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

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Islamic Terror Attacks For Last 30 Days

2015.09.30IraqTarmiyah716Seven people are exterminated by a Shahid suicide bomber.
2015.09.28BangladeshDhaka10The Islamic State claims the shooting of an Italian charity worker.
2015.09.27AfghanistanChahar Burjak24A mother and son are disassembled by Taliban bombers.
2015.09.27PakistanKhairkot951A Shahid suicide bomber detonates at a playground volleyball game, killing nine innocents.
2015.09.26CARBangui21100A mob of Muslims pour automatic weapons fire into a Christian neighborhood, killing at least twenty-one.
2015.09.26SomaliaKismayo43Four people at a restaurant are bitten off by Mujahid bombers.
2015.09.25NigerN'Gourtoua154Islamists slash the throats of fifteen villagers.
2015.09.24YemenSanaa2960At least twenty-nine Shia worshippers are reduced to pulp by a dedicated Sunni suicide bomber.
2015.09.23SyriaDamascus13Sunnis shell a neighborhood, killing one civilian.
2015.09.23SyriaKhacham10The Islamic State executes a young woman for using an Internet app to talk with men.
2015.09.23Syriaal-Raee20Two Turks are beheaded by Islamists.
2015.09.23PakistanKarachi120A TTP operative confesses to serial killing a dozen MQM political activists over the years.
2015.09.23AfghanistanNokundi60Six people are taken hostage and executed by the Taliban.
2015.09.23NigerAllawa3525Nearly three dozen people are hacked to death by Muslim terrorists.
2015.09.23SyriaHoms112A woman is murdered by Jihadi car bombers.
2015.09.22AfghanistanDalwat Abad53Five local cops are laid out by Sunni bombers.
2015.09.22IraqQayara50Five police officers are kidnapped and executed by the Islamic State.
2015.09.22AfghanistanQush Tepa100Ten soldiers are murdered by a Taliban insider.
2015.09.21SyriaSere Kaniye825Two ISIS car bombings take eight lives.
2015.09.21IraqBaghdad1140A horrific blast at a vegetable market lays out eleven patrons.
2015.09.21SomaliaMogadishu512A suicide car bomber takes out five souls.
2015.09.21PhilippinesSandah10A cleric is killed during an Abu Sayyaf attack.
2015.09.21SyriaRastan70Seven men are shot by the Islamic State 'for being gay.'
2015.09.21SyriaHreitan30Two men and a boy are executed on charges of being homosexual by the Islamic State.
2015.09.21IraqTarmiya30Three family members are shot to death by religious radicals.
2015.09.21IraqMosul10A TV news cameraman is kidnapped and executed by the Islamic State.
2015.09.21CameroonGouzoudou02Two female suicide bombers blow themselves up on market day.
2015.09.21IraqBaghdad27Mujahid bombers kill two Iraqis.
2015.09.20NigeriaMaiduguri8590Boko Haram bombers strike a rival mosque and several other buildings, killing at least eighty - including children.
2015.09.20PakistanKandiwal20Two sisters are shot dead by their conservative uncle for marrying against the family's wishes.
2015.09.20IraqMosul20Two younger people are executed by the caliphate for taking pictures on their phones.
2015.09.20PakistanSwat10Religious extremists shoot a man to death on his way home.
2015.09.20SyriaAleppo1425Seven children are among fourteen killed when Sunnis pour rockets into an Armenian neighborhood.
2015.09.20CameroonMora329Three others are killed when two female suicide bombers blow themselves up.
2015.09.20NigeriaNgorongoro60Six villagers have their throats slit by Boko Haram.
2015.09.20NigeriaMonguno4560A Fedayeen suicide bomb blast rips through an outdoor market, claiming forty-five innocents.
2015.09.19Egyptal-Arish10A police officer is shot to death on the street by Muslim extremists.
2015.09.19AfghanistanZarmat524A shooting attack and separate suicide bombings leave five dead and two dozen injured.
2015.09.19ThailandPattani10A moderate imam is shot to death by Religion of Peace rivals.
2015.09.19MaliBih40Macina Islamist gunmen on motorcycles take out four innocents in a drive-by.
2015.09.18PakistanKorangi24Two people are killed when Religion of Peace gunmen attack a rival shrine.
2015.09.18PakistanPeshawar2930Sharia proponents machine-gun twenty-nine people at an air base mosque.
2015.09.18PhilippinesZamboanga116Abu Sayyaf bombers kill a woman with a bomb planted under a bus seat.
2015.09.18LibyaTripoli30Three guards at an airport are gunned down by ISIS.
2015.09.18SudanUmray43Arab militia invade a village and murder four Africans.
2015.09.18PakistanSopore11Terrorists kill a man and injure his 3-year-old-son.
2015.09.18SomaliaYaqbariweyne125Islamists overrun a security base, killing a dozen defenders.
2015.09.18LibyaTripoli20An ISIS attack on a prison leaves two others dead.
2015.09.18Iraqal-Fura10A gay man is thrown off a roof by caliphate members.
2015.09.18IraqAbu Saida65Terrorists open fire on a group of young people outside a house, killing six.
2015.09.18AfghanistanArghandab80All eight policemen manning a checkpoint are mowed down by religious extremists.
2015.09.18PakistanNazimabad10A Shiite shop owner is gunned down by Sunni radicals.
2015.09.18SyriaFua120A suicide car bomber kills at least a dozen others in a small village.
2015.09.18AfghanistanKabul47Women and children are among several civilians 'liberated' by Taliban shrapnel.
2015.09.18DagestanKhtun50Five local hunters are brutally slain by Muslim militants.
2015.09.18ChinaAksu400Five guards are among some forty people at a coal mine stabbed to death by Muslim 'separatists'.
2015.09.17IraqBab al-Sharji1245A suicide bomber on foot takes out thirteen Iraqis.
2015.09.17SomaliaKismayo37An al-Shabaab bomb hidden in a tree claims three lives.
2015.09.17GermanyBerlin01An Islamic extremist stabs a policewoman in the neck.
2015.09.17AfghanistanFaizabad10Suspected Islamists toss a grenade into the house of a freelance journalist.
2015.09.17IraqBaghdad931Nine people at a public square are incinerated by a Fedayeen suicide bomber.
2015.09.17ThailandNarathiwat310Muslim 'rebels' kill three people with a series of planted bombs.
2015.09.16CameroonAissa Harde90Boko Haram members burn 40 homes and kill nine villagers.
2015.09.16AfghanistanKabul441A Shahid suicide car bomber murders four innocents and injures dozens more.
2015.09.16ThailandPattani10A 22-year-old man is pulled into three pieces by a Muslim bomb.
2015.09.16IraqKhalidiya614Two children are among a half-dozen city residents blown to bits by ISIS mortar rounds.
2015.09.16IraqMosul50Five Kurdish civilians are captured and executed by the Islamic State.
2015.09.16CameroonNgoulma20Two guards are killed when Islamists fire into a village.
2015.09.16NigeriaKadunung18150Muslims attack a Christian community, killing eighteen innocents, including a man and his six children.
2015.09.15LibyaBenghazi10A 39-year-old baker is forced to his knees and shot by fundamentalists.
2015.09.15SyriaAleppo38150At least fourteen children are among forty innocents turned to paste by Sunni rockets.
2015.09.15AfghanistanChar Dewar60Six civilians are machine-gunned in their car at point-blank range by fundamentalists.
2015.09.15SyriaHasakah721An Islamic State suicide bomber detonates in front of a water authority building and takes out seven souls.
2015.09.15IraqMosul30Three university professors are executed with shots to the back of the head by the Islamic State.
2015.09.15Syriaal-Jazira30Two homosexuals are flung from a rooftop by caliphate members, who also shoot another man in the back of the head.
2015.09.15NigeriaSarkin Kudu99Nine Christians are murdered in their village by Muslim invaders.
2015.09.14IsraelJerusalem12A 64-year-old man dies of injuries suffered during an Arab rock attack.
2015.09.14MaliMopti20Armed Islamists take out two local cops.
2015.09.14SyriaMahata1040Ten people are laid out by a Shahid suicide car bomber.
2015.09.14IraqSaqlawiya35A Shahid suicide bomber takes out three Iraqis.
2015.09.14AfghanistanGhazni47Four guards lose their lives when the Taliban stage a Fedayeen suicide attack on a prison.
2015.09.14SyriaKhashman1640Two children are among sixteen slaughtered by an ISIS suicide car bombing.
2015.09.14PakistanMultan1159A suicide blast produces eleven charred bodies.
2015.09.14NigeriaBarkin Ladi2017Twenty Christians are massacred by Muslim militants.
2015.09.14EgyptKhareeza124Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis is strongly suspected of a shooting at a wedding in which a dozen guests were massacred.
2015.09.14UKWhite Chapel10A faith healer is stabbed to death in a targeted attack by a religious Muslim.
2015.09.13CameroonKolofata924Three suicide bombers set themselves off at a packed market, killing at least nine.
2015.09.13EgyptWestern Desert10An Egyptian is beheaded and crucified by ISIS.
2015.09.13IraqGhazlani320Thirty-two captives are euthanized by Islamic State executioners.
2015.09.13PakistanKhyber Pakhtunkhwa70Seven people are shot to death by suspected terrorists.
2015.09.13PakistanKhaisoor20Two men are picked off by Taliban snipers while fetching water.
2015.09.13SomaliaRaaso20Two brothers are beheaded by al-Shabaab.
2015.09.13IraqMosul50Five rival prayer leaders are shot in the back of the head by the caliphate.
2015.09.12IraqBaiji38An ISIS attack leaves three others dead.
2015.09.12IraqMosul10The director of a radio station is executed by the Islamic State.
2015.09.12SyriaDamascus1130Jaish al-Islam send rockets into a suburb, killing eleven residents.
2015.09.11IraqDaquq1347Thirteen Kurds are blown to bits by ISIS bombs.
2015.09.11DRCMamove90An ADF attack leaves at least nine others dead.
2015.09.11EgyptRafah20Fundamentalists take out a woman and child with a car bomb.
2015.09.11NigeriaYola720Children are among the victims of a horrible Boko Haram bombing at a refugee camp that claims seven.
2015.09.11PakistanPandyali20Two members of a peace committee are sectionalized by Taliban bombers.
2015.09.11EgyptSinai40Four local soldiers are blown to bits by Islamic extremists.
2015.09.11SyriaDamascus112A civilian loses his life to an ISIS mortar round.
2015.09.11AfghanistanNangarhar10A rival imam is executed by the Islamic State.
2015.09.11YemenMarib2040At least twenty civilians bleed out following a rocket attack by Shiite radicals on a marketplace.
2015.09.11NigeriaMadgali43A female suicide bomber detonates at a market, taking four patrons with her.
2015.09.10PakistanDera Ismail Khan11Terrorists take out a local official with a drive-by.
2015.09.10IraqAbu Ghraib27Two people are flattened by a Religion of Peace bomb blast.
2015.09.10IraqAlbu Souda914A Shahid suicide bomber snuffs out the lives of nine others.
2015.09.10CARBangui220Muslim terrorists are suspected of three grenade attacks on gathered crowds that leave two dead.
2015.09.10AfghanistanGhazni50Five police officers on patrol are destroyed by a Taliban bomb blast.
2015.09.09IraqDerik350Three dozen Kurds are reportedly killed by a an Islamic State suicide bomber.
2015.09.09AfghanistanKalakhan21Two Afghan are taken out by a Taliban bomb blast.
2015.09.09IraqAnbar1313Over a dozen Iraqis are laid out by two suicide bombers.
2015.09.09IraqHit20The caliph executes two people by tying them to explosives.
2015.09.09IraqMosul100Ten women are executed for refusing to have sex with Islamic extremists.
2015.09.09PakistanKarachi20Shiite radicals are suspected of gunning down a shop owner and his assistant.
2015.09.09SyriaAbu al-Duhur7140al-Qaeda members line up and execute fifty-six captives at an air base after killing fifteen others in the assault.
2015.09.09DagestanNovy Kurush10A moderate imam is shot to death by radical co-religionists.
2015.09.09PakistanShah Faisal10A 28-year-old man is shot to death by sectarian rival.
2015.09.08IraqQarma80ISIS members sneak up and machine-gun eight people manning a checkpoint.
2015.09.08PakistanKhyber60Six members of a peace committee are abducted and slain by Lashkar-e-Islam.
2015.09.08IraqMosul10A female journalist is publicly executed by caliphate enforcers.
2015.09.07PakistanQambarkhel50Lashkar-e-Islam gunmen ambush and kill five tribals.
2015.09.07EgyptTaweel al-Amir25Islamic 'insurgents' kill two local security personnel with a roadside bomb.
2015.09.07LibyaBenghazi70Seven people lose their lives to an Islamist attack.
2015.09.07AfghanistanKhurasan10A man is brutally beheaded the Uzbekistan Islamic Movement.
2015.09.06PakistanKotigram10A local official is sprayed with bullets by a Muslim terrorist group.
2015.09.06PakistanHangu20A secular-leaning politician is gunned down along with a family member.
2015.09.06IraqMadain22Women and children are among the casualties of a Mujahid bomb attack.
2015.09.06AfghanistanNimroz73Seven locals are taken out by the Taliban.
2015.09.06DRCBeni70Seven civilians are murdered by ADF Islamists.
2015.09.05PakistanKhyber Pakhtunkhwa13The Taliban murder a local politician with a roadside bomb.
2015.09.05AfghanistanBalkh130Thirteen Hazara religious minorities are machine-gunned on a minibus by Sunni radicals.
2015.09.05IraqArab Jabour40A family of four, including two children, is exterminated in their home by Holy Warriors.
2015.09.04Saudi ArabiaAbqaiq12A terrorist opens fire on police with a machine-gun, killing one.
2015.09.04BangladeshChittagong20Two Islamists cut the throats of two staff at a Sufi shrine.
2015.09.04TajikistanDushanbe21Two guards at an airport are picked off during an Islamist drive-by.
2015.09.04IraqMadain36Jihadis set off a bomb in a commercial district, killing three bystanders.
2015.09.04SyriaSweida3124Thirty-one people are taken out by two al-Nusra car bombs.
2015.09.04TajikistanVahdat82Islamic militants launch pre-dawn attacks on local police that leave eight dead.
2015.09.03IraqTarmiya38A bomb blast at a Sunni vegetable market leaves three dead.
2015.09.03IraqBaghdad47Sunnis bomb two Shiite areas, killing four civilians.
2015.09.03IraqBaghdad310Jihadi bombers take out three patrons at a market.
2015.09.03AfghanistanHelmand80The Taliban drug eight police and then shoot them to death.
2015.09.03CameroonKerawa30143Two female suicide bombers slaughter thirty patrons at a market.
2015.09.02NigeriaMainari56Muslim 'insurgents' murder five villagers.
2015.09.02IraqHashd Shaabi1116Eleven Iraqis are disassembled by two suicide bombers.
2015.09.02PakistanLatakia1025Sunni extremists set off a car bomb in a town square that claims ten lives.
2015.09.02PakistanUrmar Payan36Three cops are liquidated by Islamic terrorists.
2015.09.02YemenSanaa3275Over two dozen worshippers at a Shiite mosque are sent straight to Allah by two suicide bombers.
2015.09.02IraqHaditha36Three people are killed when ISIS militants send mortars toward a dam.
2015.09.02IraqKhalis418Four people lose their lives to an Islamist car bomb.
2015.09.02IndiaLadoora12A Lashkar-e-Islam member opens fire on a security patrol, killing one member.
2015.09.02IraqMosul40Four civilians are executed at a market by the Islamic State.
2015.09.02IraqTel Saqif82Islamic State members kill eight Iraqis with a mortar barrage.
2015.09.01NigeriaBa'na Iman80Eight villagers are murdered by Sharia proponents.
2015.09.01NigeriaKolori180Boko Haram ride into a town on horseback, shoot eighteen residents to death and steal their food.
2015.09.01IraqHaditha128Three ISIS suicide bombers take out a dozen Iraqis.
2015.09.01MaliTimbuktu21Two local security personnel are murdered by Jihadists.
2015.09.01SomaliaJanaale5050At least fifty AU peacekeepers are killed during an al-Shabaab attack on their base.
2015.09.01PakistanJamrud656A Fedayeen suicide bomber kills at least six others.
2015.08.31NigeriaFatawe360Several dozen villagers are rounded up and bound, then have their throats slit in front of their families by Boko Haram.
2015.08.31IraqAnbar40Four Shiites are suspended with chains and then burned alive by Sunni extremists.
2015.08.31PakistanKhar14A civilian is killed by a roadside blast.
2015.08.31IraqSalahuddin30The caliphate hacks the heads off three people for the crime of helping families escape.

A Culture Devoid Of Common Sense, Initiative & Self-Sufficiency

I experienced something on the drive home from work that dramatically illustrates how we're quickly morphing into a passive culture expecting someone else to solve our problems. We live on top of a mountain with a very steep (25% average grade) two-lane road. Passing is obviously not allowed. As I started up the road, I quickly came upon stopped cars, as far as the eye could see. I pulled up to the end of the line and waited, believing there was a very slow heavy-laden truck working its way up the mountain. But the line wasn't moving. And the line of cars continued to back up down the mountain behind me. After a couple of cars came by me on the way down, I realized something else was going on. So, I shut off the engine, engaged the parking brake and began trekking up the mountain to see if anyone needed help. Walking several hundred yards past dozens of cars around a corner, I came upon the problem - an overloaded truck was unable to move any further up the steep grade.

No male (I didn't expect any woman to do it) took the initiative to get out of their car and direct traffic up and down the mountain past the stalled truck. All the men (including the truck driver) were content to sit in their cars on the steep grade listening to the radio ... and wait for someone else to come fix their problem. I was told the police had been called whom apparently everyone was waiting for. Astonished and somewhat angry, I immediately started directing traffic past the stalled truck and managed to clear the huge backlog of traffic before the police ever arrived.

Another incident:  A year ago, we were travelling on the Interstate and came upon stopped cars that were blocking all lanes. I stopped and shut off the engine. We were unable to see more than a couple of hundred yards ahead where there was a hill. About 10 minutes later, a truck heading in the opposite direction went by on the other side of the Interstate and shouted out his window, "You guys are going to be there a long time!" It was now obvious an accident was blocking all lanes ahead and that it wasn't going to be clear for some time. I pulled out into the grass median onto the other side and headed back towards an exit we had passed a mile back.  I exited the Interstate and headed east. After 5 miles, I found a road that paralleled the Interstate which I followed for 10 miles. I then found another road heading west back towards the Interstate. Soon I was back on the Interstate 10 miles past the accident. I was all by myself. As far as I know everyone else was content to sit on the Interstate for hours waiting for someone else to fix the problem.

What happened is a perfect illustration of what's become of the culture. Initiative, self-sufficiency and common sense are rapidly disappearing. In its wake is a largely mollified and pacifist, selfish populace, increasingly dependent upon someone else to fix their problems. The NLT translation of Prov 21:16 says, "The person who strays from common sense will end up in the company of the dead."

Compounding the problem is the transition to a culture of "victimhood" explained by Jonathan Haidt here whereby "people are encouraged to respond to even the slightest unintentional offense, as in an honor culture. But they must not obtain redress on their own; they must appeal for help to powerful others or administrative bodies, to whom they must make the case that they have been victimized. It is the very presence of such administrative bodies, within a culture that is highly egalitarian and diverse (i.e., many college campuses) that gives rise to intense efforts to identify oneself as a fragile and aggrieved victim."

His thesis?

The key idea is that the new moral culture of victimhood fosters “moral dependence” and an atrophying of the ability to handle small interpersonal matters on one’s own. At the same time that it weakens individuals, it creates a society of constant and intense moral conflict as people compete for status as victims or as defenders of victims.

God help us.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Tragic Consequences Of Egalitarianism

Kara Hultgreen was the first female carrier-base fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy. She was tragically killed in Oct 1994 while attempting a routine carrier landing; the accident video is here.

She is a sobering example of the ultimate fruit of Egalitarianism at a time when the U.S. military was under tremendous pressure to open the role of combat pilots to women. An Accuracy in Media report quotes Commander Tom Sobiek, commanding officer of training Fighter Squadron VF-124, as saying of the first 4 female pilots in his squadron (which included Hultgreen) that "the women are going to graduate regardless of how they performed" and reports that "the Navy was in a race with the Air Force to get the first female fighter pilot". The Center for Military Readiness (CMR) suggested that Hultgreen "may have been the victim of a flawed policy" which overlooked her mistakes in training, two of which were similar to those that caused her death. The Navy subsequently conceded that the material on which the CMR based its report was "largely accurate".

A.V. Yader chronicles the deadly consequences of the forced egalitarian policy here in an article entitled "The Deadly Consequences Of Feminist Propaganda In The US Navy". While not writing from a Biblical perspective, he correctly identifies that it's a sad case of ideology colliding with reality.

After the fatal accident, the Navy tried to cover up the truth by publicly proclaiming that mechanical failure was the cause and the accident was unavoidable. But their whitewash was exposed by the undercover leak of the formal Mishap Investigation Report (MIR) issued by the Navy Safety Center which found pilot error was in fact the cause. The full MIR is here.

Yader paints the ugly truth from a secular perspective:

That is what feminism gives us. It gives us silence in the face of inadequacy, even if that inadequacy can result in the loss of life. It ties the hands and gags the mouths of the reasonably minded and the responsible. It gives us cover-ups and subterfuge in lieu of the fervent thoroughgoing truth. It erodes the morale of the profoundly talented, while giving the deficient a place and a voice that they do not deserve, and did not earn. Feminism is a systematically imposed mechanism that saddles men with the responsibility of compensating for the frailty and biologically imposed limitations bestowed upon women ...

Recent long-term studies affirm that feminism (a form of Egalitarianism) is proving disastrous for family life and women. University of Pennsylvania researchers Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers studied the happiness of women in the United States from the 1970s through present day and found an astounding conclusion: the more society accommodated women, gave them jobs, and scholarships, and supported them living single, and encouraged them to pursue their own private dreams and goals, to dress and act as masculine as they wanted to, and to shun any ideas of universal beauty or happiness in pursuit of their own private desires, the LESS happy they were. From the paper’s abstract:

By many objective measures the lives of women in the US have improved over the past 35 years, yet we show that measures of subjective well-being indicate that women’s happiness has declined both absolutely and relative to men.  The paradox of women’s declining relative well-being is found across various datasets, measures of subjective well-being, and is pervasive across demographic groups and industrialized countries.  Relative declines in female happiness have eroded a gender gap in happiness in which women in the 1970s typically reported higher subjective well-being than did men.  These declines have continued and a new gender gap is emerging–one with higher subjective well-being for men.

Norah Vincent discovered in her book "Self Made Man" where she spent one year living as a man, that females are very unhappy when living a masculine life. Over the past 30 years, women’s education levels have risen and then surpassed men, contraception offered them control over fertility and allowed them to freely have premarital sex, technology and modern appliances have taken over many domestic duties, women have made huge advances in the workforce, and in many cases out-earn men. Social changes have accepted lesbianism, out-of-wedlock births, trannys, tattoos, piercings and neon hair. And yet, the study shows that women’s unhappiness increased by the same amount as an 8.5% increase in the published government unemployment rate. In other words, the level of unhappiness women experienced would be the same the general population experienced if the unemployment rate went from 5.1% to 13.6%.

Earlier I write here on the devastating effects on women when Egalitarians forced their politically-correct agenda onto the culture. In 2006, Wayne Grudem warned that Egalitarianism was the new path to theological liberalism as pointed out by Al Mohler here. Grudem handles the subject in extensive detail, providing a comprehensive defense of Complementarianism in his monumental work here entitled "Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth."

The intervening years have proven Grudem correct as the culture descends ever deeper into gender confusion and moral bankruptcy.