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As with many of these questions, some of the answer is already in the question. You've termed occurrences like this "conditions" - in other words, deviations from the general norm. As with other medical conditions they are a result of The Fall. So the line you quote is correct, God created male and female, very clearly and distinctly. So, how do people ...


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In the Mosaic Law, God strictly forbids this: A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 22:5 NASB It must be stated, however, that this was specifically in the Mosaic Law, so it cannot necessarily be extended outside of the Jewish ...


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There is a significant distinction between calling God "mother" and the Bible identifying aspects of motherhood (and fatherhood) as reflecting the glory and character of God. Both men and women reflect the glory and character of God in different ways, as men and women, fathers and mothers, teachers, judges, etc. However, God is spirit (John 4:23) and not ...


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I do not think the NIV does the original Greek justice in this case. The English Standard Version (a respected relatively new essentially literal translation) renders the verse this way: 7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of ...


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As for hermaphrodites, the Bible isn't clear. it's simply not addressed. My wife and I have discussed this a few times, and my personal answer is "I don't know. But I know they can be saved, just like anyone else. so I'm not going to focus on their sexuality, but rather on whether or not they've accepted Christ. Once saved, they will have their own ...


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According to this websitesite, the change occurred gradually over time, as the representation of the human form in art changed. In the middle ages, artists rarely painted distinctly masculine characteristics on their subjects: …what modern viewers and artists perceive as “feminine” angels in many famous medieval European paintings were not ...


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Just because there is no explicit prohibition on a thing does not mean that the Bible "endorses it." Unwritten Expectations There is, for example, to the best of my knowledge, no biblical prohibition cannibalism. Possibly it wouldn't fall under definition of kosher, but it is at best ambiguous! In spite of this, the author of the text rightfully expects ...


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St Augustine says we do and I might as well quote him at length since its way way in the public domain: Whether the Bodies of Women Shall Retain Their Own Sex in the Resurrection. From the words, Till we all come to a perfect man, to the measure of the age of the fullness of Christ, Ephesians 4:13 and from the words, Conformed to the image of the ...


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The short answer to 'Why are there only male popes?' is 'Because there are only male priests.' The Church spells out the why of that practice in a formal doctrinal statement within the Catechism of the Catholic church -- article 1577 presents the basic support for this position. The Catechism uses varied references to support its teachings: Scripture ...


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If we go by direct statement, no, the Bible never explicitly states women should serve in active combat. However, as Affable points out, there are plenty of things Scripture doesn't condemn directly that we can assume are wrong by using principles based on extrapolation of direct statements and precedent, in a legal sense. And since the question asked "or ...


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According to this source, women were not even allowed to be taught the Torah publicly in the Jewish faith, so they were not able to even sit in the same area as the men who were taught from the scriptures. Restrictions applied to any public reading of Scripture in the Synagogue (Megillot 73a) and they were unable to pronounce the benediction after a ...


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Yes. No. Maybe. This is all really tied up in the idea of Federal Headship. The most obvious Scriptural example of this is Adam and Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive This is developed a lot more in the epistles, but the general idea is that Adam acted as a representative for all of mankind: a ...


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There is never any indication in the New Testament that the Holy Spirit is a "he". In Greek, gender for normal nouns like "spirit", "rock" or "bread" is a grammatical thing, not a sex thing. This is common in the romance languages as well, if you are familiar with those. The fact that it is neuter does not tell you that it is an "it" as we think in English. ...


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You seem to be asking for a definitive verse in scripture that states or implies that the soul has a gender. There is no such verse (it seems), and indexes to mentions of gender list nothing concrete. However: God made humans, "in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them" (Genesis 1:26), and this was so before the fall. This passage ...


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The number one most quoted verse concerning this is from Ephesians 5. 22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in ...


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There doesn't need to be a Biblical reason for this. There are some terms that mean a certain thing because that is the definition of the term. From Dictionary.com: gen·der 1 [jen-der] Show IPA noun Grammar . a. (in many languages) a set of classes that together include all nouns, membership in a particular class being shown by the form of ...


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The only "evidence" I have seen for this is the time when the Pharisees are attempting to trap Jesus by asking who would be the husband in heaven of a woman widowed seven times. His answer is none; we will be like the angels in heaven. Some people think that this automatically means that there will be no sex or procreation and also no gender. A few issues: ...


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Gender in Heaven The Bible does not appear to address this specifically. However, we are given some clues. In Jesus' account in the afterlife of the rich man and Lazarus, He refers to the rich man and Lazarus and Abraham all with masculine pronouns. So, this indicates that there is some continuance of masculinity. 19 “There was a rich man who was ...


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TR;DR So long as the persons have not rendered themselves impotent, there is nothing preventing two transgender persons from marrying one another. However, the Church essentially recognizes only the so-called biological sex of the persons. Hence, she would regard the transgender “man” as a woman, and the transgender “woman” as a man. In general, the ...


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Of course, the man is the spiritual head of the family. There are many references in the Bible that point to it. Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and ...


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The Catechism of the Catholic Church #239 specifically states that "God is neither man nor woman: he is God": 239 By calling God "Father", the language of faith indicates two main things: that God is the first origin of everything and transcendent authority; and that he is at the same time goodness and loving care for all his children. God's ...


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In theory at least, any unmarried, baptized Catholic man can be elected pope; I say "man" because canon law requires that anyone elected pope be immediately consecrated as a bishop: The Roman Pontiff obtains full and supreme power in the Church by his acceptance of legitimate election together with episcopal consecration. Therefore, a person elected to ...


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Is there a biblical basis that suggests gender is not merely biological/physical? I would say that the principal argument in favor of the assertion that gender is not limited to physical creatures, is that God the Father is spirit (John 4:24) and invisible (1 Tim. 1:17), yet He is always referred to by masculine-gendered pronouns in the New Testament. ...


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Jesus calls the Holy Spirit "him": John 14:16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever John 16:7 But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.


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I think the key to understanding this is to remember one thing: God is not male...     ...and not female either. "God is spirit, and the people who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24 NET However, it is worth further pointing out that scripture does exclusively use the male pronoun in reference to God.


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A few beginning thoughts before I answer: Wycliffe Bible Commentary on Matthew 19 Some people are incapable of marriage because of their defects; others because of injury or restrictions imposed by men. Still others may forego the privilege of marriage in order to devote themselves more completely to the service of God (e.g., Paul, 1 Cor 7:7, 8, ...


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Isaiah 49:15 - Can a mother forget the child nursing at her breast? Yes, but even if she could, I would not forget you. See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. As a practical matter, the case for "Mother God" tends to be made only by the more liberal wings of churches.


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At least two churches have decided to abstain from referring to God exclusively as "he". The United Church of Christ. The Eleventh General Synod instructed that a Book of Worship be developed and characterized by language that is truly inclusive with respect to God and to people. Although the generic use of masculine terms has been accepted practice, it ...



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