Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mythical autonomy

“The vices listed here [jealousy, lust, arrogance] ... make selfish interest the sole purpose of him whom they dominate and so they cause him to clash with the rest of the world, for under such circumstances the world has value to him only as long as it will cater to his desires.” –Rabbi Shimshon Raphael Hirsch

This says it all about man’s denial of the limited scope of his existence on Earth. In pursuit of a mythical level of autonomy, he bends all of creation, including his fellow man.

“No woman can call herself free until she can choose whether she will or will not be a mother.” –Margaret Sanger

Take it from the Planned Parenthood founder: Abortion is not about the child; it’s about the mother-to-be’s autonomy. The child’s right to life is not the relevant moral question; rather, it’s the woman’s power to spite her biology.

What, pray tell, does this magic pill solve? “Empowerment” does not heal the division between body and soul. It does not drive out the demons of lust, jealousy, and addiction. The Greek gods illustrate how miserable you can be even when you have divine authorship.

Only God can fix what’s wrong with them, but they reject Him. At the Texas Capitol, during the debate over House Bill 2, abortion “rights” activists chanted, “Satan!” The possibility that they actually worship the devil shouldn’t be scoffed at. Do they not accept the devil’s bargain in Matthew 4:8-9?

The devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

We are not entirely blameworthy for being seduced, for this has been the human condition since the beginning. But we are ultimately responsible. We are free to choose.

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