When Feelings Trump Truth

Imagine for a moment that a schizophrenic got tired of taking their meds (many do) or that they got tired of having to go to therapy or acknowledge that their fantastical delusions aren’t reality. Let’s assume that our schizophrenic friend reached out to us, begging and pleading, to be accepted as normal. After all, they might say, “Just because I see the world differently doesn’t make me any less human than you.”

What would you do? Would you cave to their demands? Would you feel sympathy for the sadness they suffer as a result of the incurability of their illness? According to the zeitgeist of our times the appropriate thing to do, the politically correct thing to do, may well be to agree with them. After all, if they aren’t hurting anyone else (and statistically schizophrenics are generally just harmless loners whose worst offense is a tendency to abuse drugs, yet another “victimless” crime in our society today) then who are we to tell them how to live their lives? After all, if Jack wants believe he’s got a trio of talking rabbits constantly accompanying him and harms nobody, then why should you care?

Well, you should. Because Jack’s behavior not only puts him at a greater risk for drug abuse but also for poverty and abuse at the hands of others. Not only that, but just because Jack feels like he is normal does not make it so. As Ben Shapiro famously likes to put it, “facts don’t care about your feelings,” nor should they. Especially when it comes to such important fields as science and mental health.

And yet, many mental health professionals in our world today are all but too eager to turn a blind eye to scientific realities for the sake of not hurting anyone’s feelings. Consider how rapidly the psychological profession turned a blind eye to Gender Identity Disorder and in so doing opened the door to such non-sensical notions as, “gender fluidity.” Why did they do it? How did a long standing mental illness suddenly just up and vanish only to be declared normal by the same men & women who had dedicated their lives to treating those afflicted with it only a few years prior? Had any new scientific evidence become available to back these findings?

No, not at all. In fact Gender Identity Disorder remains in the DSM-V as a diagnosable mental illness but the definition has been changed in order to conform with the prevailing transgenderist ideology of the age. Instead they changed the name of the disorder to, “Gender Dysphoria” and redefined it as merely a syndrome in which a person experiences significant mental stress & anxiety because their gender identity does not align with the gender they were, “assigned” at birth. But what evidence prompted this change? None at all as it were. In the end pure advocacy determined whether or not a mental illness existed . As the Associated Press reported at the time:

“For years advocates have lobbied the American Psychiatric Association to change or remove categories labeling transgender people in a psychiatric manual, arguing that terms like “Gender Identity Disorder” characterize all trans people as mentally ill. Based on the standards to be set by the DSM-V, individuals will be diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria for displaying “a marked incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender and assigned gender.”

That’s right. Science was thrown out the window in favour of kowtowing to demonstrations and public advocacy groups. Evidence be damned, it was hurt feelings that mattered to the APA in this instance.

But this wouldn’t be the first time the APA has issued radical scientific shifts without providing any therapeutic evidence whatsoever to back up their claims. Indeed, in 1973 the APA also suddenly dropped the long standing definition of homosexuality as a mental illness purely due to growing homosexual advocacy against the Association because of their then scientific stance. As Crisis Magazine reports:

“Prior to 1973, psychology deemed homosexuality to be an illness, but after 1973 this profession officially embraced homosexuality, viewing it as a normal variant of human sexual expression.

Yet, no major new therapeutic evidence had emerged to warrant this reversal.”

So do serious illnesses just go away because of how someone happens to feel? In the modern world the answer would seem to be yes. But we know better. We know facts don’t change just because feelings change. We know that truth is truth and doesn’t change without evidence to the contrary.

Earlier I mentioned that schizophrenia harms no one but the schizophrenic themselves and even then it harms them in a way that our society today considers to be a, “victimless” crime. But would you say that we should let a schizophrenic live in their delusions because they’re just minding their own business? Is it beneficial to society, or to themselves, to let them live in madness? Put another way, if you had a child addicted to meth would you let them continue to slip deeper and deeper into their addiction? Would you be fine with watching your child destroy themselves? I would hope not. I would hope that any parent would love their child far more than that. That they would love their child enough to do what is objectively best for them.

Today our world is facing a crisis of truth. Not only is the very concept of an objective reality under constant assault by those who’d much prefer we each live in our own subjective realities but we are also experiencing a crisis of love. It is not loving to leave the sick in their sickness. To leave the lost in the dark is an act of hatred and yet today is treated as the act of ultimate, “love.” How successful the Father of Lies has been in this area!

Sure, homosexuality and transgenderism might not harm anybody. You may be tempted to say that we should all just, “mind our own business.” But the fact is that no crime or sin is truly victimless. Human souls are on the line.

Famed atheist Penn Jillette once received a Bible from a man at an event he was at. Here’s what he had to say on the matter:

“I’ve always said that I don’t respect people who don’t proselytize. I don’t respect that at all. If you believe that there’s a heaven and a hell, and people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life, and you think that it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward–and atheists who think people shouldn’t proselytize and who say just leave me along and keep your religion to yourself–how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?”

This is the reality of what we face today. If we, as Christians, believe that life is everlasting, then we owe it to each and every one of our fellow men to tell them the truth, regardless of how uncomfortable it may be. Truth is constant and does not change without evidence. Not a shred of evidence has been offered to the effect that homosexuality is part of the natural order, nor has it been offered to back up notions of gender fluidity or that schizophrenia is normal. To the contrary, for all of human history prior to now objective truth has held these things to be false.

I often hear many on the right observing that we’re not smarter than the Founders were when they wrote the Constitution and that as such we shouldn’t be so arrogant as to think we can change it. So what makes so many today, including some on the right, think they know more about what is & isn’t moral than all those who came before them? Let’s not fool ourselves.

These are incredibly recent developments in human history. Largely without precedent and entirely against God’s order for the world. In speaking on this very important topic Pope Francis said that, “Let’s not be naïve, we’re not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.”

How right the Holy Father is. Truth cannot change without evidence and if it does, then we must be very clear that it is a machination of the Father of Lies. Desperately trying to seduce the children of God away from salvation.

If you love your child, you will not leave them in the darkness. If you love your fellow man, you will not leave him to die alone and deceived.

 

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