Did God create transgender? (1)

Part one: God’s Word and trans origins

To answer the title question, I will provide a straightforward reading of the Holy Bible. I am a traditional Christian who reads Scripture as it has been read since antiquity. Everything I present is not an interpretation but what the Holy Bible states, and the conclusions I reach are both theologically sound and scientifically responsible. Those who read Scripture with a different lens might see differently, and those who use other texts likely will arrive at different answers. I will gladly discuss any disagreement.

I use descriptors—normal and abnormal—which bother many people. I use these only to differentiate between the very good initial creation of God and the fallen creation after Adam’s disobedience. Never will I use “normal” to advance anyone or “abnormal” to put down anyone. It will be vital to retain this so that my conclusions might be given a fair hearing.

Finally, since I am transgender let the reader remember that I am always speaking both of and to myself. I am not pointing a finger at someone different from me as if to say, “See, you’re less than me; I’m better than you,” or, “You are detestable in God’s eyes.” I am a Christian, who served eighteen years as a minister, who is dealing with being transgender, endeavoring to understand and abide by God’s Word as I strive in this world.

The Bible does not discuss transgender, as it does not cover every specific situation in life, but provides enough information for us to form accurate conclusions as to God’s action and our response.

1. God created the world and saw that it was “very good” (Genesis 1:31).

By “very good,” we understand that God created all things to work properly, according to the pattern set by Him. Basic logic informs us that weather disturbances, war, disease, famine, death, and so on, are not “good.” We know when things are “very good” and when they are not—good food versus spoiled, good health versus ill, good government versus oppression.

2. When God created Adam and Eve, he created them to live and told them that disobedience would result in death (Genesis 2:9, 17).

Genesis 1:27 tells us that God created man in His image. Genesis 5:1 reminds us that God created humans in His image, then verse 3 says, “When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image.” Note the change: Adam’s children were born in Adam’s image, the image of a fallen, fractured, dying person. Because of Adam’s disobedience and God’s penalty, no human conceived by a man and a woman would ever be born in God’s image.

3. What is God’s image?

God’s image speaks of His many attributes. Some of the basics are that He is eternal, all-powerful, all-present, all-knowing, sinless, creative, and a relational being (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). While we retain aspects of His image—e.g., our ability to create, that we form families—we see, as with our being relational, that while we retain this we are not able to practice relationships which are perfectly holy and sinless. This failure displays our fallen, fractured nature.

To summarize thus far, because God’s image is perfect, holy, and eternal He could not have created anything that pertains to humans which is not perfect, holy, and eternal. He is a God of the living not the dead (Mark 12:27), and we all are heading toward death. Also, because God made all things good, He could not make anything which is not good.

4. Why do we have to receive Adam’s image when we are conceived?

As the sperm and egg provide the DNA for the baby, so the spiritual condition of the parents provides the spiritual condition for the baby; the baby receives its total being from its parents because it is the product of its parents. Because Adam and Eve now were mortal and prone to every wrong thing that might come into being they could only produce fallen, fractured people who cannot not suffer a multitude of tragedies and diseases and the like, and ultimately die.

The term “original sin” refers to the inheritance we receive from Adam’s disobedience. In this discussion, I prefer not to use the word “sin” because it leads people automatically to think of a willful act of disobedience. Yet, so much of what we experience in the world is not our personal disobedience but harmful things done to us—e.g., the likely culprit behind my gender dysphoria being medicine my mother was prescribed which disrupted my endocrine system. Thus, instead of “sin,” I prefer to use the terms “fallen” and “fractured,” which better encompass everything that we do and occurs which is not “good.”

5. The origins of diseases and anomalies.

The first generations of humans lived hundreds of years. It has been postulated that since there existed no harmful germs or genetic mutations and so forth immediately after the Fall of Adam, it took time for these to occur and diseases to come into existence. I find this to be a worthy hypothesis.

So, while my reading of many books on the topic of transgender inform me that transgender has existed for a long time, I do not believe it existed from the beginning, nor did it exist very early in the lives of humankind. I will not guess as to when it entered, but it did, and a long time ago.

6. When God created humans, He made males and females (Genesis 1:27).

Adam’s disobedience created the state which is our world—fractured and filled with disorder. (Genesis 3:18: Weeds!) The possibility now existed for every manner of disturbance inside and out. Regarding humans, this would include irregularities in the transference of DNA and the existence of mutations. Cells could act in ways not created to act, with all manner of illnesses the result, both inherited from our parents and contracted from the world.

Regarding chromosomal abnormalities, we know of many. This page provides much information on the subject: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_genetic_disorders.

Words like “abnormality” and “disorder” are in direct contrast to “normal” and “order,” and in direct contrast to God’s nature, whom Scripture declares to be a God of peace and not disorder (1 Corinthians 14:33). “Peace” and “order” certainly are synonymous.

Anyone may choose to disagree with me regarding my reading of the Holy Bible, but please find it instructive that the secular world and the medical community agrees that chromosomal variations are not normal, just as it is not normal to grow tumors, or to get Muscular Dystrophy, or even to catch a cold.

While I have had people in my life who have Down Syndrome, autism, spina bifida, and cerebral palsy—people whom I adore—if we cannot agree that these are conditions with which no one would prefer to be born, then all discussion will come to an end. If Down Syndrome, autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, and too many more conditions are called “normal,” then we would have to call it “normal” to be born a person with any of the various intersex conditions, including those of the sex organs (e.g., ambiguous genitalia), and of the chromosomes and hormones (e.g., androgen insensitivity syndrome). If we call it “good” to be affected by any of these things, the word “good” loses its meaning and Scripture’s account of how God created the world becomes useless.

God’s Word clearly describes that He created the world and human beings “very good,” and that the disobedience of Adam, which brought death, brought everything that pertains to dying and a multitude of maladies which contribute to it.

When we adhere to what the Holy Bible has told us, we cannot assert that God created transgender people. Yet, we have transgender people, so where do we go from here? Since the Lord has told us His will, especially that we love Him and our neighbor, we have the basic answer. In part two of this essay I will thoroughly address, “Now how shall we live?”

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This essay was prompted by this article — https://jessicastevenstaylor.wordpress.com/2016/02/01/why-trans-people-exist-a-christian-perspective/ — in which the argument was made that since God does not make mistakes He had to have made transgender people. The article uses no Scripture—not the Holy Bible or any other religion’s sacred text—and therefore neither provides no definition for God nor cites any references for the positions taken. I was tagged on the article on Facebook and posted my disagreement. Some folks wanted more information from me, which prompted this examination.

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8 thoughts on “Did God create transgender? (1)

  1. Good morning Eilers,

    Firstly, thank you for taking the time to read and respond to my blog, your rebuttal is very thorough.

    If my writing has offended you, please know that was and is not my intention and allow me to offer apology for any offence caused.

    I deliberately did not cite scripture for 2 reasons, well two and a half. Primarily my piece was written as a ‘shut down’ to the troll who sent the message quoted to my friend and his like. These people falsely use religion as a platform from which to attack and I wanted to ensure I stayed within the terms of the original attack to avoid being dismissed by said trolls. (More than happy for comments / reaction from reational and reasoned folk).
    Secondly, there is, as I’m sure you know better than I, much debate as to the meaning of the scripture. For example I lisened to a very grounded argument that God created a single gender fluid being in The Garden of Eaden. I am not saying that this interpretation is any more or less valid than yours; simply pointing out that quoting scripture would quickly place my article out of the conceptual reach of the aforementioned trolls who are part of my intended audience.
    The other half reason is I a not nearly learned enough, I was raised in the Church of England but would not describe myself as practicing for many years.

    While our arguments may be very different I feel we can agree that being trans is no less good than any other state of being, though I will need to wait on part two to read your more detailed view on this.

    With your permission I would like to reblog this piece with mine so that my readers may have the benefit of as many veiewpoints as possible?

    Much Regard

    Jess x

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    1. Hi, Jess!

      Wow, was I ever pleased to hear from you. I awoke this morning to your wonderful thoughtfulness. Thank you!

      Please know that your writing did not offend me. Of course, I didn’t agree with your conclusions, but I did not assume you were coming from the same direction as I. I work hard to be understanding of all viewpoints – as I want folks to be understanding of mine – knowing that there are a host of religions, spiritualities, ideas about God, and so forth. (Most of which do not match my own!) 🙂

      I truly appreciate your desire and need to shut down trolls. I am sorry you get such stuff tossed at you. We all get it, but that doesn’t excuse it.

      Indeed, there is much debate over the meaning of Scripture. I was taught, and practice, to let Scripture speak for itself, not to “read into” it what I want it to say, the same way I want people to read what I write. Thus, I am confident – not cocky, though it might sound that way – that I do not “interpret” what the Holy Bible says but “express” what it says.

      So, when someone says that God created a single gender fluid being, I have to ask how that person arrived at that answer. It simply cannot be taken FROM Scripture but must be read INTO Scripture.

      You betcha, we agree that trans is no less good than any other state of being. I hope you read my second post on the topic, on Monday. Indeed, I hope we can be friends. If you are on Facebook, I’d love to be friends.

      Thank you for asking about reblogging my post. Please, do!

      I look forward to more conversation. I enjoy conversing with people who are thoughtful and kind, which you most certainly are.

      Peace,
      Gina

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      1. Thank you Gina,

        I’m afraid I cannot elaborate further on the genderfluid perspective as it is not my own conclusion. And thank you also for your offer of friendship, I will try and find you on Facebook when I get an opportunity to connect on a real computer as opposed to my phone.

        Jess.

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    1. Hi, Ann~ I am very glad to answer this. We are married as a man and a woman. Over these months of learning about myself, I define myself as a heterosexual male who is transgender. In other words, the only reason I am transitioning is because I have this horrible condition, which I was born with. Otherwise, I would be a regular guy. In my heart, toward Julie, I am a regular guy, even if, emotionally, I am not able to practice that. And I am often very sad at my situation in life, because my gender identity disorder never allowed me to experience some things as I would prefer to. But, in the end, Julie and I, as wife and husband, have profound love and respect for each other.

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