Why Akathleptos?

Why Akathleptos? Because it means Uncontainable. God is infinite. Hence, the whole universe cannot contain Him. The term also refers to the incomprehensibility of God. No man can know everything about God. We can know Him personally but not exhaustively, not even in Heaven.

Why Patmos? Because the church is increasingly marginalized and exiled from the culture.

Why Pen-Names? So the focus is on the words and not who wrote them. We prefer to let what we say stand on its own merit. There is precedent in church history for this - i.e., the elusive identity of Ambrosiaster who wrote in the 4th century A.D.

“Truth is so obscured nowadays, and lies so well established, that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it." Blaise Pascal

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Truth Has Stumbled In The Public Squares

In the movie, “A Few Good Men”, Marine Corps Col Nathan Jessep  (played by Jack Nickolson) is under sworn oath in a courtroom, experiencing hostile questioning  from defense attorney Lt. Daniel Kaffee (played by Tom Cruise).   Their exchange yields one of the most popular movie quotes of all time ….

Jessep (Jack Nicholson): You want answers?   
Kaffee (Tom Cruise): I think I’m entitled to them.   
Jessep: You want answers?   
Kaffee: I want the truth! 
Jessep (shouting): You can’t handle the truth!

While virtually all people claim to want to know the truth, Jessep’s assertion rings true.  Consider the example of the suffering wife of an alcoholic who lives in denial about her husband’s addiction when it’s painfully obvious to everyone else.   The fact is that many people simply can’t handle the truth and so willfully ignore it even when confronted with it.  They are willfully blind, often to point of madness.  Madness after all, is the denial of true reality – the rejection of objective truth.  To deny truth is to take the “blue pill”, allowing one to remain in fabricated reality a la' the movie The Matrix.  On the other hand, as Morpheus offers Neo in the movie, to accept truth and take the “red pill” sometimes means “You stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember, all I'm offering is the truth – nothing more.

This phenomenon is not unique to our day and age.  Some 28 centuries ago, an obscure member of the Royal Family of one of the superpower nations of that day living in the Near East (just prior to the collapse, invasion and destruction of his nation) wrote, “Truth Has Stumbled In The Public Squares” (Isa 59:14).  And just as happened then so long ago - when people can’t handle the truth, they simply surround themselves with leaders, sages and “talking-heads” who tell them what they want to hear:  “All is well.  Nothing to see here.  Move along.”

In the United States, the state of California recently approved a bill requiring public K-12 schools to let “transgender” students choose which restrooms, locker rooms, and sports team they join based on their gender identity, regardless of their birth gender.  In other words, it doesn’t matter what my birth gender is; if I’m boy but I “feel” like a girl, I’m perfectly free to shower in the girl’s locker room.  (Wonder how the girls in their locker room feel about that?)  It’s a denial of reality and utter madness.

Schools cannot give a student an aspirin without parental consent.  But they can hand out condoms and help them apply for an abortion without parental consent.  Madness
When truth “stumbles in the public square”, all bets are off.  Reality is whatever you want it to be.  Marriage is no longer an institution reserved for one man and one woman?  Fine; the door is now open for incest, polygamy (as already being argued in court), bestiality and virtually any other definition of marriage one wishes.  Check out these people who married themselves, the Berlin Wall, the Eiffel Tower, a pillow, a dead ex-boyfriend, a snake, a car, a stereo, even a character from a video game.  Madness.

Sometimes the truth can be terrifying.  When confronted with the gospel truth of original sin, most people reject it.  It is simply too fearful for most people to accept.  Embracing the truth can also be costly; Jesus asks us to be willing to leave everything behind to follow Him.

Ultimately, as truth disappears from the public square and fabricated reality is embraced with a “Twilight Zone” mentality settling over the culture, the objective truth of the gospel will shine ever more brilliantly.  Just as a flashlight shines more brightly in the pitch-black of a moonless night as opposed to the noonday sun, so should the radiant testimony for those who follow and serve Christ and faithfully stand steadfast in the Truth in these times.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you! This is very specific and nevertheless lovingly presented. It surely is nice that, as the world passes away, we have Someone who is literally Truth.