To finish up this topic, we are going to look at a handful of other verses that I found where the Bible speaks about the in utero gestation process. I can’t say for certain that I have provided an exhaustive list over these three related posts. But the list appears to be an extensive, representative sample on the topic as addressed by the Bible.
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. – Jeremiah 1:5
Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen. – Isaiah 44:2
These two verses echo the verses I previously presented on the work of the LORD in forming the human body from the moment of conception, and also knowing our personality from even before that moment. There is still nothing in these verses that negates the Bible verses that speak to the effect of corruption on the formation of every human body. There is nothing in any of these verses that claims that God creates us in such a way that we emerge from the birth canal with a perfectly formed body that is also in perfect harmony with the mind.
Of course the Bible would not make such a claim. The Bible is Truth. Such a claim would fly in the face of all the obvious evidence that many people are born with obvious and serious birth defects. Most of these birth defects are not related to sex or gender, but many are.
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. – Psalm 127:3
This verse is only loosely connected to the topic, but I included it as part of my effort to make sure the topic was explored to the fullest. Heritage can also be translated as “inheritance”. The idea is that if an inheritance is given, it must have belonged to the giver before it was bequeathed. Since the gift is fully bestowed at the moment of birth, it refers to the creator/owner relationship between God and the unborn child. (Every inheritance given by people is given either at death or its contemplation. Only an abundant and eternal God can give inheritance while knowing that He will never die.)
Children are a reward and blessing to the father as well as to the mother. James 1:17 says that “every good gift and every perfect gift” comes from God in heaven. Some gifts are perfect, others are merely good (and good coming from God is still very good indeed). Children are not perfect as we have seen from other Bible verses and our own general knowledge. They are merely good, at least until they reach the “terrible twos”!
As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all. – Ecclesiastes 11:5
This verse is similar to Job 38-41 where God admonishes Job with about 125 verses of things that God does which Job can neither do nor understand how it is done. We know what is produced in the womb. We know who forms the child (God with some interference by Satan). We may even be able to clone (i.e., copy) a life from existing tissue. But we do not know how to create a life out of nothing. Even with all my science background (two years as an engineering major at Cornell, including college level courses in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics designed for science and engineering majors), I suspect that man will never be able to reach that level of ability.
It’s like the story of the scientist who boasts to God that he can create a human life the way that God did in Genesis 1. God tells him to go ahead and show what he can do.
So the scientist builds a laboratory. He obtains permission to directly connect to high voltage electrical power transmission lines to provide sufficient energy. He brings in sophisticated machinery and test tubes, beakers and petri dishes. Finally, he takes a shovel and begins to fill a barrel with dirt.
“Stop right there,” says God.
“What’s wrong?” replies the scientist.
“Get your own dirt,” answers God.
Anyway, to get back on point, once again there is nothing in this verse to contradict the teaching in two different verses that corruption and defect is part of how we were formed. God is not part of the corruption, but He allows it for His own purposes. And note how both spirit and physical body are connected in the same verse once again.
Part of my research for the three posts on this topic included visits to websites that use the Bible to “prove” that transsexuals who transition are dreadful sinners. Indeed, they produced many verses to come to this conclusion. A number of them were related to different areas of the discussion besides in utero formation. I am not ignoring them. They will be discussed in later posts.
What I found especially interesting, however, is that some of their arguments used the same verses that I use. For example, one such essay used the Psalm 139 quote that I referenced in part one of this series. However, they made sure that they elided the part about being formed in the lower parts of the earth. It was inconvenient to their argument. They cannot explain it away. Better just to ignore it and hope that no one will notice?
Many of them also gave a great deal of weight to the creation story in Genesis 1, beginning with the point when the creation of mankind occurs. They also point out where it says in Genesis 1:31, when God looked upon everything that He had made (including mankind) that it was “very good”. But very good is not perfect, without spot or blemish.
More importantly, they ignore the fact that in Genesis 1, sin and corruption had not yet entered into the world. That does not occur until Genesis 3. Once Satan enters the picture and is given a foothold on earth, the paradise created by God on earth is lost (my shameless borrowing from John Milton’s work based on Genesis 1-3). Things are no longer as they were in Genesis 1, nor will paradise be restored until the old heaven and old earth pass away and there is a new heaven and new earth. Without being placed in proper context, including Psalm 51:5 and 139:15 that show the part corruption plays in our formation, Genesis 1:26-31 cannot be accurately included in this discussion.
While doing my research, it was interesting that I found a few websites that were either written by other Christian transsexuals or in support of transsexuals while using the Bible as part of that defense. While many of them were still using the same arguments as I had seen in previous years, arguments that I had found incomplete (and in one or two cases, severely flawed), for the first time I saw Bible verses being used that I have come up with independently. This cheered me a great deal.
This is not a time for rivalry. Even if the work of some will eventually be recognized above others, all will benefit by truth being proclaimed. As more voices are raised up that cannot be confounded, the sweet chorus will reach more and more people: fair-minded people who will be won over, just as they were when voices were raised up in opposition to arguments based on erroneous usage of Scripture that tried to justify the institution of slavery or the supposed inferiority of the black race.
Spiritually, there can be a time for the solitary voice, but the price is often steep for some who are called to that lot in life. Tyndale, because of his lonely effort to produce an accurate Bible in the common language of England, was tied to the stake, strangled and burned. Jeremiah, bringing God’s prophesy about the need for repentance or the southern kingdom would be brought captive to Babylon, was imprisoned and mocked by the prophets who prophesied smooth words that were not from the Lord. Elijah alone challenged 450 prophets of Baal and the Lord gave him victory, but then immediately fled for his life from Queen Jezebel. Isaiah prophesies about one who will be crying in the wilderness to prepare the way of the LORD. (Christians believe that John the Baptist both fulfills the Isaiah prophesy and is of the type and spirit of Elijah. He eventually was imprisoned and beheaded.)
Lonely voices have been crying in the wilderness proclaiming that being transsexual is not a sin. Now, we are seeing scientific evidence, the majority opinion of the medical community and Biblical evidence coming together to support that proclamation. It is my fervent hope even unto the shedding of tears as I write this, that voices are now been raised up and are coming together “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14): a time of deliverance from the voices in the Christian community who would condemn us for nothing more than the circumstances of how we were born.
As such, a layperson’s look at the scientific evidence is in order for our next post. Mostly, it will provide links to various websites or articles related to our topic and a brief discussion about each one.