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What Determines Gender?

 

Facebook offers its users over fifty gender classifications. Consistent among these gender definitions is the substitution of feelings for any objective standard. In other words, these gender classifications are based upon how a person feels or identifies instead of any objective reality. However, gender is not a feeling; it is a scientific classification of sex. It is only in the twenty-first century that these classifications have become confused.

God created gender. Until Genesis 2:23, the Bible's creation account refers to the character named Adam as an adam, which means a “human being.”1 The very word adam is a genderless term. However, God declares in Genesis 2:18 that it is not good for the human being to be alone, and He determines to create a counterpart for Adam. This word neged is usually translated as “fit,” “meet,” or “suitable,” but it means “counterpart,” or “one who corresponds to but is opposite from.”2 In other words, God determined to make a helper for Adam who corresponded with Adam—one who was a human being—but who was also opposite from Adam—one who did not have the same tendencies, strengths, or physical features as Adam. To accomplish this, God removed a piece of Adam’s sacred architecture—part of his side, or rib—and from this sacred piece, God created Adam’s counterpart. It is only after this act that the Genesis account begins to refer to Adam in terms of gender.3

In Genesis 2:23–25, Adam declares himself to be an “iysh”—a man—and his counterpart to be “woman,” “Then the man said, ‘This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.’ Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” At this point, gender is established, and because gender is established, marriage is also established. Adam declares that because God created woman out of man, the two genders can be united together to become one flesh.40

 


1. Strong’s, #H120, 9.
2. Strong’s, #H5048, #H5049.
3. Garlow, “Robert Gagnon.”
4. Ibid.

Works Cited

1. Garlow, Jim. “Robert Gagnon: The Bible & Homosexual Practice – The Old Testament – Genesis 1 & 2.” YouTube video, https://vimeo.com/68624959 (accessed June 12, 2014).
2. Strong, James. Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible.  Nashville:  Crusade Bible Publishers, Inc.
3. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Crossway Bibles, 2001.

 

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Author: Timothy Zebell, 2015