Equivocation - 'Say Whaaa?' #2
DEFINING THE TERMS:
"The only rational being is man (human beings).
No woman is a man (male).
Therefore, no woman is rational."
This is one of the most famous examples of equivocation. A fallacy of ambiguity where someone changes the meaning of a term throughout their argument leading to a faulty conclusion.
Although much harder to spot than above, the fallacy of equivocation is present throughout today's 'Say Whaaa?' picture.
Consider the terms 'underneath' and 'human' with me.
If by "underneath" the creator and promoters of this meme mean skeletal structure (as the picture implies) then sure we're all the 'same.' Likewise, if the term "human" (underneath that last skeleton in our morbid line-up) is being used in the anthropological sense, then again we're good. And even if (as I believe it to be, by some) that this meme is intended to communicate some generic dignity shared by all humanity, I'm game.
But don't be fooled, that's not the ultimate goal here.
Through equivocation, this post communicates a kind of secular moralism. The only acceptable morality mind you. It goes something like this: 'as black and white are the same (and good) so are gay, straight, religious and atheist.' But the problem, as Christians know, is that black and white are not moral issues and consequently shouldn't be used as pawns in a sinful agenda.
The scripture doesn't list skin color as an abomination to God. Nor do people of a particular race or creed have a propensity for rejecting the God who made them. What is clear is that it is a sin to reject God's design for marriage and in the case of the atheist to reject God Himself.
This meme is not benign! I'll prove it another way.
As you already know, some years ago the phrase "hate the sin, not the sinner" became common parlance. So let's test what's at the heart of this issue. Try saying to your atheist or gay friend, "I love you, I just hate your sin." Trust me, I know from experience, it will not be accepted. Why? Because this isn't an issue of treating people the same. It's an issue of morality and declaring a thing to be immoral means you don't believe "underneath we're all the same."
Whether the world wants to admit it or not the great equalizer in this life is that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Fortunately, there's a way out; repent and believe in Jesus the Christ of God who takes away the sins of the world!
[1Co 6:9-11 NASB] 9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor [the] covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such WERE some of you, but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
GAME, SET, and MATCH
While checking my post for grammatical errors this is the alert given to me by Grammarly: