On Facing Reality

November 30, 2015

                                 On Facing Reality

Our culture is leaving increasing numbers of people in our society out of touch with reality.  The result is that people are trying to find happiness and satisfaction in a life style that is contrary to nature and common sense.  Most mental health workers aren’t trying to help them find their way back to normality. They are being told that their distorted way of thinking has to be accepted as a new norm for them. They tell us that we should accept them as they are.

Some are being led to believe that, for some unknown reason, they are a woman in a man’s body or vice versa. They are told that there are a number of possible causes for that.  Among them are substance abuse, infections, prenatal damage, poor nutrition and biological factors like genetics.

In nearly every case, those who start thinking this way have been influenced by something they have read, heard, or seen on television.  Those of us in our late 70’s and 80’s can testify to the fact that in our teenage years we never heard of people with this problem.  Why didn’t we, if it is caused by poor nutrition, birth defects or mixed up genes?  No, it’s because people are being influenced by those on the cultural left who are trying to transform our moral values.

If you are thinking that perhaps you are a man in a woman’s body, or vice versa, you need to face reality.  Strip off your clothes and examine your anatomy.  Look in a mirror to see if you have hair growing around your mouth. That is the testimony of reality.  If you   talk to a psychiatrist you may be told that you have a “gender dysphoria.”  They may tell you that there is no cure for it but, “Don’t worry.  We can give you some drugs to enable you to deal with it.”

Nonsense! Before you give consideration to mutilating your anatomy, you need to face reality.  You can’t change the way you are made, but you can change the way you are thinking.  That is the solution.  That is a return to reality.

According to a 2010 survey, 41% of all transgender individuals in the United States have attempted to commit suicide.[i]  Well adjusted, happy people don’t do that.  It is unfortunate that, generally speaking, we aren’t being told the truth about what they are experiencing.  There is a web site that gives us some incite as to what is happening in their world.  It is “thefederalist.com”.

Parents need to face reality and help their children do the same.  If not, they will put their children in an awkward position. Let’s suppose that there is a couple who have four sons.  They are much in hopes that their next child will be a girl.  Unfortunately, it is another boy.  To satisfy their longing, they may say, “Let’s pretend that he is a girl.”  They may dress him as a girl and curl his hair and make people believe that he is a girl.  They may succeed in deceiving some people until their “girl” starts to have hair on his face. Those parents will have egg on their face when they can no longer hide reality.   If they tell their child that he or she is transgender, the time will come when he or she will start asking “How come…?”  When they enter into puberty, if not before, they will realize that they aren’t what they were led to believe they were.  They will also face ridicule and embarrassment in school.  It is much better to face reality.

Another abnormality that is appearing in our culture is called “transabelism” Supposedly it is a mental quirk that tells people that they would be happier if they were disabled.  It might involve the amputation of an arm or leg, being blind or deaf.  The New York Post tells the story of a young lady who poured drain cleaner in her eyes to make herself blind.[ii]  Some have been known to deliberately cut off an arm if they couldn’t find a doctor willing to do it for them.

Clive Balwin, a social worker on the faculty of Thomas University at New Brunswick, Canada, says he has interviewed almost 40 people who identify as transabled.  He says that currently there is no known cure for it.[iii]  We wonder if the best definition for it wouldn’t be insanity.  Shouldn’t they be institutionalized while social workers, of a sound mind, work with them and help them face and return to reality?

Many mental health workers aren’t willing to face reality.  They claim that almost 14.8 million American adults have what they call “major depressive disorders.” They have tabulated these phobias with sophisticated names that run the gamut from A to Z.

Please don’t censure those of us who take pity on these poor disillusioned people, and try to help them find their way back to reality. We would feel guilty if we did nothing and left them to damage themselves, or waste their lives with their minds in disarray.

People need to be informed that there is a solution.  It is found in having the right relationship with God.  Genuine Bible believing Christians aren’t plagued with these problems.  They have accepted God’s offer of being received into his family.  John 1:12 says, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” That is made possible because Jesus died on the cross as a ransom for us.  Romans 5:8-10 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.   Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.    For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

Then we need to go to Romans 12:1-2.  “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.    And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  Here we find the transformation that needs to be taking place.  People need a renewal of their minds.  II Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” It is obvious that those who we have talked about don’t have a sound mind.  A sound mind is one that thinks logically and rationally. Those with a sound mind  are willing to face reality.  They seldom struggle with these phobias and frustrations in life.

[i] The Whistle Blower Magazine, November 2015 p. 10

[ii] Op cite p. 16

[iii] Op cite p. 15

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