How do you know if someone is really Saved?

You don’t. There you go; end post. Everyone go home cause that’s it for the day…

No, actually come back. Let’s speak on a few things concerning salvation because we all hear of Christians (with a Big C) crashing and burning and of secular, Worldly people (with an equally large W) claiming to be finally saved. With the Justin Biebers and Kanye’s coming out to the public as newly professed believers, many are right to be skeptical. I mean, famous people are known to be spotlight hogs, and what better way to generate new interest than to do something unexpected and big?

I get it. I really do. Yet, this is a topic that’s super important, not because it personally affects you if either of those pop culture icons actually have run to the Father or not… or does it? In a corrupt world full of evil, lies, and golden tongues, it can be difficult at times to be able to discern the influences you should allow in your life. This is not just about so-called stars and big name preachers, this is about what it means to be saved and what it means to discern or judge. This is about knowing who is a fellow disciple.

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them. – Matthew 7:15-20

It’s sometimes best to watch and wait because the truth will out in the end. Some will say, wait!, this clearly says prophets and most people (famous or not) don’t allege to be prophets. First, prophets were people who spoke on behalf of God. The point was making sure you and others aren’t led astray by them. That could apply not only to big, name influencers, rabbis and preachers, but also you and me. We, as disciples, speak on behalf of God on the daily. If someone is claiming to be Christians, they are claiming to be disciples, and everything they do and say is on behalf of God.

Fruits are their actions and what they generate in the world. Are they doing good and wholesome things or are their actions shady, debatable, or downright corrupt?

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me – John 10:27

If they recognize and love God’s voice, their words and actions will reflect that in some manner. No one is perfect, remember this and repeat it frequently. A person who is saved will always fail to live up Jesus’ example. That’s the point. We need God. That doesn’t change because we’re saved.

The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. – 1 Samuel 16:7b

Met someone particularly cross, covered in tattoos (really, some still judge this), or otherwise not looking outwardly like whatever you think a believer is supposed to look like? See, here’s the thing. A disciple doesn’t look a certain way. Some will be good at going to church and some will never go. Some will be straight laced and buttoned-up at all times and some will forget to bathe. We don’t know people’s hearts, at what developmental point they are in their relationship with God, nor what their purpose is here on Earth. What we do know is that God can see more clearly than we can whether someone is saved or not.

No matter if someone is saved or not, you should be an example of God’s love. If they profess that they are a Christian, whether they are saved or not (and you CAN’T really know this FOR SURE), you treat them as a follower of Jesus. If they do something wrong, you correct them as a sister or brother. Let’s look at one more verse.

John said to Him, “Teacher, we saw someone else driving out demons in Your name, and we tried to stop him, because he does not accompany us.” “Do not stop him,” Jesus replied. “For no one who performs a miracle in My name can turn around and speak evil of Me. For whoever is not against us is for us. Indeed, if anyone gives you even a cup of water because you bear the name of Christ, truly I tell you, he will never lose his reward. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be thrown into the sea. – Mark 9:38-42

If someone professes to be a follower of Jesus and good comes of it, whether the person is saved or not, they still did good for His kingdom. However, if they use God’s name to instead do bad, they are breaking a commandment to not use God’s name in vain.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” -John 13:34-35

Not only will you see that a truly saved person will treat other believers in Love (like they should Love everyone!), but you should do the same. Nothing is impossible with God, and while we should be ever vigilant, we should also remember to not become hardened. A saved person who has fallen needs our love. A worldly person who has found God needs our love. They need our hope and support. So, if they’ve never actually been saved, they will be blown away by the Love of our God and our family.

To conclude, we can circle back to the beginning. You can’t know for certain whether someone is saved since there’s no telling what is in their heart. However, you can figure out if someone is doing good for God’s kingdom and is a good influence if their actions and words line up with God’s ways and words. Let’s celebrate with hope those who claim to have been lifted and saved. God has saved many condemned, damaged souls who seemed unrepairable. Let’s not be jaded like the world.

God bless!

How does God see Time?

What is Time according to God?

A seven day week can be found in both Jewish and Babylonian cultures. Most sources will state that the seven day week originated with Babylon since they have written accounts of that measurement of time going back about 3000 years. They would, of course, scoff at using a religious document like the Torah, which goes back just as far, to justify the origin being with Jews or even a simultaneous idea that originated with both cultures. Days, months, and years all correspond to natural phenomena. The week does not. All efforts to explain how this came to be (as separate from God speaking to the Hebrews) are very speculative.

No matter; Yahweh approved the seven day week since creation when He took six days (starting sun down and ending with the next sun down) to create the world and the seventh to enjoy His creation. Since then, Jews and then Christians, along with many other cultures as they came across those peoples, follow a seven day week.

It all makes you think: God made the week an important concept (particularly the seventh day)for humanity along with a host of annual festivals and holy days. It’s obvious the cyclical nature of these observances are there to remind us continually of various lessons, comforts, and warnings. However, was there more to it all? Does it give us an idea of how God perceives time itself?

Lord, You have been our dwelling place

through all generations.

Before the mountains were born

or You brought forth the earth and world,

from everlasting to everlasting,

You are God.

You return man to dust,

saying, “Return, O sons of mortals.”

For in Your sight a thousand years

are but a day that passes,

or a watch of the night.

You whisk them away in their sleep;

they are like the new grass of the morning—

in the morning it springs up new,

but by evening it fades and withers. – Psalm 90:1-6

What does a man gain from all his labor,

at which he toils under the sun?

Generations come and generations go,

but the earth remains forever.

The sun rises and the sun sets;

it hurries back to where it arose.

Blowing southward,

then turning northward,

round and round the wind swirls,

ever returning on its course.

All the rivers flow into the sea,

yet the sea is never full;

to the place from which the streams come,

there again they flow.

All things are wearisome,

more than one can describe;

the eye is not satisfied with seeing,

nor the ear content with hearing.

What has been will be again,

and what has been done will be done again;

there is nothing new under the sun.

Is there a case where one can say,

“Look, this is new”?

It has already existed

in the ages before us.

There is no remembrance

of those who came before,

and those to come will not be remembered

by those who follow after. – Eccles 1:3-11

Beloved, do not let this one thing escape your notice: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. – 2 Peter 3:8

One thing is obvious: we are all but a moment to the eternity of God. Can you imagine every time you love someone, they pass away the next moment? Of course, God is determined to not allow that to happen. As the scripture states, God wants very badly for no one to die the second death of the soul. He wants us to all exist forever with Him and love Him and each other. Some of us are just as determined to not exist one day. This grieves Him greatly.

Another thing is true: to God, nothing is new. Everything that was returns again because humanity has bad memories and worse will powers to resist repeating our offensive histories. In that manner, all of existence is cyclical. That’s one reason why God wants us to remember cyclically whose children we are and how deeply He loves us.

Let’s look at the Sabbath He instituted. It’s a continual reminder of many things: our blessings, our day to day hustle for progress and more is not important in the grand scheme, and we are not in control. The Bible Project Podcast (check out episode 159) brought up this last point. The Sabbath is inconvenient on purpose. We have to stop everything we’re doing and pause. It is in this we can finally realize that we are never in control of our time. It exists to serve God, and as we all know, our best plans can be laid to waste quite easily. Yet, our plans are not as good as God’s. God is in control, and that’s the best thing.

Time is such an abstract concept. Some cultures in the world don’t even recognize a past or future in the sense we do like the Amondawa tribe. Many countries like the U.S., Germany, northern Europeans, etc., have a linear idea of time. The past flows out behind us and the future before us, and time can be equivalent to the idea of money. We can waste time or invest it. Punctuality is key.

Many Southern European, South Americans, and Middle Easterners have a multi-active idea of time. In other words, time passing is not bound to a calendar or clock. It doesn’t have firm boundaries and either conforms to the person and events or is dispensed with entirely. It’s not that they don’t have a linear idea of time so much as it’s not as firm and unchanging. It stretches between events rather than between blocks on a schedule.

Eastern countries see time as cyclic. The past will also be the future, so they can never waste it, simply apply patience for it to return. However, China is very time-aware. They also look at time as an investment into relationships even in businesses. Japanese have a sense of time “unfolding,” as if unwrapping a gift or peeling an onion with many layers.

Now, Madagascar see the future as something that flows from behind and is laid out before them as the past, since the past is the only thing one truly sees. Since the future can not be truly planned for, businesses run differently. Buses leave, not at specific times, but when they are full, stock is refilled once empty, and gas replenished in cars once empty.

It is my belief that God is outside of any concept of time. However, in as much as time exists, He, as an eternal being and as evidenced through various parts of the Bible, must see events returning time and again just with different people and places. Although it is cyclical, in a sense, there is also a past (which must be accounted for and remembered as His various observances note) and a future before us controlled only by Him. Our sense of time is not His as our thousand years are a day to Him and a day to us is a thousand years to Him. In other words, time is of no consequence to Him. Our past, present, and future are all laid before Him at once.

Don’t worry dear soul, about tomorrow. As they say, God is already there.

God bless!

Sources other than Bible:

https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/437-biblical-concept-of-time-the

The 2 Concepts of Time in the Bible

https://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Topical.show/RTD/CGG/ID/2368/Time-Gods-Perspective-of.htm

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/390204

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-13452711

https://www.businessinsider.com/how-different-cultures-understand-time-2014-5

101st Post Celebration!

Since this is officially my 101st Learning to Be Love post, here are a few of my favorite things I’ve learned since the beginning of studying about God with you! 

1) The Bible is a love story about God and humanity’s relationship throughout history as told by humans. 

2) The purpose of the Bible is not to be your rule book. It’s to teach you wisdom, by which your ears will recognize God’s voice in every circumstance, no memorization of rules required. 

3) We were made to be important ambassadors between spiritual and physical realms, and although most of the universe was overjoyed for us, not everyone was. These are the powers we battle every day, and we would certainly lose except God intervened and already won the war. 

4) You can not lose salvation or the Holy Spirit. God never takes back His promises, but YOU can choose not to take Him up on them. YOU can choose to ignore the Spirit, but He’s still whispering. 

5) The Bible is such a complex work, more than we realize. In the original languages, there are so many double meanings and clear references to other works about God (internal and external to the Bible as we have it now) that it is a tapestry of symbols and messages (made by multiple people separated by millennia!) woven together into a single story of Love and triumph. 

6) Why does God let evil exist? This age old question has an answer. If He uproots all the weeds (evil), He would be uprooting a lot of wheat (those with hope still of salvation). If you think it’s worth it to do it anyway, remember that you were one of those once. He wishes for NONE to perish. 

7) Do not correct an unbeliever’s behaviors and beliefs. They are not on the Rock like you. Even if they wished to do well, they’re being tossed by the waves! 

8) Love even your enemies and forgive them. Loving is an action not an adjective, and sometimes the best way to love them is to leave them behind.

9) God speaks to you in more ways than you can comprehend, but you need to pay attention. You can also speak to Him in more ways than simple prayer (but that’s still great!). 

10) Do not fear: it’s one of the most spoken phrases in the Bible for a reason. It’s not a command to not feel the emotion, which Jesus Himself appears to have felt in the Garden of Gethsemane, but a command to not let it dictate your actions or incapacitate you. Feel it and do what you must anyway. 

Finally, as you know, I like to write creatively. I don’t always share my works as it’s such a vulnerable feeling!
Yet, here’s a long poem. Not the most well-written, and it’s a rough draft. However, in honor of how long this blog has lasted and how long you have lasted with me, I’m sharing this with you, my beloved reader. And, as always, 

God bless!

***
He Calls Your Name

You dance in the garden to His ways
His kisses on your cheek

Venomous tree
Velvet crimson rivers 
cascade down the leaves

Shadows lengthen in the garden 

You gape wide into the midst, 
insides bared, 
open chest torn open 
You are dead but standing
You struggle to speak for the words bubble 
through the blood in your voice

His Spirit hovers over your 
chaotic Deep inside
He calls your name 

He calls your name, but you are in shock, 
crimson rivers down your hands
Voices of multitude
innumerable as the sands
rise from within it, 
piercing screams echoing in your head 
their blood is yours
their death is yours
Your death is His

He wanders through the garden,  
the desert for you
He calls your name 

That’s not your name anymore

You climb the venomous tree
look upon the city you’ve built with the blood of your hands 
The blood that never goes, 
the stain that follows you 

You build a boat with trees, 
towers with broken glass, 
you build a storm in your eyes 
to escape His wrath 

They all fall, fall, fall; 
creations of your hands are falling into dust 
Nothing you do will grow the garden 

Crimson rivers in the desert
Paint death doors with the stain

He calls to you from the mountains 

He calls your name 

Cover your nakedness with death, 
build a home with death 

He calls your name
Live, live, live!

His voice grows closer, 
He nears now 
He cries out I am! here 
You, lost among the corpses, 
can not see Him 

Come home, 

He calls your name 

your hands will build with life, 

He calls your name

your hands will be clean 

He calls your name…

He dies

He gapes wide into the midst 

He is dead but stands 

He lives, 
and you rise with Him 

He builds a boat with stars
He builds a tower with jewels and gold
He calms the storm 
They all rise, rise, rise; 
creations of His hands stand eternal 

He calls your name 

A new Name, 

better than the old 

He calls you by His name
He calls you His child 
He takes your hand, 
cleansed and whole 

You hear Him

You follow Him to the Garden 

Now dance.

***

God on Warfare

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. – Ecclesiastes 3:8

As the author of Ecclesiastes says, there are times when love is appropriate and times when hate is appropriate. Cue the sound of screeching tires as we slam on brakes. What? I thought that love was always the answer. Then, he says there’s a time for war and a time for peace. Why would a God of love ever want war and death?

That’s what we’ll be taking a moment to think about today. As always, let’s go to His love letter (not hate and war letter, right) and seek a discussion with the Most High on this topic.

“You are my hammer and weapon of war: with you I break nations in pieces; with you I destroy kingdoms; -Jeremiah 51:20

Oh, well, ok Jeremiah, calm down.

And I will stir up Egyptians against Egyptians, and they will fight, each against another and each against his neighbor, city against city, kingdom against kingdom; – Isaiah 19:2

“When you go out to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. And when you draw near to the battle, the priest shall come forward and speak to the people and shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them, for the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.’ – Deuteronomy 20:1-4

The Lord is a man of war; the Lord is his name. – Exodus 15:3

What in tarnation? Oh, I guess I can’t tell God to calm down.

There are many examples, especially in the Old Testament, where God called out Israelites to destroy entire cities and nations. We can agree that God hasn’t called us believers to do such a thing in a long, long time. Ok, so maybe we can’t all agree on that. There have been wars that Americans consider righteous (I assume other countries are similar in this regard). Let’s say for example, World War II… at least we consider it righteous now. We were hesitant to enter the frontlines and joined late; many were heated over the fact we ever joined. The battles in Europe felt like a movie to so many in the mainland of U.S.A., divided by seas and lack of instant communications. Now, we can look back and say we’re happy to have overthrown such an obviously evil overlord and the hell he inflicted.

Maybe we were supported by God for this decision, maybe we weren’t. It was difficult to say in the moment, and it’s not clear now because God can turn any bad thing into a good thing at His will.

Most of what God or His people say on the subject of war is that of condemnation and a message that He is working toward a world of peace forever more.

He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. – Isaiah 2:4

He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. – Isaiah 25:8

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. – Romans 12:18

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” -Romans 12:19

Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? – Matthew 26:52-53

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. – Matthew 5:9

Wait, what about this?

Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. – Luke 12:51

When drug addicts and alcoholics decide to change their lives and let go of drugs or alcohol, they usually go through a period of great division. They have to separate themselves from friends, sometimes family, many times their homes, in order to be successful in disengaging in the behaviors that those loved ones still encourage and perhaps in which still are enmeshed.

After Jesus there was a division. Friends and family were at odds because of this new radical Jewish movement that eventually separated into Christianity. At that point, there was a time for hate and war. That doesn’t mean God wanted it. However, in a time of growth, there are growing pains because, in this case, many people fought change.

I believe, from what I’ve read, that God never wants war or hate or anything bad. Like a father, He would have us be at peace and joyful, but we’ve fought Him on that since the beginning when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. Due to that, now there is sometimes a time for tears and bloodshed. Why? Because we chose to create a world where there are valleys of darkness to walk through in order to get to the mountaintop.

So, why would God ever order warfare and lead an army toward murder of others?

We chose to bring evil into the world, and because of that, we must fight against the spiritual powers of darkness. We can’t win the fight alone. We have to push them back to where they came from so we can claim victory in a new reality without them. If we ever actually declare war, I believe God would want us to be darn certain He is asking for it. As His commandments clearly state to not murder, we MUST know first when He is making an exception.

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. – James 4:1-2

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. – Ephesians 6:11-12

Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. – Revelation 12:7-11

As for some details concerning war, God shows us, if it is to be carried out, how it should be done. See Deuteronomy 20 for Rules of War. It explains that if anyone has unfinished business, is newly engaged, or is too afraid to fight, that they should go home. That rules out the draft. It specified to not cut down fruit trees, as “these trees are not the enemy, so don’t make war against them.” It also says a few messy things our civilian ears may have difficulty reading such as enslaving those cities who make peace with you and killing all of the people in others. This is so “they will not be able to teach you to sin against the Lord your God or to do any of the terrible things they do when they worship their gods.” They were corrupt, murderous, and dark-minded people who God didn’t want to tarnish His people. Are those specific people listed in these verses still the same people they were back in the day? No, much has changed, and so have God’s children. We are not called to kill every living person now in war. It’s good to understand context.

In conclusion, we brought evil into the world from the beginning and yearn to return to our Eden, full of peace and life. Step-by-step, God is bringing us back, but that means that sometimes He has, in the past, called us to seek war against other nations. Those instructions were for specific people in specific times, and they had meaning and purpose when they were ordered. Unless we KNOW that God is asking for us to disregard one of His commandments, we really shouldn’t seek all out warfare. Defense is one thing. Offense is another. We are called to be peacemakers, to show the world what God’s Kingdom will be like on Earth.

God bless!

To Fear or To Love God

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” -1 John 4:16-18

Some Christians get the fear of the Lord wrong.

It’s obvious that we would fear a being who has our very souls and existence in His hands. He created the spinning worlds beyond our eyesight and realms of physical and spiritual beings with inner lives more complex than we can comprehend. He can calm a storm with a word or create one in the void of space, made of comets and planets tossed one into another during the death of a massive sun. 

Fear of God makes sense. We are in in awe of His power, and we fear God in the way that we respect Him and His ways. However, whenever the Bible stated that we were to fear God, it didn’t intend a fear that causes separation, one that’s caused by anxiety and foreboding. That is a distrust of God. 

If you’re shaking your head right now because you’re thinking to yourself “it’s not a distrust of God but a knowledge that I’m not good enough for Him,” you might be missing the point. You can never be good enough for Him. Yet, you must trust that His love is so grand, so selfless, so majestic, that you’re never beyond His reach. You must have faith that His forgiveness is even more expansive than His universe and deeper than the blackness of space. There’s a difference between humility, which is exactly what a reverence for God can create, and hopelessness. 

If we know in our hearts that God’s love is perfect, we know that, as we continue to move forever toward His presence, He moves forever toward ours. We have no fear of judgement or punishment, not because of our own perfection but because of His. This isn’t to say we can give up trying. He always chooses us as His children, always. We must always choose Him as our Father, always. To stop trying and trying is to choose to be one of the world, to disengage from a relationship with Him. 

Let’s not downplay fearing God. The Bible mentions fear of God hundreds of times in a positive manner: 

The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. -Exodus 1:17

When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.” -Exodus 20:18-20 

“‘Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the Lord. -Leviticus 19:14

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. -Matthew 10:28

Maybe the key is in Exodus 20. Back up to where Moses tells people to not be afraid of God’s displays of power in the desert, but then says that fear of God will keep them on the straight and narrow path. We should be full of reverence and awe, knowing that God is the only being in existence who we should fear. If we fear anyone else, it can sway us to trying to appease them as if they were our masters, but as it is said, 

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? -Romans 8:31.

Only God should be your master, and He controls all other powers in the world. Good thing He’s on our side! Just remember to remain on His. Just as a child first learns right from wrong by whether his parent rewards or punishes him, we, as Children of God may start on the path of His wisdom by fearing His punishment. Once mature in our faith and relationship with Him, just as a child grows into an adult, we no longer fear in that manner so long as we are pressing onward toward Him. We know He means good for us, and we take the lessons we’ve learned with us. 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. -Proverbs 9:10

God bless!

What is a Human: God’s View on Transgenderism

*I’m copying my recent posts on here until I can work out the quirks that are not allowing me to transfer old Blogger posts to this site.*

What is a human?

Transgender politics are at an all time high, and the topic brings up a wealth of controversy no matter which side you take. We know, as children of God, we don’t simply take up the world’s viewpoint. Whatever it happens to be today will be different tomorrow, anyway, which should be one sign that it’s not the Truth as the Truth doesn’t change with the opinions of the crowd. So, what is the Truth, and how should we look at transgenderism and the souls involved in it? What is God’s view on transgenderism?

One thing is to remember they are souls, just like us, and God yearns to bring them to His loving fold.

Now, let us go onward to the scriptures, God’s love letter to us. It will give us the framework to understand our role in this topic. 

He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind” when they were created. – Genesis 5:2

God created us with two biological sexes. Of course there are those who are born as both or neither, upon external expression. However, the sex genes of X and Y determine whether you’re a woman (all X) or male (at least one Y).  

But, most people supporting transgenderism view sex (biology/genetics) as separate from gender (mindset/internal view of oneself). So, what does the Bible say about that?

It’s certainly not a cut-and-dry topic, but when Hebrews thought of our essence of spirit, it was connected intrinsically with the physical body. When God “breathed” into mankind in Genesis 2:7 to bring us to life, it was a dual symbol of the literal breath of life and His Life and Holy Spirit being breathed into us. 

Let’s give an example of this. Jesus was crucified, proven dead, buried in a tomb. He rose from the grave and met up with his disciples upon the road. 

While they were describing these events, Jesus Himself stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” But they were startled and frightened, thinking they had seen a spirit. 

“Why are you troubled,” Jesus asked, “and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at My hands and My feet. It is I Myself. Touch Me and see—for a spirit does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and feet. 

While they were still in disbelief because of their joy and amazement, He asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” So they gave Him a piece of broiled fish, and He took it and ate it in front of them. – Luke 24:36-43

Remember that Jesus was not dead when His friends saw Him again, and perhaps that’s what He is referring to: the idea of dead spirits, a belief that originated with pagans and Greek philosophers (that body is separate from soul). Every time ghosts are brought up in the Bible (see Deuteronomy 18:11 or 1 Samuel 28:3-19) they are associated with demons or those forbidden occult practitioners where demons could pretend to be loved ones. Most other places in ancient Hebrew tradition, they looked at death as “dust to dust,” “a deep sleep,” etc. 

This is what made Jesus’ resurrection that much more amazing. He was showing how, when God raises us from the dead, we are still us. We may be healed and whole, but we are still the physical self we identified with while alive before. We are not a soul planted into another body. We are our body, and God not only pieces us back together from the dust but endows us with the same personality, possibly even retaining our memories. Did you notice Jesus ate (to show His physicality) and remembered his friends and their times together? This was all done on purpose. 

However, as we are mediators of Earth and Spiritual realms in the image of God, we are both physical and spiritual in a sense. We sit on the edge of both worlds without being fully either, much like Jesus. 

Check out the Wisdom of Solomon, which is from the Apocrypha. 

Short and sorrowful is our life, and there is no remedy when a man comes to his end, and no one has been known to return from Hades. Because we were born by mere chance, and hereafter we shall be as though we had never been; because the breath in our nostrils is smoke, and reason is a spark kindled by the beating of our hearts. When it is extinguished, the body will turn to ashes, and the spirit will dissolve like empty air. Our name will be forgotten in time, and no one will remember our works. (2:1-4)

But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment will ever touch them. In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died, and their departure was thought to be an affliction, and their going from us to be their destruction; but they are at peace. For though in the sight of men they were punished, their hope is full of immortality. (3:14)

There’s a lot yet to peruse in order to fully understand what the Hebrews believed concerning the soul. We can’t fully know, until we die, what exists beyond this life or where our essence or breath of life takes us, other than the fact that we are always with God. 

If the soul and body are fully intertwined, I would say that our biological sex is the only concrete part of our gender that exists beyond feelings, cultural norms, and expectations of society. 

Some might say our brains are made differently, and some people of one sex has the brain of another sex (which is a highly controversial thing to assume each sex has a different brain). Scientists are currently studying this subject with nothing concrete that I’ve found in my research. There’s no question that science backs up what the Bible says: biologically, there are only two sexes. So, since science is unsure about brain genders, let’s go further.

Society has a lot of nonsensical gender role expectations, which we can be dismissed outright. What about Biblical ones? We’ve taken a close look at those in other posts, such as in the ones about feminism, marriage, and submission. 

There were several times taking on the role of the other sex/gender (remember these are the same in ancient Hebrew eyes) were forbidden.

Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, – 1 Corinthians 11:14

This is because in the culture Paul was speaking to, men wore long hair to express homosexuality, as if they were taking the role of a woman, and this is forbidden, too. 

You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. – Leviticus 18:22

We can’t even try to dress as the other gender as if we were taking on their role. What that gender wears, however, is determined by the culture in which you reside.

A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God. – Deuteronomy 22:5

There is a hierarchy of authority, and if you have a problem with this, again, read this post. Submission has become a horrible word that conjures up worldly, power-hungry men. This is not the type of hierarchy that God desires. Look at what He actually wants, not what the world assumes He wants. His ways are not Humanity’s ways. 

But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. – 1 Corinthian 11:3

If men can be women and women can be men, all the above is nonsense. Yet, that’s exactly the way of the world. It’s confusion masked as truth. 

Woe to those who call evil good 
and good evil, 
who turn darkness to light 
and light to darkness, 
who replace bitter with sweet 
and sweet with bitter. 
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes 
and clever in their own sight. – Isaiah 5: 20-21

Let me back up now and clarify something. There are many people in the world who honestly believe they are truly another gender than their sex. It is my personal opinion that they have a mental illness: gender dysmorphia. Yes, if you look up the term, you’ll find that people believe this condition to not be a mental illness. With any dysmorphia, there is a disconnect between the reality of your body and your perceptions. For example, body dysmorphia can cause anorexia if the person believes their body to be more overweight than they actually are. Yet, strangely, you’ll find those same sources both wishing medical treatment for an anorexic person’s delusions while wanting everyone to agree with and support the gender dysmorphic person’s delusions. This is obvious confusion.

People who are transgender need love, compassion, and understanding. 

Jesus healed countless people as He walked around spreading the Word. It’d be good to pay attention to just how He did that. He listened, spoke the Truth (always), and Loved. 

So, what is a human, according to God? We are body and soul, intertwined, one reflecting the reality of the other. Our roles in life are different but complementary in a Biblical-type-of-hierarchy system. We, as Christians, should never call out an unbeliever on their actions and words, as they are simply acting as unbelievers do. However, if they ask, we are called to Truth, always the Truth and always in Love. 

God bless!