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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Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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Merry heart is like Medicine!

03/05/2009

by Ken E Murray

It might sound strange to some people …but the Bible has a lot to say about humour.

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22)

That’s probably why God made our faces in such a clever way, that we use much less muscles to smile than we do to frown or be angry.

And that’s why, when one of my nephews asked me to be involved in doing a Doritos Competition Advert, I accepted.

So here are our two entries. I hope you enjoy them and that they give you a warm and happy belly laugh. It is a good tonic for us all to be able to lighten up and see the funny side of life, as well as the sobering sides of life.

“A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” (Proverbs 15:13)

There are many medical reports that show the truth of these wise words. Humour is even used in the treatment of many diseases such as cancer and mental illnesses.

“All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart has a continual feast.” (Proverbs 15:15)

When the first Temple was dedicated to God by Solomon, the people rejoiced and kept a very happy Feast of Tabernacles. It was so good that they were all still smiling as they left to go back home.

“And in the eighth day they made a solemn assembly: for they kept the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days.

And on the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent the people away into their tents, glad and merry in heart for the goodness that the LORD had showed unto David, and to Solomon, and to Israel his people.” (2 Chronicles 7:9-10)

“Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepts your works.” (Ecclesiastes 9:7)

So smile lots …we use less muscles!  J

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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Dinosaurs before Adam and Eve?

02/05/2009

by Ken E Murray

Pre-Adamic creation of dinosaurs was on a much bigger scale

Pre-Adamic creation of dinosaurs was on a much bigger scale

Lots of people see dinosaur bones, in local museums, like the Queensland Museum, in Brisbane and national museums like the National Dinosaur Museum, Canberra, Australia.

But how many understand why the dinosaurs existed, were suddenly wiped out, and pressed into fossils and ‘fossil fuels’, like oil, coal, and natural gas?

Were dinosaurs part of the evolutionary process or did they live on the earth prior to Adam and Eve being created?

Dinosaurs existed in the creation, prior to the different Adamic creation.

What does the Bible say about dinosaurs and God’s pre-creation before the Adamic creation? Where do dinosaurs fit in biblical history? Is the Earth older than 6000yrs?

Yes, it sure is! …and the pre-Adamic reptilian dinosaur creation was on a vastly bigger scale, with the trees and vegetation as well as the dinosaurs …than the mammalian Adamic creation that followed, which was on a smaller proportionate scale more suited to mankind.

Does the fossil record really support evolution or reinforce creation by God?

The fossil record does not show any intermediate species, but rather shows intricately designed completely functioning creatures.

Why is there such a sudden shift in the fossil records from Reptiles to Mammals?

As the famous palaeontologist G.G. Simpson once remarked: “The most puzzling event in the history of life on the earth is the change from the Mesozoic Age of Reptiles, to the … Age of Mammals. It is as if the curtain were rung down suddenly on a stage where all the leading roles were taken by reptiles, especially dinosaurs, in great numbers and bewildering variety, and rose again immediately to reveal the same setting but an entirely new cast, a cast in which the dinosaurs do not appear at all, other reptiles are supernumeraries and the leading parts are all played by mammals of sorts barely hinted at in the previous acts” (Life Before Man, 1972, p. 42)

Genesis 1:1 describes God’s originally perfect creation of the heavens (universe) and the earth.

Genesis 1:2 begins the description of God’s formation of man’s world. However, between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 is a time lapse. A critical time lapse of unknown duration of aeons of time.

In Genesis 1:2 the Earth appears chaotic, having suffered destruction and confusion. The Hebrew words for “without form and void” are tohu and bohu. The Earth and other portions of the Universe had become damaged and in ruin. Water covered the entire Earth, so it was already here, when God began His new creation …not with reptiles primarily, but with the predominance of mammals.

No sunlight pierced through the thick, poisonous atmosphere. The Earth lay in darkness and ruin. It was the product of a great catastrophe – resulting from the rebellion of Lucifer and one third of the angels who had turned renegade against God.

For more information, check out the articles on this subject starting with: Where do the dinosaurs fit? Good News, May-June 2008.

Also read the sidebar “Earth’s Age: Does the Bible Indicate a Time Interval Between the First and Second Verses of Genesis?” in the FREE booklet Is the Bible True?

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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“Why is Australia in Afghanistan?”

02/05/2009

by Ken E Murray

Well, I have now posted this video about why Australia and so many other nations are fighting in Afghanistan.

This is a follow up to my previous blog at:  Why is Australia in Afghanistan?

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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Is Christ’s message relevant today?

28/04/2009

by Ken E Murray

Have you ever thought what is really the central theme of Christ’s message?

What was …and still is …the message, that the ever-living Jesus Christ has for You, personally?

Our world desperately needs good news.

Today’s headlines are filled with bad news – Swine Fever killing scores of people in Mexico and spreading internationally; Taliban gaining in their takeover efforts in nuclear armed Pakistan; rising unemployment and deepening world economic crisis; famines, natural disasters, earthquakes, cholera, AIDS and other disease epidemics, and grinding world poverty.

Suffering and bad news is relentless …it’s time we had a break!

So, does Christ’s message carry any future hope …for you?

Well …the good news is that it does, but it is not the typical “turn-off” news you may have heard in the past about Christ.

Most people have heard a message about the life of Jesus …but hardly anyone has actually heard the futuristic message delivered by Jesus.

What was that message, of the real Jesus Christ …for you and me?

Here it is simply given in Christ’s own words:

Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel (good news) of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”  (Mark 1:14-15)

Did you catch Christ’s message?

The real Jesus Christ taught:

·        we need to understand the good news and begin preparing for the coming Kingdom of God on this earth, when He returns to rule the world, by establishing His Government here on this planet. (Isaiah 9:6-7);

·        we need to repent and turn to God with all our heart, mind …be baptised …and become converted, by developing the mind of Christ in our lives, with the gift of His Holy Spirit within us;

·        we need to continue faithfully to believe and live by Christ’s good news message of how we should live by God’s right way of life;

·        we need salvation, which can only come through Jesus Christ (Act 4:12) “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

The message is clear …and the rewards are enormous.

Imagine being a son or daughter of God …and being able to help serve Jesus in His Government on this earth?

This is your destiny.

This is the road to eternal life being a son or daughter of God for eternity.

The real Jesus taught this message and gave His life in place of you and me …so that we might choose to take up the invitation to be in the Family of God.

Many are offered the invitation but few accept the invitation, and do something about it.

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:14-19)

Did you notice that?

God the Father is the Head of the Family of God.

God is a Family.

You too can be part of God’s Family.

Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons (children) of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew Him not.  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as He is pure.” (1John 3:1-3)

Did you realise that?

What is the purpose that God the Father has in mind for you?

What is the purpose of the Gospel of the Kingdom, which was the true message of the real Christ?

Yes!  You can be a son or daughter of God …serve in His Kingdom when He establishes His Government on this earth …and live a happy life in His Family for eternity.

“Wherefore come out from among them, and be you separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (2Corinthians 6:17-18)

Did you grasp that?

You can be considered by God …as a son or daughter of God …now.

How good is that!

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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Platypus confounds Evolution

26/04/2009

by Ken E Murray

Platypus are unique in all of God’s creation and leave evolutionists stunned and flat-footed.

 

Platypus smile at evolution with a knowing smile

Platypus smile at evolution with a knowing smile

“Old Flatfoot”, which is what Platypus means, (Greek: Platys = broad and pous=foot) is perfectly designed for its environment on which it depends for its survival.

When we look at the pointers of proof of God’s existence, as Designer, Creator, Lifegiver, Lawgiver, and Sustainer, we see all of these elements in a Platypus.

We also see how impossible it would be for a Platypus to evolve.

Native only to Australia, the platypus appears to be a “patchwork” animal to evolutionists in their frustrated efforts to try to imaginatively connect its evolution from about 5 widely differing creatures, nowhere near each other in the fanciful “evolutionary tree”. 

Platypus have a bill like a duck (but much more sophisticated), webbed feet like an otter …but which retract and have claws for digging, the males have poisonous spurs in their hind legs like a snake, its tail is like a beaver but covered with fur and not scales. It lays eggs but suckles its young through secretion of milk on its under hairs. 

No wonder Evolutionists are baffled by its existence. Platypus are an amazing complex designed, brilliantly created monotreme mammal, given life, and laws that govern its sustenance. It even bamboozles the pseudo-god of “natural selection”.

 

Male platypus poison spur

Male platypus poison spur

At birth all platypus, male and female, are born with poisonous spurs, but, get this fact…after one year the females poisonous spurs fall off! Now, if survival of the fittest is the determining regime …evolutionists go figure?

The male uses his poisonous spurs in the August-September mating season to ward off other male platypus and can inject a potent poison into any predator, which causes a nasty pain. However, during courtship the male uses his spurs gently to hold the female, without injecting the poison. It is the only venomous furred animal.

The crural gland produces a cocktail of venom, composed of over 250 different chemicals but with four major toxins.

 

Close up of male platypus poison spur

Close up of male platypus poison spur

Of the four, three are defensin-like proteins (DLPs) unique to the Platypus. The different chemicals in the poison have a range of effects from lowering blood pressure to causing pain and increasing blood flow around the wound.
Now, please explain to me, how the platypus invented and evolved this unique poison out of 250 different chemicals??
What an amazing design, created into life and sustained by an all-wise Creator.
The waterproof hair of a platypus is nothing short of extraordinary. Their outer hair is dark brown with yellowish hair on its underside. There are about 800 hairs per square millimetre! This is denser than the fur of the river otter or polar bear. It has 2 layers of hair. The top or longer layer is a shiny guard fur with a woolly short fur undercoat. The thermal qualities of the fur allow the platypus to withstand cold temperatures and extended periods in water and underground.

Christ said: “…you cannot make one hair white or black.” (Matthew 5:36)  Plainly, not even humans, with all our intelligence, can choose the colour of our hair, let alone 2 layers of waterproof different coloured hair at 800 per square millimetre!

The platypus pliable bill is an amazing engineering feat! The bill contains an electro-receptor system which has about 850,000 electrical and tactile receptors. Even though the platypus has brilliant eyes and ears above water, special membranes seal off its eyes and ears underwater and it fishes for its food, blind! Again …evolutionists go figure?

Its electo-receptor system detects the electric currents created by the muscle activity of small prey such as worms, shrimp, and frogs, and may even help the platypus detect the electric field created when water flows over prey hidden under rocks, mud and small debris.

 

Grinding bill of Platypus jaw. Notice the engineered ribbing for crushing and elimination of debris

Grinding bill of Platypus jaw. Notice the engineered ribbing for crushing and elimination of debris

As the platypus gathers food in its mouth during its up to 10 minute stay underwater, it moves the food to its cheek pouches. At the water surface, it pushes the food from its cheek pouches up to its mouth. It has magnificently engineered ribbed grinding pads for crushing the food and dispensing the unwanted mud and debris through its horny serrations.

Platypus ears or grooves are very sensitive to sounds. Its beady eyes are also very sensitive to movement. That is why it is difficult and rare to see them in the wild.

Its 4 legs are a marvel of engineered design and creation as well. The platypus uses its two front feet to propel itself forward in a unique, alternate rowing motion. Its hind feet, also webbed, are held against the body and along with the tail are used for steering. The marine engineering involved with how the platypus can move so quickly and dextrously in the water, is nothing short of awesome!

On land its webs fold back, revealing sharp claws for walking and digging burrows. Its claws are also useful for cleaning its fur and to help keep its fur brushed and waterproof.

 

Rubbery coated platypus egg

Rubbery coated platypus egg

They dig a camping burrow about 1-3 meters long in stream banks. However, the female digs her nesting burrow up to 20 metres long! She lays 2-3 rubbery eggs and when they hatch she suckles them on specially designed milk glands. Her milk has about 60 times more iron than cows milk and 40% more solids. The young lap the milk from the hair of the underbelly, where the milk drips, in utter darkness.

The platypus tail is a wonderment. It is used as a sensitive rudder when swimming; to push soil within the burrow like a shovel; and to store fat for when food supplies are low or for when the platypus needs more energy in store while incubating eggs. Thereby hangs a tail, for evolutionists to ponder.

Platypus red blood cells carry larger amounts of haemoglobin than any other mammal. This allows it to go without air for long periods and for its heart beat to be able to change from 140-230 beats to almost 0 beats per minute.

Unlike reptiles, Platypus are warm-blooded and not cold-blooded. They have one opening for elimination, mating and birth.

There is nothing “transitional” about the platypus. It is highly intelligent and remarkably built to fit its environment. In fact, it is an integral part of its environment functioning in balance. Without its surrounding natural environmental system, platypus could not exist.

 

Mother platypus suckling babies

Mother platypus suckling babies

Evolutionists claim that the gradual evolution of animals such as the Platypus was determined by the blind per-chance pseudo-god of “natural selection” …and highly complex intricate creatures like the platypus, simply came into being by “adaption” or some sort of required “change” due to changing environment.

Do you know what happens to platypus when their delicate environment changes? Sadly, they die. They are so sensitive that many have perished in the hands of well meaning humans, collecting them for zoos and wildlife sanctuaries.

There is no fossil record of changes or transformations or “natural selection” of the development of platypus. They had to be created perfectly, as well as their unique inter-connected, inter-dependent environment and food sources or else they would die.

The preposterous idea that somehow platypus thought their way to change to become what they are today, is baloney. It is a hoax of the 1st Order.

“Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? …” (Jeremiah 13:23)

No, we cannot change the colour of our skin, just as the leopard cannot change its spots  …and nor can the amazingly designed and engineered platypus change, by thinking about it.

It is magnificently designed, engineered, created, and given life and sustenance by its omnipotent Creator.

Let’s be logical. Let’s go back to the future for the moment millions and millions of years ago …even quintillions for the sake of evolutionists.

 

Multifaceted platypus perfectly designed and created for its environment

Multifaceted platypus perfectly designed and created for its environment

Let’s say he lives beside a stream but he can’t swim yet, and like any other normal burrowing animal, he has claws only for digging, but hasn’t developed retractable webbed feet, nor developed a tail for a keel, nor developed the means to seal off his nostrils and hold his breath nor developed waterproof hair at 800 per square millimetre.

The hungry “platywhatever”, launches off into the stream, for whatever insane reason. It can’t see, can’t swim, can’t go underwater, and can’t find any food. If there was no worm food on the land, then why didn’t all creatures on earth, with a similar diet, throw themselves into the water?

If the first “platywhatever” had to evolve water-feeding apparatus and sensitive electro-sonar bills, then he only evolved it because he needed it. And if he needed it then he wasn’t getting enough food where he was, to survive.

But, if he couldn’t have survived where he was …and obviously couldn’t succeed in obtaining food from stream bottoms until he had gradually over millions of years developed them within his 15 year maximum lifespan …then he obviously starved to death, and doesn’t exist today.

 

No "intermediate" fossils of Platypus exist

No "intermediate" fossils of Platypus exist

But, then, if a male or female evolved …where then was a female or male close by to mate with?

No worries …hey presto! A genie provides a female. Yes …and pigs fly, too!

Babies are born to the “platywhatever”, but the special technique of secreting milk on a given signal that involves a complexity of hormones, nerve endings and sensory techniques in pitched black darkness have not evolved. So, all the young die, too.

All fossil remains of platypuses found look exactly like “modern” platypus. It is called a “living fossil” because, in the geological record, it has never changed.

“Unhappily, no fossils have yet been found in any continent which reveal the lineage of the monotremes (single vent, or the platypus) prior to the last few million years in Australia itself” (The Land and Wildlife of Australia, Life Nature Library, David Bergamini, page 62, 65)

So, how to evolutionists say they know the platypus evolved? Easy. They just say it.

Every untruth is based on a false premise, that is carelessly assumed.

For the invisible things of him (God) 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.

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,…

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.

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 convenient (right);…”  (Romans 1:20-28)

 

Platypus camping burrow

Platypus camping burrow

The fact that a platypus was thought out in detail, with genius design, carefully planned, then created magnificently in all of its engineering and complicated detail, even to electronic mind-blowing sensitivity, then given life and ongoing sustained power …never occurs to an evolutionist, for the reasons shown in the verses above.
No fossil record exists of “primitivus beaverus otterus, duckus, beakus, snakeus, eggus, suckleus incredibilus”.Here’s the first “platywhatever” but without his beaver’s tail, duck’s sonar sensitive bill, snake fangs, otter’s body, mammal’s glands, warm blood, or turtles eggs, etc,.

The brain of a platypus is known to be surprisingly large in proportion to its body weight and than that of any reptile. It is mysteriously well endowed with cerebral cortex and intelligence and highly sensitive electro-recognition, far removed from that of reptiles. This also, is a problem for evolutionists who desperately try to link mammalian warm-blooded platypus, with small brained, cold-blooded reptiles.  Nice try, but it just doesn’t compute.

Every intricate part of a platypus takes its place in a co-ordinated, functional, complicated system that makes the platypus one of the awe-inspiring creatures we see, today.

The platypus is one of zillions of amazing creatures that God has made, that testify to why God inspired these following wise words to be repeated twice, so hopefully, we might get the point:

“Only a fool says in his heart that there is no God.” (Psalm 14:1; Psalm 53:1-2)

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 Does God Exist? AND Creation or Evolution? AND Radio interview – Does God Exist?

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PPPS: Check out these incredible videos of Platypus:

Video of Platypus feeding in Mossman Gorge

Underwater video of Platypus