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

Monday, June 19, 2017

Evil Always Involves Rejection Of Truth

There is a tragic news item here about an actress who sees no conflict between abortion and Christianity.

The actress talked about how her church was "prayerfully pro-choice," and accepted and encouraged women who had had abortions. "I don't feel like I'm in conflict with where I go every Sunday." While she spoke about how her religion viewed women as moral agents, she neglected to speak about the idea that abortion is murder, or that the fetus that she had moral autonomy over was human.

While Brenneman is known for her stance on Planned Parenthood and abortion, and has in the past encouraged women to ensure that unwanted babies are not born, her position is not unique. It mirrors the views of abortionist Willie Parker, who earlier this year released a memoir that told of his ambition to reconcile Christianity to abortion.

This is a classic example of the principle that evil always involves a rejection of truth. Advocates for abortion never speak of the unborn as a baby but always as a fetus, and never address head-on the question of murder. In her case, she cannot accept the reality (truth) of what actually happened during her own abortion at a young age and so must justify it by living in denial of the truth.

All evil ultimately occurs because of a rejection of truth at some level. To wit, abortion occurs because of a rejection of the truth that the unborn is human created in the image of God. Adultery occurs because of a rejection of the truth of the inviolable marriage covenant. Acoholism and drug addiction occur because of a desire for escapism from reality (truth). Transgenderism ignores the truth that human sex change is biologically impossible. Fantasy social media replaces true human face-to-face relationship. Western nations that welome mass Muslim immigration ignore the truth that Islam seeks the imposition of Sharia' law worldwide. Adam and Eve rejected revealed truth in Eden, plunging humanity into sin. All sin thrives on the denial of truth.

Man-made "truth" is an illusory fantasy, a ticking-time bomb of sooner-or-later destruction. Real truth is absolute and timeless, the basis of meaningful and fullfilling existence.

In Mere Christianity, CS Lewis observes that Christianity has nothing to offer people "who do not know they have done anything to repent of and who do not feel that they need any forgiveness." As he says,

"It is after you have realized that there is a Moral Law and a Power behind the law, and that you have broken that law and put yourself wrong with that Power - it is after all this, and not a moment sooner, that Christianity begins to talk."

As long as one lives in denial of this cardinal truth, salvation is beyond reach. It is the rejection of truth that always entraps us in sin. This is why Jesus said those who know Him (experientially) would know the truth and be set free.

All sin thrives on the denial of truthIn 2011, Os Guiness wrote,

At first sight, the biblical view of truth is obscene to modern minds. But on a deeper look, the biblical view is profound, timely, and urgent for today, even for those who reject it.

At  Lausanne 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa he said,

In this extraordinary moment in human history, why is it that truth matters? ....... in fact, the gospel speaks to the deepest dilemmas and the highest aspirations of the age, even to those which oppose it. So it is today with the concept of truth.

At first sight, the biblical view of truth is obscene to modern minds. It’s arrogant, it’s exclusive, it’s intolerant, it’s divisive, it’s judgmental, and it’s reactionary. But on a deeper look, the biblical view is profound, timely, and urgent for today, even for those who reject it .....

The spiritual armor listed by Paul in Ephesians 6 includes the crucial "belt of truth", without which we are rudderless ships helpless before the ever-changing wind and waves of the culture. Rejection of the truth always ultimately plunges one into evil. Truth is the bedrock foundation for purposeful existence. The wholescale rejection of truth by the culture is leading it into a bizarre, cacophony fantasy existence where North is South, East is West, female is male, male is female, up is down, left is right, inside is out, forward is backward, news is "invented" instead of reported, the self-proclaimed "peaceful" and "tolerant" are both intolerant and violent, trash is art, noise is music, the guilty are proclaimed innocent and the innocent adjudged guilty.  Truth and lies are inverted with right becoming wrong and wrong becoming right. Frighteningly everyone does what is right in their own eyes (Judges 21:25.)

A firm embrace of the truth is the only remedy that can bring us back to reality and restore sanity.

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