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TRANSGENDERISM, BASED ON WHAT?


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By: Admin Pastor Manny

Note: I will just post the note here since some people comment without reading the whole post from the beginning to end. I don’t hate people who are part of LGBTQQIP2SAA because I have some friends and family members who are part of it. Hopefully, if you are going to comment, you will address with the arguments that I presented rather than just saying, “Oh, you’re judgmental, I don’t care about your arguments”, etc. That is close-mindedness.
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For some people who are unaware, a transgender is a person whose gender identity differs from the sex that the person had at birth [1]. We often hear some statements from them such as, “I am a man born in the woman’s body” or vice versa. In this article, I will be presenting whether transgenderism is right or wrong, ordered or disordered, natural or unnatural using science, logic, and Scriptures as my basis.
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BASED ON SCIENCE:
Some, if not all, transgender people claim that they were born this way. They claim that having a gender identity that is different from the assigned sex is natural. However, this is a scientific claim, and when these claims are made, we have to consider some studies whether this is backed up by science.
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Just this year, a recent study on transgender teens was censored by Brown University because pro-LGBT group pressured the university to delete the study just five days after its publication [2]. You might be wondering about the content of this said study and the reason why pro-LGBT wanted to delete this research.
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In this study, it was stated that 86.7% of those who were surveyed and came out as transgender were peer pressured and had social influence from friends or social media that supports transgenderism [3]. This goes against the common view that it’s genetic because the majority came out not from internal causes but from external causes. Even if their claim is true about transgenderism being genetic, I don’t think that it is comfortable for them to say it because, in the same study, about 62.5% were diagnosed to have at least one mental health disorder [3]. I am not saying it without basis. Rather, I am simply stating the results of the said study.
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BASED ON LOGIC:
When we are using logic, one way of addressing this is by looking at the consistency of the reasoning behind transgenderism and to test that consistency, we can use other examples where similar reasoning is applied. One similar case to TRANSGENDERISM is TRANSABILITY. According to Alexandra Basil, a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies who is also a transgender, “We define transability as the desire or the need for a person identified as able-bodied by other people to transform his or her body to obtain a physical impairment [4].” So, if you’ve met someone who is transabled, that person is someone who is not disabled, but he or she identifies as disabled and as such, he wanted to disable himself or herself just to be disabled. Just as we don’t think it’s right for us to tolerate TRANSABILITY, we should also not tolerate TRANSGENDERISM.
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However, some transgender claim that this is not a good comparison, and they even call transabled people as “dishonest people” [4]. However, I don’t see why this is not a good comparison especially when the transgender identify themselves as a woman (for example) even though his sexuality is a man physically speaking just as how the transabled identify themselves as disabled even though physically, they are not disabled. There is similarity because of the reasoning of the transgender that identity matters more than physicality. According to Boredom Therapy, “These people feel like imposters in their own bodies, all because they are naturally in perfect health [5]”. Well, that sounds familiar to me.
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At the same time, I realized that there is inconsistency in the reasoning behind transgenderism. Below, I will be providing two hypothetical statements that reflect this ideology.
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Statement 1: My gender identity is not based on my physicality.
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Statement 2: Therefore, I will change my physicality to be similar to my gender identity.
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If statement 1 is true, then there is no connection between gender identity and the physical body. However, why do transgender people wanted to change their body if there is no connection between their gender identity and their body? This is a clear contradiction, and this simply reflects the fact that there is a connection with “who we are” and “what our body is”.
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BASED ON SCRIPTURES:
I will be providing a passage in Scriptures that is relevant to the issue I raised here.
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Romans 1:26-27
26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural, 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error.
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It is important to note that in Romans 1, it describes women and men biologically because these words were used in the context of sex. Another indication why this is the case is because “natural relations” are used to denote that man and woman are titles that denote to our human nature and not a social construct or what. It’s important to consider this passage as well because even if a transgender man claim that he’s a woman inside, he cannot deny that his sex is male or that he is biologically male. This is the same reason why they claim that they are born in the wrong body given that they recognize that their body is not the same as what they think they are. Given that Romans 1 shows that the sexual relationship between two biologically males is wrong, even if they claim that they are women inside, they are still biologically males and as such, they are under the category that the Bible provided.
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Even though we know someone, probably a friend or a family member, who is part of transgenderism, it doesn’t mean that we have to approve of what they are doing just because we don’t want to offend them. Morality is based on facts, not on feelings. We just cannot argue based on our emotion because even the Bible says that “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately corrupt; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). With this, I will end this article with a verse whether we should approve of it or not.
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Romans 1:32
32 Though they know God’s decree that those who do such things deserve to die, they not only do them but approve those who practice them.
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References:
[1] https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transgender
[2] https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/researcher-defends-study-showing-teens-being-pressured-into-transgenderism
[3] https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0202330
[4] https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/becoming-disabled-by-choice-not-chance-transabled-people-feel-like-impostors-in-their-fully-working-bodies
[5] http://boredomtherapy.com/transabled-people/

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