This post was originally posted on Beliefnet
In our sex obsessed world, the propaganda of twirling human gender and identity can’t help but alter language, views, laws, and religious creeds.
The terms “non-binary” or “gender fluidity” have recently been added to the more newly established titles of: gender neutral, gay, lesbian, and transgender.
Then we have people who believe their views on gender have not altered, although their response resembles deeper entrenchment in the time-honored definitions of maleness and femaleness; their reaction markets physical laws as if they never can be broken. Mona Charen, American columnist and political analyst, wrote in her column, ‘Gender fluidity’ is nothing more than fantasy, “Maleness or femaleness is imprinted on every cell, influences every muscle and fiber, affects every body system, and colors every thought.” Is human gender of any kind fantasy?
No question, when menstruating, it feels as though femaleness influences my body and mind, but I’ve discovered I can turn away from the body and focus on spiritual truths of courage, wisdom, and divine authority. The result? My body quiets down and I’m influenced by a greater strength from outside myself.
No question, issues and decisions surrounding sex and sexuality come up in life, right along with travel, talents, and jobs.
It looks as though we can choose what sex to be, where to travel, and what job to pursue.
But, the flesh, our travels, talents, and jobs, do not comprise our life. To argue with others or argue within our own mind as to how the flesh defines us is to argue for mortality and against spirituality.
Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. (II Cor. 5:6-8, ESV)
Being away from the body (flesh) is not synonymous with ignoring the body, but is in line with controlling it without the need to justify our mortality or flesh all the time. The fascination and preoccupation with sexuality progresses humanity not at all, unless we can get past the fixation.
I don’t love or hate my body, my travels, or my job. I may sound passionless, but I chose rather to live, move, and be active, and I find a greater power beyond the flesh. I find a future of widening possibilities. I find spiritual Life, Truth, and Love.
From 21st Century Science and Health, “Human mind and body are one. Neither exists without the other, and both must be replaced by spiritual Mind. A material body is an embodied concept of human mind. This mortal mind builds its own superstructure of which the fleshly body is the denser portion. From first to last, the body is a sensuous mythical human concept.
“The sensations of the body must either be the sensations of a human mind or of matter flesh. Nerves are not mind. It is provable that Mind, God, is not mortal. Is it not equally true that human mind and its matter flesh do not appear in the spiritual understanding of being?
“Do not believe in any supposed necessity for failure, adversity, or ruin, knowing (as you ought to know) that God never requires obedience to a physical law because no such law exists. Linear thinking is destroyed by the law of God, which is the law of Life eternal instead of death, the law of harmony instead of disorder, the law of Spirit instead of the flesh.
“In Science, Mind is one, including noumenon and phenomena, God and Mind’s thoughts.”
“We progress out of the thinking that life and sensation are in the body by understanding what constitutes ourselves as the image of God, and then Spirit will have overcome the flesh.
“We are learning to lay down our fleshliness and gain spirituality by ridding our self of a mortal identity. Universal Love is the divine way.”