Ask the Pastor 68
What does the Bible say about “transgender” people?
The simple answer is nothing, because at the time the Bible was written such a thing was not known enough to be considered worth mentioning. There is the word fornication or sexually immoral which is used to define anything that deviates from the biblical norm. Either one is condemned in the Bible. This would raise the question what is the biblical norm when it comes to gender? A transgender person is one who does not identify with the gender with which they were born. Normally a person’s gender is defined by anatomy, hormones and chromosomes. A doctor will deliver a baby and announce it to be either a boy or a girl based upon obvious anatomy. However, a person may over the course of years decide that they do not feel that they are the gender to which they have been assigned physically. They might then begin to make changes in their appearance, dress differently, take hormone treatments, have surgery and change their name. Some people will say that they are a male in a female body, or a female in a male body, or they are both genders at once or neither one, something different all together. In the very beginning of the Bible, it is stated that God made them male and female (Gen. 1:27), not only humans but all animals as well. Male and female humans were both created in the image of God to be companions, mutual heads over creation and to multiply and fill up the earth. In the law of Moses cross dressing was forbidden (Deuteronomy 22:5) and so was cuttings (mutilation) which would include transgender surgery (Deuteronomy 19:28; 21:5). We also read in the Bible, “Now godliness with contentment is great gain.” (I Timothy 6:6). For anyone who is not content with who they are or what is their body type, they can find that contentment by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him,” (Colossians 2:9-10a).
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