Correcting the misinformed gender politics of Christian Today

Correcting the misinformed gender politics of Christian Today November 15, 2015

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In an article posted on Friday from author David Robertson, Christian Today continued the faith’s usual path of denigrating a group of people as they assume their holy book encourages.

Robertson first asserts that Western Society must be up for destruction as sexual fluidity is on the rise. Even after stating that

…43 per cent of non-binary gender people attempt suicide in the US and that there are significant mental health issues for non-binary people in the UK.

he continues to say that

Because of this we all need to be guilted into accepting that there are not just two genders (black and white), but that there is a whole rainbow of genders.

Robertson makes numerous contradictory remarks; he says gender fluidness hurts the feminist movement while referring to “traditional” marriage as “patriarchal” marriage. He quotes people as saying that post-op transgender women are not women. He says that

…identity is tied only to internal feeling. And feeling of course trumps everything – including inconvenient things like facts, evidence, truth and reality. Being male and female is only what we were ‘labelled’ at birth, and we are thereafter free to be whatever we want to be.

He closes out his article, full of uninformed opinions surrounding gender identity and sexuality, by saying that man and woman are made in God’s image. And, in the coming of God’s kingdom, he will make us new human beings, “male and female.”

It is evident Robertson speaks only on behalf of his prejudices, since there is no apparent use of scripture in his writing. What about when Paul wrote in Galatians

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Or how about in Matthew 19:12, when Jesus said,

For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others–and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.

Sexuality, be it whatever Robertson thinks scripture advocates for or denounces, is not mentioned in the Bible. When it is done in Leviticus 18, it is done along with child sacrifice, sleeping with “your kinsman’s’ wife”, and sleeping with animals, and concludes at 18:24 with

Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, for by all these practices the nations I am casting out before you have defiled themselves.

Let us also consider Jesus of Nazareth. If we take Scripture as true, and he was the product of a virgin birth, then there are some things we need to consider about Jesus’ gender identity. Parthenogenesis, from the Greek “parthenos” meaning “virgin”, is a type of asexual reproduction. It has been witnessed in insects, sharks, amphibians, mammals, and crustaceans among many others.

The problem that occurs when this process happens is that the mother, being the only one passing on chromosomes, only has the X chromosome to pass on. Without the Y chromosome passed on from the father, the problem would then be that Jesus would have been born a female, but apparently identified as a male, even taking on a man’s name.

Robertson’s article should have ended, and never been published, once he stated that nearly half the population that are non-binary gendered are at risk for self-harm or mental health issues. And seeing how the figurehead of his faith encouraged acceptance of said demographic, and would have been considered a part of that group, it would seem Robertson is not following his faith appropriately.

Let’s also not ignore how Jesus had a disciple that he most loved (John 13:23, 19:26, 20:2, 21:7), and that his love for this disciple was different from the love of others. And the Greek word “eromenos”, meaning “beloved” was one used by the Greeks for the boys in pederastic relationships. As in, in exchange for intercrural sexual favors, men would tutor and train these young boys.

In Luke 7:1-10, a centurion approaches Jesus to tell him that his “boyfriend” is sick. The Greek word used is “pais”, which is another implication of a pederastic relationship. And what does Jesus do when he is told of the centurion’s boyfriend being ill? Jesus heals him. Well, he does after knowing of the centurion’s faith. Regardless, the relationship is of little importance when Jesus decides to treat him.

One last point. Jesus was part of a movement of asceticism; he, as well as Paul of Tarsus and John the Baptist, gave up a lot of life’s pleasures, didn’t work, and lived on the good will of others. Part of this meant no sex as well. Do you know what the word was for people who gave up sex? “Euriochoi”, or eunuch.

To find out more about these subjects, as well as others on sex ethics that come from the Bible, look for my upcoming book What the Bible Really Does (and Doesn’t) Say About Sex. Coming November 23rd from Pitchstone Publishers
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