ALTERED STATES: ‘Transgender Man’, What Would Jesus Do…?

Source – huffpost.com

“…A quick look at the dictionary for the prefix “trans” tells us that it means “across,” “beyond,” “through,” and “changing thoroughly,” all of which are great terms for the person of Christ. He cuts across all boundaries. He is beyond our understanding. He is through all and in all. He changes us thoroughly into new creations. In his person, and in his salvific actions, Jesus is truly the first and forever trans man”

SM: …The real question here is, who has the nerve to tackle the Prophet Mohanmmad – Charlie Hebdo might have a little something to say about that….

‘Transgender Jesus’ Dances in Front of Rainbow in Icelandic Church Ad

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland, also known as the National Church, posted the cartoon advert on social media last week, making it the new featured image at the top of their Facebook page.

The caricature depicts a Jesus-like figure with a beard, breasts, and rosy cheeks dancing with a rainbow with the background.

“Welcome to the Sunday School Church,” the ad reads.

Church officials say they are attempting to attact more visitors by promoting a culture that ’embraces everyone,’ Visir reports.

The picture has received mixed reviews in the small Nordic nation, where controversy can spread quickly.

While some have expressed their approval, others say they will be leaving the church, calling the message “tasteless,” “particularly stupid,” and a “shame.”

Reactions on Facebook include –

  • “I just got hurt in my heart when I saw this terrible picture. What’s going on in the religion of our nation?”
  • “The Church says that the picture reflects the nation, but that’s just not right. This just reflects the attitude of a tiny minority and brings joy to those who are not believers and use every opportunity to take the church down.”
  • “You priests and you bishop who are in charge of this have completely failed in your duty and will answer to God on the last day.”
  • “You priests and you bishop who are in charge of this have completely failed in your duty and will answer to God on the last day.”
  • “What a shame that a church that teaches Christ should degrade Him with such humiliation.”

Pétur G. Markan, the church’s director of communications, defended the cartoon, saying it was just one selection from a larger set of promotional ads.

“In this one, we see a Jesus who has breasts and a beard,” Markan said. “We’re trying to embrace society as it is. We have all sorts of people and we need to train ourselves to talk about Jesus as being ‘all sorts’ in this context, especially because it’s really important that each and every person see themselves in Jesus and that we don’t stagnate too much.”

“That’s the essential message. So this is okay. It’s okay that Jesus has a beard and breasts.”

The National Church is led by Agnes M. Sigurðardóttir who became the first female to be elected Bishop of Iceland in 2012

Related…

Jesus: The First Transgender Man

The current flap in conservative Christian circles about bathroom access is a bit baffling. They shout about God not making mistakes, as if God only works in binaries and anything falling outside of black and white cannot be from him. But we don’t have a black and white God; creation is so full of color and variation that it’s incomprehensible how we Christians struggle to pare him down to the limited palette of our individual expectations.

The worst offenders are the Christian’s who claim to take the Bible literally. Of course they don’t actually do that; they impose their own filters on stories and phrases to fit their particular ideology. If they really did as they claim to do, they would quickly see that Jesus must be, by their own exegetical rules, the first transgender male.

Let’s take a look at what the Bible and Christianity tell us.

The teaching of the church from ancient days through today is that Jesus received his fleshly self from Mary. The church also teaches that Jesus is the new Adam, born of the new Eve.

Now Eve is a fascinating creature for many reasons. The Bible tells us she is the first example of human cloning, which I touched on in this post. But the fun doesn’t stop there. If we take the Genesis account in it’s literal meaning, as conservative Christians demand that we do, she is also the first case of a transgender woman. God reached into Adam, pulled out a bit of rib bone, and grew Eve from that XY DNA into Adam’s companion. She was created genetically male, and yet trans-formed into woman.

Then along comes Jesus and the whole pattern is both repeated and reversed. The first couple’s refusal to cooperate is turned around by Mary’s yes, and the second act of cloning occurs. The Holy Spirit comes upon the second Eve, and the child takes flesh from her and is born. Born of her flesh. Born with XX chromosome pairing. Born genetically female, and yet trans-formed into man.

 

States that do not support trans persons’ right to choose the restroom that fits their identity demand that bathroom usage be based on a person’s “biological sex.” One can imagine a future in which state licences require not only a vision test, but also a genetic test so that bouncers proofing at bathroom doors have something tangible to review. And that means that if Jesus and Eve were walking around today, perhaps shopping at the mall for a Father’s Day gift, they’d have to swap restrooms. Now Jesus could surely manage to finesse his way around a woman’s room, but poor Eve…

A quick look at the dictionary for the prefix “trans” tells us that it means “across,” “beyond,” “through,” and “changing thoroughly,” all of which are great terms for the person of Christ. He cuts across all boundaries. He is beyond our understanding. He is through all and in all. He changes us thoroughly into new creations.

In his person, and in his salvific actions, Jesus is truly the first and forever trans man.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/jesus-the-first-transgend_b_10006134

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