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Smoke and Mirrors by Manuel Kishketon

SMOKE AND MIRRORS

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Because of the fact that I am a very prideful and arrogant person being wrong is not an option for me. I have been told by many that I think that I am right even when I am proven wrong. Well, I wouldn’t go that far but I definitely don’t like being wrong so it is very important to me to know what I believe and why. Earlier this week while watching wildlife videos I came across a video that claimed to be the “real audio soundtrack” of the bear attack that cost Tim Treadwell and his girlfriend Amie Huguenard their lives. I was shocked that such an audio would exist and yet curiosity got the best of me as I moved my courser to the play button. What followed ran chills up my spine as I listened to what was posted to be the real death cries of the couple. Who were Tim Treadwell and Amie Huguenard? Treadwell  American bear enthusiast; he was an environmentalist, an amateur naturalist, self proclaimed eco-warrior and a documentary film maker. For thirteen summers he lived with and studied wild grizzly bears in Katmai National Park in Alaska. Treadwell was joined by his girlfriend Amie Huguenard for the last three summers of their lives. Treadwell's life, work, and death was the subject of the 2005 critically acclaimed documentary film by Werner Herzog entitled Grizzly Man. Treadwell was constantly in trouble with the authorities during his stays at the park. He consistently put his life in danger while getting to close to the grizzly bears that he considered to be “his friends” and never listening to the Park Ranger’s warnings about controlling his behavior. Treadwell had applied human qualities to the bears and consider them harmless in regard to his safety. He was once quoted during an interview as saying that the bears would never harm him. Treadwell named the bears that lived in the park and even claimed to have slept with them on occasion. One biographer even quoted him as calling the bears “big ole party animals.” Treadwell was convinced that these bears were like big teddy bears and that they would never harm him until that thirteenth summer when food was scarce and he and his girlfriend were killed and partially eaten the night before their plane was scheduled to pick them up and take them home. No matter how human he considered those grizzly bears to be or how harmless he believed that they were, in the end, they were still wild animals and he paid the ultimate price for what he believed to be true. I have heard many different and even unique perspectives on faith over the twenty five or so years that I have been a Christian. What I have discovered from all of it is that the reason that there are so many different schools of thought on the subject of faith is that so few people are willing to submit to the only true standard of faith that God has given us; the Bible. I would like to make this statement at this time: “The Word of God is the only criteria given by God by which all issues of faith are measured.” If what one believes does not line up with what the Word of God says then it is impossible to mold the Word of God around what he believes; he must conform that which he believes to the Word of God. I am a firm believer in the “Competency of the Soul.” Every man will stand before God and give account for what he has and has not embraced as truth and faith. It is not my job to tell people what to believe. It is my job to tell them what the Word of God says and to surrender that to them. I am called of God to assist in helping you understand the true intent behind the Word that God. What a man does with it afterward is his responsibility. Before I became a Christian I knew that if I died and God were real that I would go straight to hell. I completely rejected God and all that he represented or commanded. I truly think that I was a very sad and destitute individual with no hope. The thing that I find sadder than that is the man that lives his entire life believing that he is right with God and that he has it all figured out only to find out in the end that he is wrong and that the cost is more than he would have ever imagined. If God’s Word is absolute then that means that there are some people out there that are wrong and some that are right. Have I cornered the market on truth? I don’t think so, but what I do assert is that I don’t want to be wrong. It is a matter of life and death. 


Manuel L. Kishketon, Sr
PO Box 63
Cromwell, OK 74837
405-203 8431

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