Act I, scene v , Lady Macbeth
contemplates the death of Duncan, the King of Scotland,
"The raven himself is hoarse that croaks the fatal
entrance of Duncan under my battlements (defensive walls).
Come you spirits
that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here."
She appears to wish to undo her femininity, to change her into
the stronger, male gender.
Shakespeare's words "unsex me here," have left us with apt words, for a confusion in our time ―words about undoing God's design for gender, the attempt to shift from the gender assigned one by the Creator.
are also those today
who even attempt to multiply gender.
Consider this headline from the internet, "What Each of Facebook's 51 New Gender Options Mean." And
this news item: "Germany will join Australia, New Zealand, Canada,
Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Columbia, Argentina and a handful of US States to
recognize a third legal sex on official documents. In Denmark, Ireland,
Malta and Norway, adults can self-determine their gender without undergoing
a medical examination or chromosome test. In some of these countries,
individuals can change the gender on their birth certificate
What Adam and Eve Had, and Lost
Because of ignorance we have difficulty in knowing needed truth, may easily fall into error and are more inclined to think of the worldly rather than the eternal. We are left with a fallen nature, more subject to the wiles of the fallen angels, and to our own passions. We must distinguish between the nature we received after the Fall of Adam and the one we were meant to have, but could no longer inherit through him.
Besides sanctifying grace, as a help to us, God also gives us actual grace which enlightens our mind and strengthen the will to do good and avoid evil. This particular grace is an impulse from God whereby we may act above the level of nature.
commencement of the race, our first parents were untroubled. Theirs was a
But when they disobeyed God, a great,
momentous change came
The troubles we experience originate from this Fall of Man in
from his posterity wandering
in error. We now have to deal with
this fallenness and with disordered desires.
We humans have our own spirit in the soul, with its faculties or powers of the intellect and free will--the intellect to know and the will to choose. The will is always attracted to what is good, or what appears to be so, so we have to be careful what we expose ourselves to.
The Way Temptation Works
In the working of temptation, imagine say, a berry pie baked with a golden brown crust sprinkled with sugar, warm from the oven. It can fill one with anticipation of a delicious, tasty bite. But say, that underneath the sugary crust are not berries like gooseberries nor blueberries, but berries of another kind, those of the black nightshade. What the sugary crust overlies and hides is something poisonous. The ripe, dark purple berries of this nightshade, contain a glycoalkaloid toxin known as solanine which should be avoided in the ripe, while the green, unripe ones have been reported to have caused fatalities. And a pie might have a bit of a mixture of both. It's reminiscent of the fruit in Eden--deadly to the race which Adam represented, and failed.
The will being attracted to what is a good, or what appears so, is something like a magnet being drawn to iron. We need be mindful of not getting caught and drawn in the wrong magnetic field.
Inclinations from the Fall
Let's focus more on that strong inclination to sin resulting from Adam's fall. We his progeny can have inclinations in the wrong direction, which were not there at the commencement of the race, but came after the Fall.
A person, for example, might feel inclined to over-imbibe and drink too much, even to the point where the drink becomes master of him, not he, the master of the drink. Do we say that drunkenness and subsequent bad behavior are okay? Common sense tells us that drunkeness is not okay, but is from an appetite gone awry, in need of control.
We can have an inclination to overeat, and maybe get a bellyache. But we know we can control this, maybe with a smaller plate (A piece of advice I've heard is eat till you are a little hungry).
A person may have an inclination to anger, which might lead to one carried away to assault or kill another. Do we say assaulting or killing another is okay? I think not. I'd think we'd generally recognize that this would be an inclination gone too far and that the emotion must be held in check.
person might be inclined to gamble and thereby spend
unwisely, becoming impoverished. The person's family suffers from his or her improvident
spending. The inclination
of unwise spending
needs to be controlled and
If a person says "I was born this way" and thinks therefore he or she can't help it, but was made to follow out the inclination, the person is not seeing the objective truth. It doesn't make sense that God would make and constitute man or a woman, in such a way, that he or she must sin and offend God because he or she was born that way. God would not make a human born and bound of necessity to sin, and then condemn him or her for the sin. This doesn't make sense. It 's unfair to God, to think He would.
Outlook in Error
The notion of gender shiftingand the multiplication of such change, are not something to invite under one's battlements and into one's soul. A battlement, a defensive structure on a castle wall with openings to shoot through, to battle against outside forces. And there are those who would want to overwhelm our spiritual defenses and enchain us to their evil intent.
Something to be wary of regarding this issue, would be the opposing of a homosexual life style, being characterized as a hate crime. You hate the sinner, but the sin. If those given over to this way of life, contend you cannot speak against carrying out homosexuality carnally, their contention is in error and wrong. If they think that we must be legally forced to agree with such a contention, this would be an unjust law. We are not wrong to hold fast to God's design, and need to do so. It's the temptation to the errant action that needs to be stood against.
We should charitably pray for them to leave a life, lived in a moral fog. But any attempt by them, or those in league with them, to foist guilt or criminality upon those holding fast to God's design, is neither acceptable nor fair. It is an infringement on the right of others to live the way God meant them to.
is, of course, the devious one who works to lead us astray, his name mostly
spelled out in the adjective given him here. In Sacred Scripture, we know
him in Chapter 12 of Revelations as "the ancient serpent, who
is called the Devil and Satan who has deceived the whole world."
Were he a playwright like Shakespeare, he'd like us
to follow his "ancient script" of temptation.
In this case, we might refer to
him as Snakespeare!
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