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



Sunday, April 8, 2018

While it is beyond human comprehension, both are simultaneously true


"You always have a choice."

The science fiction move "Predestination" is a fascinating and mind-blowing study in time travel paradox. It is the most thought-provoking sci-fy movie I've seen. (After watching the movie, you will find an in-depth explanation of the all the paradoxes here. Do NOT read it before watching the movie.)

Most intriguing to me is how powerfully the movie depicts predestination with free choice - just as Scripture affirms. The main character cannot change what is predestined, but all the choices are truly his free choices. Scripture affirms both, whether we can explain how it works or not. The Gospel of John presents salvation as neither solely God’s election, nor is it solely man’s free choice of the will. Salvation is equally both. It is a dichotomy and yet a paradox from our perspective. God’s sovereignty and man’s free will are both present in salvation even though they stand in constant tension with each other. Ultimately how God's sovereignty uses the free choice of man is a mystery that resolves itself only in the Divine Mind. While it is beyond human comprehension, both are simultaneously true. The movie does a masterful job of secularly presenting both as true.

Predestination:
Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, (Eph 4:1-5, ESV)

Free choice:
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15, ESV)

Both:
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. (Prov 16:9, ESV)

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