Transgender Studies And The Origin Of Sexual Identity

After reading many studies for sexual identity and seeking to understand the position of those who claim to be a different gender from the one they were born with, one thing was clear in all of these articles; the writer was seeking to justify the right of a person to choose their own sexual identity.

The reason the issue of gender identity is so important is that either what God said about human sexuality is true or it is not. Did He created us male and female or are we free to choose our own sexual identity?

If God exists then He must be perfect in every regard. He must know the answers to every question we will have during our lives. As God, it is impossible that He could make a mistake. These things being true, when God said there are only two genders, male and female, He is telling us the truth.

And Jesus answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?  ~Matthew 19:4-5

If we find ourselves in a place where we are in conflict with what God said then it is certain that it is we who are wrong and not God.

In many of these studies that I read, there were assertions that gender identity is determined in the womb. There are studies which attempt to identify genetic DNA differences between persons with gender conflicts and those who do not. There are writers who seek to convince us that gender is not a choice, it is the way that we are born.

As I read these studies I was really hoping to find a few which could support their theories with actual science. I noticed that these writers all used a method that I have also found in those who try to assert that evolution is a fact of science. They continually state that these are scientific conclusions but when we examine what they are using as science, they do not prove the points these writers are making.

Evolutionists claim that all life originated from one species. This hypothesis is based upon provable science that certain species have been observed in adapting to their environments by small evolutionary changes. The beaks of Finches change over time in places where living conditions are harsh. The problem with these studies is that Finches never become anything different from Finches. There is not a single piece of scientific evidence that any species has ever evolved into a completely different species. Yet the theory of evolution is widely taught in universities all over the world.

Similarly, modern studies in gender identity, take the same course in seeking to prove that gender is something we are born with rather than a choice we make.

There is not a single study anywhere which scientifically proves that people who struggle with gender identity were born with the wrong body. In fact, studies have proven that the human brain can trick us into believing certain things about ourselves that are not true.

There are some individuals who believe that one of the limbs of their body should not be there. Referred to as “Body Integrity Identity Disorder, or BIID, also called ‘apotemnophelia, or xenomelia’ certain individuals feel strongly that the arm or leg in question should be amputated. There are no biological or physiological reason the limb should be removed, only that the person feels it must be taken off.[1,2]

There are persons who are born without an arm or leg who insist that they feel as thought the limb were there. Referred to as “phantom limbs,” there are also cases where a person has lost an arm or leg and their brain tells them that it is still there.[3]

The point of all this is that our brain does not always tell us the correct information about ourselves. We cannot trust what we feel as being valid information. We must base our lives on something timeless and unchanging. Human beings change their minds often depending upon how they feel. The world of God never changes and always tells us the truth about who we are and how to live our lives for maximum happiness.

The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?  I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind. ~Jeremiah 17:9-10

God said that He made us male and female. If we feel as though we are not the sex for which we were born, it is a problem that we must solve by conforming our mind into the reality of what God has said, and not how we feel.

If you read the many articles about this subject you will find that people are changing the definition for gender and making a distinction between a person’s biological sex and their gender identity.

“According to the new gender ideology, the word “sex” is restricted to the biological, while “gender” describes the social and cultural manifestation of sex: how a person feels and experiences his or her sexual identity and how it is shaped by culture.

If individuals are unhappy because they want to be the sex they were not born, they are, according to the American Psychiatric Association, suffering from “gender dysphoria.” Some believe they were born with the body of one sex and the psyche of the other and want their bodies changed to match their internal “wiring.” They want to convince others to see them as the other sex.”[4]

Throughout human history, whenever society has allowed certain individuals to redefine behavior so that they can live in a manner they chose, all of society suffers. Every year there are new demands made by those who choose to live in a manner different from their biological birth.

The problem with this continuing movement is that it never ends. Regardless the accommodations that are made to persons who want to be identified by a gender different from their physical bodies define, there will always be more concessions demanded later. The gay movement began with insistence that they be accepted by society and progressed into demands to redefine marriage. Transgender persons sought for acceptance by society and later demanded they be given access to public restrooms according to their gender identity, not their anatomical reality.

These moral changes degrade human society and jeopardize the very fabric of our existence. God will hold each one of us accountable for what we do with our bodies while living our lives on earth. He expects us to conduct ourselves according to how He made us, not in the manner we choose for ourselves.

God made it clear that persons who change their sexual identity for the purpose of satisfying their sexual desires, will not inherit the kingdom of heaven.

Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.  ~1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (NLT)

Paul said in this passage that some of us were once like this, but we determined to do what God said and not what our bodies told us. We decided to obey God and therefore made ourselves ready for heaven by Jesus death and resurrection.

This is our life and what we do with it will someday be answered before God. If we lived our life in opposition to God and what He commanded us, we will lose our opportunity for eternal life. If we turn from our sins, to Jesus Christ, and live as God commanded us, we have the assurance that heaven is our home and we will live in a perfect world forever.


NOTES:

[1] Van Dijk MT, van Wingen GA, van Lammeren A, Blom RM, de Kwaasteniet BP, Scholte HS, Denys D. Neural basis of limb ownership in individuals with body integrity identity disorder. PLoS One. 2013 Aug 21;8(8):e72212.
[2] http://www.fortbildung.usz.ch/pdf/FS2013/2013_03_14-15_xenomelie.pdf
[3] Ramachandran, V K and Blakeslee, S, Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind, Sandra Blakeslee, 1998, ISBN 0-688-17217-2
[4]  Understanding and Responding to the Transgender Movement
By Dale O’Leary and Peter Sprigg, https://www.frc.org/transgender



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