@Petrus, thanks for prompting me to listen to this again. It blessed me the second time through just like it did the first time.
I opened my book to see if I could help with your question, and I discovered I had drawn a question mark on page 41. Uh-oh. I’m starting to get it figured out now, so I’ll share my thoughts, and maybe someone else can add to this.
Ravi called the Disney World story an analogy. I think he was capturing two different things with this story. He was picturing the fact that most of us think the material world is the real world when the spiritual realm with God is actually the real world, and it’s filled with delight.
He was also illustrating Romans 1, which he covered in the section about determinism on pages 38-39. He explained that the atheist worldview results in the belief that everything we do is determined. If atheism were true, the children’s laughter and the girl’s cutting would both be determined just like you said.
However, Ravi offered the stories to help us understand the Christian worldview. Romans 1:16-32 teaches that God created us to know Him, but men rejected God and chose to resist the truth, so God released them to believe the lie that they wanted to believe.
The laughter of the children in Disney World illustrates the joy we were designed to have in knowing God. But the girl who was addicted to cutting helps us understand how people can make a choice in their lives that leads them to be trapped in something miserable. The girl was trapped in cutting. People who reject God are trapped in lies that deprive them of the freedom and joy they could have in God.
Does that answer your question? If not, let me know. This is helping me work through the questions I had in the passage.