What is the difference between men and women? Has gender fluidity given to the rise that marriage can be what we want it to be? Read what Dr. John Neufeld has to say from a biblical perspective.
I was recently reading a fascinating article in Lifesite News, a Catholic Pro-Life website. The article in question read;
“In the April 2019 edition of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, an article titled “Sex differences in functional connectivity during fetal brain development” details the authors’ study of 118 unborn babies (70 male, 48 female) between 25.9 and 39.6 weeks gestational age. By looking at 16 distinct networks of the brains, they found differences between male and female foetuses in functional connectivity across gestational age. They concluded, “These observations confirm that sexual dimorphism in functional brain systems emerges during human gestation.”
In case you missed it, a dimorphism is the condition of two distinctly different forms. From the womb, it is apparent that the development of the male and female brain is functionally different. I think that studies such as these are very important. In past generations, such studies would have garnered interest, but not surprise, and certainly not controversy. Past generations of Christians simply saw it as a truism, that while both male and female fully share the image of God, God had created the sexes uniquely. That is to say, male and female are complementary to each other.
This is what the Creator had in mind when He said, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24) That is within marriage, there is a unique role that only the man can play as well as the woman. Male and female are not interchangeable but have been uniquely created to function in a manner appropriate to their gender.
That God should assign both our gender and our roles is seen as restrictive rather than liberating.
It is no secret that our culture rejects this notion. The idea that gender is a fluid concept has given rise to the notion that marriage can be what we want it to be. Furthermore, the idea that God assigns us our gender out of His wisdom and out of His own good purposes is seen as outdated at best, and hateful at worst. That God should assign both our gender and our roles is seen as restrictive rather than liberating.
I am reminded of a conversation I once had while teaching. I asked my students if it is true that, if they worked hard, whether or not they could become anything they wanted. Almost everyone agreed it was true. I was not surprised by this answer, for it represents a “truism” in our cultural way of thinking. This conversation happened a number of years ago, shortly after the retirement of Wayne Gretzky, regarded by many as the greatest hockey player ever to play the game.
I asked the class, “Could any child become better than Wayne Gretzky if only they worked hard for it, and were willing to pay the price to obtain it?” I could see that some were slightly confused, but others were confident. “Yes”, they said, “Any child born today could become better than Gretzky if they wanted to.” Of course, those students would then also have to say that any student could be a greater scientist than Einstein, or a greater composer than Mozart. Gone is the idea of grace or the sovereignty of God. In its place is the idea of the sovereignty of every single human being. And of course, what my students were saying was demonstrably false.
God’s purpose in our creation stands firm.
What today’s culture is saying is demonstrably false. What is the difference between mean and women? A man can say, “I feel like a woman”. Of course, if he were pressed, he would not be able to objectively describe what a woman feels like.
I am not advocating hatred or scorn of those who no longer know who they are. Indeed, all I feel is sorrow. But this I know; God’s purpose in our creation stands firm.
The only question remains: “Shall we injure ourselves by denying that which is objectively true.”
Dr. John Neufeld