Are People Born Transgender? A Bible Study

Are People Born Transgender? A Bible Study September 25, 2015

Are people born as a transgender?

What is Transgender?

Transgender people are those who experience confusion about their gender identity and feel that they are trapped in a body of the opposite sex. Some can experience a period of identity development that includes gaining a better understanding of their self-image, self-reflection, and self-expression and think that they were actually born in a boys or girls body but are actually the opposite sex. Some believe that transgenderism has been on the increase in the last few years even though estimates are that only 0.3% of adults are transgender and only 3.5% of adults identify themselves as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender). [1].

Created in God’s Image

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Gen 1:1) and all plant, sea, and animal life but what about mankind? Genesis 1:27 says, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” so God created mankind and they were created as either male or female but not both or not as a mix of both or one trapped in a body of the wrong sex. I see nothing in the Bible that indicates that they could be both or might have both male and female attributes. Mankind was not created in a transgender state or with a transgender possibility but simply as male or female.


Made by God

In Psalm 139 the psalmist writes, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb” (139:13) and “My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth” (139:15) so why would God form a human being that is both male and female? This would seem to contradict the fact that God created them as either male or female. This doesn’t allow for any genetic mistakes in the process. Sadly, many boys and girls are pummeled with messages about their gender or sexual identity from an early age so that they begin to think that they might not be a boy or a girl after all. Some believe that they were a girl trapped in a boy’s body or the other way around but God doesn’t make mistakes in His creation of human beings. He didn’t get it wrong, no matter what someone might feel, even though there are some who feel convinced that they’re the opposite sex of what they were born as. These types of gender confusion could be the result of the fall of mankind (Rom 8:20-22).

The Bible and Homosexuality

I don’t want this to be about my own personal opinion at all but only what the Word of God says and the Bible is crystal clear that homosexuality is sin (Jude 1:7). Paul writes that “the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor 6:9-10) and it was “For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error” (Rom 1:26-27). The belief that God made them this way is contrary to nature and to His creation of mankind. God would not create someone in a way that predisposes them to be hopeless victims of sexual immorality thereby dooming them to hell (Rev 21:8). Some reason that God made them this way, therefore, it could not possibly be wrong or sinful for them to live in such a way. They might even take the extreme measure of having a sex change operation but they are doing something contrary to the way that they were created (Gen 1:27).


If someone feels that they are transgender and was born this way then they are putting their feelings above what the Word of God says. Feelings are subjective and subject to error; the Word of God is objective truth and cannot be subject to error. The truth is “that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God” (Eph 5:5) and that’s not a feeling but a fact.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

1. Williams Institute UCLA study, “Understanding the size of the LGBT population is a critical first step to informing a host of public policy and research topics.”

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  • Itsjustalila rinpoche

    Another great piece on placing religious beliefs ahead of scientific concensus.

  • no

    Perhaps God created transgender people to teach us that gender is not what’s between our legs…

    Also, anti-trans people belie the real reason for their position – namely, their animus/prejudice – when they insist on calling trans people by their old names (“deadname” is the term for it, I believe). What’s the reason for refusing to call a trans person by their deadname? I can at least see the rationale behind using the wrong pronouns, even though I think that is transphobic as well. But names? People change their names all the time. I once heard someone justify calling Caitlyn Jenner “Bruce” because they thought it showed ~respect for Caitlyn’s past. Spare me. Using that logic, we should also refer to married women by their maiden names, which I’m sure that person would object to.

    And if you say it’s because it’s wrong to refer to a man with a woman’s name or vice versa… hate to break it to you, but names are not inherently male or female. Certain names have undergone paradigm shifts, just as pink went from being associated with boys to being associated with girls. My own name is traditionally masculine, although people like you probably wouldn’t figure it out because it’s a foreign name. If you can call me by my given name, you can call Caitlyn by hers, even if you insist on referring to her with male pronouns.

  • This exact same logic could be used to assert that intersex people don’t exist. Do these people just not respect the Word of God enough to have it alter their physical reality?

  • Brian K

    “I see nothing in the Bible that indicates that they could be both or might have both male and female attributes.”

    And yet males with “XX” chromosomes and females with “XY” chromosomes are fairly common, and extremely well documented.

    A reasonable person would therefore conclude the Bible is wrong on that score, but who am I kidding.

    (To any transgender people who stumble on this blog, there is a whole channel on patheos devoted to Christians who will affirm your gender identity. Or you could jump over to the heathen channel. We’ve got pie! )

  • emogene the maiden

    So, did I miss something. The scripture says that man was created in
    God’s image but does not state in what form; ie was man created as a
    spirit that was then housed in mortal physical body which is clearly
    subject to natural laws; birth defects, mental defects, etc. I for one
    was born with one kidney. Does that mean that I was not created in
    God’s image or that an infallible, perfect being made a mistake? I
    don’t believe this to be the case. However, since we know that
    chemicals control the development of the fetus and that timing of
    different chemical reactions can make substantial differences in the
    final outcome of that human animal it must be assumed that the perfect
    being created by God is the perfected spirit personage not the human
    animal that houses the spirit. As a transgender person, my spirit is
    perfect, it just happens to be housed in an imperfect vessel (male) that
    does not happen to match the spirit (female). OK, you can now censor
    and delete my post, we really cant be confusing the believers with
    alternative explanations.

  • pud

    Gee! Why would god create downs syndrome, autism, deformities, birth defects, holes in hearts and spine etc etc? You simple minded boob. Think for 5 minutes before you post another piece of ridiculous nonsense ok?

    And for the hundredth time…your “bible” is the words of MEN not of gods and you cannot possibly show otherwise

  • Marja Erwin

    “I see nothing in the Bible that indicates that they could be both or might have both male and female attributes.”

    Which isn’t any reason to adopt the more hurtful position.

    Also, in Matthew 19:12, Iesus affirms the existance of intersex people, although it isn’t clear how this applies to trans people.