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The Bible Tells Me So: Transsexualism Is Not A Sin

I have to admit that ignorant Christians get on my nerves, especially when it comes to discussing transgender people and genital “mutilation”.  This was brought to mind yesterday from a tweet I received:

reSemblance: The surgical mutilation of ur God given body in an attempt 2B something you’re not, is indeed a disgusting pretense.

This isn’t even remotely biblical. Jesus said in Matthew:

“For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and others have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”

Eunuchs in the bible were “surgically mutilated” as Jesus says, “by men”. There’s no mention of these eunuchs as sinners by Christ. In fact, in Isaiah 56:3-5, God says:

Let no foreigner who has bound himself to the LORD say,
“The LORD will surely exclude me from his people.”
And let not any eunuch complain,
“I am only a dry tree.”

4. For this is what the LORD says:
“To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
who choose what pleases me
and hold fast to my covenant-

5. to them I will give within my temple and its walls
a memorial and a name
better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
that will not be cut off.

The emphasis in this scripture isn’t the a eunuch’s  body or how it’s been changed, but by their devotion to God. Peterson Toscano eloquently explains this here:

and here:

Early church Father, Origen castrated himself. If this practice were such a sin, how would this man become such an important church father?

But I’ll sum this up with the words of Isis:

“God doesn’t make mistakes and I’m not a mistake. This is the way I am.”

Marti Abernathey
Marti Abernathey
Marti Abernathey is the founder of the Transadvocate and the previous managing editor. Abernathey has worn many different hats, including that of podcaster, activist, and radiologic technologist. She's been a part of various internet radio ventures such as TSR Live!, The T-Party, and The Radical Trannies, TransFM, and Sodium Pentathol Sunday. As an advocate she's previously been involved with the Indiana Transgender Rights Advocacy Alliance, Rock Indiana Campaign for Equality, and the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition. She's taken vital roles as a grass roots community organizer in The Indianapolis Tax Day Protest (2003), The Indy Pride HRC Protest (2004), Transgender Day of Remembrance (2004), Indiana's Witch Hunt (2005), and the Rally At The Statehouse (the largest ever GLBT protest in Indiana - 3/2005). In 2008 she was a delegate from Indiana to the Democratic National Convention and a member of Barack Obama's LGBT Steering and Policy Committee.