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 2, 2013
Secular Study: Ex-Gays Outnumber Actual Gays
It's recommended reading in entirety.
Analysis by Dr. Neil Whitehead, research scientist who worked for the New Zealand government for 24 years and the United Nations for another four years, indicates that although a small percentage of heterosexual adolescents developed homosexuality, the vast majority transitioned in the opposite direction. Specifically he found adolescents were "25 times more likely to change towards heterosexuality at the age of 17 than those with a heterosexual orientation are likely to change towards bi-sexuality or homosexuality.” The data supports the conclusion that heterosexuality is 25 times more stable than homosexuality.
Most remarkable is the finding that:
"Approximately 3% of the current heterosexual population once claimed to have either SSA (same sex attraction) or bisexual attractions. That means there are more people who have changed to exclusively heterosexual attraction than there are currently homosexuals and bisexuals combined. As Dr. Whitehead put it, “Ex-gays outnumber actual gays.”
In ancient Greece, Corinth was a thriving city being the chief city of Greece at that time both commercially and politically. It was also plagued with immoral behavior. Of all the ancient Greek cities, Corinth was the one most known for sexual immorality. The temple worship of Aphrodite fostered religious prostitution, at one time with as many as 1,000 sacred prostitutes. The culture in Corinth was sex-crazed. While Corinth had a reputation for commercial prosperity, it was also a by-word for evil and immoral living. The very word Greek korinthiazesthai ("Corinthianize" - to live like a Corinthian), had become a part of the Greek language, and it meant to live with drunken and immoral debauchery. The ancient writer Athenaeus of Naucratis records about the city of Corinth:
“But that the prostitutes also celebrate their own festival of Aphrodite at Corinth is shown by Alexis in ‘The Girl in Love’: ‘The City celebrated a festival of Aphrodite for the prostitutes, but it is a different one from that held separately for freeborn women. On these days it is customary for the prostitutes to revel, and it is quite in the mode for them to get drunk in our company.’”
Some 2,000 years ago Paul the apostle penned these words to the 1st century church in Corinth, Greece:
"Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."
1 Cor 6:9-11 (ESV)