Sexuality

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

nDeBjaIResearchers’ Unscientific Beliefs

I put forward in a previous post, Prenatal Sexual Orientation Findings Confirm God’s Word, to the extent researchers’ beliefs concerning sexual orientation cited by Wiki were true, namely, that ‘sexual orientation is not a choice, and … established at conception’, that this would only serve to agree with God’s word concerning everyone having an innate sinful nature from conception.

That said, these researchers’ beliefs, along with other beliefs related to the LGBT community and touted by academics as truth, were exposed as being unscientific in a report by Dr. Lawrence Mayer, professor of psychiatry and statistics and biostatistics at Arizona State University and Dr. Paul McHugh, one of the world’s leading psychiatrists (psychiatrist-in-chief, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore from 1975 to 2001), entitled, Sexuality and Gender.

With regard to sexual orientation and gender identity, their conclusions were as follows:

  • The understanding of sexual orientation as an innate, biologically fixed property of human beings — the idea that people are “born that way” — is not supported by scientific evidence.
  • The hypothesis that gender identity is an innate, fixed property of human beings that is independent of biological sex — that a person might be “a man trapped in a woman’s body” or “a woman trapped in a man’s body” — is not supported by scientific evidence.

Brokenness and Innate Sinful Nature

If the above report is true, which I am inclined to believe it is, then gender confusion or homosexual orientation is a development from a person’s innate brokenness and sinful nature. However, if any innateness is found in homosexual orientation or gender confusion, it would still be explained by the fall of mankind and humanity’s inherited sinful nature. The only difference is that these traits would be understood as innate expressions of human brokenness and sinful nature rather than a later development from them.

So, whether gender confusion or homosexual orientation has any measure of innateness or not, God’s word explains their existence as coming from brokenness and/or sinfulness. As David says, ‘Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me’ (Psalm 51:5).

Rob

10 thoughts on “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”

  1. Interesting. The issue is complex. I am trying to learn as much as possible about this debate, so thanks. As I have grown older I’ve learned that we need to show huge compassion to those caught up in sexual and gender confusion, yet without compromising the basics of sex and gender as touched on in Scripture. Greetings.

  2. Okay, so lets take away the “research” on the topic and take a moment to see the human behind it. We aren’t lab rats.
    I do not “practice homosexuality,” as you do not “practice heterosexuality” rather it is who I am. We are all sinful human beings but I am confident that my sinful nature has not one bit to do with my sexual orientation.
    The only reason I have struggled with this is the bombardment from the church telling me I am not okay this way, when never have I once felt that from God. I know, with confidence, that He loves me, regardless of who I am dating.
    How about in showing compassion, you work on showing acceptance, that we are no different than you, and that we are not confused, rather you are having a hard time grasping something different than what you are used to.

    1. Hi Brooke! You are very loved by God. I know that you probably meant a lot more with the word ‘felt’ than something whimsical. Nevertheless, consider if it’s sound for someone to base such huge choices on how they feel. Especially because love, hormones and our feelings can so easily deceive us. In fact, many a Christian leader that has run off in adultery has used the same premise of how they ‘felt’ God thought. I, too, have made many wrong choices on the basis of feeling that God was OK with it.
      I believe our best recourse to test everything is a humble heart before God’s living word, because feelings so easily change, but His word doesn’t.
      If we will allow, however, His word can change us. The parable of the sower in Luke 8:1-15 is a lovely description of how this works.
      What are your thoughts about what the Bible days about homosexuality?

      1. but yet, your article states inherently that I am somehow falling short of that Love because I am “practicing” a sinful behavior.
        If God is love, how can I be told that the love I am experiencing is not from Him?

      2. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Nevertheless, God has pursued us with His Love.
        A person in adultery that is experiencing love in their adulterous relationship might ask the same question that you have. But, that won’t make the love they are experiencing right.

      3. I’m not asking myself that question. I am confident that God sees nothing wrong with my lifestyle and what I am experiencing in my relationship is love that He wanted me to have. It’s unfortunate that I have been equated with an adulterer in your post when the love I have is raw, wholesome, and full of Him.

  3. Here’s the thing. You cannot pick and choose verses of the Bible to tell someone how to live their life. If you are going to follow one thing, you have to follow them all. So, really, you should be submissive (if you are a woman) and not speak on this matter at all. Yet, you, nor I, find nothing wrong with being able to talk about out loud. We should not braid our hair, eat certain meats, etc. But, nonetheless, we do not think these are relevant.
    The few verses that may touch on sexual interactions do not do anything but that. It does not talk about RELATIONSHIPS, rather so many Christians choose to focus on merely the sexual interaction rather than the connection, that God wants us to have, between two people regardless of gender.
    And I am not special, it has nothing to do with “my case,” it is who i am to my core, and there are so many others who are living a life filled with God who, according to you, “practice homosexuality.”

    1. Just going back, my focus was not on likening your homosexuality to adultery, but rather your premise for living your lifestyle being like many Christians leaders who get caught up in adultery, justifying it by how they felt God thought about it.
      By the way, my name is Rob and I am not a female. However, I believe women have access to all the gifts and roles in the Church. If you’re interested in that topic, I have addressed it at length on this site.
      God’s moral law has not changed and therefore I cannot commit adultery, murder, etc. Homosexuality is a violation of God’s moral law. Several passages clearly show that.

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