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

Sometimes God Wakes Us To Learn Something Amazing

Mordecai Discovers a Plot

19 When virgins were gathered together a second time, Mordecai sat within the king’s gate. 20 Now Esther had not revealed her family and her people, just as Mordecai had charged her, for Esther obeyed the command of Mordecai as when she was brought up by him.

21 In those days, while Mordecai sat within the king’s gate, two of the king’s eunuchs, Bigthan and Teresh, doorkeepers, became furious and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. 22 So the matter became known to Mordecai, who told Queen Esther, and Esther informed the king in Mordecai’s name. 23 And when an inquiry was made into the matter, it was confirmed, and both were hanged on a gallows; and it was written in the book of the chronicles in the presence of the king. ~Esther 2:19-23 NKJV

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The King Honors Mordecai

king honors modeciThat night the king could not sleep. So one was commanded to bring the book of the records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. And it was found written that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, the doorkeepers who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus.~Esther 6 NKJV

We all do it, you know it! We all have those times where something just wakes us up out of the blue, early in the morning. Sometimes it is for no reason at all, but something just tugs at us the wrong way. We just want to sleep, but cannot do so. So, at some point in time, amidst the tossing and turning in your bed, we get up and out of bed. Sometimes we hear a voice in our heads or hearts, other times we have a drive to do something specific, sometimes generally.

In 1 Samuel 3, we find just such a thing with the Prophet Samuel as a boy. But Samuel was guided by Eli. Though it took a little bit, Eli caught on with what was happening and urged the young boy to answer the call of God. God acts differently amidst differing circumstances. He called the boy Samuel while trying to sleep. He also awoke King Xerxes (as mentioned above) in the midst of his sleep, awakened him and had guided him to read the Persian history, thus reminding him who it was that saved his life.

God works in mysterious ways

Sometimes when we wake in those unexpected ways we are called to simply pray to our God. We need that prayer time in order to discover what is truly tugging at our heart. I do believe God speaks to us; unfortunately we are so hardhearted and stubborn that we cannot recognize what is happening. It truly is a heart thing with us. Perhaps we are to just say as the Prophet Samuel stated, Speak, for Your servant hears.”  Sometimes THAT is all it takes!

As mentioned so many times before we need to be more compliant to God’s will in our lives, much like the Islamic faith. Meaning not that we must be radical Jihadists with terror being our main weapon, but that God MUST be the most important things in our lives! Remember what Jesus said,

Christ Brings Division

34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 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’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’[e] 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. ~Matthew 10 NKJV

We are not meant to follow the pack, or the gang; we are intended to follow God and His perfect way. We are intended to read, understand, and study the Word of God, the Bible. We are mandated to, in the words of Jesus:

‘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.’…”~Matthew 22:37-40 NKJV

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…” ~Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV

bible_read_meNow, how can we “…love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind…”? First you must understand and know the biblical truths and you learn that through reading and studying; it is a life’s task, for certain. We must pray, honor and rejoice over the blessings we have received, and yes even the travesties. Because God has given us, both the righteous and the unrighteous, an even footing, “for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” And the Prophet Job reminded us:

…Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” ~Job 2:10 NKJV

So, to truly honor God, our Creator, we must learn and apply His Word in our bible_readlives (yes, DAILY!) and to rejoice in all things that come our way, both good and bad. Because each situation, both good and bad, is meant to better us in some way, fashion, or form. Just as battle tempers a man’s courage under fire so also do these situation help temper our minds, hearts and souls to good things and travesties.

As we become better Christians we will also find ourselves called outward into the world to share God’s Son, Jesus, and His Word with all others out in the world in which we live. This will come with time and ease, because you will find, or better yet you will better notice all the opportunities that allow you to share the Gospel with all others along your path(s) in this life.

Although, there is another aspect to this sharing the Gospel thing, as we grow we are also called to teach, lead and minister; part of the “…royal priesthood…

…For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.” ~Revelation 5:9-10 NKJV

We are all called to be ministers of God’s Word for all the world to hear his promises, but we also have to do our part by reading…it all starts there which is the beginning of faith!

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

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippian Church and told them:

Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.~Philippians 1:27-28 NKJV

got-faithOur faith is built up by the word, our faith is based upon the word, but not just on the word, but also on sound logic and reason as well as research. We make a claim based upon historical facts. And those facts won’t become known to you until you read and study the word and then see what the world of the various sciences has to say as well. We, as Christians, claim truth is our basis, but truth is based upon history, the sciences, philosophy, as well as other various areas of study.

So, read well, my friends! Research well, my friends! And reason well, my friends!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

What If We Lived In A World Without Law & Order? (a continuation)

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In last week’s blog posting, I wrote on a lawless and chaotic world in which Islam could potentially, if not probably, become the world power and religion, as well as a political and military force placed upon this and every other country.

In a partial report on Shariah the Threat (a short course) (Full Report Here), much of what I read truly had reaffirmed all that I spoke of. Our laws are being used against us, our rights are being subverted and used against us, to the endgame of removal of all rights that we know of, both natural and gained.

Here is a partial transcript of that report, from the shorter version. The Plan to over take America, “The Muslim Brotherhood’s Strategic Plan“; a phased plan:

“Phase One: Phase of discreet and secret establishment of leadership.

“Phase Two: Phase of gradual appearance on the public scene and exercising and utilizing various public activities (It greatly succeeded in implementing this stage). It also succeeded in achieving a great deal of its important goals, such as infiltrating various sectors of the Government. Gaining religious institutions and embracing senior scholars. Gaining public support and sympathy. Establishing a shadow government (secret) within the Government.

“Phase Three: Escalation phase, prior to conflict and confrontation with the rulers, through utilizing mass media. Currently in progress.

“Phase Four: Open public confrontation with the Government through exercising the political pressure approach. It is aggressively implementing the above-mentioned approach. Training on the use of weapons domestically and overseas in anticipation of zero-hour. It has noticeable activities in this regard.

“Phase Five: Seizing power to establish their Islamic Nation under which all parties and Islamic groups are united.”

The Implementation of Shariah by the Muslim Brotherhood

• Expanding the Muslim presence by birth rate, immigration, and refusal to assimilate;

• Occupying and expanding domination of physical spaces;

• Ensuring the “Muslim Community” knows and follows MB doctrine;

• Controlling the language we use in describing the enemy;

• Ensuring we do not study their doctrine (shariah);

• Co-opting key leadership;

• Forcing compliance with shariah at local levels;

• Fighting all counterterrorism efforts;

• Subverting religious organizations;

• Employing lawfare – the offensive use of lawsuits and threats of lawsuits;

• Claiming victimization / demanding accommodations;

• Condemning “slander” against Islam;

• Subverting the U.S. education system, in particular, infiltrating and dominating U.S. Middle East studies programs;

• Demanding the right to practice shariah in segregated Muslim enclaves;

• Demanding recognition of shariah in non-Muslim spheres;

• Confronting and denouncing Western society, laws, and traditions; and

• Demanding that shariah replace Western law. Note that many of the foregoing techniques entail, in one way or another, influencing and neutralizing the American government at all levels.

Do you see what is happening? The utter possibilities and probabilities? Scary if you ask me! No different than that of the Nazi’s at their beginning, claiming victim status which garnered them support. No different than that of the gay community also claiming victim status and thereby spring boarding into special rights and class status. And now with the Transgender, Fluid Gender, and quasi-Gender people also claiming victim status. Each is an attack on God. Pastor John MacArthur spoke on this subject best, in my opinion:

Matt Slick who runs the CARM.ORG web-site, is a Christian Apologist and he did quite a bit of research on Islam. In his section on Islam ExaminedIslam GraphicIslam is one of the world’s fasted growing religions. But, is it a religion of peace, violence, or a little of both? Muhammad taught that there is one God, no Trinity, Jesus was not crucified and that good works are needed for salvation. The Quran is the Muslim’s holy book, and it contains a wide variety of topics. The Hadith are the deeds and sayings of Muhammad and are authoritative in the average Muslim’s life. They contain volumes of material, some of which is hard to believe. All in all, Islam is an important religion begun by Muhammad, 1,400 years ago. Some consider it a Christian heresy. Others consider it a new, false religion. But, for Muslims, it is the revelation of their God.

The French “Prophet” Nostradamus, it is purported and inferred, that he had prophesied the ISIS, Muslim and Islamic uprising. He, it is said, foretold of a great power coming out of the east. In the article “Did Nostradamus predict ISIS rise? 16th century warnings of terror reign and what’s NEXT” this is precisely what is suggested. Most Christians consider this but one person, a great leader. However, is it that big of a stretch to believe this foretelling is actually about an entire people who desire to wipe out all those who do not think or believe as they do? I don’t think it to be that great of a stretch.

Cal Thomas wrote in his article:

Suppose our enemies have invaded the United States through immigration for the express purpose of organizing themselves politically? Suppose they present themselves as benign and seek to register voters, becoming politically active in order to elect their people to office and change U.S. policy in the Middle East? What if their intentions are the eventual destruction of this nation through its democratic processes and the imposition of a theocratic state? Would that be enough to get our attention? ~”The threat among us” (Jewish World Review May 20, 2003)

It is funny how even 14 years later and the American people are still oblivious to the ramifications to such an overt attack on our society, our rights, and more importantly…OUR GOD! We truly are living in the end times, we are allowing foreign gods to enter into our land, and thereby allowing them to subjugate us. You can call it conspiracy theory, but as things have been going over the last20 plus years, I don’t think it is conspiracy, but historical fact in the making & unfolding! For lack of specific knowledge, read the following chapters of the bible: Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5, 7, 13, 28; Jeremiah 2; the Book of Isaiah chapters 23 on; and others not listed here this was just a quick list. We have been warned of foreign gods throughout the bible, Old Testament & the New Testament.

circle-dotAs I have mentioned in a blog posting some time ago, the Islamic faith holds their lives being for their faith and that they are but a small portion of their overall life; their faith is the biggest part of their lives. Christians, on the other hand, their life is the biggest part of their lives and their faith is but a small part of their life. In the picture to the side. Christian’s hold God as being the dot and their life is the circle, the Muslim’s faith is the circle and the dot is their life. Big difference! Especially with respect to their mindset. Faith being far greater part of their lives, it is harder to defeat such a force because they are willing to yield their life and the lives of their family members for the cause of furthering Islam. Christians, on the other hand, will not go beyond what is convenient for them.

So, be careful in how you approach things. Is it out of convenience or specifically for God that you do things? The Apostle Paul told us:

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality. ~Colossians 3:23-25 NKJV

I honestly do not know if these two posts will open the eyes of anyone, raise the possible concerns at hand, or if anyone will consider doing anything other than saying, “Wow! That’s not good!” And then continue on with their day as though nothing happened. Because by the time you see it happening to you, loss of rights, loss & destruction of churches, bible burning parties, theft of property (but then again, the government is doing that right now!), weapons confiscation (non-Muslims cannot possess weapons), and the list goes on. Just read up on Mohammad and the rise of the Islamic religion. History is the best teacher; unfortunately, since we do not teach our children history, they are destined to repeat our historical mistakes! That is what is so sad!

Keith Ellison made history on Thursday, January 4th, 2008, by becoming the thomas-jefferson-quranfirst Muslim member of Congress and punctuating the occasion by taking a ceremonial oath with a Qur’an once owned by Thomas Jefferson.However, that Qur’an was purchased by Thomas Jefferson so that he could figure out their thought processes. Because our shipping was being disrupted by Muslim pirates and he needed to to put a stop to it. It was shortly thereafter that Jefferson dispatched the Marines to Tripoli in May of 1801. (refer to Victory in Tripoli: Lessons for the War on Terrorism by Joshua London) If YOU want to understand how a Muslim thinks and the thought processes of a person of the Islamic faith, you must read and study that which develops their mind…the Qur’an! Study their culture, etc.

I hope these two posts were helpful to you, Godspeed to you my friends! And again, do not take my word for it…read and study these things for yourselves and be informed!

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

Cancer: The War All Encompassing

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For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. ~James 2:10 NKJV

Cancer: The War All Encompassing is all the other stuff that comes into play with our bodies, our psyche, our souls and our minds. So, with the quote from James, the brother of Jesus, could this mean that cancer is a judgement upon us for sins we have committed? Yes, I believe it is entirely possible! Consider what was posted previously by the minor prophet, Job, after being enticed by his own wife:

…Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?.. ~Job 2:10 NKJV

While God cannot sin or cause evil, but is judgement truly an evil being committed upon someone, if their sins or actions warrant it? No, it is not. Face the fact that we are, in-fact, God’s personal property. Much like a home or a car or some furniture that you own. Perhaps, best explained as we are art created by the All Mighty Creator of the Universe. God being the paint of said art, He can destroy us and start anew, if He so desired. It is quite simply put by King David:

The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein. ~Psalm 24:1 NKJV

Also, keep in mind that cancer may not be a judgement of God though but rather just a genetic or environmental problem that we just happened to pick up. Is it evil of God to let you die because of one of those factors? No, as we were only promised one life, one human life to live. One human life to get our acts together and find, as well as, perfect our purpose(s). Some of us are given a longer period of time and others a very short period of time. It is truly up to us to make the right choices and accomplish our purpose and glorify our Creator! (If you disagree with my belief, you might consider re-reading Genesis 1 through 4.) As creations of the One True God, we have not only an obligation to perform at our best, each and every day, in order to glorify Him who Created each of us; but we are also designed and obligated to perform in the purpose in which we were created…to glorify God and to do the best possible job in accomplishing the purpose for which we were created. That may be singing, art, writing, laboring, managing, supervising, creating value for other people in the form of a widget, etc. We each have a select purpose, but not all of us know what that is…yet. We must find it through our prayers and our service in our present and everyday job. But one day that purpose will come to each of us like a wildfire. Colonel Sanders (KFC) did not change the world until after the age of 65. Others did it later in life and many started much younger in life…each one of us is different and will accomplish our purpose differently, in God’s time, will and grace!

Funny, how we as people we flow through our lives lazily floating through a stream. Up until our twenties we haven’t a care in the world. In our 20s and 30s we are too busy trying to buy things and save for our futures and attempting to raise & support8-Ball our families. In our 40s we expend more time trying to get ahead, because we always feel as though we are behind the Eight Ball. As we make our way into our 50s we find more and more of our friends, family, those we graduated with, and those we served with are dying around us. It gets worse as we close out the 50s and enter into our 60s because we find more have left us and we see that we are the present day older generation and tend to see that we are the last bastions of hope that God has planted on this earth to guide those around us. Yet, at the same time we also find that we are truly ill prepared and not ready to lead those who really need to be led. With respect to leading others to Christ, our purpose, God’s will in our life…we sense failure in our midst. (As of yet, I have not exited my 50s, but I feel that sense of lost time, failure, and foolhardiness…but this blog and 2 others were created roughly 2 years ago. I have sensed a desire to write. Not great, but I believe I am fulfilling my role.)

Man has a tendency to think that cancer is a judgement upon him, we as man also have a tendency to either see it as something we have done to ourselves because of the stupid things we have done throughout our lives, and of course there are those who tend to get truly angry at what is happening. There will come a time where there is a sense of urgency in your life. Consider this statement made by Michael Landon, Jr., son of television legend Michael Landon, when he spoke this in an interview after his father died of cancer of the liver and pancreas in 1991:

Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.” ~ Michael Landon Jr.

we-will-have-to-dieWe as parents, protect our kids from far too much, I believe. One of the first things we need to teach our kids is about the gloriousness of our God, another thing we must teach our kids is that we are created to die. As Michael Landon, Jr. stated with such knowledge we may have more inspiration and passion, or desire to actually do much greater things in our lives. Perhaps, with such knowledge, we will truly glorify our God through our lack of fear (or even an abundant of fear of God.) I sense that we have a greater reverence for our God with all the knowledge we can muster up. With that knowledge that one day we will die, we can let loose of such fears and follow through with the unthinkable, unimagined, and the untried! Live life to the greatest possibilities that your life has to offer.

Love life and show that you love God by placing your life in His hands. Go beyond what has happened to you and live life with joy and a passion for God! But first, you must find that joy of your life, that passion you hold dearly, and that burning desire that drives you to go beyond your comfort zone!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

Cancer: The War Without

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For I considered all this in my heart, so that I could declare it all: that the righteous and the wise and their works are in the hand of God. People know neither love nor hatred by anything they see before them. All things come alike to all: One event happens to the righteous and the wicked; To the good, the clean, and the unclean; To him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice. As is the good, so is the sinner; He who takes an oath as he who fears an oath. This is an evil in all that is done under the sun: that one thing happens to all. Truly the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil; madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead. ~Ecclesiastes 9:1-3 NKJV

The War Without is that which happens all around us, outside of us. Those nagging problems and details which hound us while we are attempting to keep a happier outlook on our battle before us…yet, we are attacked to no end on every other front within our lives! There is no getting around it…IT IS A FORM OF HELL, to say the very least.

murphys+lawWithin one to two months, 3 family members, which I love dearly have been diagnosed with cancer. One is going through treatments, one has since passed and was buried (3 weeks from diagnosis to death), the other is weighing their options. Then that wasn’t bad enough…a tornado strikes causing not just havoc within our lives but also within the community. There are several other things, but as with any other war…there are battles on every front, regardless of your beliefs with all of these situations. Sometimes you can look at this and swear that this isn’t just Murphy’s law attacking, but perhaps it is a reckoning! But with Murphy’s Law, if you are a Murphy, you at least have genealogy to blame it all on…eh? (Humor…keep it up, because it is the best medicine!)

God did not promise us an easy or pleasant life, nor a comfortable one. He promised us a life of pain, suffering, toil, sweat and hard work & labor (Genesis 3:14-19). ALL the days of our lives. We are never intended to retire, but to labor. Our purpose is to glorify the Living God who created us! As mentioned previously, we, as well as those who do not believe, have the sun rein down on our brows, the rain fall down on our heads…in God’s eyes we are the same, in that, He seeks us to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth! (1Timothy 2:1-4) And, really, it is all our fault. We, as the species of man, constantly want and want…covetousness of other things and other people’s things. It is in our nature to want more than we have, because it seems as though everyone else has better stuff.

On average, I would guesstimate, that the average household spends 30-50% of their inc-expincome wastefully. Yeah, my guess. This is why so many homes are over extended in their finances. Of course, it does not help that the government entices, as well as every other big corporation, each of us to buy some product. Cable, for instance, I pay roughly $250/month. ($80 internet, $35 phone, $135 for cablevision.) $35 on a home phone…why?? With cellphone technology, why have a land line, anymore? Looking just at cable, I watch 2-3 shows weekly, my wife watches the same shows plus 2 others; so, 5 shows or channels. That equates to $27 per show or channel on a monthly basis. We as the species of man have a bad habit of becoming addicted to numerous things that tend to be unnecessary. Can we relax without such things…yes, but we enjoy our stuff and our down time too much! Enough with that, gone off the rails a bit…

God made us promises, Jesus even promised us to ask in His name and it would be given to us. (John 14:14) And then after we ask and do not receive…we wonder why that is? (James 4:3) Guess what, there is a caveat with that asking part. We must be in the will of God! Of course, it only took me 55 years to learn all this…the things you wish you had learned while you were younger and could do much greater things, hmmmmmmm…

The point being, that regardless of believing or not believing in God, we are the same in God’s eye. Each day is a new day to start afresh and make a new commitment to be better as a believer. A new commitment to seek out the God who created us and to serve Him with a loyal heart and a willing mind. (1Chronicles 28:9) God is there, waiting for each and every one of us! Our problem is that we are to damned lazy and proud. Would that by itself make our lives easier, now because we were promised a life of toil, labor, and sweat as was mentioned before. But our mindset must change to now how we can be rewarded in this life, but the prize at the end of our lives upon our judgement for our eternity. The Apostle Paul wrote:

And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 1Corinthians 9:25

The Apostle Paul also wrote this:

Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 1Thessalonians 4:17

In the end, the end game (so-to-say) is what we seek…or should be seeking, as Christians and followers of Jesus the Christ. Knowing that we are in turmoil should not be a problem. Some say when everything is going well…we should be a little concerned, then. When we are not doing things to Glorify God and further His work, all is going well…YOU end up doing the work of the evil one, the anti-Christ. BEWARE!

Keep something in mind, when you don’t have cancer…everything is serious in your eyes. But when you hear a doctor say the C-word while he is talking about you, to you, everything takes a back seat. EVERYTHING! Nothing matters, excepting your soul eternal. Everyone handles these things differently, as no one has done it or gone through it before.

Do you have a friend with cancer? Be there for them! Be the friend that they can count on during this tumultuous time in their life. There are those who cannot speak to their friend with cancer, because they do not know what to say. It is weird, they will look right at you and when you look they will turn their head as though they never saw you.

Are you a friend? A true friend?? Speak with them about what they are going through. Help them if they need it. Offer to assist or cook meals. Speak with them about their salvation.

“I’ve always said that I don’t respect people who don’t proselytize. I don’t respect that at all. If you believe that there’s a heaven and a hell, and people could be going to hell Penn_t1024or not getting eternal life, and you think that it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward–and atheists who think people shouldn’t proselytize and who say just leave me along and keep your religion to yourself–how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?

“I mean, if I believed, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that a truck was coming at you, and you didn’t believe that truck was bearing down on you, there is a certain point where I tackle you. And this is more important than that.” ~ Penn Jillete, Penn & Teller

I pray that you will seek out a deeper friendship! With your friends, neighbors, etc.

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

Cancer: The War Within

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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

We may never know, while living, why things work as they do, or why God has chosen for one to be inflicted with cancer. Or, for that matter, why healings are not happening to truly spread the belief of God’s truer power throughout the known world. We are each faced with the immense possibility (or possibilities) that we will die, some day; however, how?, why?, when?, will we be judged?, is God real? These things come to our mind, not necessarily in this order, and others my have other thoughts come to their minds. I am of the mind, if you have been following this blog, that God is real and we will be judge in the eternal finality of our lives and the universe.

The existence of moral evil must ever remain the greatest of the world’s mysteries: and it is idle to imagine that we can remove entirely the difficulty which we feel in its regard. ~SJ Joyce & George Hayward, “Principles of Natural Theology”

While this statement refers to moral evil, specifically, in general it is also speaking of evil, as a whole. And of course, Saint Thomas Aquinas’ answer will never be popular, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true:

ALL PEOPLE WILL GLORIFY GOD – those in Heaven glorify God’s mercy, those in Hell glorify God’s justice. Thus, even those in Hell fulfill the very purpose of creation.

These are things that people wrestle with when they are confronted with their demise. They will never experience the scent of a rose, the kiss from a loved on, something as simple as a cup of coffee or tea. Never again will they breath in a breath of fresh air.

But this begs the question, is cancer evil by its own nature?

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According to the National Cancer Institute, “Cancer arises from a loss of control over normal growth control. In normal tissues, the rates of new cell growth and old cell death are kept in balance. In cancer, this balance is disrupted. This disruption can result from uncontrolled cell growth or loss of a cells ability to undergo ‘apoptosis.’ Apoptosis, or ‘cell suicide,’ is the mechanism by which old or damaged cells normally self-destruct.” (ref: What Is Cancer?)

That being said, cancer is not in and of itself an evil, per se. However, what it accomplishes is a perceived evil by stealing our loved ones from our presence. It accomplishes precisely what it was designed to do. In a sense, a good cell gone bad, so-to-say. And having gone awry, that cell tends to overtake the body in order to kill the living cells around it.

But there is something much deeper going on with The War Within and that is the spiritual warfare that is waged upon us. Consider this:

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. ~Ephesians 6:12 NKJV 

And through such war being waged against our spirit, it also attacks our beliefs and our faith. We come to a point of doubting ourselves and God…or for that matter, our very belief in God. Which is troublesome, in that, many believe that doubt to be sinful. But I would contend that doubt is but a test of our very faith and moral fiber. (ref: On Christian Doubt, I’m A Doubting Thomas) Sometimes the only way to strengthen your faith is to actually test it and push it’s very limits. Our God is a big enough God that He can understand our troubles, and Jesus very well can…since, Jesus was God in human form.

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IF you believe in God, then you believe miracles are possible. IF you believe in God, then you believe that He drives us to do something better with ourselves. (i.e., fulfilling a purpose, glorifying Him, etc.) IF you believe in God, then you believe He is in control of all things for His glory. While we may not understand it, at the time of it’s happening, but we can trust His judgement. IF you believe in God, then you believe He will strengthen you in your time of need.

But there is another War Within…that being the growth of the cancer cluster itself. This is the battle for your life and for your faith, at the same time. While pondering and thinking on the one you may neglect the other. They are integral, in a manner of speaking. The cancer, or battle for your life, will test your faith, your very belief in God and the bible. And the beliefs you hold to be true and right will test the very fiber of your belief(s) about your own life. Man is a fearsome & a fearful animal; but in this matter, he is always fearful of the unknown(s) in his life.

While going through this very battle for your life, you may experience the very test of your life. You will see what your are made of, shortcomings included. We each experience these things in various ways, but cancer becomes a familial test of strength. Such as:

  • Is family really important in my life?
  • Is God first and foremost in my life?
  • Are they really my family?
  • Are they really my friends?

Now the question is this, which do you have control over? Chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery are between the surgeon and the insurance companies. On the other hand, on the spiritual side of life it is between you and your Creator. Just as with sin, it is for you to rule over!

If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” ~Genesis 4:7 NKJV

We must rule over and control our minds, thoughts, and presence all for God’s glory! For our purpose is to glorify God, hence we must control ourselves in all situations.

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May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD