Are there any examples of nonbinary people in the bible or important Christian people in history that are nonbinary? I'm feeling like I'm not natural and like I'm fake right now and that maybe I'm a mistake and I'd like some comfort and hope I'm wrong
Hello there! I promise you, you are natural, you are not a mistake or faking. I’m nonbinary too, and I know it’s easy to fall into such worries, when society – and many Christians! – surround us with messages that something is “wrong” with us. But we are not called to conform to the messages of the world, but rather to God’s invitation to live abundantly, to become the full selves They made us to be.
For a response to a common argument against trans people (and/including NB people), “God doesn’t make mistakes,” see this video.
I absolutely believe that many biblical figures and important figures throughout Christian history were nonbinary. The thing is, that term did not exist when they were alive – so the people I list below may not be called nonbinary or have called themselves that, but there is reason to think that many of them would have recognized themselves by that term today, as they did not fit the gender roles associated with their assigned gender in their own time.
In the Bible (includes some general passages as well as specific people)
- Genesis 1 and 2 – the Creation stories offer some support for nonbinary people: see this post for a brief quote on the matter; Austen Hartke’s two short YouTube videos on Genesis 1 and 2, here and here;
- Joseph of Genesis 37-45 is reimagined as a genderqueer person, Josephine, by one poet, J Mase III. You can hear their spoken word piece on Joseph here (with text below the vid).
- Deborah and Jael of the Book of Judges, chapters 4-5, both break from traditional gender roles for women.
- Isaiah 11′s vision of the future in which “the lion shall lay down with the lamb” can be seen as the breaking down of binaries. See this awesome poem.
- Eunuchs in the Bible do not fit into the binary of male and female. See this video by Austen Hartke. See Matthew 19:12 as well.
- Jesus himself broke the traditional gender roles of his day! He spoke with women, something men were not supposed to do.
- Joan of Arc: see this article; and also a verse on Joan on this poem I wrote
- Francis of Assisi: called “Mother” by his friars and allowed a woman into his order, calling her Brother Jacoba; there’s a verse on Francis in the previous link too; see this article as well
- Saint Wilgefortis: see this article
- And finally, an article on various trans Saints
I hope this helps! If anyone has more, add them on!