12 Tips for 2014

11/12/2013

AAA World Witness

by Ken E Murray

I guess we all sense that we are entering unchartered waters this upcoming 2014. There’s precious little good news.

So …here’s 12 smiling tips for 2014 to consider.

1.    Do Not put Yourself into Trouble

It is obvious to any casual observer of the news that the world is in bigger trouble than it has has been for a long time. So, there is no value in putting ourselves in a bigger hole of trouble. With a good sense of humour we can reflect upon and learn from our mistakes. There is a spiritual cause for every good effect …as much as there is for every bad effect. Good spiritual causes begin with our thinking, words and actions being in tune with God, our Creator and Saviour. “As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.  A whip…

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So, Why are we keeping Pentecost?

30/05/2009

by Ken E Murray

So …why are we keeping Pentecost?

I asked this question on an internet Forum the other day and here’s what one astute woman replied:

“Because I believe it is meaningful to focus, on a day set aside in scripture for Holy Purpose, on how this ancient observance pointed forward to the work of Christ back then, and backward to it now … and forward again to when and how He will finally complete the work of bringing many sons and daughters to glory.”

So …i replied: “Now, that is a good comment.

Yes, Pentecost is a fascinatingly positioned Holy Day, in the middle of the 3 harvest seasons (barley-wheat-fruit) …and is pivotal in the Plan of God regarding the Father’s and Christ’s loving family relationship with us.

It points back to “The Wavesheaf” (Christ – Barley – First of the firstfruits) links up with Pentecost (the Firstfruits – Wheat) …via 7 stages of sabbaths and 49 days to the Jubilee 50th day …and then points to the final Festival harvests of abundant Fruit, yet to come.”

Pentecost has to be counted

The instruction for counting Pentecost is found in Leviticus 23:15-16. It tells us to count 50 days from the day after the Sabbath that falls during the festival of Unleavened Bread.

Unlike any other Holy days which are appointed specific days of the month on which to be observed, Pentecost is commanded to be counted by God and is nowhere set down, in scripture, as a specific date, such as 6 Sivan.

“And you shall count unto you from the morrow after the Sabbath (mi mohorat ha-shabbat =from and including OR beginning with), from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete:  Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall you number fifty days; and you shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD.” (Leviticus 23:15-16)

Why called Pentecost?

It is commonly called Pentecost, from the Greek pentekoste which means pente = 50 and koste = Count …count 50.

So, even in the name Pentecost we see we are commanded to count 50 days, and not to take it into our own hands and give it a set date, such as 6 Sivan.

The Jews refer to it in various ways. One is as Shavuot, meaning “Weeks,” because the date of its observance is determined by counting a specific number from an earlier religious observance.

Another name given it is Hag Hakatzir, the Festival of the Harvest, for it marks the harvesting of the wheat, the last grain harvest of the spring harvest season. And, in that context, it is also called Yom HaBikkurim, the Day of the Firstfruits.

Pentecost reminds us of 2 Great Events

Pentecost reminds us of 2 great events that occurred in history—the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai and the giving of God’s gift of the Holy Spirit.

Regarding the giving of the Law …In his book To Be a Jew, Rabbi Hayim Halevy Donin writes:

“Shavuot commemorates the awesome event experienced by the children of Israel seven weeks after the exodus from Egypt when they camped at the foot of Mt. Sinai somewhere in the Sinai Peninsula. This event was the Revelation, when God’s will was revealed to Israel. It marked the declaration of the Ten Commandments … While the exact manner of this communication between God and man is not known and was always subject to various opinions by the great thinkers and Sages of Israel, it was an event of awesome proportions and a unique spiritual experience that indelibly stamped the Israelites with their unique character, their faith, and their destiny.”

Pentecost is also a celebration and reminder that God works in us through His Spirit.

For us to change from the ways of our carnal, proud and stubborn human nature and to be led by God’s Spirit, is a miracle.

Christ foretold the giving of His and the Father’s Holy Spirit, to us: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts 1:8 New American Standard Bible).

Christ’s prophecy was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost, when the gift of the Holy Spirit was made dramatically known to the disciples: “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.   And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.   And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.   And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance.   And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.”  (Acts 2:1-5)

Peter then explained on that Day of Pentecost how other people can receive God’s gift of the Holy Spirit: “Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself” (Acts 2:38-39, NASB).

Throughout the book of Acts we read example after example of God’s gift of the Holy Spirit being given to people, who believed in God and repented of their sins and were baptised and received the laying on of hands of the ministry. Their lives were changed for the better as they were led by God’s Holy Spirit from that time forward.

The changes were so evident that they were even accused of having “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). Such was the transformation of their lives through the indwelling power of God’s Holy Spirit.

Being led by the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of which the Father and Christ, His Son, are composed. 

Just as we are humans composed of flesh, so the Father and Jesus are composed of Holy Spirit. 

Without the Holy Spirit of God dwelling within us, God does not consider us as belonging to Him:   “But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.” (Romans 8:9)

Paul explains that being “led by the Holy Spirit” of God is vital, if we are to be considered as a Christian and a son or daughter in God’s Family: “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14).

“Christ in us” (Colossians 1:27) is what happens when we have God’s Holy Spirit within us.

That can only happen with faith, repentance, baptism and the receiving of the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands of Christ’s ministry.

Once we receive God’s Spirit we allow God, through His Spirit, to lead our lives His way of life, not ours.

It then produce the qualities of true Christlike character in us of “love, joy peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, humility and self control.” (Galatians 5:22-23

With God’s Spirit within us that we are regarded by God as His children. (Romans 8:14-17).

How does God’s Spirit work in us?

Here are some examples of how God’s Holy Spirit, within us, leads us.

  • God’s Spirit keeps us in contact with God’s mind: God’s Spirit works with our mind. The apostle John describes it this way: “Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit [which] He has given us” (1 John 3:24). Through the Holy Spirit, which is given to us, we can be influenced by God for the good. This is in contrast to the situation in the world around us and our own human nature.
  • God’s Spirit provides a deeper understanding of God’s Word and His will for us: As 1 Corinthians 2:9-11 tells us: “But as it is written, ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God” (emphasis added throughout).
  • God’s Spirit gives us Spiritual Discernment: Without that Spirit, a person cannot understand God’s divinely expressed Word and will, “for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).
  • God’s Holy Spirit helps us in overcoming: There is nothing too difficult for us with the power of God working in our lives. Romans 8:26 tells us that God’s Spirit helps us in our weaknesses. Paul, the writer of the letter to the Romans, speaking for all of us said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).  “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26; Mark 10:27). The Christian life is to be one of overcoming. We must not believe that God wants us to remain just as we are whenever we are called. Instead, we must “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). Christianity is a lifetime of overcoming and growing;
  • God’s Holy Spirit convicts our conscience and helps us see sin as it really is. Speaking of the Holy Spirit, which would be given to His followers after His death, Jesus Christ said it would “convict the world of sin . . .” (John 16:8). God’s Spirit within us, working with our conscience, helps us to recognize and avoid sin. The guilt that we feel is real, prompted by recognition of sins. Hebrews 9:14 tells us that Jesus Christ’s sacrifice “cleanse[s] your conscience from dead works to serve the living God,” meaning that we have forgiveness from God, and, through repentance, we no longer need feel guilt for our sins. Christ’s sacrifice washes away the sin in our lives, but we must still come to understand sin and how it affects us. Repentance must precede the forgiveness that God promises to each one of us, and repentance means change and effort to avoid sin, which is the breaking of God’s laws. (1John 3:4)
  • God’s Spirit produces godly fruit in our lives. Just as an apple tree produces apples, God’s Spirit produces a particular type of fruit in the life of a Christian. Galatians 5:22-23 lists the fruit that should be evident in the lives of those who are led by God’s Spirit, which are: love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self-control.
  • God’s Holy Spirit comforts and encourages us. Jesus Christ promised to send His followers “another comforter” (John 14:16, KJV). True comfort and reassurance come from the Spirit of God dwelling in us. We need not be unduly worried about the future or what may happen to us. God’s Spirit gives us the reassurance that whatever happens will be for the good “to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). This provides an outlook on life that is quite rare in our world today. It is certainly possible for a Christian to become discouraged, but it is through the Holy Spirit that we can begin to look upon life differently. As noted above, peace is one aspect of the fruit of God’s Spirit in the life of a Christian.

Pentectost is an annual reminder of God’s gifts of His Law and His Spirit to us

Keeping Pentecost reminds us:

  • we have been given the awesome opportunity to be part of the Firstfruits to follow Christ as the First of the Firstfruits in the First Resurrection, yet ahead for us:   “Of his own will begat He us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.”  (James 1:18)
  • Pentecost is an annual reminder of God’s gift of His guidance system for our lives – His Laws, commandments, statutes, ordinances, principles, precepts and wisdom of how to live His way of life; and
  • Pentecost is also a reminder to be eternally thankful to Him for blessing us with the gift of the power of His Holy Spirit …through faith, repentance, baptism, and laying on of hands …so that we have His power to overcome temptation and sin …and to develop the mind and character of Christ within us.

Pentecost is the pivotal Holy Day in the centre of the sacred year, which encouragingly reminds us of our salvation and eternal life in God’s Family.

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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Lovely Lydia’s country Show

28/05/2009

by Ken E Murray

Heyyy! Come join lovely Lydia, our grand daughter, as she guides us around the beautiful and fun things at the Clermont country Show. There’s even pig racing and fireworks, too!

Lydia, at 18 months, already knows that “where my heart is …that’s my home” and her heart is with her Mum and Dad and her family, in God’s loving care.

Children like Lydia, remind us to “take time to smell the roses” and treasure the joys of living this life of adventure that God has given us.

After all …to a child like Lydia …love is spelt quality T-I-M-E.

So, let’s take time to relax and enjoy these magnificent prize winning roses.

Our talented niece, Wick is a second cousin to Lydia, and here is her 1st and 2nd prize artworks. Notice how she has a sparkling eye for detail.

Lydia knows “should you encounter a problem along your way …change your direction, but not your destination”.

As you can guess, Lydia is a ball of energy with plenty of get up and go! So, here’s her Dad, Rob, showing her how “what you lose on the swings you can always pick up on the roundabout of life.”

Ahhh yes …Lydia is a natural …and naturally …she loves all natural things. So, for her doing some cross-country riding on a real natural Shetland pony is so much fun, too!

After a cross-country ride on a Shetland Pony, Lydia can hardly wait to watch her next fun favourite .act at the Show..the piglets race!

Of course life is not all fun, beer and skittles. Lydia knows that there are some first time challenges …that even though we might be a little bit frightened or awestruck …we face the fear  …and the fear just disappears!

…and isn’t that just so true of the ups and downs of the ferris wheel of the cycle of life?

For every low there is the sublime thrill of rising to achieve the natural highs in life.

When we apply the 7 Laws of Success we can enjoy the real joy of the excitement of fireworks in our life!

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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‘Adventure 60’ …Scawfell Island

22/05/2009

by Ken E Murray

So glad you can join my son in law Martin, my son Robert, and yours truly on another Adventure 60 to Scawfell Island, on the outer Great Barrier Reef, 50 kilometres offshore from Mackay, Queensland.

With 60 minutes in every hour and 60 seconds in every minute, we are once again out to savour every second of this great adventure that we all share …life, in God’s creation!

The abovewater and underwater world of Scawfell Island testifies to the genius intelligence of God as our Designer, Engineer, spiritual Programmer of intelligence and instinct, Creator, Lifegiver, Lawgiver, and Sustainer.

For example, in this video you will see Clown fish, which rely on Anemone Polyps for their protection and provision of food, as does the Anemone rely on the Clown fish.

It is a symbiotic relationship of dependence on each other that had to come into existence at the same time or neither creature would exist.

Polyps, including the corals and sea anemones are much more complex in their engineered design, than first meets the eye, due to the development of separate tubular stomachs leading inward from the mouth and a series of radial partitions called mesenteries.

Incredibly the Anemone stings all fish prey but not its friend, the Clown fish. They have a very mutual beneficial living relationship with each other that God has set in place.

We too can learn wonderful lessons about life by observing how God has created things.

Just as the Clown fish and its Anemone companion for life are so happy together, we should apply that principle as well in taking care of each other.

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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‘Adventure 60’ …at Lord’s Table mountain

12/05/2009

by Ken E Murray

Welcome to ‘Adventure 60’ at Lord’s Table Mountain, between Clermont and Dysart, central Queensland.

Life is an Adventure, with 60 minutes every hour and 60 seconds every minute to enjoy to the max!

So come with us now and let’s join the talented Wick Brendan Jess and Abby on this exciting Adventure 60.

Yes, Adventure 60 highlights the values of making every 60 seconds of every 60 minutes part of the joy of living this thrilling Adventure of life, that we have all been given.

One of the best ways to instil Adventure 60 into our lives is to trek into the wilderness with some great friends and to develop adventurous talents in our lives, such as:

·        the burning desire to achieve;

·        family teamwork; and

·        loads of happy fun.

What is the answer to the great mystery, of why many people do not succeed in life, even though they might have knowledge of the 7 laws of success??

Simply …to be successful we need to apply a burning desire to succeed.

Nothing of lasting value happens automatically in life. However, with a burning desire to achieve, we can accomplish great things, through desiring:

·        close loving relationship with God and His Way of living;

·        worthwhile goals in life;

·        best education;

·        good health;

·        Godly drive and determination;

·        resourcefulness and creativity; and

·        persistence and stick-to-itiveness.

Taking on a challenging hike is like a “mini lifetime” within our lifetime, which reminds us that every obstacle, just like in life itself, is a positive opportunity to grow and develop closer caring loving relationships with each other and with our Creator God.

That’s why Family Teamwork is so important and is better than ordinary teamwork.

Family teamwork takes into account everyone’s strengths and weaknesses …utilising and make allowances for them.

In a loving family, there are all elements of talents and flaws, but when we caringly unite the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Adventure 60 family teamwork people know, that the glory does not go to the one who is first across the river, nor to the first one on top of the mountain. With Family Teamwork the reward goes to the one who helps the most other people reach the other side of the river or the top of the mountain …in the most enjoyable, pleasant, and fun way possible.

Ordinary, competitive, pecking-order Teamwork, of this world is?? …well remember at school when 2 captains were picked and each captain could alternately pick the best players down to the weakest? How did the poor weakest feel in themselves after such a debilitating experience? Lousy! Right?

Now, you’ve gotta say co operative loving Family Teamwork, is a whole lot better than ordinary competitive, pecking-order, teamwork.

Is there anything more memorable and beautiful than to experience together …in a loving Family Teamwork atmosphere …the Adventure in a magnificent sunrise …each artwork unrepeatable …each sunrise a unique expression of the awesome creativity and loving mind of God, for us all.

Just sit back with this You Tube video …and soak up this heady sunrise atmosphere saturated with the joyous adventurous calls of scores of Currawong birds …singing to the joy of life with the dawning of each new adventurous day.

Just beautiful isn’t it!? It really heightens our God given 6 senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch and spiritual.

Adventure 60 shows us how to do what a lot of people don’t do. It stimulates us to:

·        look and to really see;

·        to hear and to actually listen;

·        to taste and to enjoy the savour;

·        to smell and to sensitively scent;

·        to touch and tenderly feel; and

·        to sense with spiritual discernment. (1 Corinthians 2:14)

Adventure 60 shows that the best leader in any group is not the first one to the top of the mountain, but the one who helps the most other people reach the top of the mountain …in the best and most enjoyable fun way possible. 

Yes …as the old Chinese proverb goes… “When the best leader’s work is done …everyone says: “We did it!”” (Lao-tsu)

In Proverbs 13:19 is an adventure spirited verse: “The desire achieved is sweet to the soul” and when we take on the adventurous challenges of life together, helping each other, we can say with satisfaction: “None of us could have done this without each other!”

Adventure 60 stimulates us to think creatively in solving challenges that would otherwise be problems and headaches to lots of people.

Understanding that life is an Adventure 60, reminds us to be solution bound not problem bound.

Seeing life as an adventure, better equips us mentally, to visualise future prospects and goals and to bring them to fruition, with God’s inspiration and guidance.

We learn that the intrinsic true values of love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, humility, kindness, faith, confidence in God and self control are our best weapons in the adventure of life in taking on life’s challenges. (Galatians 5:22-23)

For every effect there is spiritual cause.

Good effects have good spiritual foundational causes. Evil effects have evil causes.

Adventure 60 shows us that the way of give is better than the way of get …co operation is better than competition …love is better than the way of hatred …peace is better than war.

Working together in family minded co operative teamwork is better than competitive minded teamwork.

Just like every tree is unique and different, so each of us is unique and worthy of love and respect.

When we look at a beautiful tree it can symbolise a human being or God’s right way of life. The roots symbolise anchoring ourselves with knowledge, understanding and wisdom. The trunk symbolises Godly true character or it can be a twisted distorted nature. The branches and leaves symbolise aspects of Godly personality which gives shade to all.

Each day is the new dawning of an exciting ‘Adventure 60’ for you and me, in this miraculous body, that God has blessed you and me with.

Let’s make the most of the miracle …enjoy our Adventure, with well rooted foundation in the Word of God, trunk of the character and mind of Christ, and branches that spread out lovingly to God and loving goodwill to all humanity.Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

PS:  You can obtain FREE copies of this literature and the FREE Good News Magazine by contacting the United Church of God-Australia, Office on FREE CALL 1800 356202 or write to: PO Box 535, Brisbane, Qld 4001 OR as shown under Literature Request  on the Church webpage  …OR you can FREE download by clicking on to:  Bible Study Course AND Making Life Work.

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Matty shows the Way…

05/05/2009

by Ken E Murray

As parents, because we love our children, we desire the best for them, don’t we?

We want them to grow in knowledge, understanding and wisdom and to really enjoy fun and true happiness and fulfillment in their lives.

So …Come with us now into the wonderful fun world of teaching our children.

Let’s join our grandson Matty as he takes us through the first 5 Commandments and whole lot more about loving God and having fun while enjoying God’s fascinating creation.

You know, as children begin their challenging walk of life in this confused world …we should consider the lesson of Timothy.

We know that from a young child, Timothy was taught the Holy Scriptures and knew the Word of God well. Paul said of Timothy, “from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation” (2 Timothy 3:15).

Timothy’s knowledge of Scripture came about as a result of being taught, by his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice. (2 Timothy 1:5).

We too, can teach our children using the everyday experiences of life to reinforce the laws of God and related principles expounded in the Word of God.

Using situations in everyday life to point out how the Word of God works practically, is so valuable for our children.

Teaching our children directly from the book of Proverbs in the Bible is an excellent way to give your child a head start in wisdom.

To do this in a practical way, simply read to them the Chapter in Proverbs coinciding with whatever is today’s date. For example, if the day is the 7th day of the month read to them and discuss Proverbs chapter 7. The next day being the 8th day of the month, read and have fun discussing with them Proverbs Chapter 7 …and so on  …each day.

You will be amazed at the knowledge, understanding and wisdom your children will pick up. Better still …heh heh!  …you’ll be even more amazed at what you pick up in wisdom, too!

Why not teach our children inspiring stories such as Gideon and his brave 300 men, who saved the nation.

“So he brought down the people unto the water: and the LORD said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink.

And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.

And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.” (Judges 7:5-7 …see this applied in the attached You Tube video “Matty shows the Way…”)

In Deuteronomy 6:6-9, God plainly told us Parents …and Grandparents that we are responsible for lovingly teaching our children about God, His principles, ethics and His law.

“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul (life), and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

Parents …lets teach our children God’s Way of life using everyday experiences, so that we enjoy . raising well-adjusted happy children …who will be able to cope with this world, with certainty and confidence.

 Beginning with teaching the 10 Commandments and Proverbs, daily, is a great place to start.

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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Evil Consequences from Darwin?

04/05/2009

by Ken E Murray

This year atheists, agnostics, and evolutionists are intensely celebrating Charles Darwin.

Count me out!

From the time Darwin published his “Origin of the Species” 150 years ago, there have been many evil resultant consequences.

His ideas and philosophy about evolution by the pseudo-god of “natural selection”, are a hoax.

Evolution requires a level of “blind faith” far beyond what is asked of those who believe in the Bible’s account of creation. Notice National Geographic’s remarkable admission that “the fossil record is like a film of evolution from which 999 of every 1,000 frames have been lost on the cutting room floor” (National Geographic November, 2004 p.25). While asserting that the fossil evidence proves Darwin’s theory correct, evolutionary theory asks its believers to accept a premise for which 99.9% of the data is missing!

Ask yourself: if you tried to watch a film that contained only one out of every thousand frames, would you be able to follow the story or recognize the action that occurred? How much would you know about what really happened? Practically nothing! The fossil record has countless “missing links.”

For every effect there is a spiritual cause.  Good for good and evil for evil.

Good ideas lead to good consequences.  Bad ideas lead to bad consequences.

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.”  (Romans 1:22-23)

Darwin’s false evolutionary theory, has also spawned other evil philosophies, with disastrous political and social consequences.

Evolution became a basis for irrational politics such as Machiavellianism (ie; the end justifies the means); eugenics; genocide; racialism (hierarchialism); sexual perversion; ethical relativism; emotional degradation; and a loss of respect and natural affection, which have had horrific consequences in society, these past 150 years.

An initial promoter of eugenics, was Francis Galton, a cousin of Darwin, who was inspired by Darwins: “The Origin of the Species” to selectively breed and “improve” the human race.

It forms a philosophical justification for many scientists today, involved in artificial insemination and test tube human genetical experimentations, aimed at achieving master-race humans.

Another evolution contemporary of Darwin was Herbert Spencer. He was the one who described the idea of evolution as: “survival of the fittest”.

‘Survival of the fittest’ underpins “Social Darwinism”, that has played havoc in the world these past 150 years.

Indeed …there is nothing to celebrate about Darwin in this 200th year since his birth, but there is much to mourn, when we consider the evil consequences in our world, resulting from his philosophical errors.

Many people love Darwin, because evolution reinforces their hatred and opposition to God, and His laws and way of living.

Sir Julian Huxley admitted why many quickly embraced evolution with such fervor: “I suppose the reason we leaped at The Origin of Species was because the idea of God interfered with our sexual mores” (James Kennedy, Why I Believe,1999, p. 49).

Huxley later wrote, “The sense of spiritual relief which comes from rejecting the idea of God as a super-human being is enormous” (Essays of a Humanist,1966, p. 223).

Many people glorify Darwin, because his theory has excused them in perversion and sexual immorality, while developing a new social order, without God, but with self-inflicted consequential penalties. For example, consequences from fornication, adultery and perverted sex, such as HIV, AIDS, and a host of STC diseases, as well as emotional disorders and psychological dysfunction.

Atheists and agnostics have taken the theory of evolution as a way of rejecting the reality of God as the supreme Designer, Creator, Lifegiver, Lawgiver, and Sustainer. They totally reject God as the answerer of prayer, the Supreme Prophet, our Father with His Son (our Saviour) who has outlined for us His Plan for the salvation of all mankind to be in His Family, and the awesome power of God to Resurrect all humans to life.

“For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” (Romans 1:20-21)

Darwin has given them the excuse they were looking for, to be a god unto themselves and to live apart from God, with no faith nor loving allegiance to living by the wisdom of God’s laws and right way of life.

So, in seeking perverted pleasures to themselves, they miss out on an abundantly happy Christian life …and heap troubles and penalties upon themselves.

“Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:   Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.   For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” (Romans 1:24-27)

Darwin’s teachings played out in society with a plethora of negative consequences.

Hitler was a great fan of the philosophies stemming from Darwin’s theory of evolution.

For him, it became evil-ution and underpinned Nazism, its policies, and agenda for the extermination of the Jews in the holocaust and so many other unfortunates.

Hitler was excited by the German Evolutionist, Ernest Haeckel, who took Darwin’s ideas about natural selection and applied them to human societal development. Ethics for him could be altered and moulded, because after all, from his evolutionary presumption …ethical laws and principles were simply extensions of the natural selective evolutionary processes.

They were bent to Hitler’s demented taste, and millions died tragic deaths.

“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not right;”  (Romans 1:28)

It was reasoned that helping the elderly, handicapped, weak, sickly, mentally impaired, or unintelligent, might have ill effects by mixed in with the strong, healthy, and intelligent of the German master race. So, those poor people were systematically rounded up and eliminated.

Darwin’s evolution fuelled aggressive racism, providing argument that some races were superior over those considered to be primitive, and favoured the elimination of the unfit.

Hitler developed into an extreme “Social Darwinist”.

Other despots and dictators followed in his footsteps, such as Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, Pol Pot and other eugenic, genocidal maniacs.

“Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” (Romans 1:29-32)

Today, we have other philosophical extensions from Darwin, such as “situation ethics”. “It’s ok, as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody” is the favoured twist in this ethical falsity.  Trouble is, illicit and perverted sex, impacts disastrously in society, even though naive people enter into it, thinking and justifying themselves, that it won’t hurt anybody.

Stemming from these warped evolutionary-based philosophies, we have the effects being reaped in today’s society of abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and selfish driven ideologies of this “I-Me-Mine Generation” with their evil consequences in society.

Paul prophesied this would happen:

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.   For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:1-7)

“Social Darwinism” today refers to the social and political ramifications of biological Darwinism and consequential Materialism.

Since Darwin’s evolutionary theory leads to the conclusion that there is no Creator God of superior intelligence who designed, made, set in motion by laws, and sustains all things …there are consequential erroneous conclusions drawn by humans.

One of those false conclusions, is that there is ONLY this physical life and then nothing.

So, many people who are duped into that idea, send themselves into a tailspin life of hedonism and materialism …grasping to selfishly gain more and more to satiate their greed, vanity, lusts, jealousy, and carnal selfishness.

Drugs, alcoholism, illicit sex, and all types of perversions and criminal behaviour thrive in that philosophical evolutionary materialistic climate.

Society has steadily become dehumanised, depersonalised, and with less and less “natural affection” as it has been sucked into the vortex of evolutionary materialism.

‘Social Darwinism’ has impacted on the Courts, the scope of law in society, education of our children, aggressive business competition, economic striving for superiority, sociology, and bent ethics (eg; “Greed is good!” syndrome).

Historically, crime carried a penalty …”let the punishment fit the crime”. Crooks used to be expected to bear responsibility for their actions and were to make good restitution for their sins.  Not so, today.

Now, it is evolutionary philosophised …criminals should be given treatment and not punishment. It is argued that the criminal is a victim of their own evolutionary genetical biology and hence should not be held accountable for their actions.

US lawyer Clarence Darrow, from the American Civil Liberties Union, extended materialistic Darwinism to justify criminals as unavoidably being biologically-set by material forces.

Hence it is argued that because of their genetic heredity they should not be held accountable and punished for their actions. Crime as an extension of evolutionary processes, is seen as simply a mental illness or aberration, rather than a wilful evil criminal action, deserving of a penalty.

So now we have a society where criminals are seen as victims and victims are seen as aggressors seeking justice. Evil is considered good and good is made out to be evil.

Darwin’s evolutionary philosophy had ripple effects in sexual experimentation with people like sexologist Alfred Kinsey, who was known to be bisexual, even sharing his wife’s lover.

Kinsey advocated justifying all sexualities, including paedophilia and bestiality, because he considered them to be evolutionary adaption. Today evolutionary psychologists push the envelope further, by claiming that even rape and adultery is explainable and excusable as being a ‘normal’ biological drive.

Could Darwin ever have perceived what impact and negative ripple effect his theory of evolution would have?

There is an interesting observation by Darwin in his 1859 Origin of the Species:  “On my return home, it occurred to me, in 1837, that something might perhaps be made out on this question (of the origin of species) by patiently accumulating and reflecting on all sorts of facts which could possibly have any bearing on it.”

Darwin pondered what the world might be like if, say, other professions such as politicians, philosophers, and societal leaders adopted that philosophy.

Consider, as Darwin did, the great moral implication of his theory. If our lives are the result of a direct creative act by the true God, then logically He may have something to say about how we live our lives. He just might hold us accountable for our choices. But if our lives are merely a fluke of biochemical processes, then there is no Supreme Authority to whom mankind is accountable, and no need to adhere to the constraints of biblical morality.

The physical evidence for evolution is so minimal (as noted above, 999 out of 1,000 required pieces of evidence are missing) that evolutionists sometimes seem quite gullible in their search for evidence.

Note, for example, the excitement that accompanied the 1999 discovery of fossil evidence that supposedly “proved” a key step in the evolution of dinosaurs. In November 1999, a National Geographic magazine headline proudly trumpeted the news: “New Birdlike Fossils Are Missing Links in Dinosaur Evolution.” Underneath a picture of the fossils, a caption proclaimed that “this creature found in Liaoning Province, China, is a true missing link in the complex chain that connects dinosaurs to birds.” The fossil was called a transitional species, and was named Archaeoraptor by scientists. Through the latter part of 1999, it was displayed proudly at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, DC. But then came “the rest of the story.”

Further research demonstrated that scientists had not found the “missing link” between birds and dinosaurs after all. In the February 14, 2000 issue of U.S. News & World Report, editors could not resist taunting their embarrassed counterparts at National Geographic with an article that they titled: “The Piltdown Chicken.” As the article explained, “paleontologists are eating crow. Instead of ‘a true missing link’ connecting dinosaurs to birds, the specimen appears to be a composite, its unusual appendage likely tacked on by a Chinese farmer, not evolution. The ‘very bad news,’ delivered to the society December 20 in an E-mail from Chinese paleontologist and co-researcher Xu Xing, has rekindled debate over the origin of birds” (p. 53)

Sometimes, evolutionists reach conclusions so outlandish that one might rightly wonder whether they are truly serious. Take this statement from National Geographic, November 2004, page 31, regarding a discovery made by paleontologist Philip Gingerich, who has spent years researching the ancestry of whales:

“In the year 2000 Gingerich chose a new field site in Pakistan, where one of his students found a single piece of fossil that changed the prevailing view in paleontology. It was half of a pulley-shaped anklebone, know as an astragalus… Suddenly he realized how closely whales are related to antelopes. This is how science is supposed to work. Ideas come and go, but the fittest survive. Downstairs in his office Phil Gingerich opened a specimen drawer, showing me some of the actual fossils from which the display skeletons upstairs were modeled. He put a small lump of petrified bone, no larger than a lug nut, into my hand. It was the famous astragalus, from the species he had eventually named Artioocetus clavis” (”Was Darwin Wrong?” November 2004, p. 31).

Gingerich believes that he “proved” the connection between whales and antelopes from a fossil the size of a lug nut? How absurd! How bizarre! How fallacious!

Sounds like something out of the fairy tale: “The Emperor’s new clothes” which weren’t clothes at all. He was conned and left embarrassingly naked before all of his kingdom’s citizens.

However, there is a vast difference between the “micro-evolution” that is merely the variation within a particular kind of creature, such as the variety in the birds of the Galapagos that Darwin observed and the “macro-evolution” that would cause a totally different kind of creature to develop.

Dogs, for example, display tremendous variety of size, shape and colouring. However, they are all dogs, and in their variation are not “evolving” into something else. The ample evidence of variation and adaptation within species simply shows the marvellous engineering that God used in designing His creation, with such capacity for wonderful variety.

“The Darwinist materialist paradigm… is about to face the same revolution that Newtonian physics faced 100 years ago. Just as physicists discovered that the atom was not a massy particle, as Newton believed, but a baffling quantum arena accessible only through mathematics, so too are biologists coming to understand that the cell is not a simple lump of protoplasm, as Charles Darwin believed. It’s a complex information-processing machine comprising tens of thousands of proteins arranged in fabulously intricate algorithms of communication and synthesis. The human body contains some 60 trillion cells. Each one stores information in DNA codes, processes and replicates it in three forms of RNA and thousands of supporting enzymes, exquisitely supplies the system with energy, and seals it in semipermeable phospholipid membranes. It is a process subject to the mathematical theory of information, which shows that even mutations occurring in cells at the gigahertz pace of a Pentium 4 and selected at the rate of a Google search couldn’t beget the intricate interwoven fabric of structure and function of a human being in such a short amount of time. Natural selection should be taught for its important role in the adaption of species, but Darwinian materialism is an embarrassing cartoon of modern science.” (George Gilder, Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, quoted in “Biocosm,” Wired, October 2004, p. 160).

3 things about evolution differentiate it from other sciences:

1.      Plausibility is accepted as being equivalent to evidence. (And of course the less you know, the greater the number of things that are plausible, because there are fewer facts to get in the way.) Again and again evolutionists assumed that suggesting how something might have happened is equivalent to establishing how it has happened;

2.      Evolution is more a metaphysics or ideology than a science.  Sciences give clear measurable answers. Evolution involves intense faith in fuzzy principles. You can demonstrate chemistry, and physics, but evolution requires belief. Crucial assertions do not tie to observable reality; and

3.      Evolutionists are obsessed by attacking Christianity and the Creator God. They take pride in being atheists and agnostics, which becomes a driving religion in itself.

Darwin’s theory of natural selection has led to the evolutionists believing that the mechanism of evolution is chance mutation.  Though sacrosanct among its proponents, this guess is shaky. It cannot account for the simultaneous appearance innumerable creatures and plants, all of complex, functionally interdependent characteristics, such as in the case of caterpillars to butterflies, and amazing creatures like Chameleons!  It fails.

Worse still, Darwin’s ideas about evolution, have engendered harmful other social and political philosophies that have also failed time and time again, and are currently creating havoc in our society.

Worse still those harmful political and social evolutionary philosophies are going to wax worse and worse, and will ultimately bring mankind to the point of self-destruction.

Fortunately, Jesus Christ is returning to this Earth, before humans destroy themselves. (Matthew 24:21-22)

He will establish His Government on this Earth (Isaiah 9:6-7) and the real truth about God and His way for us to live in peace, prosperity, happiness and harmony will be taught and lived.

There is a better, beautiful World coming.

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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