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
Friday, August 16, 2013
It's A Battle For Islam - Not Democracy
The Muslim Brotherhood, now so prominent in Egypt was established in 1928, four years after the disbanding of the Muslim caliphate by Ataturk, Their specific mission was to restore the caliphate just four years later and they have been pursuing that mission ever since. Their goal remains to set up a one world Islamic government.
Fighting between the Egyptian military and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood this week to date left hundreds dead and thousands injured. Some Middle East experts are now predicting open civil war in Egypt is inevitable. Andrew McCarthy is one of the few western journalists willing to pull the mask off the real face of Islam, chronicling the torching of Christian Coptic churches by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.. He reports,
"In the familiar pattern, the Western media are focused on the military raids against Islamic supremacists in Egypt but ignoring the latter’s use of violence and of women and children as human shields. After all, the “protesters” say they are “peaceful." ....... The Brotherhood is not “retaliating” against Christians. Islamic supremacists are persecuting Christians . . . which is what they do in Muslim-majority countries."
Regarding the situation in Egypt, Mike Evans (with astute political incorrectness) insightfully observes, "This is a battle for Islam. It's not about Democracy. It never was." Not pulling any punches, Evans goes on to note the current American President Barack Obama "wants Islam to have their equal rights" but "doesn’t understand what they will do with those equal rights."
Islam successfully continues to pull the wool over the eyes of the church, the current American administration, and others in the west. To wit - British Schools will be required to incorporate Islamic teaching in their history curriculum beginning in 2014 according to PressTV (Iran's 24-hour English language news organization.) This is more ongoing successful soft jihad on the part of British Muslims. Responding to the report of Islamic history to be incorporated in the British curriculum, an ex-Muslim at Islam Watch wryly predicted,
"As things continue as it is now, we foresee that the Quran will likely become a mandatory subject in school curriculum across Europe in next 10 years. And in another 20-30 years, things may turn out as it is now in Pakistan, Egypt or Somalia -- mass unrest, bombings, beheadings and much more."
It's not that Islamic history should not be studied; the problem is that the Islamic "history" to be taught in British schools will certainly be the fanciful Islamic version - based not on historical fact - but Islamic deceit. (Islam is the only major religion in the world that permits its adherents to practice deceit.) For examples on how Islam revises history, check out the truth on numerous claimed Islamic inventions. One of the most notorious examples of their historical revision is Islam's repeated (even comical) denial that a Jewish temple ever existed in Jerusalem - an assertion clearly refuted in both archeological and secular historical records..
In the United States, a group calling itself the "American Muslim Political Action Committee" (AMPAC) is planning a "one million Muslims march" in Washington D.C. on September 11th of this year. The march is scheduled for the anniversary of the worst domestic massacre in American history perpetrated in the name of Islam (the 9/11 attacks). In typical Muslim fashion, portraying Islam as the victim, AMPAC issued the following "demands" to the American government:
"We at AMPAC (American Political Action Committee) are planning an historic event for 9.11.13 where one million Muslims will march to Washington D.C. and demand that our civil rights be protected by our government.
We are demanding that laws be enacted protecting our 1st amendment . We are asking President Obama to fulfill his promise from his first campaign for Presidency of a transparent government. Lastly we are asking for the release of the 9/11 commission report to the American people."
AMPAC goes on to claim that the media has been lying to the American people with regard to the role Islam played in the 9/11 attacks:
"On 9.11.01 our country was forever changed by the horrific events in New York. The entire country was victimized by the acts done on that day. Muslim and Non Muslim alike were traumatized but we as Muslims continue 12 years later to be victimized by being made the villains. To this day every media outlet and anti Islamic organization has committed slanderous and libel statements against us as Muslims and our religion of Islam.
Yet our Government either sits idly by and does nothing to protect our freedoms or it exacerbates the problem with its constant war on terrorism in Islamic countries, congressional hearings on Islam in America, and its changes to the NDAA law.
These lies told to the American population has made it impossible for us to do true Dawa. Why do we have to defend our religion while doing Dawa? Why can’t we just share the perfection of the Quran and the beauty of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SWS)?"
This is nothing new. In the Muslim mindset, Islamic Jihad is always the fault of the unbeliever.
In 2010, Joe Hargrave posted on the American Catholic an accurate editorial entitled, "Enough is Enough: The Crusades & The Jihad Are Not Equivalents". It's recommended reading for those interested in the historical truth versus the propaganda disseminated by Muslims and the politically-correct hogwash of the mainstream media.
We ignore at our own peril the clarion call sounded by Erwin Lutzer in his new book, "The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent: An Informed Response to Islam's War with Christianity",
"Only the church possesses moral and spiritual resources to stand against the rising tide of secularism and false religions that are engulfing us. Very likely the next generation will be even more overwhelmed, unless the levees remain strong and unyielding. I write this book for the current generation of Christians in America, but I am more deeply concerned for the generation that will follow us. Out children and grandchildren will most assuredly fight battles that we've only heard about in other parts of the world but have never had to confront. The legal and social restrictions to prohibit us from exercising our faith are growing continuously, and the battle will only intensify in the years ahead. The day of casual Christianity is rapidly coming to a close, and the call for Christians to display courage is becoming more pressing than ever."
Having spent time in some of the strictest Islamic countries in the world, I experienced firsthand how Islam treats the media, the entertainment industry, women, and people of other faiths. Ironically, many (most?) of the same people in these categories in the west rise to the defense of Islam, or at least regard it as benign, and naively welcome it with open arms. Scripture uses a word to describe them ... fools.
A battle for democracy? No - it's a battle for Islam.
"A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion." Prov 18:2 [ESV]