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 5, 2017

The New Black Death Is Rooted In Theology, Not Ideology

The Black Death was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 75 to 200 million people in Eurasia and peaking in Europe in the years 1346–1353. Although there were several competing theories as to the cause of the Black Death, analyses of DNA from people in northern and southern Europe published in 2010 and 2011 indicate that the pathogen responsible was the Yersinia pestis bacterium, resulting in several forms of plague, including the bubonic plague. The Black Death is estimated to have killed 30–60% of Europe's total population. In total, the plague may have reduced the world population from an estimated 450 million down to 350–375 million in the 14th century. The world population as a whole did not recover to pre-plague levels until the 17th century.

The problem was that people did not understand the true source of the plague - fleas carried by rodents.  They didn’t comprehend the principle of contagion, and instead reverted to the knowledge of the antic physician Hippokrates and his successor Galen, who thought this infection to be a mixed compound of blood, mucus, yellow and black gall. Medieval doctors couldn’t imagine a contagion from animal to a human being – they rather believed that bad smelling winds, so called miasmas, carried the disease out of Asia to Europe or that it was caused due to steams out o the interior of the earth. Others said, that the Black Death was to be traced back on evil humours carried in the air or earthquakes releasing poisonous fumes. In Europe, even Jews were blamed for poisoning the wells, an explanation which was impossible for the outbreak of pestilence in England thanks to Edward I’s expulsion of the Jews in 1290.

The failure to understand the true source of the Black Death enabled it to wreak havoc on Western civilization.

Islamic terrorism is a new "Black Death" now attacking Western civilization. It is rooted in the theology of Islam, not "ideology" as falsely claimed by Western politicians and various talking-head "experts". Ideology is a comprehensive set of beliefs that an individual, group or society hold, and is narrower than the ideas expressed in a worldview. The failure to acknowledge the theology of Islam itself as the true source of Islamic terrorism enables it to wreak havoc on Western civilization as the new Black Death.

There is no question that Islam fosters violence (see here.) Islamic terrorists are not perverting a great religion as claimed by Western politicians; to the contrary they are faithfully living it (see here.) In contrast to Christianity, the Islamic world was forged in violent conquest and subjugation by the sword (see here.) The very word "Islam" does not mean "peace"; it means "submission" or "surrender", and it is the will of Allah to forcefully bring the entire world under Islamic "Sharia" law. Jihad is the duty of every faithful Muslim (see here.) As I documented earlier,

It's important to understand that Muslims who undertake Islamic jihad are not “radicalized,” they simply become religious Muslims who are carrying out Islam’s fundamental purpose, which is to Islamicize the entire world through imposition of Islamic Shari'a law.  Abdurrahman Wahid, the former president of Indonesia (the world’s most populous Muslim country) in an essay titled “Right Islam, Wrong Islam,” agrees that a literal reading of the Koran leads to what is popularly called Muslim extremism.

"Soft" jihad has enabled Muslims to successfully penetrate the West for the ultimate purpose of Islamization and the imposition of Sharia law (see here.)

“We have 50 million Muslims in Europe.  There are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe – without swords, without guns, without conquests. The 50 million Muslims of Europe will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades.”
Muammar Gaddafi, Libyan Leader, 2006

Crazy people tend to attract crazy people. There are reasons, as I wrote earlier here, that Islam tends to attract the mentally ill. As I wrote then,

The Islamic worldview often finds ready acceptance in the deranged mind. Indeed, a contemporary psychological analysis here of Islam's founder in 2012 based on his dark history offers a tentative diagnosis of schizophrenia. Ultimately, it can be effectively argued that Islam is not a religion per se, but a theocracy and terrorist cult that hides behind the mask of religion in order to achieve its goal of world domination. As such, it often appeals to the mentally deranged. In addition to mental illness, I suspect much of the extreme Islamic barbarism is also demonic. Only Christ can deliver one from this depth of madness.

Some theologians believe that Islam may in fact be the fourth horse of the apocalypse (see here.) There is little question that Western civilization is under assault via "Soft jihad" from Islam (see here.) Now that significant numbers of Muslims are in the West, violent jihad will begin if soft jihad does not bring about the desired results fast enough. As I warned then,

The Islamic hijrah underway into the west is a serious threat to our way of life. Ironically the progressive liberals that support it will be among the very first casualties. They are gullibly swallowing a poison pill.

Theologically, there is no such thing as "radical" Islam (see here.) As I wrote then,

Of course, the problem is that terrorists are simply reading the Islamic texts as the first Muslim did - i.e., they are true to Islamic theology. "Radical" Islamists are simply being true to the text and teachings. The mainstream media works overtime to deceive people in falsely identifying Muslim terrorists as "radical Islam," when these acts of terror have in fact been carried out by Muslims in accordance with the teachings of Islam since its inception 1400 years ago.

The lie of 'radical Islam' or 'Islamic extremists' has also been advanced by Muslim advocacy groups like the terror-linked CAIR and others who have bullied and intimidated the media into presenting a false narrative about Islam and Muslims, claiming that acts of terror carried out here in the US and around the world are the work of a very small minority of 'radical Muslims' and that the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful and just want to live quiet lives.

While the vast majority of Muslims may not engage in jihad or acts of terror, it is noteworthy that their leaders almost never publicly denounce those acts but actually try to justify them. Why? Because jihad is an undeniable central teaching of Islam. The only correct delineation between Muslims is "practicing Muslims" and "non-practicing Muslims". When a Muslim commits an act of terror in the name of 'allah,' they are doing precisely what their religion teaches them. When a Christian commits a heinous act of violence/terror, they are acting in clear violation of the teaching of Scripture.

The term "radical Islam" is meaningless since Islam is inherently radical by nature. The truth is that there is no such thing as radical Islam.  The term is an invention of western politicians in a desperate attempt to confront the problem of Islamic terrorism, without offending Muslims.

Effectively combating Islamic terrorism first and foremost requires acknowledgement of the source - the theology of Islam itself. Political correctness, naivete' and fear all combine to prevent the vast majority of Western leaders from acknowledging it. And just as with the medieval Black Death, the result is a helplessness to effectively combat the New Black Death.

Tragically, there is a fatal flaw in the worldview of many Christians - i.e., the understanding that love doesn’t mean acquiescence. As I wrote earlier here,

It is both understandable and unavoidable that unbelievers hold fatally flawed worldviews. But when supposedly-mature Christians adapt unbiblical tenets to their worldview in increasingly significant numbers, it signals the demise of the triumphantly witnessing church at Smyrna and the emergence of the impotent church at Laodicea.

Compare the conduct of the NT martyrs with what is happening in much of the church today in the confrontation with Islam and cultural madness. It was precisely their unwillingness to roll-over and acquiesce on essential truth that resulted in the martyrdom of James, Peter, Paul and so many other ancient followers of Christ. In jettisoning essential truth for the sake of "compromise" today, much of the church is foolishly abandoning our most powerful weapon. Casting aside the sword of truth emboldens the enemy. 

As Megan Oprea argues here, Western politicians can't handle the truth. She summarizes,

Our political leaders are basically telling us that this kind of terrorism, random and deadly, is the price we have to pay for their policies of multiculturalism and political correctness. They know that their weak platitudes can’t stop terrorism, and so do the people. They might as well come out and say what they mean: get used to the new normal.

Indeed. The church needs to remember that true love wields the sword of truth ... no matter the cost.

Until and unless the West recognizes the true source of Islamic terrorism and acts accordingly, we are doomed to suffer increasingly violent and horrific acts of Islamic terrorism.

The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it (Prov 22:3, ESV)

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