Where do those of “indeterminate” gender fit in Biblically?

One issue I have with the Bible is that it tends to paint a black and white picture on some topics, even when a whole spectrum of reality is becoming quite clear.

A prime example of this is the spectrum of people between male and female.

The most common practice in determining gender has been for doctors to take their best guess after a child’s birth and perform an operation(s) to suit that guess.  Unfortunately, this approach is falling into the trap of a black and white view.  Sure, some choices in this situation will be more clear than others, but there is also an uncertain middle ground.

I have read recently that there are some countries that are stepping up and recognizing a third gender in order to respect those who are in the middle grey areas between male and female.  Here is a recent article about how Germany has approached this:

Germany allows ‘indeterminate’ gender at birth – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24767225

We may live in a binary world where one gene in our DNA is turned off in some of us, and turned on in others, but it takes a wide combination of genes to realize the whole story of who we each are.  Jesus’ humanity-minded approach accounts for this, but the wording in the Bible seems to fall short.

This also seems to be an indication that the Bible may not be truly the complete word of God.

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2 Responses to Where do those of “indeterminate” gender fit in Biblically?

  1. culturemonk says:

    I would actually say the bible is less black-and-white as ya think. Its modern day Christians that have presented the bible as being black and white but when you really get into studying theology the bible is much more hazy and grey.

    An awesome book on this subject is by Peter Enns, “Inspiration and Incarnation” he’s a theology professor who got kicked out of conservative Westminster Seminary merely for publishing that book! But none of his opponents have been able to disagree with him on what he wrote because he’s presented a very sound position.

    • jasonjshaw says:

      I would agree that from a wider perspective, it’s not black and white. I think a lot of people get caught up on the lists of what constitutes sin because it is easy to comprehend in a black and white way, and that is where I think a lot of the turbulence between Christianity and secular society stems from.

      As for the book, I’m not much of a reader, but I did read some of the Amazon.com reviews for a cliff notes version. Some of the reviews are quite thorough!

      Oh the irony of being kicked out of a school for being scholarly!

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