I Feel Therefore I Am?

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In an article titled What Transgender People Teach Us About God and Our Humanity, Sharon Groves, Director of the disingenuously named Human Rights Campaign responds to Russell Moore’s recent comments on the “transgender question.”

However, rather than, as the title suggests, learning from transgender supporters, the main strength of the article is what it teaches us about transgender supporters.  It further exposes the hypocrisy of the left in general and the LGBT (did I miss one?) lobby in particular.  One of the key points of the author is that biology is not our destiny:

What if rather than saying that biology is destiny we actually explored the ways in which we all experience our own gender identities and expressions?

But apparently feelings and experiences are. Remember, these are the same people who say those with homosexual attractions cannot change. The same people who want to constrain those with unwanted same sex attractions by prohibiting them from pursuing change. The actual, physical reality of who you are should not be your destiny but your feelings and experiences should be.

This was one of the main complaints Groves had of Moore’s piece:

I was struck that in Moore’s piece he didn’t reference the experience of one transgender person.

That’s like responding to an article condemning adultery by saying “wait a minute, there are some people who are perfectly happy cheating on their spouses, why didn’t you talk about their experiences?” Dr. Moore, and all orthodox Christians, see God as the source of truth, not our experiences. Unlike Sharon Groves who seeks to know “who God is for each of us,” they seek to know who God is, period. My experiences don’t change who He is nor do they change His truth. As R.C. Sproul says “One of the most dangerous things you can do as a Christian is to determine your theology by your experience.”

In the end we heed the call to love our neighbors not by affirming them in their sin but by telling them the truth – even when that truth is contrary to their feelings. For those who believe Jesus Christ when He says unless we repent, we will all likewise perish (Luke 13:3), the stakes are too high to do otherwise.

Other voices on this topic:

Your Feelings Don’t Define You. By Mark Altrogge

The Humpfest Masquerade by Doug Wilson

An Open Letter to the Governor of California by Rob Slane

5 Replies to “I Feel Therefore I Am?”

  1. Thank you for the link. The article is excellent. After the disgusting and ridiculous remarks of Moore, it is good to have them so convincingly refuted. Do read the article you linked to again.

    If you are open to learning about the trans experience, have a look at my blog. God created me female, that is the thing, and Moore is unable to accept God’s good creation.

  2. Thanks for your comment. I assume from what you say that you were born anatomically male and are now living as a woman. It seems also you have some thoughts about who God is and what He’s like.

    My knowledge of God and what He’s like comes from the Bible. The Bible tells us God is holy and righteous and perfect – He makes no mistakes. The Bible also tells us God created men and women distinctly male and female. Nowhere in scripture is that distinction ever made apart from, much less in opposition to, the anatomical distinctives of males and females. Nowhere in scripture are we told that gender is a social construct or a feeling or something in our heads. Gender is part and parcel of the bodies God has given us.

    If God created you to be a woman, why were you born with a male body? There are only two possibilities, either God made a mistake or you have made one. So I must ask you, do you follow an imperfect God or are you the one who is mistaken? Given the choice between a created being (like you and I) and the holy uncreated Lord of the universe, which do you think is more likely to be mistaken?

    Feelings are strong and often urgent, however, they are also not a good measure of truth.I pray that the Lord will open your eyes to the truth of who He created you to be and that you will turn to Him in repentance and embrace that truth.

    1. If God created me to be a man, why was I born with a female mind? The possibility that you do not acknowledge is that I am not a mistake. Happy in God’s love I see, male and female God made me.

      There is no attempt to stop anyone seeking to end their same sex attractions, only to prevent quacks from claiming that their ridiculous “treatments” work.

    2. I stumbled onto your blog while searching for a cartoon I once had stuck on the refrigerator whose caption was: “I feel, therefore I am.” The graphic this post includes caught my attention and garnered a “click” (though with the touch screen interface I’m using, no such sound is made). While language may hide how the ‘logical’ argument made delimits spiritual maturation. This is what testosterone does in a human psyche. The dynamic tends to functions as an amplifier of head noise that silences G_d in our hearts. As males desiring to discipline our sexuality to conform with what is required of us as redeemed sinners, our predilection is to feel exactly as you’ve argued. To the degree this is so, isn’t the the trusted biblical interpretation that is made, circular in its reasoning? Think John 16:12-13.

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