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
Monday, October 10, 2016
"Christian Girls are only Meant for One Thing, the Pleasure of Muslim Men"
“You do not want to be a woman in Islam,” said the report by Raymond Ibrahim, whose projects also include “Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians.”
He writes for the institute, which is a nonpartisan policy council and think tank pursuing democracy and the rule of law, human rights, strong economies, a military capable of ensuring peace, energy independence and a public informed of threats to liberty and speech.
In the new report, Ibrahim explains, “Islamic law, always harsh, is still harsher for women. According to the Quran, men have ‘authority’ over women and may beat them if they are ‘disobedient’ (4:34). According to Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, women are less intelligent than men – two women are needed to equal one man’s testimony – and the majority of hell’s population is made up of women, who are likened to donkeys and dogs in their ability to distract a man from his prayer and thereby annul it.”
And it’s even worse for women who are not Muslims. Abductions, assaults, abuse, rape, slavery, death.
The report cited the work of Open Doors, which advocates for persecuted Christians. Spokeswoman Emilty Fuentes said, “Unfortunately, more and more women are the target of [Muslim] terrorist groups. There are numerous international incidents of women being kidnapped, raped, and forced to convert from Christianity to Islam by radical extremist groups … many are also sold on the open market.”
She continued “This brutality is not only occurring in the Middle East but in Africa and in many other places. In many of these countries, women are subject to persecution because they are considered second-class citizens because of their gender. As minorities in both gender and faith, Christian women face double the persecution. Although we don’t have an exact number, we know that millions of women are being persecuted … in these Muslim-dominated countries, Christian women are systematically deprived of their freedom to live and are denied basic human necessities.”