The law of the Lord is perfect


The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward. ~Psalm 19:7-11
Then I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of holiness, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done. This also is vanity. Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days are prolonged, yet I surely know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him. But it will not be well with the wicked; nor will he prolong his days, which are as a shadow, because he does not fear before God. ~Ecclesiastes 8:10-13

The law of the Lord is perfect. That is an observation on my part. Why would I say such a thing, despite the fact that I do not have an eternal mind, with an eternal memory of all things, as well as an everlasting and all-knowing knowledge of all things?

Firstly, God created me. I did not come to such a conclusion lightly, but through much deliberation and through much thought and research. IF God did create me then He has a right, and an obligation, to guide me. Leading me through prayer and the Holy Spirit and through His eternal word, the Bible.

Secondly, if we should follow logic and if we are created by something external to us and is not bound by the laws of physics and nature (which also was created, presumably by the same eternal being, which I will call God,) then  such a being is permitted, possibly mandated, to guide and teach us what is right and what is wrong.

Consider a clay jar. If you make a clay jar, you as it’s creator can do with it as you please. You can use it for any one of a number of intended purposes. You can stow it away and never use it. You can smash it and trash it as you please.

The beauty about God, our Creator, is the fact that he forces nothing upon us. We are taught right from wrong and we are promised one human life. BUT we are not forced to make all the “right” decisions. We are granted the gift of choice. We can each choose to make the right choice based upon God’s Word, or we can choose to make the inappropriate choice and turn toward sin. We choose! And therefore, when we are judged by God at the end of our days, we are judged on those choices that we have made all along the way. That is why God did not create drones who just acknowledged Him and said yes all of the time. God desired US, each of us to choose His ways and to follow Him, willingly! And we should desire to do so and to please our maker, because we are blessed to have what we have. The breath of life, our health, a home to live in, a family, etc. It is not all about money and things, though we tend to go off the rails a bit and think so.

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple ~Psalm 19:7 NKJV

Assuming that the One who created each and every one of us is perfect, then it would stand to reason that His very word and His law (which is based upon His word) are both also perfect. Perfect because it is external to us and is, therefore, objective with respect to us. The laws put forth are guides for us to glorify our creator and to fulfill our perfect purpose and His will for us. Throughout the Old Testament there were 613 individual laws for us to follow. King David pared that down to approximately 15 laws for we all to follow. Malachi widdled that down to 3 laws or commands to follow and Jesus further cut the commands down to 2 commandments of God in order to keep true to the laws of God.

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

The Commands of God for us to follow and show ourselves to be the beacons of Christianity, Hope, Love, and portray the love of Christ to all. All we need to do is follow what Jesus spoke to us and mandated us to show all others on this earth the way to Him. If we truly show our love to God with all our heart, soul, and mind and follow on with loving our neighbors as if we were showing love to ourselves, or as we would like to be treated. It was said that Mother Theresa loved everyone. When she looked into the face of others she was looking into the eyes of Christ with each and every person.

“Seeking the face of God in everything, everyone, all the time, and his hand in every happening; This is what it means to be contemplative in the heart of the world. Seeing and adoring the presence of Jesus, especially in the lowly appearance of bread, and in the distressing disguise of the poor.”

Mother Teresa, In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories and Prayers

That is quite a subservient position to take as a Christian, as a servant of Christ.

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

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The Information Age Just Ain’t What It’s Cracked Up To Be

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For in much wisdom is much grief, And he who increases knowledge increases sorrow. ~Ecclesiastes 1:18 NKJV

For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. ~Ecclesiastes 1:18 KJV

For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief. ~Ecclesiastes 1:18 NIV

With the advent of Bulletin Board systems back in the 1990s and the increased speed and power of the internet, globally speaking, information is at a premium and at times can be highly questionable. Between the internet and the various search engines, 24/7 news channels, mind numbing television, documentaries, and the list goes on and on with some 1000 channels or more. Our biggest problem, in my opinion, is that we fail to properly filter out what we do not need.

The human brain produces approximately 70,000 thoughts on an average day. There are 86,400 seconds in a 24 hour day. That means we have a different thought every 1.2 seconds.

So, as we focus on certain things, we block out, filter out, or otherwise delete other thoughts going on in our minds at any given time. How much happier are you now, right now, with all this extra information? You are probably overwhelmed as I am. It is almost depressing the more one thinks about it all. To one degree we are smarter with some added information; on the other hand, though, we are inundated with a plethora of unnecessary information which does not add to our abilities to make a decision concerning one particular subject. That is because we are forced to sift through all of the added information that we have in order to make that particular decision. Why is that? Because your brain is a tremendous computer, created by God, which strives to find the answer(s) to your every question and problem. Everything you place before it it is searched and your brain sifts through all you know, all you have access to, and then develops more questions that will aid you in finding the answer to your original problem.

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There are those, blessed I might add, with the innate ability to “multi-task” a plethora of tasks. This is great for them, but there are those of us who become befuddled with too many tasks bouncing around in our heads. To make matters worse, we take that work home with us, because if we do not think it out we will somehow get things all cocked up the next day when we try to continue on with such a task. I like so many hate to fail and more-so hate to be uncharted waters, so-to-say. Can we learn these greatly needed abilities…yes, we can. But the lack of comfort as a norm is not for some of us. We are each destined for something grand, on our scale but rather minuscule on God’s scale. Though, regardless of how you look at it…you will glorify God as He wills it! As mentioned in another post, God will fill you with the Spirit and will endow you with all the necessary abilities that you need in order to accomplish the task that God has given you to accomplish. Reading throughout the bible you will note that God gave each individual all the abilities and knowledge they needed to do just as He desired of them!

And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship ~Exodus 31:3 NKJV

So, when God is in control there is very little you need to worry or concern yourself about…because God has your back! But when we each do what we want in order to accomplish things on our own, we more or less, shun God from our task and things tend to get messy.

Lately, I have had a series of dreams, weird as it may be for me. Some I remember in the morning and write them down. After I wake I try to write down what I remember of the dream and then research and pray for it’s interpretation. Some of the interpretation I can get from books and encyclopedias on dreams, but other aspects of dreams must be inspired by God’s Holy Spirit. Why? Because it is from God, the best explanation can come from God. Consider in the Book of Daniel where the King was hell bent on killing all the wise men of the land because they could neither tell him his dream nor could they interpret it. Daniel answered the king, “there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days...” (Daniel 2:28 MKJV; see Daniel 2 for the entire transcript) But there are those I cannot remember which really gets me. Why, you ask? Because it was one of those dreams that woke me in a sweat and concerned me. It is one of those dreams that you would swear that it was something significant. I still await on God’s making aware to me what happened in that dream that is so hard to remember. It just seems to me that it is so key to understanding some of the other dreams I’ve had, or potentially answering some of my questions that I have posed to God. Just a feeling of mine, but it makes sense to me; will you understand? Some of you perhaps you will, others will not, and others will say “he’s off his rocker.”

Never steer away from the guidance of God! God will lead you if you will let Him. BUT you must be willing to give up that control you have over your own life! It is then where God, upon your prayerful request, will lead you through any one of a number of possible venues which will help you see what you must do in order to glorify Him.

Be prayerful, my friends! Be prayerful!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

Fearfully & Wonderfully Made

Is abortion the wrath of God realized in the reality of today, or is it the wrath of man for the unborn? After all, we each have our own perspective on this rather controversial subject. There is literally no one out in the world today who has absolutely no opinion on this subject, even if they were to defer it as a women’s subject for discussion. A non-opinion is an opinion! (A bad opinion, I might add, but it is an opinion!)

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We have been fearfully and wonderfully made by the very hand of God who created each and every one of us. Whether you choose to believe this, or not. Each of us is created in such a way that we are similar, but we are unique in comparison. Yet, we are created in God’s image:

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. ~Genesis 1:27 NKJV

So, do we infer from this that God makes mistakes? No, not at all! Each of us is the way we are suppose to be, barring any decisions that we ourselves make during the course of our lives…which can be and tend to be the mistakes which we will generally blame on God. Also, we have numerous assaults upon our person while we are growing up, which can also mold our psyche as we mature & develop. Consider the transgenderism dilemma today, the gay issues, the man’s mind in a woman’s body, the “non-binary” and gender fluidity mentality, etc.

Those of us who believe in God, the One True God and Creator of all things, hold to the belief that Moses put forth in the Book of Genesis:

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.  ~Genesis 2:7 NKJV

And the words that King David put forth in order to explain to the reader of his Psalm or to clarify to himself:

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You. ~Psalm 139:13-18 NKJV 

And the words that described how God formed us by the Prophet Jeremiah:

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” ~Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV

We were created for a specific purpose! What was that purpose? Good question, although it is a different answer for each person; however, we each have something in common and that is to glorify God! However, we are also given gifts by God in order to a great number of other things. Sing in order to entertain, play an instrument to entertain, the ability to act, the ability to teach or research in order to transpire information or educate others, and so much more…all to the end of glorifying God. Some are doctors and others are nurses. Some are policemen, others are firemen, and still others are EMTs as first responders in order to aid the public and each to the end result of glorifying God. God places at our fingertips a number of qualities in order to aid those around us, both to help them and to glorify God in the long run! Of course, with others it is a long road to find those specific traits and qualities in order to aid others and glorify God. Sometimes it is a short path and other times it is a very long arduous trek, but in the scheme of things it is all well worth it. Moses spoke of such things, at least inferred it in the Book of Exodus:

And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship ~Exodus 31:3 NKJV

We are each promised, in essence, that we will be given the wisdom, understanding, knowledge, or abilities of workmanship through the Spirit of God in order to carry our our abilities to Glorify God and aid those around us.

So as we move onward, to understand we are fearfully and wonderfully made which infers we have been created for a specific reason. Abortion, on the other hand, is simply, in my opinion, a vehicle for eradicating a perceived mistake. With the advent of removing God from our schools and society, prayer and blessings from our everyday actions and furthermore the destruction of the atomic family (the central core of the American dream, if you will) YOU steer man away from his very central purpose of pleasing and glorifying God and replacing such with the pleasing and feeding the new god of men, government and big business. Now your purpose is to consume (making business happy by buying and spending the money you do not have) and to work hard in order to pay your taxes (thereby, feeding the new god, government, with your money. This blog post, as many others are never meant or intended to be or get political. BUT they are intended to make you think about what you do…to please God or self? How you spend your time…for God or self?

We truly need to get back to focusing on God in our lives, spending our time pleasing and glorifying HIM and not ourselves. Teaching others to do the same. Steering our society into doing the very same in order to get us, as a society, community, and as a country, back on track in order to bring this country back to serving the God that formed it and ourselves, as well!

 

 

As Liz Wheeler mentioned in the video above, where will it end? There is some point in time, or so I hope and pray, where common sense will take hold in the minds of those at the helm. If not, perhaps you or I should become those leaders that refuse to actually lead, if it be God’s will. I tend to be of the mind that if we are to lead that God would place a passion, a desire, or a burden on our heart to do something…despite the fear that we have for doing so. The urge will become far stronger than the fear that is ever-present.

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

Stereotyping Others

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“Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.” “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us. Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward. ~Mark 9:38-41 NIV

“Master,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.” “Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.” ~Luke 9:49-50 NIV

This should tell us that we are not to stereotype our brothers and sisters in Christ. We each separately have a gift to share or aid in the glorifying of Jesus and fulfilling God’s purpose in our lives. Though Mark and Luke were not direct Apostles and followers of Jesus, they had access to Apostles that were directly following Christ. Mark was mentored by the Apostle Peter and Luke was mentored by the Apostle Paul; and if that is not good enough for you, Luke was with the Apostle Paul when he met with the Apostles. We should feel quite comfortable learning from each Apostle and accepting of the historicity of the words presented by each forefather of the Christian faith. So, both of these accounts have the authority of research and knowledge of those who witnessed and followed Jesus.

While we disagree with those who profess another faith, yet they follow Christ…who are we to stereotype or compare them to others who may be preaching heretical teachings or pushing  heretical doctrines which are not promoted in the biblical text? Should we not leave certain matters to God’s judgement and follow the path in which we teach God’s mighty and glorious word? Is that not our primary purpose?

Do not misunderstand me, there are times that we must, absolutely must, stop heretical teachings in their tracks and stand up against the perpetrators of such nonsense and false teachings! We are all called into the priesthood, so-to-say:

…you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. ~1 Peter 2:5 NIV

“…because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” ~Revelation 5:9-10 NIV

Our purpose is to glorify God and be priests of the One True and Living God! And how is it that we accomplish such a thing?? Study of the word. Study of theology. Study and memorization of scriptures. Study on subjects of evangelizing and apologetics, as well as logic. Study on the subject concerning the proofs of God’s existence and those subjects related to the life of Jesus, reading as much as we can by our forefathers within the Christian community. For example, I may not agree with the doctrines of any particular church, or faith, but their forefathers within the church may have written a treasure trove of information on the understanding of any particular subject which we are studying at that moment. Do not cast aside something written by a man of our past just because he was a member of, part of the history of, a particular church or theology. It is up to us to read and learn as much as possible, and by God’s understanding and discerning Spirit we must decide for ourselves if the information is worthy to be used and remembered.

Use it or Lose It ImageWe are called to serve God! I imagine there is no simpler way to put it. God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are our Master. Notice I did not say Masters, because we are speaking of the Trinity…but that is for another blog posting! And we are called to serve with our gift(s) that God has provided us. Some of us have but one gift and there are others who have been blessed with more than one gift to use. Some are blessed with a gift and another is given to replace that gift to further serve to His Glory! Our problem is that many of us do not pay attention to what our gift(s) is/are and if not used to glorify Him, they subside and wane away.

I would like to think that my Gift is writing, but sometimes I wonder. But I believe I am fulfilling my purpose as a person called to the royal priesthood. There are times you just aren’t certain that you have what it takes to fulfill God’s purpose in your life until you start doing that thing which is tugging at your heart’s strings. There may be something else that I will be lead to do another time down the road, who is to say? Until then, I will continue to accomplish my writing, blogging, and posting and pray I am accomplishing God’s will and that I glorify Him in all that I do…despite all of my failures in His eyes.

Instead of stereotyping people, we should take this to heart where Jesus said:

Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? ~ Luke 12:57 NIV

The only person we should comparing to anyone or to anything is ourselves! We should compare ourselves to the words of God and the actions Jesus had taken. As Jesus had been our Godly example of how to act.

I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. ~John 13:15 NIV

If we compare ourselves to another, what makes us think that he or she is doing what is right in God’s sight? Of course, we can compare ourselves to Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, etc. we have the possibility that we are fairing better than they, in God’s sight. But where in the bible does it say that only these people do not go to heaven? And in one theological frame of reference, noting the book of James, sins being equal before God (being repulsive and abhorrent) we are separated from God when we sin; regardless of how we sin!

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May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

Salt is Good

“Everyone will be salted with fire. “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”” ~Mark 9:49-50 NIV

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WE, as Christians, are the salt for the lost souls within this world to help them find their way back to God, through Christ! We are their light just as Jesus is our light; much like the lighthouse is the aid to the ships of the sea, so they can find their way…we too are the exact same for the lost souls within this world of ours.

A Chinese girl said, “Salt makes you thirsty.” DO stop and think that over. “Ye are the salt of the earth.” Do YOU make anyone thirsty for Christ? You never will be merely separating from something. But you will be separating unto Christ. ~Expositions of Bible Doctrines Taking the Epistle to the Romans as a Point of Departure, Volume 1, page 16, by Donald Grey Barnhouse (emphasis mine)

This is precisely what we are to do, make people thirst for God’s life giving and eternal life word! We can do this through passion and desire, it can be done through will but not through sheer will, as we must be able to show a caring, love, and compassion in our message(s) toward those with whom we speak the message of Christ.

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. ~Colossians 4:2-4 NKJV

If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. ~1 Peter 4:11 NKJV

We are, in essence, slaves to Christ. Like it, or not, it is by our choice. Why? (You ask) Well, we have chosen to believe (through reason, wisdom, research, study, etc.) that Christ truly is “…the way, the truth, and the life…”  We did not make this decision flippantly, nor without forethought, this decision was truly one of the greatest decisions in our lives. And without a doubt was the greatest decision that weighed on our minds and hearts! Are we promised to be wealthy? Have an easy life? Have a gorgeous wife? A husband that has the physique of Adonis? No, on all accounts. We are promised eternal life. We are promised trials and tribulations. We are promised rain and shine like everyone else. We are promised both good and adversity, just like everyone else, as well. So, why did we make such a decision? Because in all of the religions out there, one must be right and the others must be wrong. By reason and logic, this must be true. That religion or faith which is true deserves my allegiance!

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This is the greatest reason why we, as Christians, must understand why we believe that which we believe. And not only must we understand why we believe what we believe, but what other faiths believe. It is at that point that we can have a discussion, thereby defending our position.

And every offering of your grain offering you shall season with salt; you shall not allow the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your grain offering. With all your offerings you shall offer salt. ~Leviticus 2:3 NKJV

Every time we speak to someone about Christ and the words of God toward another, we too must season with salt. We must flavor our words that are more palpable for others to digest. The words we speak are of God, but others must gain help in understanding them. That is the flavoring we give to other. Consider when Jesus was asked about why he spoke to the people in parables:

He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. ~Matthew 13:11-13 NKJV

This was the salt that Jesus added. You either got it or you did not. On the other hand, if you did not get it, did you seek to understand it? The salt is the flavoring that makes you desire or passionate for more and to understand. That is why we walk the earth, to be used as servants of the Most High God and Creator of All. We speak His words and help others understand. That is one of our purposes; the other purpose is to glorify our Creator in all we do!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

False Messiahs, False Gods, & False Saviors

Just exactly how many have claimed to be messiahs, gods, or saviors of mankind? And, for that matter, how many will claim to be so in the future? How can we come to know who it is and when He finally arrives, will we recognize Him as our God, Messiah, and our Savior?

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After all, you must consider the fact that Lucifer, Satan, or the Devil (your name or title of descriptive choice) was once an angel of light, the chief angel of God’s…how easy would it be to fool mankind?

Consider this, Nostradamus predicted an “anti-Christ” of sort to come out of the East.  But the East of what? Americans seem to believe it is someone out of the Middle-East and many figures over the past few decades could have been the one, but a world war was never wages and there was not any peace with Israel; which means that He was not the one. Many continue to believe it to be the Middle-East. That being said Our latest possibility is the surging of Muslim “refugees” and believers of the religion of Islam, my opinion, are pouring out of the Middle-East into the European countries, Canada and America as a whole. With the rampant reports of rape and murder of the host country by predominantly Muslim refugees, as well as, the upswing of “honor killings” it is my opinion that it is not just one person but potentially a horde of people. Much like when the Muslims were over-taking Europe between 1000 AD – 1300 AD, which spurred on several Holy Crusades.

Think of it, with the Islamic tenet of Taqiyya, a deceptive practice to further the cause of Allah. This would account for the potential for peace in the Middle-East and settle things between Israel and her neighbors as it is written in the biblical book of Revelation (specifically Revelation 13.) This would account for the potent of false peace in the Middle-East with Israel. Why would this false peace be necessary? Consider back in history when Mohammad signed a peace treaty wit the Meccans in 628 AD. It was purported, revisionist history, by Muhammad in the Qur’an that the Meccans were the first to break their treaty with Muhammad Our Prophet (peace be upon him) was forced into war when the polytheists broke their treaty.” (Qur’an 9:5) But historical accounts present a much different story:

Less than two years after making a treaty with the people of Mecca (Treaty of Hudaibiya), Muhammad returned with an army and took the city by surprise. Although this has been a traditional source of pride for Muslims down through the centuries, contemporary scholars are more apt to construct excuses for Muhammad’s action, since it contrasts with the claim that Islam is a religion of peace. [read more about the myth…]

Which was justified in the Qur’an with this As Abu Bakr, himself a military leader, put it:

“If I take an oath to do something and later on I find something else better than the first one, then I do what is better and make expiation for my oath.” (Bukhari 78:618)

Muhammad, no doubt, would have agreed:

“The Prophet said: ‘War is deceit’.” (Bukhari 52:269)

Throughout our history of this world there have been numerous people who have claimed god-like messiahship status. Yet, many of them either led others to their deaths without anything good coming of their vane deaths. Many others have led others, falsely, and bled them dry of their earnings; thus, becoming rich off the backs of so many. Others were led down a dark road in their lives, only to be used up by their supposed leader only to find out their leader was a fraud and a cheat. That is not what God wants of you!

God leads us and guides us down a path where we will be be full of integrity and good character. He has given us examples of how to properly live, in all situations. He has shown us the words of wisdom that we should listen to and live by in order to be a light for others to see. That Light was and is Jesus who showed us how to act and speak and portray ourselves to others.

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” ~Matthew 5:14 NKJV

We, if we have listened to the words of Jesus and read all of the prophets and books of wisdom, are that light…but we must believe. We are given opportunities, sometimes daily, other times weekly, and other times sporadically interspersed throughout our lives to speak to those who truly need to hear the word of God, or a word of inspiration, something that will aid them to avert something very devastating, or potentially foolish or deadly. Believe it, or not, we are placed in key spots and positions within our lives in order to accomplish God’s pure and perfect will. And no, it is not a crap shoot…it is you accomplishing your purpose which God has created you for.

Yes, there are false teachers, prophets and messiahs on our path throughout our life. But God gave us a mind, a good one at that, with which we can compare the words of those we are listening to and compare them, as well as their actions, to the Word of God which they purportedly teach. Unfortunately, all too many of the preachers, so called, are simple opportunists and charlatans. They offer to sell you snake oil in place of that which is taught in the Word of God. Snake oil sounds good and is soothing to the ear and titillating to the senses, on a temporal basis only, but in the long run it is a long dark and dank road to nowhere fast!

God is not promising you an easy road to heaven, nor is He promising you glory, riches, and an easy life. No, it is and will ever be, in most cases a hard road to follow the Christ and His ways. But in the end, it is your soul  that matters, and if YOU follow Him closely and ardently…you will be accepted into the heavenly upon your death and your judgement.

BEWARE THOUGH! There are false teachers, messiahs, gods, and saviors around many corners, in many pulpits, in numerous schools. They are potentially EVERYWHERE!

“To whom then will you liken Me, Or to whom shall I be equal?” says the Holy One. ~Isaiah 40:25 NKJV

For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. ~2Corinthians 10:12 NKJV

Our God and Creator is not comparable to anyone else nor anything else! It is that simple. Secondly, we are not to compare ourselves to anyone else. Because all others are as sinful as we are, and therefore are not worthy of being compared to. However, we can view traits of others we cross paths with and use those traits to be better in our daily walk in life. However, our truest model that we should follow is none other than Jesus, the Christ!

For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. ~John 13:15 NKJV

For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps ~1Peter 2:21 NKJV

We have an example in Jesus to compare ourselves to and live up to, there is none other that is comparable! And there is none other who is worthy to be modeled and followed as an example! Sadly, the species of man continually tries to replace God with objects and other things. And sadly, once again, always come up short and wanting more. Me, I would love to win the PowerBall or the MegaMillions…but that hasn’t happened as of yet. But neither is that where my faith or hope lies. It is but a game of chance, nothing more. Others believe their luck will change and they will win the big payday. I knew of a man many years ago who was that way. He loved to gamble, and would not leave the casino until he lost every dime of his paycheck(s). Yes, that is right. One year it was purported that he worked every minute of overtime he could, plus at times had another job. One year he had earned roughly $120,000, but all was lost to gambling. He lost his house, wife, kids…everything. He died broke and lonely.

Be careful with whom you ally yourselves with. Whom you allow to teach you, carefully listen to what is said and taught; then compare to the biblical text. If there is a difference, question it. Compare the new answers to your questions. Be ever vigilant with the Word of God!

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