Moved by compassion, Matt Barber tries to warn Bruce Jenner of a major pitfall:
"Though it eludes your vision, it looms all the same but a few short steps ahead of you. While at the time of this writing you have yet to confirm or deny reports, multiple media outlets are abuzz with rumors that you intend to “transition from male to female.” (An Appeal to Bruce Jenner, Matt Barber, barbwire.com, 7 February, 2015)
As you ultimately know in your heart-of-hearts, this extreme path you appear to have chosen to take at this late stage in your life,
"....is not the answer to the question, “Who is Bruce Jenner?” You must certainly be aware, if only deep down, that to “transition from male to female” is a hopeless and hapless impossibility, biologically, emotionally, spiritually and in every other way imaginable. If you have been convinced otherwise, you labor under grave deception."
There is a reason that after “sex reassignment” surgery,
"...so-called “transgender” people commit suicide at a rate 20 times higher than normal and, despite rationalizations to the contrary, imaginary “transphobia” is not that reason. If you follow through with this, Bruce, you will be making, second only to denying Christ, the biggest mistake of your life."
Who is Bruce Jenner?
Contrary to the modern "scientific" and "evolutionary" definition of man as soulless bio-machine, an emergent product of evolutionary energies acting on matter over millions of years, man is actually a soul/spirit (mind) embedded within flesh (matter). Thus the real person and his or her gender is not the body but rather his or her inner person, making gender innate. In this light what drives some males and females to reject their inner person in favor of homosexuality, lesbianism, androgynous trans-sexuality or a non-gender specific designation?
Answer: the question of evil and suffering and a compelling desire to escape their gnawing teeth.
Whether it is environmental evil resulting from hurricanes, floods, fires, tsunamis or earthquakes; physical suffering resulting from loss of limbs, cancer, or some other debilitating condition; or moral evil (sin), not one of us escapes it, meaning all people--not just some--suffer, and today with the Christian God Who created everything seen and unseen ex nihilo mainly dead in the hearts of modern Westerners and Americans and with little or no restraints upon the sin nature of men, not since the 20th century has the existence of human evil been as apparent as in our largely humanized hence morally relative century where evolution, scientism, the disordered intellect and libido are worshipped rather than our Father in heaven. Hence the dilemma expressed by the ancient Greek nature philosopher Epicurus is repeated by millions of Westerners and Americans today:
“Omnipotence could, Benevolence would have prevented evil.”
From the moment that Adam and Eve were ushered out of paradise, men began complaining:
"Why must we die? Why must there be decay? Why must we work? Why does he have (fill in the blanks) but I do not? That's unfair! Why can't we say, do and have whatever we desire? If it feels good (libidinous impulses) then why shouldn't we do it? If my body is my own why must it accommodate another life growing within it? Why must there be authority, rules, norms, absolutes, and consequences? Why does it have to be this way? Why can't it be the way we want it to be?"
And finally: Who or what is the cause of our suffering?
From Nimrod to Karl Marx and contemporary "God is dead" rebels and apostates, the answer is the transcendent Authority of God the Father Almighty together with the fallen condition of man and the world.
"Then the lust, when it hath conceived, beareth sin: and the sin, when it is fullgrown, bringeth forth death." James 1:15 ESV
The psalmist compares the disordered thoughts of the intellect and will turned toward evil to a conception, and when they go out in word and act, they "bring forth" death. This was the case during the course of the 20th century when God-hating Gnostic-pagan socialist and communist regimes brutally murdered somewhere between 160,000,000-350,000,000 men, women, and children in their insane attempts at scientifically engineering the ideal society and New Man free from evil/suffering, especially the evils 'caused' by the Christian God, Original Sin, Moral Law, immutable Truth, monogamous marriage, the two created sexes, ethical restraints, cultural taboos and all conditions that make for envy:
"When I say that Marxism is based on envy, I mean that the glorious revolution of the proletariat...was really a promise to put a final end to all the conditions that make for envy." (Joseph Epstein, author and former editor of The American Scholar, from Truths about Socialism, Coral Ridge Ministries, p. 66)
Nature sages such as Epicurus and his Western and American contemporaries seek the same end but start from the opposite extreme. For them, desire of unfettered libido, immortality and its’ corollary, fear of death, is anesthetized through self-indulgence: immersion in drugs, alcohol, sex, freedom from one's innate gender, parties, plastic surgery, entertainment, technology, body-building, accumulation of things and status, and other temporal pleasures. Self-indulgence is the supreme good. If it feels good, then do it for tomorrow we die.
With Nietzsche we see another form of escape: defiance, revolt, and negation (scoffing, mocking, harsh criticism, doubting) of God the Father, His Revealed Word, immutable Truths, Moral Law and virtues. Nietzsche declared the Christian God dead and Christianity a slave morality that cultivates cringing virtues such as self-sacrifice, self-restraint, charity, humility and compassion. To counter this great ‘evil’ men must cultivate an amoral ‘master morality,’ and produce a ‘race of supermen,’ monstrous psychopaths such as Lenin and Stalin who will send the despised and weak to the wall. Autonomous super-men must crush whatever and whoever causes them to suffer without the least concern for other people. Super-men will destroy the "enemy" with defiance, scoffing, mocking, doubting, terror, brute force and murder.
This was the philosophy of Berlin and Moscow which regarded nations and people who were not scientifically re-engineered New Men as worthy only to be sterilized, lobotomized, tormented, used for human experimentation, worked to death as slaves and sent to the wall, meaning liquidated in some fashion. Together Berlin and Moscow murdered in excess of one-hundred million men, women, and children.
The three-fold attitude in common with all of these natural systems is that suffering, not sin, is the supreme evil thus the only means of dealing with suffering is escape of any kind and complete as possible making peace the absence of suffering.
In every age, the natural mind unaided by Divine Revelation has tried in vain to solve the problem of evil/suffering. But because the human condition (sin) is responsible for moral evils, the natural man never finds peace though he looks for it everywhere and in its pursuit even rejects his or her inner person in favor of godhood and androgyny:
"For the mind of the flesh is death; but the mind of the spirit is life and peace." Roman 8:6 ESV
Divine Revelation tells us that sin, the willful rejection of the Holy God, an attempt by the envious to annihilate Him if possible, is the origin of all three types of evil. Sin began with Lucifer and then spread to Adam and Eve through abuse of intellect and will resulting in the loss of the supernatural gift of grace (spiritual death).
Our Heavenly Father did not make Adam perfect because He well-knew the great obstacle to perfection: abuse of will and intellect in the choice of good and evil. Perfection must wait until men have passed the danger of abusing His gifts of intellect and will, thereby falling as the sinful angels had done before them. Thus Adam was made good, and before he fell there was perfect harmony between his three natures ---mind (intellect and will), soul, and body (matter)---hence he knew nothing of the polluted, degraded conscience, inflexible will turned to evil, and disordered intellect and emotions that have been the daily experience of spiritually dead men since the disobedience of Adam and Eve.
The supernatural gift of grace was something men were meant to have and would have allowed them to live in perfect control of their emotions and without suffering the loss of their reason. But since the fall, Adam’s descendants are conceived and born, not in a state of grace as men were originally meant to be, but in a state of sin, a defective state of being deprived of supernatural grace (spiritual death) wherein the disordered soul has predominated in its power over the body. (Heb. 4:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:23) However, in eternity (Paradise), the supernatural gift of grace will be restored (perfect regeneration of spirit) and perfect harmony will ensue. With regenerated spirit once again elevated to the throne we shall become conscious of glorious powers which we can now neither apprehend nor imagine. In place of the soul with its disordered passions and fallible, deceptive, inconsistent, illogical reasoning, our Lord's redeemed children shall be gifted with glorious powers, perfect peace and unerring perception of the Truth and Righteousness which is the prerogative of fully regenerated, untainted spirits.
In the meantime, even in the case of those who have been born again, meaning their spirits are being regenerated, the intellectual faculty is still so incompetent that though such people possess Truth in Divine Revelation they are only able, as Paul tells us, to know and understand it only in part for the present.
Birds do not fly because their bodies have wings but because their inner bird flies. Flying is for the inner bird as innate as the innate maleness or femaleness of fallen human beings. This is why Bruce Jenner cannot escape his suffering through rejection of his innate maleness:
"That emptiness inside, that void you seek to fill cannot be filled by hacking away at yourself. You have a “God-shaped hole” in your heart. You need heart surgery, Bruce, not cosmetic surgery. To attempt change from the outside in is merely superficial. It will lead only to further seeking, heartache and, ultimately, to spiritual death. That longing you feel, that change you seek, can only come from the inside out." (Barber)