Thanks for your note to us here at
TruthBook. You asked: In what way is
transgender a deterrent to Christianity?
God is no respecter of persons; to him, all
of his children stand on a equal footing
insofar as spiritual potential and portential
for eternal life. If being transdenger is
frowned upon by the Christian churches, it is
unfortunate. I confess that I am not completely
current with Christian thought concerning the
issues of gender identity in its many forms.
But if there is a bias against people of that
persuasion I can say that this bias is the
opposite of what I believe about Jesus and how
he treated people. If the churches that bear
his name are intolerant of people who find
themselves in this situation, then they are
not, it would seem, following the Master.
138:4.2 : "All men
are my brothers. My Father in heaven does not
despise any creature of our making. The kingdom
of heaven is open to all men and women. No man
may close the door of mercy in the face of any
hungry soul who may seek to gain an entrance
thereto. We will sit at meat with all who
desire to hear of the kingdom. As our Father in
heaven looks down upon men, they are all alike.
Refuse not therefore to break bread with
Pharisee or sinner, Sadducee or publican, Roman
or Jew, rich or poor, free or bond. The door of
the kingdom is wide open for all who desire to
know the truth and to find God."
Jesus does not mention physical
characteristic here, only those who wish "to
know the truth and to find God." Our physical
characteristics, our sexual preferences...it
seems to me that these are not important in an
eternal sense; only our love for God and our
love for one another is what will survive with
us when we die. And so, any church's negative
emphasis on these things, without acknowledging
one's spiritual status, seems shortsighted and
unkind. I do not believe Jesus would act that
way. But remember, Christianity is a
man-made religion - an evolutionary religion
that may contain many aspects that do not line
up with the ideals of Jesus, unfortunately.
Then you ask: What is the motive or
purpose of a transgender?
I am no expert on this subject, but my
understanding of transgender people is that
they are born as one gender, but feel in their
hearts, in their inner being - that they are
the opposite gender. In years past, someone in
that situation would be forced to live out
their life feeling out of place and not
genuinely who they knew themselves to be; now,
in this age, when all sorts of behaviors are
being brought out into the open, people who are
transgender are feeling more free to be
themselves and live as the gender they want to
be. I suspect their motive is much the same as
anyone's motive in life: to be happy, to love
and be loved, to feel genuine and "right" on
the inside. Again, I am no expert, but that is
my take on it.
Thanks again for your note to us; I hope
that my reply is helpful to you.