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

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Who is God?

Excerpt From: Damick, Andrew Stephen. “An Introduction to God.” Ancient Faith Publishing.

If we were to ask that question of the Church Fathers, we might be faced with a curious answer. Many of the Fathers might first say, “There is nothing we can say about God."

This may seem counterproductive. Isn’t that just giving up before we even begin? Not really. The same saints who might say that also say a lot of other things about God. But the point is that, in using human language to describe God, we are set up to fail. God is uncreated; human language is a facet of the created world. Our created language can’t reliably signify uncreated reality. The sounds we make, the words we use, the sentences we put together—all of these are dependent on created reference points. We can only really talk about things we can sense, things we can conceive. But even our conceptions are created.

But God is uncreated. He is not like anything anywhere. He is not tall like my father or hard like a stone or fuzzy like a rabbit. He is not loud like a metal band or purple like a bruise or radiant like a star. Because there is such a radical disjunction between the created and the Uncreated, the creation can only tell us one thing about the Creator—that there is one. Some folks will say they can see God in a beautiful sunset or in a majestic mountain, but everything we might say about God from such views is really just inference, usually based on our preconceptions.

We are created and He is uncreated, so we cannot comprehend Him. Even our more abstract concepts do not truly fit Him. We can say He is loving, but He is also not loving, not in the way humanity measures love. He is certainly not just according to our ideas of justice. He is also not a person in the sense that we understand personhood. He cannot be grasped, either with the hand or with the mind. He is beyond reason and even beyond theology. We therefore cannot really choose to be introduced to God or to know God. We cannot go looking for Him. Where would we even begin?

But what if He has come looking for us? Christianity traditionally has taught that the reason we can know God is that God has revealed Himself to us as Jesus Christ.”

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