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Can a Person be Born with the Wrong Gender?

The transgender issue can be confusing, so let’s define some terms. It used to be that most people considered sex and gender to be one in the same. This is changing as the transgender movement and others are insisting that sex is determined by how one is biologically born and gender is determined by the identity of the brain. Some people who have this experience do not embrace transgender identity. They feel their brain is not properly identifying with their body and see the issue as a mental disorder. Others embrace their transgender identity and seek to normalize it.

The most referenced evidence for inborn gender identity is brain scans. When transgender peoples brains are scanned, they often exhibit some similar patterns as those of the opposite sex. Therefore, a biological man who identifies as transgender would claim his brain scan shows he has a female brain. But this turns out to be no evidence at all when one learns of neuroplasticity. The brain changes based on the thoughts, experiences, and other information the it intakes. So people who think alike, such as artists or accountants or writers, often have some similarities in their brain scans. So it is no surprise that if a man constantly thinks about being a woman, that his brain scan would show some similarities with that of women. What if such a man dies and this body is donated to medical research? What if his brain was removed and students had to identify it by the organ alone? Both DNA and size wise, the students will conclude they are studying a male brain. Therefore, the reasonable conclusion is that transgender identity is not a biological reality but a mental state that is not ordered with the body.

Conclusion

God created two biologically perfect people who rebelled against Him (Genesis 3:6). Since this time people have been born imperfect and have to deal with feelings and desires contrary to God’s purposes. Psalms 51:5 says, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.” It is because we all have been born in sin and live sinful lives that we need a Savior. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Our sins have earned us a death sentence but Jesus offers the free gift of eternal life to those who repent (Luke 13:3) and trust in Him (Romans 10:9).

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Does the Bible Say Homosexuality/Bisexuality is a Sin?

The Old Testament

The Old Testament prohibits homosexuality (and therefore bisexuality).

“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination (Leviticus 18:22).”

“If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination;… (Leviticus 20:13).

But these verses are from the Old Covenant that God made with Moses and the Jewish people. Christians live under the New Covenant and therefore these passages are not binding.”

While much of the Old Covenant is not binding on Christians, it is mistaken to assert that none of it is binding on Christians. What primarily carries forward are moral commandments. Nine out of the Ten Commandments are repeated in the New Testament. The prohibition against homosexuality is not just repeated in the New Testament but is even more clear. And both chapters 18 and 20 in Leviticus are clear that God is not only finds homosexuality sinful for Jews but Gentiles as well.

“Do not make yourselves unclean by any of these things, for by all these the nations I am driving out before you have become unclean, and the land became unclean, so that I punished its iniquity, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. But you shall keep my statutes and my rules and do none of these abominations, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you (for the people of the land, who were before you, did all of these abominations, so that the land became unclean), lest the land vomit you out when you make it unclean, as it vomited out the nation that was before you. For everyone who does any of these abominations, the persons who do them shall be cut off from among their people. So keep my charge never to practice any of these abominable customs that were practiced before you, and never to make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God (Leviticus 18:2-30).”

“You shall therefore keep all my statutes and all my rules and do them, that the land where I am bringing you to live may not vomit you out. And you shall not walk in the customs of the nation that I am driving out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I detested them (Leviticus 20:22-23).”

So God judged the Canaanites sexual sins to be so serious He had them driven out of their land. Leviticus 18:26 also mentions that both native (Jews) and strangers (Gentiles) were not to engage in the sexual sins listed in the chapter.

But these passages are referencing abusive homosexuality, such as between men and boys. That was common then and must be what Moses had in mind.”

Both passages speak of adults, men and women. To say otherwise is to read into the text and not what it actually states. There is simply no basis for such an interpretation.

These passages only speak of male homosexuality. Therefore, lesbianism must be permissible.”

There are no biblical or extra-biblical historical records of religious Jews approving of lesbian relationships. But the New Testament does directly address lesbianism in Romans 1.

The New Testament

“For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error (Romans 1:26-27).”

Again, this is addressing abusive homosexuality, such as between men and boys. That was common then and must be what Paul had in mind.”

First, the passage only references adults. Second, is was not common for women to abuse girls. This is further evidence the claim that the Bible means to only reference adult homosexuality with youth is unfounded. Third, notice both homosexual partners are “consumed with passion for one another.” Children are not consumed with passion for their sexual abusers.

Romans 1:22-25 states that these people became very sinful because of idolatry, worshiping created things instead of God. He then gives them over to their lusts and they delve into their sins, the first listed being homosexuality. So this passage doesn’t even apply to homosexuals worshiping God in Christian churches.”

The teaching of Romans 1 continues into chapter 2:

“We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed (Romans 2:2-6).”

So some of the Christians in the Roman church were engaging in the sins listed in chapter 1, including homosexuality. Such people “deserve to die” (Romans 1:32), are under God’s judgment (Romans 2:2-3) and wrath (Romans 2:5). The passage applies to both people inside and outside the church.

Conclusion

Romans 2:4 states that God is kind and patience towards people in order to lead them toward repentance. People of all sexuality have to struggle with putting God’s will above their own. But when we do this, the Bible states, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:11).”

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If God is Love, Why Does He Condemn Homosexuality?

What is Love?

Everyone agrees: love does not mean to approve of everything. In fact, sometimes the loving thing to do is to reject or prohibits something. For example, a teenager might love to go to a party with alcohol and drugs, but it is percisely because of their parents love that they reject the idea and prohibit their child from attending.

God’s Love

God is love and just as a loving parent sets guidelines for their children, so does God. Sometimes children mistakenly believe their parents hate them for restricting their behavior. But in reality if a parent believes a given behavior to be harmful, the hateful thing for them to do would be to encourage the behavior. God is the creator and designer of life. He knows how best it should be lived. His commands are given, not to hurt us, but to help us.

God’s Purpose

God created sex to be practiced between opposite sexes within marriage. When any person, heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, or otherwise, rejects God’s design for sexual relationships, it is a sin. It is rebellion which says “My will is more important than God’s.” It is the opposite view of Jesus, who when faced with death said, “…not my will, but yours, be done (Luke 22:42).” It is also the breaking of the greatest commandment: “…You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (Matthew 22:37).” A heart that loves God shows it by obeying His commandments. Many claim to love God but their actions show their true fruit. Jesus said in Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

Conclusion

Romans 2:4 states that God is kind and patience towards people in order to lead them toward repentance. People of all sexuality have to struggle with putting God’s will above their own. But when we do this, the Bible states, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:11).”