Key Bible Verses

Some key Bible verses and commentary that relate to my position as to what the Bible says about being transsexual:

[The importance of Genesis 1:27: 1) It describes a time before the fall of mankind when there was no corruption in the world; since the fall, people can be born with all manner of birth defects.  2) The Word of God is inerrant.  Therefore, if a verse is stated as an absolute, it must apply to every situation.  If God judges male and female by our body rather than our mind, then what do we make of people with ambiguous genitalia or with both sets of genitalia?  What do we make of people with atypical chromosomes (i.e. neither XX nor XY) or chimera people (who have both XX and XY in various parts of their body)?  What do we make of people who have XY chromosomes but are able to conceive a child, carry it to full term in their womb and give birth to a healthy baby?  What do we make of people who have XY chromosomes but are unable to process androgens so they develop totally female in appearance?

If our interpretation is that God judges by the physical characteristics, then the verse fails because these people are neither strictly male nor female.  But if God judges by the gender identity in our minds, corresponding to the spirit He puts in us, then there is no conflict in Genesis 1:27 with those people who know that their gender identity does not match their genitalia.

We can further confirm this when we consider that God the Father and Jesus the son are consistently identified throughout the Bible as male (also true for the Holy Spirit in the KJV and most translations).  Now is God corporeal or is He spirit?  The Bible clearly states that God is a Spirit and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.  (John 4:24)  So does God’s gender identity reside in His body or in His mind and spirit?  Of course, it must reside in His mind and Spirit for only when He takes on physical form (which can even be a rock), does He have any corporeal form at all.  God has a spirit nature, not a corporeal nature.

And we are created in the image of God.  We are imperfect, but of like nature.]

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.Genesis 1:27

[Image doesn’t have to be physical.  It can be spiritual.  In fact, we see that clearly in the following verse.  For those who are being conformed to the image of Christ, it is a spiritual confirming.  Over time, men and women do not grow to look more and more like the physical appearance of Jesus.]  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.Romans 8:29

[The primary purpose for which woman was created was to have a female identity complementary to the male identity because none of the beasts that God created would fulfill that need in man.  Part of the woman’s role was to be the sexual partner of a man, her husband.  But the female identity is the primary.  It occurs in chapter 2, before God ever mentions childbearing in chapter 3, and before the first time that sexual relations between Adam and Eve are mentioned (chapter 4).  Remember that some events in Genesis 1 occur after events in Genesis 2.]

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.Genesis 2:18

[Two verses that state that God plays a role in the in utero formation of our body, and also knows our personality before we are born.]

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

For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.Psalm 139:13-16  [We are fearfully and wonderfully made in the lowest parts of the earth.  Does or does not Satan have authority in the lowest parts of the earth?  Since Satan is the source of corruption and counterfeit of what is perfect, it is reasonable to see Satan as the source of birth defects.  Of course, this is under the overall authority of God’s permissive will.  On the other hand, this passage clearly states that it is God who possesses our reins, that is the seat of our emotions.  That is spiritual, not physical.  If God possesses it, that is reserved for God alone.]

Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.Psalm 51:5  [Another verse that points to the fact that corruption affects the formation of our body.]

The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.Zechariah 12:1

Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also?Luke 11:40

[An argument often used against transsexuals is that God doesn’t make mistakes.  Yet, God isn’t only involved with the creation of our physical body.  Here we clearly see that God puts the spirit inside of a person.  That spirit could be either male or female.  We have seen the likelihood that it is Satan who causes physical birth defects.  Unless we can find a verse that says that Satan can also corrupt the spirit within us before we are born, then we would have to conclude that if there is a gender mismatch between mind and body, it is Satan causing it by changing the physical characteristics to be contrary to the spirit that God formed within a person.]

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  [Another verse that shows the connection between spiritual and physical when a child develops in the womb.]

And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?John 9:2  [Part of a passage on the healing of a man born blind.  Jesus teaches here that the man was born with a birth defect, not because of sin associated with the man or his parents, but rather for the honor and glory of God.  Jesus then restores the man’s sight.]

Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.  And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.  And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.  And all the people saw him walking and praising God: And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.Acts 3:6-10  [Here, we see that curing a man with a birth defect – he was lame from birth – is not strictly reserved to God.]

But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. 1st Samuel 16:7  [God makes it clear that, unlike people, He places the primary emphasis to judge a person on their heart (metaphorically speaking), not their physical appearance.]

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. – John 6:63  [Another verse showing how God places far more importance on the spiritual than upon the physical.]

[The Bible talks about eunuchs. There is evidence in the Old Testament and in Jewish law at the time of Jesus ministry that in the language of 1611, the term “eunuch” includes transgender individuals.]  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

Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.Isaiah 56:3-5  [Speaking through the prophet Isaiah, God lets eunuchs know that not only may the be restored to the people of God, nullifying Deuteronomy 23:1, if they are faithful followers of God. In fact, they are exalted with an even better name, an everlasting one. Once again, God places far more importance on the spiritual than on the physical.]

4 thoughts on “Key Bible Verses”

  1. Kelly Houske said:

    Thank you for this post. I have wrestled with this point for some time. As a Christian, and trans it has been a struggle for me reconcile what I am being told by well meaning Christians and what I find in scripture. This will go a long way to help me better articulate what I already believed.

    • Kelly,
      I’m so glad you found these verses helpful. I started reading the Bible from cover to cover over and over regularly sometime around 1989. For over 20 years, the Lord didn’t reveal the transgender application of these verses. It’s not as if I thought the Lord was against transgender and switched to believing He acknowledges the validity of our identity. Instead, I went from a big question mark to understanding that the Lord put a female brain in me and that is more important than any physical corruption or birth defect.

      Thank you for reading. I have had an unbelievable schedule recently, but hope to be posting more very soon.


  2. Before my transformation I was a Jehovah witness congregation servant . When I was a little boy my mother wanted a girl my sister wanted a sister well I was made into what they wanted so a “sissy” means a boy who wants to be like his sister. My mother & sister both incest sexual abuse which of course they said “don’t tell no one you won’t be believed. That is why I am m2f. That is where I am comfortable as a male quite educated worked for Ford Motor Co. I attend Saint Luke’s episcopal church active in the community. Our Great and omnipotent GOD accepts all who put faith in him. thank you for this article it is so good to learn of others life experience. Also I was also kicked out of jw no discussion on that it is a cult they deny jesus lie Agape’ you dear soul ,Olivia’ Celine Pheonix

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