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The Bible has records of birth defects (John 9:3) as well as an encouragement to treat sickness (1 Timothy 5:23).In fact, it is written that God cares for our health both physically and spiritually:

3 John 1:2 (NASB)

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.

People with Gender Dysphoria (DSM-5) are afflicted with a disorder

Treatment for Gender Dysphoric people:

Gender reassignment (which includes psychotherapy, hormonal therapy and surgery) has been demonstrated as the most effective treatment for patients affected by gender dysphoria (or gender identity disorder), in which patients do not recognize their gender (sexual identity) as matching their genetic and sexual characteristics (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21487386).

In light of what the Bible says about disorders/illnesses, what does it say about Gender Dysphoria as well as its treatment?

Why is this question asked?

The reason is that "Transgendes have an'exceptionally high' suicide-attempt rate" and in fact, "Even transgender people at comparatively "low" risk were still much more likely to have attempted suicide than the general population."




In 2014, a transgender named "Leelah" commited suicide and Christianity seemed to have contributed to her demise as seen in her Suicide Note.What does the Bible really say about Gender Dysphoria?




http://www.dsm5.org/documents/gender%20dysphoria%20fact%20sheet.pdf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_dysphoria


Please do kindly explain the reason for the downvotes.Thank You.

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Radz has a nice answer. It is hard to find transsexualism in the Bible as there isn't a single one to one relationship between the translation / transliteration. For example, you could assume Eunuch where transsexual, however they were mostly considered neither homosexual nor heterosexual. Today, we would probably consider them homosexual and most likely transsexual. They were trusted to guard women as they had no penis - typically, as sometimes they had their genitals but were still considered eunuch (more then likely just homosexuals). –  The Freemason Nov 14 '13 at 16:31
male will never be attracted to a male? I realize this is your opinion, but it's an easily refuted one... –  Flimzy Nov 14 '13 at 16:35
@Flimzy I agree with your assertion. I do not truly understand homosexuality or transsexuality. Therefore I should not attempt to understand the differences between "a woman trapped in a man's body" and "a man who is aroused by other men" as the OP is attempting to define. –  The Freemason Nov 14 '13 at 16:40
People can find a Biblical basis for anything if they look hard enough and interpret Scripture in ways that suit their agenda. I think this is pretty much either too broad or opinion-based. See To what extent does this Stacks Exchange allow “What is the biblical basis of…?” type questions? –  David Nov 15 '13 at 1:17
"Christians" is too broad. –  curiousdannii 4 hours ago

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Transsexualism is a phenomenon experienced by individuals who transition between either of the two major sexes, male and female, not due to social pressures or mental disorders, but due to an acute feeling of fundamental discontent with the sex to which they have been assigned (gender dysphoria).

Neuroscience studies of transsexuals in recent years are increasingly suggesting that transsexuality is a biological phenomenon rather than a purely psychological one, as transsexuals' brain structures tend to have a strong resemblance to the brains of their identified gender, even before beginning sex reassignment therapy.





While there is no "gay gene" , there exist "transsexual gene."

Australian researchers have identified a significant link between a gene involved in testosterone action and male-to-female transsexualism.DNA analysis from 112 male-to-female transsexual volunteers showed they were more likely to have a longer version of the androgen receptor gene.The genetic difference may cause weaker testosterone signals, the team reported in Biological Psychiatry.




The Bible does not explicitly say anything about the issue of transsexualism (Gender Dysphoria) but like in other issues not written, we need to address this issue in light of the Bible as a whole.

Biblical Explanation of the cause:

Premise 1: God created each and every one of us in the womb ( Psalm 139:13)

Premise 2: This sort of creation is in line with the effects of sin because it is within the realm of Post-Adamic fall ( Genesis 3, Romans 8:22).

Premise 3: People afflicted with Gender Dysphoria (Transsexualism), a disorder (John 9:3)

Premise 4: There are only two sexes which is also two genders per se( man/woman) –Genesis 1:26-27)

Conclusion: Transsexualism is a medical condition because it is a birth defect per se and requires treatment/cure per 3 John 1:2.

Is Reparative Theraphy for transsexuals an effective treatment for Gender Dysphoria?

Answer: No.

“Treatment aimed at trying to change a person’s gender identity and expression to become more congruent with sex assigned at birth has been attempted in the past without success (Gelder & Marks, 1969; Greenson, 1964), particularly in the long term (Cohen-Kettenis & Kuiper, 1984; Pauly, 1965). Such treatment is no longer considered ethical.” — Medical Standards of Care v7 2011

Is Gender Reassignment an effective treatment for Gender Dysphoria?

Answer: Yes.

"Gender reassignment (which includes psychotherapy, hormonal therapy and surgery) has been demonstrated as the most effective treatment for patients affected by gender dysphoria (or gender identity disorder), in which patients do not recognize their gender (sexual identity) as matching their genetic and sexual characteristics." (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21487386).

1 Corinthians 10:23 (NLT)

You say, "I am allowed to do anything"--but not everything is good for you. You say, "I am allowed to do anything"--but not everything is beneficial.

Gender Reassignment is allowable because it is good and beneficial for the afflicted of Gender Dysphoria.

In fact, we Christians (disciples of Christ) cannot judge Transsexuals due to the fact of XX male syndrome and XY female syndrome.Transsexualism is therefore a very private issue that should be a matter between God and the afflicted (Romans 14:4).



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@disciple I edited my answer and it is now way better.So, are there any reasons to downvote it? –  Radz Matthew Co Brown 2 days ago
Tentatively removed downvote, it is much better. Still doesn't seem much related to Christianity. –  disciple 2 days ago
@disciple I edited my question to include the "reason" of why the question is asked.It is totally related to Christianity! :) –  Radz Matthew Co Brown 2 days ago
The Alcorn case belongs on chat, not here. I invite anyone to move my posts there. Societal non-acceptance seems to be the problem here. There is am issue for Christianity, how we treat outcasts. I will follow up in chat as I have time. –  disciple 2 days ago
@disciple This is not just about Leelah Alcorn. Her death is only an instance within a Christian household.I think that we need to know what Christians think of Transsexualism because our point of view affects lives of thousands. Can Christians demonstrate from the Scriptures their stance concerning the ethics of Gender Reassignment? Sure, they can and here's an opportunity,the question just needs answer.It seeks a biblical perspective on issues relevant.Let them justify their position. –  Radz Matthew Co Brown 2 days ago

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