How Deception Works: Innate Feelings or a Choice We Make?

We live in the Scientific Age, and we all took science classes in high school and in college, if we got that far. Therefore, we all have pretty much decided that belief in the existence of angels or demons is not only misguided but also foolish.

However, we still seem fixated in our culture on the supernatural, particular in the popular media of films and television shows.  Science fiction is highly favored, for it raises the possibilities of the supernatural in scientific ways, and we have no difficulty imagining a time traveler or a super-hero.

Also, we continue to engage the imaginations of our children with tales of the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy, solemnly relating that they are indeed real, not merely fairy tales.

It is surprising, therefore, that any discussion regarding demonic spirits is usually abjectly ridiculed as being both nonsensical and uneducated.  It only takes a scientific name, usually in Latin, or some kind of logical construction to set ignorant people straight on any issue about the supernatural.

Even in the Church, the subject of demons is often ignored or moved over into the realm of psychology, a more reasonable and rational post-modern approach to spiritual problems.  Or the ultimate solution is an anti-depressant or an “intervention” to clear up people’s problems very quickly.

Living in the Scientific Age certainly has not rid our culture of the remnants of the ridiculous world of the supernatural, for Ouija boards, fortune cookies, astrology charts, seers who solve crimes, and various forms of mysticism still proliferate. Even in college and university campus student newspapers, astrology columns appear.

 

How Satan Continues to Deceive

What better Satanic strategy could the enemy devise, however, than to suggest either that he does not exist or that he is only imaginary and based in superstition.  The enemy either tries to hide completely or flaunt his existence so flagrantly that he is easily dismissed in mocking ridicule.  He is a liar, after all, the father of lies.

The reality is that he and his dominions do exist, and they do exert a powerful influence on our lives, in spite of the fact that they have been dismally defeated and deprived of their power over human lives through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.  He still exerts his dying influence using the same deceitful ploys he used against Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, disguising himself and telling us lies about his very existence so he can continue his manipulations without discovery.

We Believers know that Satan and his minions exist because they are revealed in the Scriptures. However, in spite of the fact that we are taught to “resist the devil” so he will flee from us (James 4:7) or not to give the devil “an opportunity” (Ephesians 4:27), we often live our lives as though these words in practice are untrue.

 

Let’s Call It What It Is

One problem is that we hear the voices of temptation so often over such a prolonged period of time, that we ultimately begin thinking and believing that the thoughts derive from our own brains, rather than the lies of the enemy.  Consequently, especially today, people end up thinking that the temptations they are experiencing are natural and normal, thoughts they themselves have personally devised; hence, they can pursue them without guilt, at least as long as they aren’t caught. Later, after the rationalizations begin, they need no excuses, for “I have a right to my own opinions.”

The trend today is to call sin by another name, whether it be a medical diagnosis phrased in Latin or using a popular term that is politically correct, “cool,” or trendy, just more ways for the enemy to mislead us.  I know of no better example than the claims that homosexuality is normal, not a choice people make in their lives.

 

Where’s The Logic?

Most people who make this claim would probably have faith in the ideas of evolutionists, yet even evolution itself argues against the claims that homosexuality is a normal, necessary part of the human condition. 

First of all, no gene has been discovered that links directly with the choices one makes or the sexual behaviors one chooses.  If there were such a gene, over the millions of years of supposed evolutionary modifications, the gene would have died out for it cannot possibly lead to increased survival of the human species. Even if such a gene existed and it did make human survival more possible, it could not be passed on since homosexual behaviors do not lead to pregnancies, and the gene would die out over time.

In addition, mortality rates are notably higher for homosexuals than for heterosexuals, particularly males, making a gene that leads to innate homosexuality even less likely because the “survival of the species” would be even less probable.   Many factors contribute to these mortality statistics, but the results are significant enough to lead to skepticism about the innateness of homosexuality in terms of human evolution.

Also, the claim that homosexuals have no choice but to feel inclinations towards those of the same sex contradicts the free ability we all have to make decisions about our behaviors.   The innateness of sexuality is based on the pleasure of sex itself, not the various expressions of that sexuality.  People make choices all the time about their sexual practices, engaging in sex with thousands of methods they devise in their own minds.  Are these choices innate?  If homosexuality is innate, why isn’t bestiality or pedophilia?  

I suppose their proclivities argue for normality, but only because all sins are essentially “normal,” for we all have fallen short of the glory of God.

To argue otherwise is to deny the evidence.  People constantly choose whom they will love and not love, and those choices are decided by the decisions made in their brains.  Yes, feelings matter, as do pheromones, but as humans we are constantly changing our feelings based on our behaviors and the decisions we make. Our behaviors change how we feel about many situations or conditions in life.  

 

My Own Experiences

When I was about three years old, I somehow decided that I was changing from a boy into a girl.  I’m not absolutely sure why I made this decision, but my memory tells me that I may have been envious of my older sister and her friends who always seemed to have so much more fun than I did, even when they allowed me to join with them in their activities.

If I had chosen to be homosexual, I can see why these beliefs might have led me to think back and conclude that I always had propensities towards homosexuality.

In elementary school, I definitely started liking girls, with whom I had to square dance, but I hung around mostly with boys, mainly to play sports.

In my teenage years, however, I was decidedly inclined towards girls, not boys, though I still thought they had what we called “cooties.”  Since sexual feelings arose unexpectedly and even randomly at times, they were often extremely embarrassing and hence best kept hidden.

When I was sixteen years old, however, a significant event occurred which affected me greatly, adding to the confusion of those years.  Having just obtained my driver’s license, I was sitting in the family car at the park in town waiting for my brother and sister to get out of the local movie theater so I could take them home.  A man who was probably in his late twenties walked by and nodded at me, and being the friendly guy I was, I nodded back.

Later, I was walking through the park, still waiting for the movie to end, when I again came upon the man sitting at a park table.  I decided to stop and sit, and we began conversing.  I don’t recall what we talked about, but at one point he looked at me and said, “Can I ask you something?”  He then proceeded quite graphically to ask if we could have sex together.

I was confused and speechless.  First of all, I had never thought of such a thing, nor was it something I particularly wanted.

Sensing my embarrassed reluctance, perhaps, he tried to convince me that such sex was not only fun but also normal, pointing out another man in the park who was also seeking a partner in a restroom. He said that it would not take much time and I would really enjoy it. He would take me to his apartment, he said, and he would have me back in just a short time, about an hour.

Again, I declined, and hastened away back to my car, telling him I needed to pick up my brother and sister.

Once home, I told my father what had happened, and he was so perturbed that he called the police department, though I gathered that there was little that could be done.  

My father and I talked more later about what had happened, and I eventually learned about many sexual behaviors that deviated from God’s original purposes.

 

God in Creation

Those who believe in God’s creation need only to realize that the essential definition of “perversion” is “to make alterations or changes from the intended purpose of the original design.”  

The Apostle Paul uses this foundation in his letter to the Romans:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. (Romans 1:18-20)

In other words, even a person who is unenlightened about the ways of God may still understand the nature of God, along with the true functions of the parts of the body, among other parts of creation, for they are “clearly seen.”  They can be understood based on how they are made.  Nevertheless, Paul writes, people may freely choose lies over the truth:

Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.  (Romans 1:24-27)

The meanings of these verses could not be clearer, and those who have decided that the sexual practices described are not condemned in the Bible not only cannot read, but also have exchanged the truth of God for a lie. To insist otherwise with regard to human organs and sexuality is not only ludicrous, but also horrifically unclean.

When I was in seventh grade, my shop teacher told his students never to use a woodworking tool for any other purpose than for what it was originally designed.  A hammer’s purpose, obviously, is driving and pulling nails, and a screwdriver is used for inserting screws.  I learned eventually that this was a sound policy, for using a screwdriver as a chisel, or a chisel as a screwdriver, usually damaged the tool.  Essentially, however, a carpenter makes decisions about how the tools are used, and people are the same way.

 

The Rest of the Story

Inexplicably, from this first encounter in the park with a homosexual (the word “gay” was not used back in those days), I found I was the focus of many such advances, some more aggressive than others.  For instance, after I had been married for a short time, I went to the university to register for classes.  While there, I somehow caught the attention of another student, probably a graduate student, for he was older than I.

In the midst of a large crowd of students, he made some kind of suggestive remark about my clothing and said he wanted to talk to me.  It didn’t take him long to take me aside and broach his subject, one with which I was familiar.  I told him I was married, but that didn’t dissuade him.

“That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it out and see,” he said.  “You might find that you like it.”

This young man’s approach was much more difficult for me to resist than other propositions, for I found that I had much more difficulty turning him down or even getting away from, despite the fact that my wife was at home waiting for me.  It was like I couldn’t make decisions because I felt so controlled, somehow.  It wasn’t until years later that I understood why.

When I finally was able to get away from him and go home, I erupted in tears of frustration and helplessness when I got to our apartment because I felt so manipulated, dominated, and enslaved to someone I didn’t even know.

From those early times, I couldn’t understand why some men seemed to think I was one of them, and there were plenty of times when I even wondered myself whether my childhood insistence that I was turning into a girl was actually true.  I was very happy being married, however, and we even had a child on the way.

 

Released from Bondage

It was not until I received prayer for deliverance some years later that the whole problem arose again in a different way and with a new perspective.  After prayer and commands to the demons to leave me, I was marvelously delivered of the demonic spirits of lust and homosexuality, and since that time I have not had the come-on’s or the propositions that I had endured for so many years.  I truly felt free and delivered from a bondage that I didn’t truly know I had, much less desired.  I’m sure that many gay activists might claim that being gay, or at least bi-sexual, is who I truly am.  It hasn’t been difficult for me to rebuke these lies, however, for I am a happy father of two children with six grandchildren.  And I have been married to my loving wife for 45 years since 1969.

Rather than living as a typical gay man who likely would have had his life shortened, I have never worried about getting AIDS or other  kinds of Sexually Transmitted Diseases.  Nor have I had as many as five hundred to one thousand sexual partners in my lifetime, for I have only had one.

Believing a falsehood or a lie does not make it true.  Instead, we need to resist Satan,  the “father of lies,”for as Jesus once said to those who persecuted Him,

You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.  (John 8:44)

2 Comments

  • By Dottie, March 24, 2015 @ 8:06 am

    Another good article, Chuck Thank you for being so open and honest about this subject. It is one that surely needs addressed. Satan is still very good at convincing people that the forbidden fruit is delicious and harmless as well as “enlightening” and most satisfying.

  • By Charles Jenkins, March 24, 2015 @ 9:31 am

    Thank you for your kind words, Dottie!

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