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

Sunday, September 20, 2015

ISIS At The Door

An interview with David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA, about Christian persecution across the world ...
I recently heard about one story of a Syrian family where the parents decided that, with all that was going on in their country, they needed to sit down and explain to their children: If anybody ever knocked on the door wearing shrouds and carrying swords, you need to say to them that “Jesus is Lord” and that “you forgive them.” The parents said to the children, “It’s gonna hurt for a while, but then we’re gonna meet each other in heaven.” The unfortunate part of that story is it happened. We heard that story recently in Syria because a family member who was there and had seen what happened. ISIS came, knocked on the door, the family said what they needed to say, and they were all four beheaded. So, that’s a very human, dramatic example of people who are standing for their faith in Syria and Iraq against ISIS. 

... There are a number of things going on. The spread of radical Islam has led to more incidents of pressure and violence against Christians. Even before ISIS, you had pressures on Christians and bombings of churches and issues in places like Iraq and Pakistan and Nigeria. In Saudia Arabia it’s illegal to be a believer; it’s illegal to convert. And then you have the cultural aspects of Islam where, within the region, there are families putting pressure on people not to convert, for the family’s honor. So there’s family pressure, there’s religious extremism, there’s political systems like governments that withhold the freedom to read a Bible. All of those factors exist in the Middle East. Even if you have some freedom, if you get ahold of a Bible perhaps, your family may disown you. They also might kill you.

... North Korea is certainly the most extreme. There are 70,000 believers there that are in labor camps for their faith — 70,000. It’s on a scale unlike anywhere else, and you have extreme government control, extreme poverty, and Christians are in the worst of the worst place as far as the political categorization of the government. The government sees Christians as enemies of the state because the government has set up a system of leader worship with a blend of communist totalitarianism that is unique in the world right now. 

Interview is here.

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