Does the Bible teach a ‘Gender Spectrum’?

Welcome to a new edition of ‘Our Fallen World’!

Today’s post was something I found floating around on Social Media. It is titled ‘God made the rainbow: why the Bible welcomes a gender spectrum’ by Robyn J. Whitaker

Now, this seems like satire, the Bible nowhere teaches that men and women are anything but men and women, or that sex and gender are separate. So, I thought this would run the basic flow of correction. Namely, in most anti-biblical posts, the flow is that someone takes a passage(s) out of context to fit their own idea and it is easily refuted by placing those passages back into it’s immediate context, book context, and overall Christological biblical context.

Redefining and Misdirecting

Yet, this author did something that doesn’t match that flow; at least not exactly. There is a trend for some to not just take passages out of context but to redefine words in said passage to shoehorn in the preconceived notions or ideas into the text; trying to make the Bible say something that it isn’t. She writes:

Adam is not a proper name in Hebrew, but rather the transliteration into English of a Hebrew word a-d-m. Using the imagery of God as potter, “the adam” is a humanoid being created out of the adamah (the earth). Biblical scholar Meg Warner writes we might best translate this person as “earth creature”. The first human appears genderless”

Notice how the defining of Adam being “of the earth”, goes to earth creature, then defined as “genderless”. She then continues:

In fact, gender roles are only introduced into the story when a counterpart is made for the earthling, when this human being is separated into two. At that point, they both become gendered.

Mixing gender and gender roles is a common ‘trick’ if you will, to get you to think that since gender roles (who does the dishes, earns the most money, does grocery shopping, etc) can be interchangeable thus then gender can be interchangeable. This falsehood is based on another redefining trick, namely, separating gender from someone’s biological sex.

The sea and dry land merge on tidal plains. Some animals inhabit both land and sea. Darkness and light meet in the in-between spaces of dusk and dawn. God didn’t create night or day, but night and day, inclusive of everything in between. If we apply this same poetic logic to humanity, a case can be made for sex and gender diversity built into the very fabric of creation

Then comes the idea that the creation account in full, supports her idea of gender fluidity, because of her idea that since sea and land merge or animals inhabit both land and sea, then this must mean that gender is fluid and can change.

Philosophy and Ideology are not Theology

I want to take a moment to discuss this. She started with her own ideology, redifined words, philosophized the text, in order to provide proof that what she is talking about is truly what the Bible teaches; while in fact she’s been talking about what she wants it to say, she’s been talking about her own ideas, and has shoehorned them into Scripture to provide support for her claim.

This is not how we approach Holy Scripture. If we come to the Bible with our own ideas, we will place our sinful, fallen reasoning over and above what God has said. We approach Scripture in submission to what God is telling us, not for what we want Him to tell us. This not only creating God in our image, but misuses the name of God by lying in His name. This is most serious, as Exodus 20:7 says:

You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

She continues:

Jesus’ comment in Matthew 19:12 that “some are born eunuchs” is acknowledgement he was aware of intersex people and passes no judgement on those who don’t fit traditional male-female sex categories. In this passage, Jesus both affirms heterosexual marriage as well as intersex and asexual persons.

So, an Eunuch is someone who through a physical or psychological defect was not able to marry (bring forth children) or who might choose to not marry for the sake of serving others through the Gospel (St. Paul might fit this category).

Notice though how she redefines this term by stating that it means “intersex” and then states that Jesus affirmed homosexual “marriages” in this passage.

That is some eisegetical shoehorning she does with that text. Especially considering that in a few verses earlier, in the immediate context, Jesus says in verse 4:

He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female.

Seems that if sex and gender were separate Jesus would have been more clear. He States they were created male and female. Seems that Jesus didn’t separate sex from gender because they were created to be their gender determined by their biological sex. She finishes with giving us her thoughts on the Bible:

Being an ancient text, the Bible obviously doesn’t use the same language nor reflect contemporary understandings of gender, including transgender or intersex persons.

So we cannot simply pull a sentence or two from the Bible as if it offers the final word on sex and gender. Not only does the Bible reflect a pre-scientific worldview but also because the multiplicity of voices will never be captured in this kind of proof-texting.

Do you Know More about Creation than the Creator?

She supports her superior ideas by stating that since the Bible is not modern it can’t possible reflect our understanding of gender and sex because the Bible is a pre-scientific text and we know more than it does. It is worth noting that her ideas are not based on any scientific biological evidence.

She doesn’t approach Scripture as if it is the Word of God; the Word of our Creator. She clearly asserts her reasoning over the text, admitting that she knows more than God, and can speak more clearly on what He meant to say.

If we place our ideas over God we make ourselves as God. Furthermore, when someone comes to Scripture, thinking of it anything less than God’s Word, they will view it as they want to view it. For some, as Scripture says, it is the very breath of God, for others it either has some words of God, or no words from God. And in those last two camps, the person approaching Scripture who thinks that not all of it is God’s word, they will place their own ideas into the text, placing themselves in the place of God, instead of in submission to God.

Scripture tells us that we are all sinful, and guilty of placing ourselves as our own gods. It tells us that we deserve death and punishment for our disobedience to God. Yet, it also tells us that God came in the flesh, to live a perfect life in our stead, and took the wrath stored up for our sins, in our stead. Because of this we have a wonderful exchange. Our sin and punishment, for His righteousness and eternal life. What a blessed exchange that is! As a forgiven child of God, set free from the bondage of sin, death, and the devil; go in peace.

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