We Are Body and Soul

In her book, Love Thy Body, Nancy Pearcy writes, “The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) says, ‘Transgender is a term used to describe people whose gender identity differs from the sex the doctor marked on their birth certificate.’ A person pictures the doctor wondering, Hmmm, which sex shall we mark down for this baby? instead of observing it as a scientific fact.” A “devastatingly reductive view of the body” is being nurtured in our society. “Young people are absorbing the idea that the physical body is not part of the authentic self—that the authentic self is only the autonomous choosing self. This is ancient Gnosticism in new garb. Policies imposing transgender ideology on children as early as kindergarten are teaching them to denigrate their bodies—to see their biological sex as having no relevance to who they are as whole persons.”

Pearcy quotes cardiologist Paula Johnson, who says, “Every cell has a sex—and what that means is that men and women are different down to the cellular and molecular level. It means that we’re different across all of our organs, from our brains to our hearts, our lungs, our joints.” So, writes Pearcy, “no matter what your gender philosophy, when you are ill and the doctors put you on the operating table, they still need to know your original biological sex in order to give you the best possible health care.” (Love Thy Body, 195-196).

What can we do? Trust in God the Creator of all life. See how the science of biology reveals God’s master design for the body. Know that Jesus spoke to our full person and human identity when He said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). We can also pray for parents to instill proper self-love in children that comes from God’s love through His creation and design … in Jesus’ name.

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