Biblical Gender Identity

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DISCLAIMER: This is a mature topic only intended for people who've at least begun puberty. If you are less than 13 years old then I pray you don't have any reason to concern yourself with this yet, and you should ask a trustworthy adult before reading this.

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In the beginning Satan asked Eve "did God really say?" (Genesis 3:1) and we still ask each other that same question today. God made us in His image (Genesis 1:26) and we desperately want to return the favor (if not take his place). The concept of "be holy because I am holy" is expressed in both the Old and New Testaments (Leviticus 19:2, 1 Peter 1:15-16) and the whole world today seems to struggle tremendously with this. So this page is dedicated to making sure we're clear on what God's word says about gender identity, because what God says is important (Ephesians 5:17).

As a technicality, here are some definitions from Gender is "either the male or female division of a species, especially as differentiated by social and cultural roles and behavior." Sex is "either the male or female division of a species, especially as differentiated with reference to the reproductive functions." Arguably the most obvious element in gender identity is inter-gender relations, including and especially the biological activity of procreation, and the leisure activity that involves the same action. When the word "sex" is used to describe this action, it's not being used as a verb but rather as an idiom. (The idiom is what most of us think of when we hear this term, and is the version of this word used in this page.)

In the beginning God clearly & distinctly made the first two humans as male or female (Genesis 1:27). Still today, everyone is born with either a chromosome pair XX (female) or XY (male) and they have unique, God given features as a result (Psalm 139:13). Granted a small fraction of people are exceptions to this, such as a single X or XXY (medically referred to as a disease) but this is the result of a fallen world (Isaiah 24:20, Romans 8:22) and generalizations aren't obligated to cover rare exceptions. More to the point is, not everyone is given clear role models while growing up, and the human psyche is a complex thing, therefore we can sometimes form distorted perceptions of our own gender and the role of sexual activity in our lives. ("Gender Dysphoria" is a condition when we misalign our "gender" from our natural born, genetically assigned "sex".) But just because we can doesn't mean we may or should, and definitely doesn't mean we should enact laws inventing rights for those who do. A better response is to make sure everyone has healthy role models and just as important (if not more) is to make sure everyone understands and appreciates what God has already told us. Just because millions of people are confused on this topic doesn't make it complicated. It means those people aren't clear on (or disapprove of) the opinion of their creator.

So then, the first question is: when is the activity of sex allowed or even encouraged, from a Biblical perspective? Here is a fairly exhaustive list of the references:
  • Genesis 1:27-28  hub
  • Genesis 2:24-25  hub
  • Genesis 9:1  hub
  • Exodus 21:10  hub
  • Proverbs 5:18-19  hub
  • Song of Solomon 4:8-5:1  hub
  • Malachi 2:15  hub
  • 1 Corinthians 7:1-5  hub
  • 1 Corinthians 7:8-9  hub
Apparently the only place sex is meant to fit into life is inside the closed relationship of a husband and wife, most notably for (but clearly not limited to) procreation. In other words, sex is a consecration of marriage, not the other way around. Anything else was understood in Biblical times to be "sexual immorality."

There is no reason to believe that humanity nor morality have "evolved" thereby making anything that was immoral in the past be more permissible now. Below are some pages that explore the direct and indirect Bible passages that were intended to head off each of these common ways that many cultures over the centuries have excused themselves (Hebrews 4:12, 2 Peter 3:5). To a non-believer, this whole concept is basically moot. The first priority for a non-believer is that God loves them (John 3:16). Once we acknowledge that, then we need to care about what God cares about, and we have an obligation to all who would come after us and look up to us (1 Corinthians 5:9-13, 1 Timothy 4:12). As believers in God, followers of Jesus Christ, we should care about what God cares about and do what He asks (Matthew 7:21). It's not just that He wants us to avoid "crossing the line" of sin, He wants us to be holy (Ephesians 5:3, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8). We all have a tendency to justify our own opinions and actions (Proverbs 16:2) so besides the "anything else" mentioned above, let's be clear on the varieties of "sexual immorality" the Bible specifically warns us against.

Last Modified: Thursday, October 26, 2017