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, August 9, 2017

There Are Three Options When We Encounter Truth

Earlier I wrote here about the classic deception regarding electric cars - i.e., that they are more "eco-friendly".  Sure enough as documented here, the toxic mines required to produce the required rare elements are devastating. And Forbes admits here that selling Teslas is a losing proposition.

So here we have a car pushing $100,000 paid for in no small part by you and me, no matter whether Tesla paid back their federal loan or not.  The small comfort is that we are off the hook for any default on that loan, but it would be more comfort if we weren’t all compelled—completely against most of our wills—to shell out around somewhere around $10K (depending on state) for every one that goes out the door.  The more they sell, the more we pay.

The only way to stop this craziness is for the company to stop making cars.   If demand drops much, or California goes into a major fiscal crisis (they’re working on it), oddly enough, Tesla’s bankruptcy will save the rest of us some money.

The hoopla surrounding Tesla (and other electric) cars is a classic example of the deception that occurs when people invent their own reality.

When we encounter previously unknown truth, we face one of three options:
  1. We can ignore the truth and live in denial, suffering the consequences sooner or later. This option is a ticking timebomb since all truth is absolute and affects everyone.
  2. We foolishly try to modify the truth to fit our pre-conceived worldview and subsequently live in a fantasy. Sooner or later however, truth in the form of reality will invade our fantasy world with catastrophic consequences.
  3. We acknowledge the truth and modify our worldview to incorporate it. This is not always easy because our fallen desires play an important role. Quoting Col Jessup in the scene above from the movie "A Few Good Men", many people can't handle the truth and thus foolishly resort to either option 1 or 2.
Option 3 is the only one that will set us free.

and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32, ESV)

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