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LOST IDENTITY
Thursday, October 7, 2021 by Leona Choy

Do you know what “therians” are? How about “furries”? Or “otherkins”? You might be meeting some of them soon—for REAL. We're nearing Halloween with its witches, black cats, and giggling, masked and costumed dwarf-beings (the kids next door with their trick-and-treat bags.) But there's a dark side of self-deception and intentional evil behind the curtain where the modern “Wizard of Oz” is doing his faux magic to scare Dorothy and her innocent hybrid companions. I’m not talking about the Halloween fun kind of costumed kids.

A “therian” is someone who seriously identifies as a non-human earthen animal either spiritually or psychologically. Therian is short for therianthropy or therianthrope. They are a category of person who falls under “otherkin.” Otherkin is anyone who identifies as non-human. This is not an innocent child at play acting like a roaring lion or a purring pussy cat for an afternoon. A therian is for real. You’ll know one when you meet one.

Just the opposite to therians are our beloved pets, whom human beings treat as if they are human. However, our smart pets know what they really are and always will be—beloved beasties whom God created for our companionship and often for our assistance. They know they are not human, but they are really enjoying the pleasures the humans are showering upon them as if they were human.

Do you know who and what you are and whose you are if you are a Christian? Some people don't know. They have lost their identity—or it has been stolen from them by the chief thief and liar. They are vulnerable to every deception. Others have convinced themselves, or have been persuaded by others, that they are something other than human. More than a psychological trip—this is often demonic. Our increasingly deviant upset society is ripe for this aberration.

It used to be easy to fill out personal identity forms. Your choice was between M and F and you knew your sex since your birth. Recently, it has become far more complicated. As recently as the 1970s, you must juggle the alphabet in a certain acronym order to come up with LGBT, which even innocent children are learning in school stands for "lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender."

Have I lost you yet? The letter "Q" was added to make room for people who identify as "queer" or "questioning." This gives you a chance to further define yourself.

Still not detailed enough? New variants of the term, including "LGBTQIA+," which adds “intersex,” "asexual," and a plus sign to include people who identify as "pan-sexual" or "non-binary." Things got even more complicated in Canada when a gay rights group introduced the acronym "LGBTTIQQ2SA." (The number "2" refers to indigenous people who identify as having "two spirits.")

Then Facebook expanded its gender choices. In 2014, the social media platform gave users a list of 56 gender options. But the next year, a "custom gender" option was added so people wouldn't be limited by the original list.

Hold on! Not finished yet. If you are scratching your head, prepare to be even more confused. Gender is not the only thing that is up for grabs in today's culture. A boy can decide he is a girl; a girl that she is a boy. People with new freedom can now question their species! Your sexual predisposition is allowed to follow a new trend — you get to decide what “species” you really are and take steps to actualize your preference.

You may never have heard of "therians" but it probably won't be long before you meet one. Therians don't believe they are humans. They celebrate their animal identities on their Instagram pages and YouTube channels. One Norwegian woman named Nano said she realized at age 16 that she has been a cat all her life. She walks on all fours and claims she can see in the dark and hear things humans can't.

A famous therian who committed suicide in 2012 was so convinced he was a cat that he had his ears surgically reshaped, got whiskers implanted, and cat stripes tattooed on his body. Today there are also "polytherians" who identify as more than one animal and can morph back and forth.

When the author of this article was traveling in Michigan a few weeks ago, he learned that there are students in public schools there who identify as "furries." Some of them are simply fans of cartoon characters and they enjoy collecting art related to these animals. However, a segment of furries actually identifies as the dogs, wolves, foxes or cats they admire and determine to act on their “real animal self” and insist on being recognized as such.

A recent study showed that close to half of furries don't want to be human and half of those believe they are not human. They use the word "otherkin" to describe themselves and have their own online communities, conventions, favorite fan fiction and comics and even their own pornography. The largest segment of furries are men in their 20s.

Psychologists created the term "species identity disorder" to describe this mental and emotional problem. But it is resisted among those who consider that everything is perfectly normal and nothing is a disorder. They feel affirmed in that many transgender people now work in business, government, and even the military. We might soon be under pressure to accept therians or furries as the new normal.

What do we make of all this? For centuries, people have assumed that things like gender, age, and race are set realities based on science. Yet today all absolutes are being questioned.

More and more, in this selfie age, the self has become the standard. The new mantra is: "I can choose who I am. I am what I 'feel.' If I 'feel' I am a girl, I can be a girl. If I 'feel' like I am a dog, I am a dog. I determine reality."

Are we shocked when we see this demonic trend in our culture? The Bible plainly warned us this would happen. The apostle Paul forewarned the Romans that when man rejects the authority of God, we become "fools" who “exchange the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures" (Rom. 1:23, NASB). Isn't this a perfect snapshot of our corrupted times when science has gone wild experimenting with producing hybrid trans-humans? Nothing is beyond imagination.

Nor is such experimentation new. Take note of the hieroglyphics, carvings, and artworks of Egypt and ancient images and artifacts depicting vulgar crossbred giant offspring from human women and angelic beings in the debased antediluvian world before the Great Flood.

We see Scripture fulfilled right in front of our eyes. When we reject God and focus on ourselves, we actually lose our true identities. He created us to be men and women who identify as the children of God. But we cannot possibly know who we really are if we cut ourselves off from the Creator.

Without a connection to the true God, we become hopelessly disoriented and confused. The only hope for this growing confusion in our culture is the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Let's introduce them to the One who can restore their true identities and save their eternal souls. In the midst of today's selfishness, sexual confusion, and family breakdown, Jesus has given us a chance to show His love to people who don't know who they are.


 

(Leona’s adaptation based on excerpted research from an article Fire in My Bones by J. Lee Grady, October 2021)

 


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