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
Saturday, August 10, 2013
His Excuse? - "Transient Global Amnesia"
"ABC News editor Don Ennis strolled into the newsroom in May wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig and announced he was transgender and splitting from his wife. He wanted to be called Dawn.
But now he says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realize he wants to live his life again as Don."
He's blaming the whole thing on "transient global amnesia". Rather than admitting he made a mistake and asking his wife for forgiveness, he conveniently blames his bizarre behavior on a malady that I suspiciously believe is fictitious and created to justify unacceptable behavior. While the Mayo clinic lists it as real , it also says that transient global amnesia is "rare, seemingly harmless and unlikely to happen again. Episodes are usually short-lived, and afterward your memory is fine."
Hmmmm ....... sounds suspiciously convenient to me. It's yet another convenient (and laughable) excuse for a culture that incessantly denies the reality of sin. Most revealing is Ennis's statement that,
“Even though I will not wear the wig or the makeup or the skirts again, I promise to remain a strong straight ally, a supporter of diversity and an advocate for equal rights and other LGBT issues including same-sex marriage.”
Actually, Ennis's behavior is the logical byproduct of a society that is shredding any role difference between male and female, insisting either can perform any role as well as the other (egalitarianism). The predictable result has been increasing gender confusion within our culture of the sexes. To wit, we see such insane decisions as federal officials mandating that transgender students can use the restroom (and shower!) of their choosing.
In contrast to this, I believe Scripture clearly affirms the complementarian nature of the sexes - i.e., that while men and women are created equal in their being and personhood, they are created to complement each other via different roles and responsibilities as manifested in marriage, family life, religious leadership, and on a military battlefield.
Competitive ballroom dancing is a good analogy. The man always leads and the woman always follows, but the dance is never about the man - it's always all about the woman who is the center of attention. The man focuses his attention on his woman partner, being the frame for her beautiful picture. He serves her throughout the dance. She usually has more technically difficult moves but cannot execute them without his strength and foundation. The man does not lead by pushing and pulling the woman around the floor; rather he dances his body and the woman reacts to what he is doing. The better the lead, the more gentle and precise it is - but it is entirely up to the woman to follow; she is never forced. The man and woman do not have the same steps; they have different, but complementary, parts. The two combine their respective parts to produce beautiful movement down the floor as one. An experienced high-level competitive ballroom couple is a sight of breathtaking beauty to behold.
Likewise, Christian marriages that model the Biblical truth of complementarianism shine like brilliant stars in our darkening culture. For those seeking a better understanding of this issue, I recommend Wayne Grudem's excellent book "Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth".
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Gen 1:27 [ESV]