CARM Newsletter 09-18-08

Daniel in the King's Den
The story of Daniel in the Bible is certainly one of those fascinating examples of how God protects someone from death. In fact, this Jewish prophet is most popularly known as "Daniel in the Lion's Den."  There is one important virtue of Daniel that is often overlooked: his faith before a pagan king. Daniel was taken into captivity by the Babylonians at a very young age. However, he did not lose heart or give up on life. Instead, even as a youth, he rubbed shoulders with the big wigs of Babylonia as a consultant of the king. In fact, Daniel and his friends were considered ten times better than the astrologers of the day (Daniel 1:19-20).
The tranquility as a royal consultant was shattered when the king of Babylon had a dream that troubled him (2:1). The king first questioned the astrologers and soothsayers to give him an answer for his dream. In "polite" kingly fashion he mandates, "The command from me is firm: if you do not make known to me the dream and its interpretation, you will be torn limb from limb and your houses will be made a rubbish heap" (5). Sound reasonable?
Realizing the difficulty of interpreting the king's dream, the soothsayers give a sixth century spiritual Babylonian response, "Moreover, the thing which the king demands is difficult, and there is no one else who could declare it to the king except gods, whose dwelling place is not with mortal flesh" (11). This "spiritual" response of these soothsayers did not satisfy the king who demanded that all of these "dream interpreters" be executed.
The pressure was on Daniel. Word came to him that the king of Babylon had ordered the death of all of the wise men in his kingdom. However, Daniel did not lose heart. Instead, he wisely asked the king for time to interpret the dream (16). The king knew Daniel as someone having "wisdom and understanding" but there is no clear evidence that he (nor Daniel) knew that God would give Daniel revelation regarding the dream (1:20).
Nevertheless, Daniel trusted God. He and his three comrades prayed that God would give them the interpretation of the dream. Eventually God replies and gives Daniel the needed revelation. Daniel quickly is escorted before the king and he boldly declares before this glorified pagan, "As for the mystery about which the king has inquired, neither wise men, conjurers, magicians nor diviners are able to declare it to the king." He then states, "However, there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will take place in the latter days...(2:27-28)."
I suppose the rest of the story is history (or His story as some say). Daniel tells the king the dream and he and his buddies get promoted in the Babylonian kingdom. However, this Scriptural examples was written for our edification (cf. Romans 15:4). Do you have enough faith in God that you would trust Him to deliver you from death? Would you trust Him even before the most popular people of your day? Do you have faith that "there is a God in heaven?"
If you don't have an answer, then pray and ask God to work one in you.  It may take time, but God is faithful to complete in you the good work which He has begun (Phil. 1:6).

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    • one of the most interestingmistakes enemies of christ make is ZEAL, i have no problems creating faith in my families after showing them the effort of our enemies your "take" on murray is empty and unreal, and in many cases refuted by the bible i do not support murray, but your zest to destroy him go beyond neccesity, i'll show this to my family, and show them your refute,,,
    • You CLAIM to be a Christian Organization, yet make Quotes on your web site taken from Satanic Sources as being the Word of God and use those false sources to back up your statements. In other words, REMOVE the PLANK from your own eye first! ANY Time I visit a web site, read an article from a magazine, book or newspaper, from ANY publication for that matter, as soon as I see the source of their beliefs as being EVIL, I usually burn the article, I don't even shred it to use as mulch, I literally BURN it to ash in a fireplace. In the case of web sites, I can just add them to my black list to never return.... They would believe that Joseph was the Father of Christ! That Christ is NOT Diety, just another man! That Christ shed blood means nothing! The Jesus Christ and LUCIFER are ONE IN THE SAME person! THAT is WHAT the NIV TEACHES! And since YOU CHOSE to use that book as YOUR source of PROOF that You are Right and Others are Wrong, and DESIRE to promote PORNOGRAPHIC PUBLISHERS, it really removes all credence to why you claim to exist. Try cleaning up your act and fix up your half truths and you will have an excellent web site that folks might read!
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    • I was so surprised when I was listening to the podcast last September 16. I was sure that the email Matt was reading is mine regarding Philippians. Praise God! Thank you and God will surely bless you more because of the hard work you really put in to share the gospel. God bless to you Pastor Matt and of course to all of your staffs in CARM!
    • What a blessing CARM is. I recently met an extraordinary woman who is struggling with her Mormon faith. As a believer in the Word of God and Jesus Christ our Lord and savior, I've been witnessing to her about the irrefutable facts of the Bible in comparison with the BOM. The factual research conducted by CARM and your detailed breakdown of the Mormon belief is superb. I sent her the Mormon link and hope/pray she will know the truth when she reads it. May God continue to bless you and your ministry as you are a blessing to countless Christians and those seeking answers to their own faith.
    • I printed out and gave your Theology test to my congregation this past Sunday. Man, do I have my work cut out for me! It's sad to see what people really know about God and the Bible. Hopefully, with God's help and CARM, I will teach them to be real disciples with a handle on sound doctrine and obedience to witness.
Matt Slick
CARM President

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.