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19 June, 2010 / theexpositor

What does the Bible say about vampires?

from Got Questions.org

The popularity of the teen romance novels in the Twilight series has given rise to a renewed interest in vampires. The vampire is a mythological being who is said to exist by drinking the blood of other people, usually by biting their necks, after which the victim also becomes a vampire who seeks new victims. The vampire legend can be traced back to medieval and later Eastern European folklore, but variations of tales of vampire-like creatures also exist in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

The current vampire craze really has its roots in two quasi-romantic novels of the 19th century, The Vampyre by John Polidori (1819) and Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897). These two are the progenitors of the romantic vampire genre of fantasy fiction. The seductive “kiss of the vampire” has generated an alluring mystique, especially for young women, and that mystique, along with the “forbidden fruit” syndrome, is the basis for the popularity of the Twilight series. The romantic/sexual attraction of the suave, sophisticated vampire Count Dracula as portrayed by Frank Langella in the movie “Dracula” (1979) is an example of the allure of the vampire. The film’s tagline is: “Throughout history, he has filled the hearts of men with terror, and the hearts of women with desire.”

While fantasy fiction such as Twilight is probably for the most part harmless, any obsessive interest in vampires—or for that matter witches, ghosts, and other occultic figures—can be unhealthy at best and dangerous at worst. It depends on the spiritual state of the person whose interest is piqued by such subjects. A weak, emotionally fragile young girl, for example, whose life is characterized by family stress, self-esteem issues, and a lack of strong role models, could be at risk for developing an unhealthy interest in the occult. Such an interest can be an open door for demons to infiltrate her mind and spirit. Satan, as we know, is the enemy of our souls, who “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). This is why God, in His wisdom, forbids occultic practices, describing them as an “abomination” and “detestable” (Deuteronomy 18:9-12).

How is the Christian to think about vampires and vampire fiction? We are reminded in Philippians 4:8 to fill our minds with “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy.” While there are elements of nobility in the Twilight books, there are also elements of darkness and the occult. There is also a very strong pull toward the “hero” of the book, Edward, who is a vampire. He is a seductively attractive, charismatic figure who has a great deal of appeal to teen girls. The author skillfully portrays a beautiful, romantic, perfect—although flawed—character, the kind of guy most teen girls are drawn to. The problem comes from idealizing such a person and then setting out to find someone like him. No human male can live up to such an ideal. Christian girls and young women should be seeking beauty and perfection in Christ. When they understand true beauty of character, they will be able to recognize it in the young man God brings to them for a husband.

So does this mean that Christians should avoid vampire fiction altogether? For some families, the answer is yes. For others, the answer is no. Parents whose teen or preteen daughter is interested in the series would do well to read it for themselves, discuss it with their girls, and perhaps point out the ways in which it contradicts God’s Word. Such an analytical discussion can do much to dispel the mystique that surrounds the vampire myth. Ultimately, the decision regarding any reading material for Christian children and teens is the responsibility of parents.

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5 Comments

  1. bob vuvzela / Jun 21 2010 19 54

    i totally disagree, im 17, and i know the difference between reality and fantisy.. also thats stereo typing to assume that teenagers are that gullible and niev(sp). how can you call yourself a christain and still judge people like that? ..

    • theexpositor / Jun 22 2010 8 58

      Hi Bob,

      First let me say I am grateful you visited my blog and especially for offering your comment. I hope we can have an online discussion on this.

      Before I respond in more detail, could you please tell me if you are a Christian? It’s very relevant to the context.

      Let me also offer these points:

      1. I do not think the article was stereo-typing all teens. Go back and read it again and let me know if you come to the same conclusion.
      2. I agree there are differences between fantasy and reality. Sadly though, many people cannot tell the difference.
      3. Referring to not judging people, I believe you are misunderstanding Matthew 7, where Jesus said, (and the emphasis inserted below is mine)

      7:1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and THEN you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. 6 “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.

      First Bob the word judge here doesn’t refer to being judgmental, which tends to include a critical and harsh spirit or tone. I think the word judge here may be better understood if we think of it as examining: meaning that we should take a long honest look, through the lens of the Bible, as to whether the person, teaching, doctrine, etc., is of the truth of the God’s Word. So in the scripture above, note that Jesus wasn’t saying do NOT judge or examine, but FIRST examine yourself BEFORE examining or judging someone or something else. But at the same time, we are told in Ephesians 4:15 to “speak the truth in love”, and I have always added but we must always be faithful, that the truth we must speak.

      I hope this has offered some clarity and thank you again for writing. Hope to hear from you again.

      • Daniel Moshe Johnson / Oct 30 2010 11 38

        Hello

        To the aforesaid writers:

        I’am glad we are on a topic that the secular world has abandoned, mainly due to the progression of the modern or material world. I understand your representation to scripture pertaining to Jesus, but we must examine also the law of God, passed on through the Mount Sinai scene.

        The inspired writers were all men, as we are today, but the law inscribed in stone by a dark cloud that gathered that day, is one of the only interactions between man and what we deem a higher power.

        The term God

        1. God
        a. A being conceived as the perfect, omnipotent, omniscient originator and ruler of the universe, the principal object of faith and worship in monotheistic religions.
        b. The force, effect, or a manifestation or aspect of this being.
        2. A being of supernatural powers or attributes, believed in and worshiped by a people, especially a male deity thought to control some part of nature or reality.
        3. An image of a supernatural being; an idol.
        4. One that is worshiped, idealized, or followed: Money was their god.
        5. A very handsome man.
        6. A powerful ruler or despot.

        Now, the infinite one can’t be fathomed in a physical form, the cloud was and is a natural force, composed of one of the elements of nature. Number 2. is the closest I think we can relate to the infinite one.

        So, in speaking in regards to the infinite one, in this case,

        The Law: Inscribed by the nature force, a dark cloud, the infinite.
        Written text, ancient and created by unknown sources,
        written by human beings, who still war, kill, ignore the
        poor and those without knowledge.

        Now, the law by God is more reliable than and inspired unstable emotional human. “Judge not, that you may not be judged.”
        “Love thy neighbor as thyself covers critical thinking and examining.

  2. Elze / Feb 12 2011 8 16

    So since in the bible such as the part of the proverbs 30-14 it tells of vampires, and so this means that they are warning us of them. It is very confusing, I’m not sure about any of it, i do however beleive in the bible, and god, but it says if you beleive in him you must beleive in the devil, and the devil sends out his ‘minions’ onto earth, such as in ghosts, and if you beleive in everything the bible has to say, and since vampires were brought up in the bible, does this mean their real? If someone says otherwise than their going against the bible…

  3. Daniel Moshe Johnson / Jun 10 2011 17 27

    I believe it could be possible, a sub-cold blooded human form that feed from the old hemoglobin. Take for instance the insect world, mosquito’s are the vampires of that world, thy even attack us. So, anything is possible, but what is important, is that our interactions with humans of similar forms is where the problem lies. As to the writer above, be careful with the bible, especially the King James one, which specifically says in II Tim 3:16

    “All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”. And as a Jew, the Torah tells us to reprove our fellow-Jew, the Torah says: “Reprove your neighbor.”

    If we reprove and she does not respond to our reproof: how do we know if we
    should reprove again? [We deduce this from when] the Torah says, “You shall
    surely reprove your neighbor.” Shall we do so if our reproof causes his face to
    change (i.e., embarrasses him)? The Torah says: “Incur no guilt because of him.”
    Synagogue.org

    Many thing have been written, some by righteous indignation, others for personal gain, you have to choose.

    Shalom

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