By Elizabeth Prata
In Genesis 1:26, God made man in His image. We don’t look like God nor do we possess His incommunicable attributes, but ‘in His image’ means as Phil Johnson preached:
“Humanity bears the stamp of God’s likeness. No other creature, not even the highest archangel, was made in God’s image. We can see the image of God imprinted on the human soul in humanity’s unique moral and spiritual attributes, those things that set us apart from the animals.”
“For example, the human intellect is uniquely capable of self-reflection. We’re creative. We are moved by beauty. We speak a variety of complex languages. Our moral instinct (that innate sense of right and wrong) is unparalleled in the animal kingdom. We have a conscience that declares our guilt when we do wrong. And no other creature manifests anything like the human craving for communion with God. Animals don’t practice religion of any kind.” end Phil Johnson excerpt from sermon “What Creation Reveals”
Then God made woman, Genesis 2:22. God made male and He made female. He made only two genders. He didn’t make another Adam and then change that Adam into Eve. He used one rib, and fashioned a woman, distinct from a man. He did this for a purpose. First, to be a helper suitable for man. Second, so that the two would come together and populate the earth.
In the New Testament, Jesus affirmed God’s design of the two genders in Matthew 19:4 and 5. Jesus replied to the Pharisees’ question about marriage this way, “And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE,” and said, ‘FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND HIS MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH’?” emphasis Bible’s.
Jesus’ reply in a few short words covers a lot. It affirms God’s design for human kind- two genders. It affirms that marriage is between one man and one woman. It affirms two genders again, noting that there is a father and a mother, from which a child issued. In other words it intends two specific genders that comprise family units. It affirms that in marriage, the two genders become one flesh. That last bit refers to the sexual act, but overall it also refers in general that the two genders become one unit. I.E. that marriage is permanent between two opposite-sex individuals.
Even where polygamy is recorded in the Bible, it’s a man married to multiple women. You note that even though polygamy is sinful, that when it is pictured in the Bible, it’s opposite genders married, not same genders married to multiples of the same gender. The creation mandate to multiply cannot happen between same genders.
But speaking of the one flesh as the marital physical act, there is no other configuration from which two people become one flesh.
The human reproductive system is designed by God. It’s designed to be incomplete without the other gender. Humans were given a mandate to go forth and multiply (Genesis 1:28). They were given that mandate again after the flood (Genesis 9:7). The human reproductive system was designed to produce a human, which cannot happen when the sexes are the same. Homosexuality is evidence that God has given them over to their unwholesome and depraved desires, (Romans 1:26-27), and it rejects the marriage mandate and the multiplication mandate. It is a total rejection of God’s created order.
Though in the Bible times they did not have the medical capability to change a person from one gender to another like we do now, God called the outward expression of a person presenting the inward desire to be another gender via cross-dressing, an abomination in Deuteronomy 22:5. Going the extra step nowadays using medical technology to actually change genders and not simply dress like the opposite gender, would also be an abomination. Even more so.
They are suppressing their own biology. All they need to do is examine their own body and understand they are a boy or a girl. A man or a woman. God does not make mistakes and He didn’t put the wrong ‘heart’ into the wrong body. There are two genders and they are as solid as cement, not fluid, not changeable, but one OR the other. What you are is what you are and what God intended them to be when He formed them in the womb.
If one rejects one’s own gender, it is an ultimate rejection of God, because He is creator not just of the world but of each person. It’s a supreme rejection of God because if I can change my own gender, adjust my own biology, I am my own god.
All creation groans under the curse set upon it by man’s first sin. (Romans 8:22). Yet all creation is doing what it’s supposed to, while suffering. Only man is the rebel. Humans who desire to switch from one gender to another are living with a deep inward delusion. They are living in the darkness, and we should have compassion on someone who is so burdened with perverted desires. We should pity the person who is under such judgment from God that He gave them over. We should be righteously angry with parents who act as in Romans 1:32, they heartily applaud such craven desires and allow their precious children to be pushed further into the evil dark.
For the person sadly seeking some sort of ‘liberation’ from being ‘trapped’ in the wrong body, there is liberation. It’s liberation from the power of sin, by repenting of our sin and appealing to Jesus Christ and His death on the cross and resurrection. He died for sinners, and has released those already who will repent of their sin and acknowledge Him. True liberation comes from Jesus, not a different gender. The pursuit of liberation, satisfaction, settled happiness, comes not under the surgeon’s knife but under the sharp sword of the Word of God. The word promises-
So then, brothers and sisters, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— 13for if you are living in accord with the flesh, you are going to die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons and daughters of God. 15For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons and daughters by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” 16The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. (Romans 8:12-17).
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