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, June 7, 2017

There is No Relative Truth

All Truth is Absolute Truth: There is No Relative Truth

Many today believe that there is no objective truth……..no truth that is true for everyone. Most people think that it is possible for something to be “true for you, but not for me.” However, this is false.

Objective truth means that when something is true, it is true for everyone in all places and times. Objective truth does not vary according to perspective. An objective truth is true for everyone, whether they agree with it or not. An objective truth is absolute by definition.

All truth is objective truth, there is no such thing as subjective truth. If a speaker in front of a room were to say “the door is on my left” and someone in the back of the room, facing the speaker, say “the door is on my right” is this not a case of subjective truth? No, it is not. It is always true that when you’re in the front of the room the door is on the left. The statement “from the front of the room the door is on your left” is true for all people, places, and times. Likewise, the statement “from the back of the room the door is on your right” is equally true for all people, places, and times.

Thus all truth is objective truth. It might be possible that we cannot agree on some definitions, such as what height constitutes tall, or what temperature constitutes cold, but even if the room were 70 degrees, and Bob says “I am cold” and Mary says “I am hot” then it is always true that at 70 degrees Bob is cold and Mary is hot. This would be true for everyone that Bob is cold at 70 degrees. The same concept applies to tallness…..If one person says “Bill is tall” and another says ”Bill is short” then we have to determine what tall and short mean……..we have to clarify the term. Taller than a midget? Shorter than a basketball player? We might not agree on what makes up tall or short, but once we do, it is very easy to measure Bill and determine if he is tall or short. When we set the boundary for tallness and shortness, we will know objectively that Bill is taller than a midget and shorter than a basketball player.  These statements are always, objectively true for everyone.

Thus all truth is objective truth, and no truth is a matter of perspective or subjective. Thus the statement “True for you, but not for me” is never the case. And in reality, we do not truly believe this. If we go to the bank, and the bank teller tells us that we only have $4.27 in our account, I can never say “That’s true for you, but not for me. My truth is that I have $2,000.” The teller will say, “Can you please step out of line so I can help the next customer?” In reality, the “true for you but not for me” is a way of evading the truths that we do not want to acknowledge.

So if the statements in the Bible are true, they are true for everyone in all places and times.

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