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

Friday, November 18, 2016

"I See Dead People"

And Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead." (Matt 8:22)

In the 1999 movie "The Sixth Sense" a young boy confides to a child psychologist (who is himself ironically dead and doesn't yet know it) that he sees dead people.  He adds that the dead are "walking around like regular people.  They don't see each other.  They only see what they want to see.  They don't know they're dead."

From the mouth of babes. How scriptural. I'm sure the scriptwriter had no idea that he was penning actual truth. The Bible affirms that prior to our regeneration in Christ at the moment of justification, we are spiritually dead (in sin) with physical death inevitable. Thus, I do in fact, see dead people walking around like regular people that only see what they want to see, and that don't know they are dead. And I see them all the time, everyday and everywhere. They are oblivious to reality.

Christians tend to get upset and frustrated at dead people who don't know they are dead and act precisely like they are dead. We often foolishly focus primarily on trying to alter their deadly habits instead of raising them from the dead with the power of the gospel. Physical intervention may be an appropriate immediate response but it should not be the prime focus. If we saw someone attempting suicide, of course we should physically try to prevent it - but we must also seek to intervene at the core cause of whatever prompted his desperate action. Otherwise, even a successful physical intervention is only a stopgap measure to their eventual successful suicide.

While I'm hopeful the newly-elected American administration will put the brakes on our dizzying descent into paganism, I'm also realistic and understand that physical action and restraint is ultimately nothing more than a pain reliever and band-aid ....... temporary relief at best.

The only true hope is the new life that Jesus revealed to Nicodemus in the gospel of John.

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