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 11, 2016

No, It's not about politics - it's ultimately about worldview



Yes, there is intolerance in the land. But it's almost all one-sided.

There's a story here about a boss telling his employees who voted for Trump to resign. Demonstrations and rioting occurs protesting a legal and valid election. Actress Lea DeLaria said she wants to 'take out' Trump supporters with a baseball bat. An 11-year old boy was assaulted by several classmates in his Texas classroom, after he said he supported Donald Trump in a school mock-election. School officials suspended the children suspected of the attack, which took place Nov. 9 at the Stafford intermediate school near Houston, Texas. The election triggered a flood of calls on Twitter and other social media outlets for the president-elect to be assassinated.

Donald Trump-haters are burning, trashing and flushing their New Balance sneakers because the shoe company merely stated that President Obama disregarded trade concerns and America is moving in the “right direction” under Trump’s trade policy. People magazine faces a backlash against the brand following positive coverage of president-elect Donald Trump. Using #BoycottPeopleMagazine, a range of Twitter users have called for celebrities to withhold content from the Time Inc. brand and for readers to cancel their subscriptions.

Nothing like this was done by the opposition when Obama was elected.

A professor at University of Michigan postponed an exam after too many students complained about their “very serious” stress. Columbia University postponed midterms, a Yale University professor made an exam optional, a University of Iowa professor canceled classes and a University of Connecticut professor excused class absences — all because their students just absolutely could not function knowing that they’d have to live in a country where their president would not be the president that they wanted. And it’s not even just the students — a University of Rochester professor canceled all of his meetings with students the day after the election because he decided he just could not bear to talk about it with them. (Academia, which lives in a fantasy-land, does not grasp that this kind of behavior is exactly why Donald Trump won. As Carl Schwitcher said, "The postgraduate facts of life disabuse people quickly of the fantasy world that exists in academia.")

Okeefe's undercover video proves that thugs were paid by the Democratic party to spark violence at pre-election Trump rallies.

Shocking footage out of California shows a high school girl being viciously beaten by another student for saying she supported Donald Trump on Instagram. Another shocking video out of Chicago shows a mob of young black men viciously beating an older white man because he voted for Donald Trump, dragging him through the streets as he hangs out of the back of his car. The clip shows the thugs repeatedly screaming, “you voted Donald Trump” as they assault the victim from every angle while others steal his belongings.

“You voted Trump,” the mob screams, “You gonna pay for that sh*t.”

A second video of the incident which is dubbed with the “F**k Donald Trump” song, a phrase now being chanted by “protesters” across the country, shows one of the attackers driving away in the man’s vehicle while his hand is still stuck in the window as the car drags him down the street.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was prevented from speaking on a college campus. Activists are embraced who shut down speakers in a country with the constitutional right to freedom of speech. People are publicly shamed for the slightest deviation from liberal orthodoxy. Houston's lesbian mayor illegally demanded the sermons of city pastors. The state of Georgia is demanding copies of the sermons and related notes of a lay pastor who was fired by the Department of Public Health after he spoke in church on the Biblical position of homosexuality.

The Pew Research Center concluded in a study here that liberals, who ironically champion themselves as beacons of tolerance, are actually much more intolerant than conservatives. The New York Times confesses here in an editorial that intolerance is a real problem among liberals.

Universities are the bedrock of progressive values, but the one kind of diversity that universities disregard is ideological and religious. We’re fine with people who don’t look like us, as long as they think like us.

O.K., that’s a little harsh. But consider George Yancey, a sociologist who is black and evangelical.

“Outside of academia I faced more problems as a black,” he told me. “But inside academia I face more problems as a Christian, and it is not even close.”

While it may be tempting to chalk this up to intolerance on the part of the political Democratic party, it's actually not about politics.

It's ultimately about worldview.

When a worldview jettisons absolute truth as its anchor and establishes itself as the final arbiter of truth, it abandons true freedom and tolerance. Genuine truth does not fear opposition for it knows it will ultimately be found to be the "real deal" through honest and objective comparison. On the other hand, relative truth can welcome only points-of-view that don't contradict those espoused by it. Relative truth must banish all opposing views for it knows as the counterfeit, that it cannot stand alongside genuine truth. Real truth becomes irrelevant.

A worldview that rejects absolute truth must by definition, become intolerant. This explains the increasing hostility towards the genuine truth of Scripture which cannot be permitted into the public square in any shape, form or fashion. The counterfeit would be unmasked.

Why then is such intolerance mostly one-sided with the modern Democratic political party?

Because the party is now inhabited almost exclusively by progressive liberals. And progressive liberalism is the champion of relativism. Progressive liberalism, having rejected the concept of absolute truth, are the intolerant ones. All views are welcome except any that conflict with them.

Senator Elizabeth Warren lied about being part-Cherokee to get a job at Harvard and Harvard took full advantage of Warren's lie, bragging to The Harvard Crimson about her minority status during one of the near-constant student protests over insufficient "diversity" in the faculty. Warren also listed herself as an Indian in law school faculty directories. But there is zero evidence that she has Indian heritage. When confronted with the facts that there is no credible evidence of Indian heritage, she simply dug her heels into her lie. Why? Because - for her - it IS true. She merely creates her own reality independent of truth.

Apparently though, there are limits to how much untruth will be accepted. Rachel Dolezal, NAACP leader of Washington state Spokane chapter, lied for years about being black. She posted a picture of a black couple on her Facebook page, announcing them as her parents — while her real mom and pop were actually white and living in Montana. The African studies instructor eventually severed ties with her biological parents, telling a local television station they hadn’t spoken in years. After the NAACP fired her, she was interviewed about the deception and astonishingly said that he was not dishonest because she "considered" herself black. She created her own fantasy that had no bearing to actual reality.

Genuine truth is powerful.  So powerful, that many can’t handle it.  While everyone may claim to want to know the truth, the reality is many can’t accept it.  An example is the alcoholic, whose problem is painfully evident to everyone except him/her.  He/she is simply unwilling to face the truth.

Late night television comedy in America is overwhelmingly hyper-political and hyper-liberal. Absurdity is at the heart of comedy. Mockery can be a way to show that something or someone defies logic or is otherwise absurd. Late night comedy showcases the genuine fear progressive liberals have towards truth.

Truth can revolutionize one’s life.  But encountering genuine, absolute truth can often be quite disconcerting. The Bible is filled with such examples. David when confronted with the truth is his sin with Bathsheba (2 Sam 12:1-10) accepted it and it changed the rest of life. In contrast, the rich young man could not accept the truth of his condition (Mark 10:17-22). People migrate into relativism because they are unable to accept the truth. Progressive liberalism cannot allow genuine truth to disrupt its man-made version.

Mallory Millet exposes their worldview here in her opinion piece entitled "Hillary Clinton's Worldview: A Eulogy".

With such amoralists, there is no primary truth.  Truth is relative and changing.  Hell is their Heaven.  Lies are their truth.  This is why it's so easy for Obama and Clinton to lie and lie again and again, to obfuscate endlessly.  This explains their contempt for the Constitution, which they consider a document to be changed by activist judges, societal whim, and cultural turn or wave.  

Alinsky famously dedicated his book, Rules for Radicals, the subject of Hillary's thesis, to Lucifer, "the first radical who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that, at least, he won his own kingdom."  In 1972, he said in a Playboy interview, "If there is an after-life and I have anything to say about it I will, unreservedly, choose to go to Hell. Hell would be Heaven for me. All my life I have been with the have-nots.  Over here if you're a have-not you're short of dough.  If you're a have-not in Hell you're short of virtue.  Once I get into Hell I'll start organizing the have-nots.  With a smile.  They're my kind of people."

... This is the real basis of Hillary's philosophy, Hillary's Progressivism.  Truth is a lie, and lies are truth.  This is how we get the Jane Fondas, Lois Lerners, Loretta Lynches, Elizabeth Warrens and Huma Abedins of our time.

Today's phenoms such as Beyoncé, Madonna, Bruce Jenner, Nicki Minaj, etc. are direct results of this mutation of our national character.  These purveyors of pansexualism shaped by Sigmund Freud and the pursuit of the Pleasure Principle and orgasm-worship, formed into a false Marxist humanism smashing family life, infiltrating education, law, media, the military, unions, materializing socialist revolutionary politics at a mass level.  

Progressive liberals fear the truth. This is why they immediately castigate anyone who seeks to question or confront the validity of their worldview as a "racist", "sexist" "homophobe", etc. Trump was in the public eye for at least thirty years. He was never accused of racism until he opposed a Democrat. Deep down, they know their worldview cannot withstand scrutiny. Their tactics, as old as Eden, manipulate through half-truths and fear. Their worldview tells them what their itching ears want to hear (2 Tim 4:3), not the hard truth that they need to hear. But reality inevitably slaps them in the face at some point. As Pat Boone observed,

“Donald Trump's unprecedented, emphatic win is a tremendous rebuke, a humongous... slap to the pompous, pampered Hollywood super-rich, supercilious, super brainwashed, over privileged crowd,”

Beliefs are not merely intellectual appendages. What one believes truly matters for beliefs ultimately determine how they live their life. What we are witnessing now is the fruit of a worldview that abandoned absolute truth long ago and exchanged the truth for a lie (Rom 1:25).

If we reject absolute revealed truth in favor of our own home-spun version, the die is cast: we lose our perspective on reality. As Victor Hanson (historian at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University) observes, "From hacked e-mail troves we received a glimpse of the bankrupt values of Washington journalists, lawyers, politicians, lobbyists, and wealthy donors. Despite their brand-name Ivy League degrees and 1 percenter ré​sumé​s, dozens of the highly paid grandees who run our country and shape our news appear petty and spiteful — and clueless about the America that exists beyond their Beltway habitat ... Reading about the characters who inhabit the Clinton campaign e-mail trove, one wonders about the purpose of their Yale degrees, their tenures at Goldman Sachs, even their very stints in the Clinton campaign."

He concludes by asking, "Was the end game to lose their souls?"

Indeed.

No, it's not about politics - it's ultimately about worldviews.

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