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This topic may seem rather weird, but these days there are so many strange things going on that “weird” is becoming the norm. Akihito Kondo is a 38 year old Japanese man who started dating Hatsume Miku, a 16 year old who has turquoise hair.
But this is not what you think. Miku is not an actual human being. She (it) is a fictional, computer-synthesized pop singer. Kondo readily admits that for a long time he has known that a human partner just wasn’t for him due to his intense attraction to characters like Miku. He actually “dated” Miku for a decade before they had an unofficial wedding ceremony in 2018. And to make it official (at least as official as he could), he spent over $17,000.00 on their wedding (which his family did not attend, by the way).
Before they were married, in 2017, Kondo got a Gatebox – a $1,300.00 machine that allowed device owners to interact with characters via holograms. He was satisfied with this until support for the Gatebox software was discontinued – which meant that Kondo could no longer speak with his wife. To compensate for that, he now carries around a life-sized stuffed version of Miku.
As weird as this might appear, it seems that this kind of thing is more common than you might think. It is reported that there are thousands of these folks in Japan alone. In fact, there is an actual word in play to describe their sexual preference – fictosexual.
But here’s the problem with that: IT’S NOT REAL These people obviously have some kind of emotional disorder that compels them to live in a fantasy world. It is truly sad to see.
Now while the idea of fictosexuality my seem a little over the top, there are many other forms of fantasy sexuality that are even more prominent. If you do a Google search on “gender identity,” you will find all kinds of articles detailing dozens of different possibilities. In fact, there are some lists that detail 100 or more.
The presumption of people who go this route is that while there are only two sexes, there are many gender possibilities – as if sex and gender are entirely different things. Well, the truth is, they are not. Gender corresponds to sex one-to-one. Any attempt to create multiple genders is 100% a move into a fantasy world.
So just how do people wander into this fantasy world? They do it by adopting worldview beliefs that do not correspond to reality.
Biblical worldview beliefs reflect the way reality is actually organized. It recognizes an objectively real natural world where the natural order operates by fixed natural laws, and an objectively real spiritual reality where moral laws exist based on the very character of God.
Naturalistic worldview beliefs, on the other hand, are schizophrenic. They also recognize an objectively real natural world, but discount the possibility of any kind of spiritual reality. As such, things which do not neatly fit into a category where natural laws apply don’t have any objective foundation. Thus, things like morals and values have a relativistic base and must be made up out of whole cloth by human beings based on their personal preferences.
In a twist that is beyond my own personal comprehension, someone came up with the idea that sex should be dealt with as a part of the material order, while gender can be placed in the category of values and morals. Thus various scientists can study sex using the tools of science, while society can deem gender to be anything they want it to be. There is, of course, no objective support for doing this, but those who don’t want to be accountable to God’s revealed truth and values feel justified in it.
But it is not real! It represents fantasy. And those who want to play in that sandbox live in a fantasy world.
Freddy Davis is the president of MarketFaith Ministries. He is the author of numerous books and has a background as an international missionary, pastor, radio host, worldview trainer, and entrepreneur. Freddy is a graduate of Florida State University with a BS in Communication, and holds MDiv and DMin degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a popular speaker, particularly on the topic of worldview and its practical implications for the Christian life. He lives in Tallahassee, FL, with his wife Deborah.
You may also contact Freddy at Leadership Speakers Bureau to schedule him for speaking or leadership engagements.
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