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

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Wise people tune out the media and spend their time in productive pursuits

All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas. (Acts 17:21)

Ancient Athens in the 1st century A.D. was decaying from its glory days and was a reflection of our culture's addiction with media, spending all their time and energy in the Athenian version of the 24-hour news cycle. Today's never-ending access to self-proclaimed talking "experts" is like crack cocaine to many who foolishly let the media do their thinking for them. It was interesting to see all the political "experts" and mainstream media fall flat on their collective faces with their pre-election incessant analysis that Hillary Clinton's election was in the bag and that Trump could not possibly win. Pollsters and election modelers suffered industry-shattering humiliation on Tuesday night. Trump had long said the polls were biased against him. His claims – dismissed and mocked by the "experts" – turned out to be true. There is disbelief and shock among journalists as their concocted fantasy evaporates and America slaps the ruling elite in the face.

The outcome indicates that wise people tune out the media and spend their time in productive pursuits.

The video above is the famous 1984 Apple commercial that introduced the Macintosh computer. It's a good illustration for what happened yesterday in America.

While I hope Trump's election will shake up the ruling elite's (which includes the mainstream media and liberal academia) pompous arrogance and hypocrisy, and delusional belief that they create reality, my hope ultimately is in a sovereign God - not any political party or candidate. I still believe that America with its headlong descent into paganism, has passed the event horizon and that judgment is ultimately inevitable. But I also hope that a Josiah-like leader will arise and can delay it as happened in ancient Israel.

In the meantime, perhaps many will now realize what a colossal waste of time the media (and Hollywood) is. Spend your precious life pursuing worthwhile activities. Don't follow the foolish example of ancient Athens.

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