A Christian view of trans

Christian theology supports trans people and transition unequivocally. The Bible recognises and values trans people. As Peterson Toscano said, a man carrying a water jar was doing women’s work, which was beyond shameful for a man in that culture- she must have been trans.

The Bible values bodies as good. God created humanity in God’s image, and everything God had made was very good. Male and female God made me! God knitted me together in my mother’s womb- I am fearfully and wonderfully made. And after my transition I was freed to see my body as beautiful and wonderful, not inadequate as I thought before. As God does not have a body, whether like in the Sistine Chapel with a grey beard and pink shirt or otherwise, the image is of our nature- like God, we are loving, creative, powerful and beautiful. It is that nature, made in God’s image, that drives us to transition.

Philip baptised the Ethiopian eunuch. Eunuchs were condemned in the old testament, but not in the new dispensation of Christ.

Jesus identifies with the lowly and downtrodden: whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me. When the Church spits hate, such as the Pope inveighing against “gender theory, which does not recognise the order of creation” calling it as bad as the use of nuclear weapons, he continues the oppression of the strong against the weak that Christ condemned. Francis was pleasing his conservative followers then, the modern equivalent of the scribes and pharisees who Jesus said locked people out of the Kingdom of Heaven. For them, morality is a set of rules, to be used to condemn others. However the Kingdom of Heaven is completely different: we have one Father, who is in Heaven, and one teacher, one instructor, who is the Christ. Jesus will send the Teacher, the Holy Spirit, who will be in us.

You know who you are and what is right because Christ has sent Christ’s spirit to be in you. Your conviction that your gender is not that assigned, your conviction that you are of the other gender, which you know despite all denial, which eventually you have the courage to assert despite all the mockery and hostility others rain down on you, comes from Christ, who says, In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!

Paul confirms this: If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you. In Acts, we read of the holy spirit coming on all kinds of people. Peter’s epistle predicts the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts– which is the moment you commit to transition, and fully expressing who you are.

The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened. That is, the Kingdom of Heaven is among us, here, present, now, when we follow the Spirit of Christ within. You know your transition is right through the Spirit of Christ leading you.

This post is not written for atheists. If you do not value the Bible, it will not convince you that God leads you to freedom through transition. You know that transition is good for other reasons. Rather I write for people when the Bible has been used to condemn them, for that is a false use of the Bible. The words of Jesus within us confirm that we are right to transition.

5 thoughts on “A Christian view of trans

  1. Your comments are so correct! Raised as a Catholic attending Catholic grade school I was steeped in biblical teaching. I sensed a disconnect of the broad, inclusive sense of Jesus and the guilt driven teachings pronounced by clergy and nuns. Thank you for your comments.

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    • Welcome, Keith. Thank you for commenting. Yes! Yet some of those clergy read Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love to be greeted with respect in the market-places, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honour at banquets without blushing!

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  2. I am afraid I have to disagree here. God didn’t make a damn thing because there is no proof of his existence especially anything in the Bible. Yes you can cherry pick for the good stuff, but there are a lot of nasty stuff too. Unfortunately, in today’s world these nasties outweigh the good bits where it matters in the public sphere. If only everyone could get along, but we are human beings and we don’t. How is that so good. There are two stories of creation in Genesis. The six days thing, which is scientifically untenable, and the Adam story, which is demeaning to woman. It is interesting that it states that god created them male and female in the first story. One could interpret this as god made every androgynous.

    I am not against individual belief per se, but when it harms others, I think this needs to be eschewed. Belief here does not necessarily have to be religious for this to happen. But, there is plenty of harm being done in the name of belief in god. But, there are atheists bigots out there as well. But, odds our there are less atheist bigots then religious fundamentalist bigots. And yes there are fundamentalist out there who are not bigots. I am friends with several.

    Sorry for being such a downer here, but you do say “All comments are welcome.”

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