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

Saturday, January 23, 2016

10 Most Dangerous Lies

  1. No suffering is ever the will of God. Wrong. In  book of Job in the OT, while Satan is the cause of Job's suffering, God clearly permits it for His own mysterious reasons. A worldview that decrees suffering is never the will of a good, omnipotent God is deficient in its theology.  The most powerful refutation of this lie is the extraordinary suffering of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (Acts 3:18; Matt 16:21; 1 Cor 2:8; Ps 119:71; Isa 48:10; 1 Pet 4:19; etc.)
  2. Anything that is lawful must also be morally right. Wrong. Jesus said the reason Moses permitted divorce was because of the hardness of people's hearts (Matt 19:8) and it is clear in the context of His discussion that divorce is morally wrong. Two historical examples also demonstrate the foolishness of this lie with respect to civil government. Slavery was lawful before the civil war; now no longer. Abortion used to be illegal but is now legal after the 1973 Supreme Court decision. The moral nature of slavery and abortion never changed. What changed was the law's perspective on it. Therefore at one time, the law was (or is) wrong. (1 Cor 6:12; Acts 5:29)
  3. If I have enough money, I will be happy. Wrong. Read here what I wrote earlier about how winning the lottery destroys most people's lives. This lie unfortunately has great traction in American culture. (Ecc 5:10; Acts 8:18; Zeph 1:14-18; Job 31:24-28; etc.)
  4. People are inherently good. Wrong. Any parent raising a child knows this from experience. History, replete with despots and tyrants, conclusively proves the danger of this lie time and time again. (Ecc 7:20; Rom 3:10, 23, etc.)
  5. All truth is relative. Wrong. The Bible does not see all truth as relative. What it calls "the truth" is absolute, and all will be condemned who do not love, know, believe, and obey that truth (2 Thess 1:8; 2:10-12; John 14:6; etc.) As I wrote earlier here, [absolute] "True reality has a rude way of conclusively smashing to pieces the delusional weltanschauungs of a lost and dying world ... meaning that ultimately truth will prevail."
  6. Everything in creation is a result of random chance over eons of time. Wrong. (John 1:3; Col 1:16; 1 Cor 8:6; John 1:10; etc.) The theory of evolution is irrational (see here), desperate hope-against-the-evidence from secularists determined to remove God from the picture. As I wrote earlier here, it is ultimately the reason for the frenzied search for alien life. I'm also convinced that Christians who subscribe to what is known as 'theistic evolution" swallow a poison pill for their faith (i.e., see here.)
  7. A loving God would never punish anyone with eternal suffering in Hell. Wrong. See Rev 21:8; Matt 25:46; 2 Thess 1:9; Jude 1:7; etc. The increasing rejection of the doctrine of eternal suffering in Hell (though vividly and clearly presented in Scripture) in some quarters of the church is indicative of growing apostasy in the church. Jesus also warns there will be "many" deceived false believers in for a rude awakening on the day of final judgement.
  8. All paths lead to God. Wrong. See Prov 14:12; John 14:6; Matt 25:41; Acts 4:12; John 3:16; Romans 10:9; 1 Peter 3:18; etc. As forcefully argued here, "When the seeds of this counterfeit belief system are sown as tares in the heart of a Christian then certain two thousand year old foundations of the Christian faith have to abandoned"
  9. You get to Heaven by being a basically good person and good works make up for, outweigh, or somehow trump the sins one has committed in his/her lifetime. Wrong. See Eph 2:8-9; Rom 3:26-28; Gal 2:16; etc. This is almost certainly the most-widely believed lie in this fallen world and Satan's most successful deception.
  10. There is no God. Wrong. See Ps 14:1. Those deceived by this lie will find in death that the "light at the end of the tunnel" is in reality an oncoming, unstoppable, terrifying locomotive at full speed.

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