Tolerance and Transsexualism

There is a lot said about what Christians believe about sexuality. Mostly it is said by non-Christians with a particular agenda to promote the civil rights of, or simply to promote (yes I did say that) one of a number of non-normative (statistically, and no I didn’t say “normal” I said “normative” so before you “go off on one” please learn the difference between the two words) non-heterosexual  sexualities.

I get the impression that because what many Christians believe about sexuality is not the liberal popular current thinking that holds sway in the developed west (this not in many other parts of the world which in these days of moral relativism are presumably entitled to think differently? <grin>), there is also in the popular mind a notion that Christianity or the Bible (synonymous things in the the popular mind I suggest) has a crude and unsubtle approach to all questions of sexuality.

Actually that isn’t so. The Bible makes distinctions between all sorts of sexualities, and deals with them separately. The Bible distinguishes between gender and sexuality, and in various places the Bible separately addresses transsexuality, homosexuality, bestiality, pedophilia, incest and adultery. Of this list, transsexuality is the odd one out because it is not a sin. OK now I have surprised you maybe.

There was no direct modern concept of Transsexualism, but the closest and relevant analogue in Biblical terms is certainly the Eunuch.

In Matthew we see that we should accept Eunuchs (a class that in modern times we would understand to include Transsexuals) –

“For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.” – Matthew 19:12 (KJV) 

Also we find in Acts 8:26-40 (KJV) the story of the Ethiopian Eunuch. The Eunuch asks if there is any barrier to him being baptised. Philip replies that as long as the Eunuch believes with all his heart he can be baptised, and so the Eunuch gets baptised.

So, both Matthew in his report of Jesus, and Philip’s actions as led by the Holy Spirit, make it quite clear that we are to fully accept Eunuchs (AKA Transsexuals), and no more or less than any other human being. Transsexualism is not a sin and so should be no bar to the person being a full practicing accepted born again Christian whilst they remain a Transsexual. If of course they desire to change and feel that their transsexualism is a medical or mental problem, they can pray and be prayed for in the same way as any other person with a condition in which they seek to have change.

Oh! Did you think I was going to say something about homosexuals? Another time. <grin>



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