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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

5 Times Doctors Told Families Their Babies Had No Hope—And Were Wrong

Josh Shepherd reveals here 5 different times that doctors told families their babies had no hope ....... and were wrong.

Sometimes parents reject the narrow options given them and later are glad they did, as in the five stories that follow. They reveal not only insights into medical ethics and parents’ rights — but, perhaps, also a higher power at work in frail lives whom modern society tragically seeks to discard.


Read the 5 stories.

Naturalism is the belief there is no such thing as the supernatural. There is no God, no heaven, hell or any form of spiritual reality. Mankind is purely a physical animal. To Naturalists, the only thing that exists is matter which is evolving and eternal. As a result, Naturalism assumes that there is no essential meaning or purpose for anything. Human life and every aspect of material reality are just enormous cosmic accidents. The essence of reality is nothing more than material substances which, over the eons, have evolved into what exists today.

Naturalism made its climactic move on the philosophical stage when Darwin connected it with physical science. With his theory of evolution, there was suddenly no need for God at all. All of material reality could be accounted for using natural means. After Darwin, more and more academics began adopting a Naturalistic worldiview and teaching it in schools and universities. Naturalism rapidly spread throughout Western civilization. As evolution became the preferred theory of origins, naturalism worldview concepts began to be applied to other areas of life such as law, psychology, sociology, medical, anthropology, religion and so on.

No worldview is an island unto itself, but simply a foundational set of presuppositions about the nature of reality. Thus, from the foundation of every worldview come various specific ideologies which try to make sense of the presuppositions in real life. Naturalism is no exception. Some of the major belief systems which have emerged from Naturalism include Nihilism, Existentialism, Secular Humanism, Positivism (also called Scientism), Atheism, Agnosticism, Skepticism, and many expressions of Postmodernism. Each of these ideologies take off in different directions and come to slightly different conclusions about the way the universe operates, but Naturalism is their starting point.

Naturalism asserts that there is no innate value or meaning to human existence. Each individual must find their own meaning for life. In its essence, this meaning will be subjective. It includes whatever an individual decides will make life meaningful and worth living. It may be different from individual to individual, but that is okay. There is nothing that can objectively be called right, truth, purpose, or meaning.

Naturalism is not simply an abstract philosophical concept. Its' ideas always have consequences in the real world including life/death issues such as: abortion, euthanasia, suicide, genocide, murder, “Right to die,” terrorism, etc. None of these issues are seen to be wrong in and of themselves according to an objective morality. They are understood to be good or bad depending on the needs of society at large at any given moment and in any given circumstance. (Naturalism has devastating consequences in virtually every other area of life.)

Letting a brainwashed culture that is steeped in naturalism dicate life/death choices is a recipe for disaster. The dark worldview of naturalism has no inherent hope, only meaningless existence with no objective morality. Embracing the worldview of naturalism always leads to the darkness of moral relativism ...... and ultimately hopelessness.

In contrast, the Christian gospel offers truth, life, hope, joy and peace - even in the most arduous of circumstances.

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