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, October 25, 2017

"Sex Addiction" or Sin?


There's an article here asserting that sex addiction destroyed Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood mogul who used his power to sexually abuse and rape women for decades..

It’s called the "dopamine reward pathway" and  it seems to be involved in all kinds of addictive behavior: cocaine, opium and heroin, meth, on and on and on. Sexual orgasm can kick off the dopamine pathway, and you need bigger and bigger stimulation for that same old kick. So you have to escalate, even if you have to ruin your life. (See: Tony Weiner, Bill Clinton, and many others.)

.... There's nothing new to historians and psychiatrists. Human beings are boringly predictable, and the Roman Emperors Nero and Caligula followed the same path .....

.... The definition of "addiction" is “a behavior that becomes destructive of oneself and others.” When your cravings for crack cocaine get so bad that you have to murder your dealer, or yourself, that is by definition an addiction. Addictions are not limited to illegal substances. Escalating sex is also addictive, and for some people, political power might be addictive.

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No.

The author has reversed the cause and effect. "Sex addiction" is not the cause of immoral behavior, but the effect (result) of yielding to the sin impulse that is inherent in everyone since the Fall in Eden. Sin is the root problem - not "sex addiction." 

In 1988, Karl Menninger, M.D. warned in his prophetic book (here) that the refusal to acknowledge sin as the root problem would result in a world-wide affliction of depression, gloom, discouragement and apprehensiveness. He argued that mental health and moral health are identical, and the recognition of the reality of sin offers to the suffering struggling, anxious world a real hope not of belated treatment but of prevention.

The plethora of "addictions" today is merely man's latest attempt to thwart personal responsibility, a tendency that began in Eden (Gen 3:11-12). Until one recognizes and acknowledges the truth of inherited sin as the starting point, they are defenseless in the battle. And there is only one Power in the cosmos that can free us from sin's universal and deadly influence.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9, ESV)

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