In the present civil war it is quite possible that God's purpose is something different from the purpose of either party. --Abraham Lincoln
These words are from an unpublished manuscript found among Lincoln's papers after his assasination. Scholars generally refer to is as his "Meditation on the Divine Will," and consider it a source for his Second Inaugural Address. Lincoln makes a good point. We often look at two options and wonder "Which one is God's Will?" when in truth it may be that neither are.
I thought of that - call it the Fallacy of False Options - after watching a documentary last night that Netflix describes in this way:
Director . . . . goes to the Bible to examine the ways in which conservative Christian groups have used -- and sometimes exploited -- scripture to deny human rights to gays and lesbians around the world.
The film is produced as an emotional tsunami. There are 95 minutes of rapid cuts between members of five different families from different religious backgrounds as they experience a child coming out as homosexual interspersed with Jimmy Swaggert outtakes. WOW!! It all happens faster than I could process and left me with net effect of being totally overwhelmed.