My friend you raise a number of issues, all of which are totally outside the point of this article by the way, but I'd respond to them briefly nonetheless.

It does seem, and I say this with love, that you are just generally confused, you say the Bible is inspired yet it contains inaccuracies and errors which you disagree with. The Jews are a backward, superstitious and ignorant bunch because of thier patriarchy, yet all of a sudden they are a wise society, advanced and ahead of their time when you want to use their literature to establish a gender spectrum. You say you believe in Jesus and are Christian, yet you would rather listen to what Rabbis say about the Torah in the Talmud than what Jesus, the very fulfilment of the Torah and the prophets says.

Have you not read that Jesus on the sermon on the mount constantly said "You have heard it said....but I say unto you..."? Indicating the priority of his words over whatever had been in circulation among the Jews. Have you not read how Jesus blasted the learned Jews of His day for making the word of God of no effect by their various traditions? (Mark 7:6-13) and you quote Jewish traditions on the Torah as authoritative for the Christian faith? Christianity is what Christ says it is, not you, not me or any rabbi.

Now hear what Jesus says about the Genesis 1:27 passage

"But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female, for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh" (Mark 10:6-8)

Note the duality? Male and female? Father and mother? A man and a wife? The TWO shall become one flesh? This is Jesus, the Word of God made flesh explaining the Bible here...Did He not know about the "merism" you allude to? Are you more Jewish than Jesus? Do you speak better Hebrew and Aramaic than Him? Are you more authoritative than the Christ? (I speak to you as a fellow Christian as you allege you are)

The Bible is to be interpreted in context like any text. And in context my friend, irrespective of what you think or how you feel, there are only two genders in it. We cannot rewrite the Bible and the words of Christ who you claim to respect in order to make you happy.

On "love, no buts"- Well, don't know if you are reading the Bible upside down but mine tells me to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). Jesus loved the rich young ruler BUT told him to sell all he had if he wanted eternal life (Mark 10:21), Jesus loved Peter BUT rebuked him and called him Satan when he was being an obstacle to the gospel (Matthew 16:23), so, with respect to your friend, "love...no buts" is just a very stupid thing to say. If you love people you want the best for them, and are willing to tell them the truth even when it hurts.

So following the example of Christ, I, in love tell you this truth, Christianity as well as the Bible is what it is, your feelings are completely irrelevant and I for one could not care less about them.

God bless

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A.B. Melchizedek

A.B. Melchizedek

Crusader for the truth of the gospel and the logical coherence within the context of the scriptural worldview. PODCAST: "THINKING ETERNAL" on Spotify