The Intersex Argument

The media is bored with same sex marriage. Let’s move on to transgender, or as someone just quipped, Trans Jenner.

Here is how the argument will typically go. The Christian points out that Genesis establishes God as the Creator of male and female.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)

The image of God is connected to male and female in virtue of the Creator. Undermine male and female and you undermine human dignity.

Jesus answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female?” (Matthew 19:4)

Jesus our Savior still believes the passage from Genesis. Undermine male and female and you undermine human salvation.

For that matter, undermine male and female and you undermine the Lordship of Christ, because the “he” who created is Jesus. Jesus is talking about himself. He is Creator, Savior, and Lord.

Transgender people don’t want anything to do with Jesus. Oh, I know they might say they do, but what does that even mean? They reject him as Creator of their sex, Savior through his Word, and Lord of their bodies. There is really no getting around the clarity of Scripture on the matter, except to outright reject it.

Along comes the transgender supporter to point out something like, “Intersex is a real thing.” Okay. What is intersex? Well, first, it’s a rare condition. How rare? We don’t really know. Here is what the American Psychological Association has to say about it:

Intersex conditions are not always accurately diagnosed, experts sometimes disagree on exactly what qualifies as an intersex condition and government agencies do not collect statistics about intersex individuals. Some experts estimate that as many as 1 in every 1,500 babies is born with genitals that cannot easily be classified as male or female.

So we have people misdiagnosed, experts who cannot agree on what the term in question means, a lack of official statistics, and hence a generous guesstimate of 1 in 1,500 babies who cannot be immediately identified as male or female. That means that some of them can be identified as male or female. Perhaps even most of them, it’s just not as easy because of malformed genitalia. And yet, chromosomes tell the true story.

“Oh no!” they say. What about a syndrome in which even chromosomes are affected? Here is the APA again:

  • Klinefelter syndrome, in which male infants are born with an extra X (female) chromosome, which typically causes incomplete masculinization and other anomalies.

  • Turner syndrome, in which female infants are born with one, rather than two, X (female) chromosomes, causing developmental anomalies.

Is there anything noteworthy in the two definitions provided? As a matter of fact, yes. Each of them assumes a sex.

Indeed, a sex is assigned in cases where intersex is a problem. How do intersex patients respond to sex assignment?

Most persons born with intersex conditions are happy with their assigned sex, just as most persons born without intersex conditions are. Rarely, persons with intersex conditions find that their assigned sex does not feel appropriate; these individuals sometimes decide to live as members of the other sex. The same thing can occur, of course, in persons without intersex conditions. There is very little information about which intersex conditions, if any, are associated with an increased likelihood of dissatisfaction with one’s assigned sex.

Note the comparison between intersex people and those who are not intersex. Both are typically happy with their assigned sex. But notice also the comparison between intersex people and those who are not in terms of deciding to “live as members of the opposite sex.” It does sometimes happen that intersex people, just like those who are not, decide to identify with the opposite sex or gender. But there is no evidence here that the reason they do so is because of their intersex condition. Moreover, intersex conditions appear somewhat statistically irrelevant when it comes to people deciding that they want to be a different sex or gender.

Recall the extremely small number of babies born with intersex conditions, subtract all of those who are immediately identified as either male or female, then subtract all of those happy with their sex assignment, and you are left with extremely rare instances where intersex people choose to live as the opposite sex, but not even necessarily because of their intersex condition! That’s not much of an argument for anything, much less an argument for people (who are not intersex) subjectively choosing to become the opposite sex or gender (which is impossible anyway).

Intersex conditions do not serve as any type of rebuttal for Christianity either. Yes, God created us male and female. He created us to have two arms and two legs too. And yet, because we live in a fallen world that is affected for the worse by sin, people are born missing the aforementioned limbs. We can quickly come up with countless other problems and difficulties with which we are born or will face during our short lifetimes. Intersex conditions are not a part of God’s original design for male and female. They are a result of the fall. Jesus Christ came to redeem us from our sins and to fix what is broken.

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