I have never seen anything in the Bible that mentions that being transgender is a sin, but people tell me all the time that I am an abomination. I'm still a good person and always try to do the right thing, but I don't understand how this one thing makes me bad. I know that the Bible says "A man must not dress as a woman." or something like that. But the thing is, I do consider myself a woman, as do my loved ones and most everyone I come in contact with. I have never seen anything in the Bible that says that just because I have an X and a Y chromosome then I am a male. Another argument that I hear is "God looks down on all forms of homosexuality", but transgenderism is not a form of homosexuality. In fact, it's arguably unrelated. So given that the Bible doesn't strictly define what "gender" is, what does the Bible say about transgenderism?
closed as not constructive by DJClayworth, Andrew, wax eagle♦ Aug 3 '12 at 16:53
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The Bible indicates that not only are transgender people not good people, but neither is anyone else.
It is commendable that you try to do the right thing all the time. Yet, the Bible is clear that our good works do not justify us before God.
So, the fact that you are apparently a good law-abiding citizen who is kind to your neighbor is great for our society. Yet, even a non-transgender person who is celibate is not righteous before God based on his or her works.
Christianity teaches that God's holiness is so great that even the smallest sin will separate us from Him. Yet, the Love of God is so great that even the greatest sin can be forgiven.
For you, what is in the past is really irrelevant. Perhaps it was a sin, perhaps it wasn't. It does seem that God designed you a certain way, so it could be argued that one does not have the authority to change what God has done. Yet again, that is in the past, so it really doesn't matter.
All sins can be forgiven, but no amount of good works can earn favor with God. So, we must all come to God through faith in Jesus Christ to receive forgiveness for all our sins and to be made holy in His sight.
So, what does God think about a transgender person? I am convinced that God loves that person, just as He loves every person. In fact, Jesus indicates that the love that exists within the Trinity is the same love with which God loves every person in the world.
Even though God loves that person, He requires that person to not attempt to be righteous on his/her own, but to accept His plan of salvation through faith in Jesus to receive forgiveness and life.
You are sinning by virtue of being a human being. As it says in Romans 3:10
In other words, we're all sinners. The good news is that God loves you anyway! He desires you to be his child and that he could be your God. He will save you if you cry out to Him.
End of story.
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There's an old phrase, "if you have to ask, you already know" - and to get to the core of your question, if you're asking to get a community's approval for what you are doing, it's a dishonest question (and overlaps into pastoral counsel - a realm of questions out-of-scope for this site), and should be closed.
That being said, transgender operations were not possible in Jesus' day (or before), so the Bible does not directly address the topic - just as the Bible does not directly address watching horror movies: a Biblical approach and set of principles/doctrines need to be built on clearer passages.
In the case raised in this question, being "transgendered" is no worse a sin than is lying, stealing, lust, putting-up idols, etc. Certainly someone who is transgendered (ie, has had the medical procedures needed to switch genitalia, etc) can be saved:
Likewise, a Christian could sin in any area and yet still be forgiven - if he confesses and repents.
However, a mere mental assent to the principles of the Bible, Christianity, belief in the existence of Jesus, God, etc is NOT enough:
Satan knows who God is (and even has to get His permission to operate):
The act of transgendering is [most likely] a sin*, as it is a rebellion against the way God made you - just as acting as a homosexual, or having extra-/pre-marital sex, or lying is a sin against the way God made you and against His perfect order in the world.
So, if, knowing about God, His plan for creation, the path of salvation, etc you then become transgendered, it's a sin. Likewise, if you transgender before knowing about God and Christ, it is a sin.
Such a choice (as with any sin) can be forgiven, and you can be saved ex post facto. I could see how such an action after being saved (or, more accurately, after thinking you are saved) could be the "unforgiveable sin" - blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
*I am NOT saying that the surgery is inherently wrong, nor would corrective surgery and actions taken to repair imperfections/allow normal functions to work, etc are good - and bring the body back to line with what God intended (eg correcting misaligned testes, opening a vaginal tract, etc)
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