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 13, 2017

Whether We Love Truth Over Deception Is Up To Us

... they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, (2 Thess 2:10-11)


The 1973 movie "The Sting" (clip above) with Paul Newman and Robert Redford brilliantly depicts how easy it is to deceive a rich, powerful man. Yesterday I wrote here about the dumbest person being the one who cannot recognize nonsense for what it is. And lo and behold - today - Robert Tracinski writes here a "pretty good guide on how to bamboozle a 33-year-old billionaire who doesn’t possess much apparent experience of the world outside of Silicon Valley la-la-land."

Continuing his “Let’s get to know normal people” tour, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife traveled to Alaska and came back with some musings on the “basic income,” the idea of giving everybody in the country a monthly check to live on whether they do any work or not.

But in drawing on Alaska as an example, Zuckerberg gets a lot of the actual facts wrong and ends up offering us a pretty good guide on how to bamboozle a 33-year-old billionaire who doesn’t possess much apparent experience of the world outside of Silicon Valley la-la-land.

It sounds like somebody got the executive summary from a local official who wanted to make the system sound like it’s all just fine. But the problem with billionaires going on weekend tours and listening to the executive summary is that they don’t put in any of the first-hand effort at fact-finding that they would devote to their own business interests, so they’re easily convinced to parrot somebody’s agenda.


In Zuckerberg’s case, he gets a lot wrong about Alaska’s Permanent Fund, and about the basic income ....

.... The problem is that what he’s actually doing looks more like a billionaire’s flyover tour, where he parachutes in for a weekend, gets a highly selective overview, and encounters complex issues by way of an executive summary given to him by an establishment type with a vested interest in putting a nice coat of varnish on the status quo. So he ends up thinking he is informed while he misses all the crucial parts of the story.

I guess that shows us how to bamboozle a billionaire. It’s up to us to make sure we don’t get bamboozled by him in turn.

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Contrary to popular thought, tt's not just the uneducated poor who are easily deceived. In fact, it's often easier to deceive the highly-educated rich. Consider how many of highly educated academia and the political elite have brought into transgender nonsense lock-stock-and-barrel. Remember what Jesus said about how difficult it was for the rich to enter Heaven (Mark 10:25) and His warning about "many" on the day of judgment who would discover they had been deceived that they knew Him (Matt 7:21-13)? Intelligence, education and wealth are not sure-fire protection against deceit. Indeed, there is abundant evidence that such people are often easier to fool, because they don’t expect to be fooled. Fear, greed and the need to maintain self-esteem are often defining characteristics in those who fall for deception.

The video below is a powerful demonstration of how easy it is to deceive. While not in English, the deception is plain-as-day.



While we in this fallen world can be deceived, if we choose to ally ourselves with Wisdom personified and walk with Him in faithfulness, we are ultimately equipped to recognize deceit. We don't become automatically immune to deception in this world, but are empowered to discern and love truth. Truth does not fear deception; in contrast deception fears and suppresses the truth.

Scripture warns that at the end of the age many will willfully refuse to love truth and that consequently, God will send a strong delusion for them to be receptive to deception (2 Thess 2:10-11). Whether or not we love truth over deception is entirely up to us.

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect (Matthew 24:24)

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