God, science, and the Bible agree: there are just two genders: male and female. We’re told quite explicitly in Genesis 1:27 “male and female he created them.”
Biological science confirms this. If a child is conceived with an X+Y combination of genes, he is a boy from the moment of conception and will be a male until the day he dies. If a child is conceived with an X+X combination, she is a girl from the moment of conception and will be a female until the day she dies.
Now Facebook wants us to believe there are 58 genders and that there is no connection between biology and sexual identity. Science fiction tells us there are multiple genders, and that gender is fluid and can change from day to day.
But science tells us something different, that there are just two sexes, with sexual identity fixed at conception. For members of the reality-based community, there are two and only two genders. There always have been just two genders, and there always will be just two genders.
Further confirmation of this self-evident truth comes from the Weizman Institute of Science. After extensive study of the human genome, researchers there discovered there are no less than 6,500 genes “that are expressed….differently in the two sexes.” Two sexes, you will note, and only two.
Since there are about 30,000 genes in the entire human genome, this means more than 20 percent of it codes for traits that are gender specific.
The scientists at Weizman used something called the GTEx project, a comprehensive study of human gene expression in the organs and tissues of 550 adult donors. For the first time ever, they were able to develop a comprehensive map of the sex-differential in genetic architecture between the two sexes.
Prof. Shmuel Pietrokovski and Dr. Moran Gershoni of the Weizmann Institute’s Molecular Genetics Department “looked closely at around 20,000 protein-coding genes, sorting them by sex and searching for differences in expression in each tissue. They eventually identified around 6,500 genes with activity that was biased toward one sex or the other in at least one tissue.”
For instance, they discovered a gene that was more highly expressed in the skin of men than in women, a gene that is related to the growth of body hair. Men had higher gene expression related to muscle building, while women had higher gene expression for storage of fat.
They discovered genes in the heart relating to calcium uptake that protect a woman’s heart from heart disease up to the age of menopause, and another gene in the female brain that may protect against Parkinson’s, which has a higher prevalence among men.They also found gene expression in the liver of women that provides genetic evidence of the pronounced difference in the way female bodies process drugs compared to males.
Says Dr. Gershoni, “Thus, when it comes to the differences between the sexes, we see that evolution (note: or creation) often works on the level of gene expression.”
These scientists argue that all this provides evidence that “males and females undergo a sort of separate, but interconnected, evolution” (emphasis mine). We would say it serves rather as evidence not of evolution but of God’s creative handiwork. God created woman using the template he used for man, but with striking and profound differences.
Men and women are indeed “separate” (“male and female”) and yet at the same time “interconnected,” as God formed the first woman out of the body of the first man (Genesis 2:22). The Bible again, as always, is confirmed by the best in science. As I frequently tell my radio audience, “Ladies and gentlemen, do not doubt this book.”
This view of gender as a binary matter was also the view of Jesus. He himself said, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female?” (Matthew 19:4)
So on the one side we have Facebook and its view of biology and gender, and on the other, we have God, Jesus, the Bible, the Weizman Institute for Science, and the human genome. I think I’m going with God and science on this one.