Who would have thought a few years ago that there would ever be a controversy over gender identity? But here we are.
Jesus had something to say on the subject. Referring back to the original creation He said, “Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female.” (Matthew 19:4) This settles the matter for Christians, that is, if they believe Jesus. But what about those who are not Christians and who do not believe Jesus? For them there is simple reality. Even a child knows that male and female are biologically different.
How is it, then that there is any controversy. It’s because we live in a world with a completely new way of thinking. It’s called subjectivism. Webster defines it this way: “a doctrine that individual feeling or apprehension is the ultimate criterion of the good and the right.” In practice this means that a person constructs his own reality based on his own feeling or apprehension. Therefore, if a male feels in his innermost self that he should be female, he can reject the objective biological reality of being male and construct his own reality. Furthermore, society is expected to accept his reconstruction. But does it in reality change his gender?
It all reminds me of C.S Lewis’s definition of a lunatic – “the man who says he is a poached egg.” Subjective feelings do not change objective reality. Try giving a merchant a ten dollar bill and tell him that you in your innermost self feel like it is a twenty. Reality is reality – subjective feelings do not change it.