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. We are each destined for greatness, but not necessarily for fame. We each have a purpose, with the same ends in mind but not the same end for each of us.
I will cut this off here as I believe you can understand from what has been written what is meant. Lean toward God and dwell on His word, the teachings of Jesus, and the historical nature of the Bible. Read it! Study it! And KNOW IT!
May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!
MK Murphy

Where do children go at death? Heaven or Hell?

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An argument can be made that a person is not of age until they have reached 20 years of age in their life, based upon the Old Testament standard.

Take a census of all the congregation of the children of Israel, by their families, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, every male individually, from twenty years old and above—all who are able to go to war in Israel.” ~Numbers 1:2-3 NKJV

That said, we can assume that a person is not of the age of accountability until they reach 20 years of age. Although, a person is deemed to know right from wrong come roughly the age of thirteen, about the time of a child’s Bar Mitzvah. However, a person’s brain and, hence, their thinking power is constantly growing and developing up until about the age of 25, according to science.

Jesus told us:

Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” ~Mark 10:13-15 NKJV

…which was corroborated in Matthew…

Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them.  But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” ~Matthew 19:13-14 NKJV

Through logic we can reason that children, whether as a fetus, infant, toddler, or child, is an innocent. That said, it is reasonable to assume that upon their death, they would be in the arms of Jesus, not for judgement.

Jesus also spoke a warning to those who would misguide children:

“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea. ~Mark 9:42 NKJV (also reiterated in Luke 17:2 and Matthew 18:6)

Man is destined to die once and after that, judgement. THAT is a promise for Baby-thinkingall of us, but children are a special case, due to their innocence, lack of experience, and lack of age and wisdom. Wisdom is accumulated over time and can be applied, but children must first learn to think logically and reasonably. Though, just thinking of most children thinking on difficult questions of the day can either make your head spin, or make you laugh your butt off! (No middle ground there!) Man has been trained to know and to understand what he does, but a child is a sponge through which he learns how to use all of his senses and his abilities. So, what of those children who have not been permitted to be born, due to the hardheartedness of those involved in the life changing decision?

There is a good argument to be made, biblically, that any child will go to heaven upon death. The age at which a person is deemed to be a child, versus an adult is another argument but only partially applicable here. We are considered to know right from wrong about the beginning of our teen years, about thirteen…age of Bar Mitzvah, or the becoming of a man or women; hence an adult.

Jesus also warned all:

Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” And He laid His hands on them and departed from there. ~Matthew 19:13-15 NKJV

Jesus recognized that our children are our greatest resource in our lives. They carry on our name, our tradition, and our message to the whole world. Of course, this is the message we were suppose to be teaching them their entire lives.

Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up… ~Deuteronomy 11:18-21 NKJV

As parents we have a great responsibility, the children just have to learn and be themselves. They will have their good days and their bad days. They will make good decisions and bad decisions…God knows I made my fair share of them long ago! But as parents we are guides for God to our children. Our children have the option to believe or not believe. To live out their lives the way we taught them, or to take another path…it is called FREE WILL. Because God did not desire to have drones.

Remember: When the umbilical cord is cut, you have a separate person  who will make different decisions under the same or different circumstances.

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy