Superstitious Fool wrote:That was an impressively quick answer given the density of your argument. Your phrase "playing the part written for you by God" is a very good one, if you don't mind my saying so
Nice try at deflecting me with flattery, but it won't work Superstitious. It's a particularly simple argument and it's not as though it just occured to me, hence the speed of it coming your way.
Superstitious Fool wrote:Like Juliet, I choose in real time whether to live or not.
No, like Juliet, you have no choice at all. All you have is the illusion of choice. Shakespeare makes it seem as though Juliet has the freedom to choose not to take her poison, but she doesn't. If you believe (as you have said) that your every action is a fait accompli of God's, then you are merely follow the script he's written for you. You have no choice, no ability to alter your path. And praying is, therefore, either a conceit on your part, or just part of your program.
Superstitious Fool wrote:Outside of time, the narrative has been, or rather is, written.
The expression "outside of time" is meaningless, doubly so when you apply it in both the past and the present tense.
Superstitious Fool wrote:Because the issue is homosexual actions, not being a homosexual man or woman... the individuals are innocent.
That is a just a verbal slight of hand. The "actions" are a product of the "nature" of being homosexual. If the nature is god-given, then the actions that stem from that nature (like a penguin flapping wings that will never make it fly) are god given too.
Superstitious Fool wrote:Whatever our dispositions, we are free to make our choices;
Not according to your theory that God has already written the parts we will play. You cannot have it both ways. Either the future is written, or it is not. God either knows
everything that will happen, or he just has a good idea about the probabilities. Which one is it?
Superstitious Fool wrote:we can choose what used (before the dumbing-down of Catholicism) to be called the seven deadly sins (lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, pride), or their opposites.
What does homosexuality have to do with the seven deadly sins? It's just not on the list.
P.S. Isn't it impossible for a pious person, or one who seeks the glory of God, to avoid the sin of Pride?
“What we call chaos is just patterns we haven't recognized. What we call random is just patterns we can't decipher. What we can't understand we call nonsense. There is no free will. There are no variables. There is only the inevitable.” Chuck Palahniuk