In English, the appropriate non-gender pronouns are 'they' and 'them', but this construction is clumsy if people attempt to use it all the time. It simply does not work as a substitute. It does not adequately express person.
Babies are sometimes referred to as 'it' because, I suppose, their personality is not yet apparent. But, no, it is not appropriate in ...
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 ...
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 ...
We should refer to God in the manner God wants us to refer to God (not using a pronoun here intentionally).
The first time we see a pronoun for God is in Genesis 1:5 (NASB)
1:5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night and there was evening and there was morning, one day.
Now one might say that this is how Moses (considered the author ...
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 Son ...
Just because there is no explicit prohibition on a thing does not mean that the Bible "endorses it."
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Not explicitly, that being said, there are a variety of scriptures that indicate that men are to be ordained to the priesthood, rather than women.
There are no scriptures where it speaks of the priesthood in terms of daughters or mothers. The Priesthood has always been a Patriarchal order, even in the beginning with Adam.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 the ...
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 ...
Because Christians believe God inspired the scriptures, and in the scriptures he predominantly uses masculine pronouns and masculine imagery to talk about himself. There are different views of inspiration, but in all the major branches of Christianity I think it would be accurate to say that most Christians believe that God has so worked inspiration that ...
I will answer from the perspective of Evangelical Christianity (Reformed).
We Evangelicals believe that transsexuals have a disordered gender identity and is suffering from an extreme form of mental illness:
Anyone who really believes he is a woman when he is a man (or vice
versa) is profoundly, dangerously ill.
(Evangelical: The Transgender
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a very clear stance on the topic of gender.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he
him; male and female created he them. (Gen 1:27)
There are only two genders: MALE and FEMALE, every spirit child of our Father in Heaven (every human being ever born on Earth) is one of ...
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 ...
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: ...
Here is some ad-hoc information about the church in the US:
According to these numbers, and if we assume Christian activity is a reasonable estimate of the probability of being a Christian, then there are more Christian women than men and the difference is probably quite significant.
The author's ...
The reasons are similar to the arguments for homosexuality being potentially moral. (Note, while you may disagree, this is called "answering the question...")
Scriptural reasoning against the practice is, frankly, thin.
You have basically two lines of Biblical argument.
First, rules based - there's some mentions in Deuteronomy (22:5) that ...
This is as much a theological as a linguistic question, not least a question of other languages than English — in particular Hebrew — and their translation.
Canonical English as well as canonical Christianity unequivocally assign a male gender to the Jewish/Christian god. On the other hand, if you are looking for answers beyond the canon, all ...
Gender wiki uses the term non-op for persons who identify as other than birth assignment gender but do not wish to transition.
Non-op refers to those who do not wish to have gender confirmation surgery. Some non-op may wish to socially transition and/or take hormones, while others may not wish to transition at all.
There can be a number of reasons why a ...
The Catechism has
Christ's true body
476 Since the Word became flesh in assuming a true humanity, Christ's body was finite.112 Therefore the human face of Jesus can be portrayed; at the seventh ecumenical council (Nicaea II in 787) the Church recognized its representation in holy images to be legitimate.113
477 At the same time the Church has ...
I would suggest it's impossible to know how many Christians there are in the world.
Slightly easier would be the number of people claiming to be Christian - a look at Census data in a lot of countries will tell you this information. The Australian Bureau of Statistics suggests that more percentage wise more women than men claim to be Christians (http://www....
Of course, the man is the spiritual head of the family. There are many references in the Bible that point to it.
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.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and ...