Christians and the undead

I’m a bit alarmed by all the interest in the occult and undead in recent years. While there have always been a few fantasy stories about the undead, be they zombies, vampires, or other immortal beings, there seems to be a lot more mainstream interest in them recently. What’s most alarming is the number of Christians, especially young people, who are into them.

That leads me to wonder if they were properly grounded in the Bible or just Sunday-only Christians. People who go to church and have a vague belief in God and Jesus, but not deeply rooted  in their beliefs they are willing to live their life around them. Instead they mold their beliefs to their current lifestyle. Their lifestyle is center, not a Biblical worldview or even being a true Christian. Because the Bible has a clear warning against such things.

Ephesians 5:11-12 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

Galations 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

However, if you aren’t grounded in the Bible or are relying on your priest or minister to provide your only interpretation of the Bible you may not even know these verses exist since they aren’t the more common ones for sermons. I feel we spend too much time about Christ’s love and not enough time about His teachings. Yes, love is important, but it’s not all that being a Christian is about. It’s also about sacrifice and living separate from the world around you when popular culture contradicts scripture.

We are so focused on getting the church seats filled here on Earth that we forget there are also very clear things that are expected of those who will enter heaven other than love thy neighbor.  That is only part of the Sermon on the Mount by Jesus as recorded in Matthew 5-7. These were teachings by Jesus himself. Yet even these are seldom preached because *gasp*, they may offend someone and we can’t have that. They may leave and take their money with them. Yet, entering heaven to be with God should be every Christians ultimate goal in life.

Books and movies about the undead should have no place in a Christian home or life. Just because they may be well written, popular best-seller books or blockbuster movies does not make them right. Nor are they just harmless fun. Satan will make every effort to break down your faith. He is very patient and is subtle.

I recently discovered the original idea behind vampires was based upon poor understanding of natural decay processes after death before people began embalming people like they do now. Apparently in some instances, pressure from the gasses given off by organ decay will push blood and other fluids from the stomach up into the mouth. This gave the appearance that the dead corpse had drank blood. Take that with the susceptibility to superstitious beliefs of the time and you have a vampire. There’s nothing glamorous about it. Personally, I think it’s pretty gross.

We need to return to Biblical living. So what if we are mocked by the world or seen as different. Our youth need to know what’s expected of them. Yes, I’m talking about restrictions, limits, and rules, but so was the Bible! Don’t just take my word for it. Read your Bible daily for yourself.

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