Bible passages on transgender &
Introduction: Religious beliefs
about gender; some Bible verses
Religious belief and the definition of
In areas of science ranging from cosmology, origin of the
species, human sexuality, etc. religious conservatives often hold beliefs that
are at variance from those held by scientists, researchers, religious liberals,
etc. For example, many religious conservatives believe that:
Origin of the world: The age of the world and the rest of the universe is less than
10,000 years. Essentially all geologists and astronomers believe that the world is about 4.5 billion years old, and
the universe itself dates back about 15 billion years.
Origin of the species: God created all of the basic "kinds" of animals shortly after
creating the world. Minor changes later produced the full range of species.
Essentially all biologists believe that a single-cell form of life came into existence as a result
of natural processes, and evolved over billions of years by natural selection to
produce the diversity of species.
Homosexuals: Adults who are attracted only to members of the
same gender -- choose their abnormal, unnatural lifestyle and can change it with
some effort. Human sexuality researchers, therapists, gays, lesbians, bisexuals,
religious liberals and others believe that homosexuality is discovered, not
chosen. It is normal and natural for a minority of adults and is always or
almost always fixed in adulthood.
So, it should come as little surprise that religious
conservatives would differ from most others on transgender/transsexual matters.
One fundamental difference is whether:
A MTF transgender person (a genetic male who identifies as
female) is a male or female, or
A FTM transgender person (a genetic female who identifies as
male) is a female or male.
Most religious conservatives define a person's gender by their
gentilia and sex chromosomes. The vast majority of religious liberals, human
sexuality researchers, therapists, transgender persons and transsexuals define
gender by the person's gender identity.
To most religious conservatives, gender remains unchanged: a MTF
transsexual remains a male and a FTM transsexual remains a female.
To others, a MTF transsexual is female and a FTM transsexual is
Biblical passages cited in support of religiously
We use the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible for the following
discussion. We are able to do this freely because it is not copyrighted as more
modern translations are.
Most conservative Christians believe that humans were created by God within a
binary gender system -- as either males or female. This binary system was set up
so that men and women could fulfill their different, firmly defined, God-given roles in the
family, the church, the workplace, and the rest of society. This belief is one reason why most
conservative Christians are so strongly opposed to any form of minority gender
or sexual expression, as in homosexual behavior,
transsexuality, gender reassignment surgery, etc. They often cite:
Genesis 1:27: "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God
created he him; male and female created he them." They believe that this
gender system reflects the nature of God as well as the reality of humanity.
In Genesis 2:23, Adam asserted
his authority over Eve by naming her: "...she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man." In ancient times, one was believed to
take authority over a person or thing by naming it.
Genesis 3:16 states that the husband is to rule over his wife.
Throughout the Hebrew Scriptures Old Testament), women were considered as property to be owned at first by
their father and later by their husbands. With few exceptions, women were restricted to roles of
little or no authority.
In the rigidly stratified society of the ancient Hebrews, changing one's appearance to that opposite to their
genetic sex would be considered an abomination. It would destabilize society, as
females became males and vice-versa; as the oppressed became the oppressors, and
vice-versa. Similarly, among religious and social conservatives today, if women
are allowed to transition to men, then the social order would be disrupted as
some of the transsexual men would seek positions of greater authority in the
church and family. The natural order of gender -- that they feel has been established by God -- would be
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
"What does the Bible say about being Transgender?," Bible Question Box, ,
http://www.bibleanswer.com/ This is a Powerpoint presentation.