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Ephilei's Beliefs

Statements of Faith are often used negatively in situations which they are totally unnecessary except to the author is a holy roller and proof that they are really conservative. I'm providing one only because I recognize that Christians often associate transgenderism with sexuality, homosexuality, or liberal ideology and is therefore heretical. So I am demonstrating I am "really" Christian.  Also, since a lot of this site is written from my perspective and the assumptions to my perspective don't fit well into any common category like Evangelical, Catholic, Fundamentalist, etc. It makes my gender look simple.

I have informally started calling my belief system Liberal Orthodoxy. I think Orthodoxy is correct almost all the time and liberal (as in the literal meaning of free) attitude done properly is a virtue.  I've attended an Eastern Orthodox church for the past year. I might become Orthodox or I just remain a "God-fearer" so to speak as I am now or I might give up and join the Anglican Communion. My theology, like my gender and most things about me, don't fit well into particular categories and travels around.

Scripture

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness." "The Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation; so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any[one]." (Methodist Articles of Religion)  I accept the Protestant canon but I'm being wooed to expand to the Orthodox canon. 

Jesus is the Word of God. Scripture is the story of the revelation of the Word of God to humanity.  It is not a deterministic rulebook, dictionary, encyclopedia, or history book. It is organic, living in context of time and space. It is the greatest authority we have, short of Jesus' own self.  The interpretation of Scripture comes from balancing Tradition with advances in science, textual criticism, and reducing fear-based biases such as racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia.

Transgenderism

Yes. See Ephilei's Positions and anything authored by myself on this site, especially The Book.

Homosexuality

Homosexuality, understood as a sexual orientation opposite to heterosexuality, is otherwise the same as heterosexuality. Scripture is silent on homosexuality. Passages beleived to address it are condemning adultery, incest, pederasty, and rape; Scripture likewise condemns the heterosexual equivalent of all those things.  It cannot condemn the entire orientation of homosexuality because the concept of orientation did not exist to its authors or audience and the relevant passages contradict the nature of sexual orientations such as choice and resulting from idolatry.  The passages of Ruth and Jonathan may possibly refer to romance but are too ambiguous to be used as evidence.

The Garden and Fall

I believe in the Orthodox doctrine of the Fall: The Garden of Eden was "good," but not perfect and God is currently in the process of perfecting the Earth. The imperfections of the physical world are not from a spiritual fall but because the Universe is still in the process of birthing into completion. The Fall, not mentioned in Scripture, does not refer to a individual state of condemnation due to the sins of our ancestors because a child "shall not be punished for the sins of the father." The Fall gives us the consequences of the sins of those who come before us.  Therefore, any biological determination or predisposition we have towards being transgender is a point along the path of the whole world becoming perfect and likewise as intersex.

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