Thursday, September 24, 2009

For the (Hopefully) Last Time

Let me start by reiterating...

This blog does not target any particular individual. It is about issues that affect those born with Harry Benjamin Syndrome, also known as classic or true transsexualism. What I write about is determined by what is being said on other blogs, especially those that are run by frightened activists who can't stand to be disagreed with in their comment sections. In fact, one of the principal reasons I started it was because I saw so many who disagree with the "transgender party line" being kicked off of blogs for daring to speak the truth.

Now, one of the worst offenders in this regard happens to be Suzan Cooke. For example, yesterday, Cooke removed a post that took her to task for the same thing that I had written about. And that was the incredibly, unbelievabe statement that stated that people who are transgender are intersex. Now, Cooke's remark is exactly the sort of thing I write about.

In a post where Cooke whines about my writing about her remarks, she doesn't focus on the real issue (her ridiculous remark) but instead goes ballistic because I pointed out that she hates God. I stand by what I said. Cooke is a classic example of an angry atheist....someone who is mad at God and who strikes out at Him in what they believe is the worst possible way, by ceasing to believe in Him. I guess they think that will show Him.

Cooke offers up something Cooke calls the Epicurean Dilemma:
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?
This is a rather poetic version of what is commonly referred to as the problem of evil. It is supposed to leave Christians dumbfounded and confused. It is meant to be unanswerable. In truth, the answer is very simple. God cannot remove evil from the world without removing free will. And if God removed free will, then love could not exist, because love requires a free will. And a world without love would be the greatest evil of all.

The great Christian author, C.S. Lewis said this about the matter:

We can, perhaps, conceive of a world in which God corrected the results of this abuse of free will by His creatures at every moment: so that a wooden beam became soft as grass when it was used as a weapon, and the air refused to obey me if I attempted to set up in it the sound waves that carry lies or insults. But such a world would be one in which wrong actions were impossible, and in which, therefore, freedom of the will would be void; nay, if the principle were carried out to its logical conclusion, evil thoughts would be impossible, for the cerebral matter which we use in thinking would refuse its task when we attempted to frame them.
Now, I honestly cannot conceive of Cooke, remotely being willing to give up free will. So, Cooke, like the rest of us, is stuck with a world in which evil exists. In fact, it is that very free will that allows Cooke to not believe in the God that grants it to her.

Oh, and ironically, if Cooke had not launched this latest diatribe, I would have, as planned, written about another of Cooke's fellow transgender activists. I will save that one for tomorrow, unless something more interesting comes along.


Knuje said...

Actually Pandeism provides the greatest answer to the problem of evil....

anoldfriend said...

I wouldn't want a world without free will. Free choice is the most precious gift God has given mankind second only to his son.

Just Jennifer said...

Well, Knuje, I respectfully disagree.

Just Jennifer said...

No, I suspect no one, save the diehard Calvinists, would wish that.

And i agree, it is a most precious gift, but not as precious as the gift of His Son.

Knuje said...

I am glad your disagreement is respectful!!

Would you agree with this formulation then, that God does not know in advance every choice that any person will make, that there are indeed circumstances that are "50/50" where the decision made following free will could just as easily go either way, and God does not know from the outset which choice will be made?

Just Jennifer said...

Knuje, one of the hardest things for many of us to accept is that some things are simply beyond our comprehension. God's foreknowledge is, I believe, absolute and perfect. That is, He knows what will, and will not happen across the entirety of time and space. And yet, He allows free will. Now, how can this be? It seems, to our minds, a contradiction. But, if you consider Einstein's theories, including the concept of time as the fourth dimension, and you consider that we are limited to the three dimensions that we perceive, it becomes sort, of kind of, understandable. What will happen is knowable to God, but it is still happening in our experience. Even though God knows what we will chose, it is still our choice to make. In a sense, it seems impossible, but with God, all things are possible.

The way I think of it is this...for God, time is like when we look at map. We see it all laid out. I believe that is how time is to God. It is all laid out before Him, and He see's it as a whole, from beginning to end.

If you have ever read "Flatland," this might make sense. If not, well, then I will just point out that it is not as crazy as it sounds.

Knuje said...

It's not beyond my comprehension, it's just not logically cohesive -- God sets forth the plan, yes? And at the very moment that this plan is set forth, God knows every turn that every electron will make, how every neuron in every brain will fire, and consequently how every decision made by every person will turn out.... and it was within God's power at that moment of creation to adjust the plan however minutely it took to make any change, for example to make it so that I was the one who believed in this God and you were the one questioning it? If God has such foreknowledge at the time of Creation, then it is the very plan of Creation which dictates that I never had any path but to be on the one I am on, that neither you nor I could ever think any thought but the ones that this God had crafted for us at the beginning of time.... obviously it would be absurd for God to punish me for dancing to those puppet strings, so I would have no choice but to continue being the pandeist that God dictated that I would invariably be....

Unless God does not establish in advance what we will choose -- which takes us back to pandeism....