We do not just get to make it up as we go along. We do not simply get to create our own personal, private reality. I know this is very tempting. And all of us dabble in this from time to time.
However, in the final analysis, each of us have to come out of our own private little world back to the objective reality of facts. Oxford's online dictionary defines reality as, "The world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them." So, by definition, anything that is not reality is falsehood or fantasy.
The original cause for this reality is the God of the Bible. God is and He has spoken, thus we have reality. From the very outset of the Bible we read, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." God created all that is. By His Word the Bible, He defines what reality is. What is true and what is false. What is good and what is bad.
We are not free to just make these things up as we go along. We now seem to have arrived at a time when a significant portion of our civilization has completely lost touch with objective reality. For a 56-year-old man, to pursue such drastic measures as hormone therapy and surgical cutting in order to make his physical appearance match his fantasy world, testifies to his full commitment to non-reality.
This means he is living a lie, a very tragic lie. As a community of neighbors and friends, we should be counseling him out of that lie back into reality, not encouraging him in it.
Michael Cox, Oakhurst