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Vampires, Myth, and Christianity

2008 August 17
by Julie Clawson

So we made it to Texas and it has been a crazy week. I finally have my laptop connected to the internet and am stealing a few minutes to sit down and write. But as I considered what to blog about (usually whatever is on my mind at the time…), I realized that I’ve spent a lot of time recently thinking about vampires. Yes, vampires. But bear with me here.

I actually bloged about my encounters with vampire (books) three years ago (here), so it’s not a new subject on this blog. But after reading through Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series recently, vampires have once again been on my mind. If you haven’t heard of the series that means you are most likely not a teenage girl (or a huge fantasy geek). I was intrigued by any book that merited a midnight release for it’s fourth installment and had been following the debates as to if the books were sexist or not (I personally think not). So I decided to give the books a go and ended up throughly engaged.

As you probably gathered at this point the books are about vampires (sorry for the spoiler). But the main characters in the books are “good” vampires – they feed off animal blood, not humans. What I found most intriguing though was the process by which these characters became vampires. Each of them had been at the brink of death and were at that point transformed into vampires – immortal, perfect creatures (at least in this series). Given the author’s expressed religious devotion, I can’t help but see the spiritual parallels there. The chosen ones being essentially resurrected into strong, beautiful, gifted, eternal (yet physical) beings. Interesting concept.

But the obvious spiritual connection in the books reminded me of other conversations I have had relating Christianity and vampires. The whole concept of blood being shed to give another eternal life mirrors vampire lore. There are of course those that recognize that with derision as this quote demonstrates -

“Almost two billion people on the face of this planet are Christians,” he said. “That means every Sunday you’ll find hordes of these creatures lining up to drink the blood of their god in a ritual called communion.

“And what does their god and his church offer them in return? “Everlasting life …

“If that is not the promise of a vampire religion, then I don’t know what is …”

Sinton said Christianity was the only religion that worshiped a corpse and one of a handful that still engaged in blood rituals.

“Visit one of their churches and you’ll often find a huge statue of their vampire Christ looming over the congregation,” he said. Instead of blood dripping from fangs, Christ’s blood drips from his hands, feet, side and crown.

“1.9 billion people believe this immortal god is their salvation and that his blood can redeem and protect them. “Listen to some of the hymns they sing,” he said, “as they sway hypnotically before this eerie preternatural creature …”

Are You Washed In The Blood?
Jesus Thy Blood and Righteousness
Nothing But The Blood
Saved By The Blood
The Blood-Washed Throng
The Bloodwashed Pilgrim
There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood
There Is Power In The Blood

“With all this blood imagery,” Sinton said, “no wonder the congregations descends like vampires when the priest calls them up for communion …” The Christian Bible states that Jesus actually said “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:54).

By drinking the blood of Jesus and eating his flesh, Christians believe they die and are reborn as immortals.

But others see those same elements and embrace the similarities. I’ve heard of goth oriented churches that play up the vampire connection especially related to communion. I guess it’s just another form of cultural contextualization. Some churches reach yuppies by presenting Christ as the ultimate CEO, other churches reach the goths by comparing Christ to vampires. (I think I’d rather attend the vampire church…)

The connection of shed blood and immortality is an ancient one – one of the oldest religious beliefs around. Some dismiss Christianity for dwelling on it. Others (like C.S. Lewis) believe that in Christ myth became fact – making it all resonate with our deepest cultural longings. As he wrote in God in the Dock -

The heart of Christianity is a myth which is also a fact. The old myth of the Dying God, without ceasing to be myth, comes down from the heaven of legend and imagination to the earth of history. It happens — at a particular date, in a particular place, followed by definable historical consequences. We pass from a Balder or an Osiris, dying nobody knows when or where, to a historical Person crucified (it is all in order) under Pontius Pilate. By becoming fact it does not cease to be myth: that is the miracle.

In Christ in a way we have the fulfillment of legend. An interesting concept if nothing else.

But I’m sure that’s not the reaction most have to the books. Obsessing over Edward Cullen seems more the norm…

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  1. August 19, 2008

    This is a great post with wonderful theological nuances. Thank you.

    I’m glad you made it to TX safe and sound. Good luck with the house hunting.

  2. August 24, 2008

    You will want to look into “WES CRAVEN’S DRACULA 2000″ for a VERY interesting take on the origins of the curse, and the first of all vamps. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but seriously, considering this post from you, you will really, really want to see this film for its significance…

    R. Abanes

  3. December 24, 2008

    I absolutely love Dracula 200 and yes she would be interested in this.
    Also look into the
    Jewish myth of Lilith- the first wife of Adam being a vampire

  4. Desmond permalink
    January 30, 2009

    First off, I am a Christian, and I do feel, to a certain extent, that the “vampire theory” is accurate. That may seem counterproductive and somewhat blasphemous, but I give my reasons:

    1. The word for God in the very beginning of the Bible is not “god” but “gods.”

    2. These gods walked with man. Now, that may be interpreted figuratively, as is normally accepted, or literally, as in, alien lifeform.

    3. There is a stark difference between the baser elemental forces which took up the space at the beginning of creation, and the physical entity afterwards. Line by line, if time is not referred to directly, the stage of creation is actually very close to what is accurately seen in physics and the knowledge of our universe to date.

    4. If you lived in that technology-less time frame, and saw someone lift off into the air with something that resembled wings (perhaps a technological device???), wouldn’t you think they were the gods, the primeval creators of the universe? Pride has a strange way of playing in the hearts of creatures – if you are rewarded for something, you continue to do it, right?

    5. The Nephilim, the “sons of God,” “fell” from the heavens and mated with the daughters of men. Well, now, since we could assume that we got our military strategy from such beings, then wouldn’t it serve to think that they had the same tactics? Hmm, a superior officer = God, and those beneath him = primary messengers. Those other messengers who were simply doing orders are referred to as angels with no direct context.

    6. It is possible that these beings were vampiric in nature. Considering the need for blood in rituals, and the forbidding of taking of “the fruit of the tree of life,” we may assume that this in itself was blood. After all, without blood, can a living thing live effectively? No, of course not.

    7. The possibility of Jesus being Nephilim, the Son of the Gods, and a vampire are all one and the same. After all, if he is half supernatural bloodsucker and half human, then wouldn’t he be “wholly God and man?” Of course he would! If a person is mixed, then they are half and half. They are a separate thing altogether because they are both things at once!

    8. The nature of the “Divine presences” is purely that of an extraterrestrial nature. After all, bright lights from the heavens, liftings up, and voices that boom like thunder sound suspiciously like loudspeakers, huge overhead lights and those natures of which, if one is unwilling, seem like abductions.

    9. The Last Supper is essentially vampiric in nature. Considering the vampiric myths that in order to be free of a vampire’s control, one must take of his blood, and the effective usage in the Last Supper, one could deduce that conclusion. “Well, it was purely symbolism,” some would argue. Yes, fine, but so is the formula for the Philosopher’s Stone, which has been at times proven to exist, though containing a difficult formula. Plus, that is only using the “one cup and one bread” philosophy. No, if one carefully pieces together the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – all of whom were at that supper – then we notice that there were TWO cups given. The bread was probably either bloodless or had the blood baked in – he gave Judas Iscariot the first piece, which he broke off and soaked (to wash off the blood, perhaps???). Judas then left before he could take any more of it. The other 11 disciples took of the wine, and the second cup of blood. Therefore, when Jesus died, it was curious that at the same time, Judas Iscariot did also. As Jesus was revived, by another of these men in dazzling white clothes (alien doctor???), Judas was also, cursed to wander the Earth for eternity (the immortal Judas myth).

  5. Ric Toney permalink
    March 19, 2009

    This business about Christianity being a myth is entertaining at best, downright offensive at worst.

    Jesus is no more a mythical character than was George Washington. His historical existence is documented not only by the New Testament writers, but also by his enemies (ever heard of the Jewish historian Josephus, or the Roman Imperial historian Tacitus?) Both mention the historicity of this Jesus close to the time of His death. If such historical documentation is not reliable in your opinion, you might have trouble establishing the life of ole George, our founding father, since the same kind of documentary research proves that he lived.
    Myths are generally written many years, even centuries, after the events they describe allegedly happen. No so with the historical data surrounding Jesus! And of those pagan myths of a dying god rising from the dead, that predate the resurrection of Jesus, isn’t it odd that not one of them mentions any appearance of such “gods” among the living following their “rise” to immortality? Such is not at all like the numerous accounts of the appearances of Jesus, which accounts could easily have been disproven by either the Jews or Romans parading the body of Jesus through the streets, effectively squelching rumors of His resurrection. But that didn’t happen, did it? Why couldn’t the enemies of Christ not parade His body thus? They could not find it, though the authorities certainly knew where His tomb was. Oh, I guess you might say that the disciples stole the body. (Hmmm!) Curious why these same disciples would go to their deaths claiming the resurrection of their leader while knowing it didn’t happen? Hey, men may die for another man’s lie, but never for their own! You might want to rethink the “myth” theory regarding Jesus. If He is a myth, hey why bother. Does anything matter? But if He is not a myth, but rather a historical character whose resurrection is so well-attested that the evidence for it could stand on its own in a court of law, you really cannot afford to wrong about Him, can you?

  6. March 19, 2009

    Ric, I think you completely missed Julie’s point.
    1) Myth is not the opposite of fact. Myth is a way of telling a story to convey a certain sort of meaning, but it has no bearing on whether or not it actually happened. The story of Jesus can be both myth and fact at the same time.

    2) Julie acknowledged as much when she referred to C.S. Lewis’ idea that Christianity is a “myth which became fact”. Did you even read her post? She wasn’t saying that Jesus isn’t historical. She was saying that perhaps he is both history and myth at the same time – a “myth” that actually happened.

  7. Timothy Michael permalink
    March 28, 2009

    first of all,the bible talks of unicorns,dragons,angels,creatures with heads of oxen,men and bird with wings covered with eyes..in the old test. The princes of Jacob or Israel were descibed as wolves by night,which sounds like werewolves to me…to believe in angels and God himself and not believe in vampires is absolute denial when Christ himself said”unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood you have no life in you.” the gift of God is his son whom was sent to establish the blood covenant which would bring us back to rightstanding with the Heavenly Father..we were created to be eternal and we lost that gift so Christ came to give it back by the cleansing through the Blood which knew not sin…In the bible it says blood is required for the removal of sin..So to have the blood of Jesus in you makes you immune to death which is the wages of sin,which is what we would have to pay…but since we drink blood now we are transformed into new creatures..vampires or werewolves! so we don’t have to pay dues when death comes around cause the old things have become new,which is to be born again…because people don’t drink blood and eat flesh so when death comes around they have to pay-up..but to be a vampire and to feed on anything less than the best flesh and blood is to sell yourself short so I’m gonna tell you where to find the best blood!So if you’re already a christian and can’t make you’re way”here comes the light….The bible is the body of God..in the beginning there was the Word,and the Word was with God and the Word WAS GOD.Jesus is the Word in the flesh and he’s the bible. to read the bible is to feed on the flesh of Christ….The books of wisdom[JOB,Psalms,Proverbs,Eclessiastes and the Songs os SOLOMON]are the blood of the Bible.. for they are sweet to the soul.also they are the books of wisom and it says that Wisdom cries out! remember how God said that Abels’ “blood cried out to him” after Abel was killed by Cain..The rest of the Bible is the Flesh and it’s funny how the books of wisdom/THE BLOOD is located in between Flesh & Flesh…it’s impossible to please God without Faith.But, Faith without Deeds is Dead…so if you have faith that the Flesh & Blood Of Jesus will give you eternal life…prove it with the deed of filling yourself with the word of God..because the Word of God/the Holy BIble is equivilant to Jesus in the Flesh…if you read the books of wisdom less than the rest of the Bible..you’re probably a werewolf!.they are creatures who feed on more flesh than blood.Me??? I’m a pure blood…can’t do without the taste of a sweet psalm on my lips..I like a story that’s kinda tuff to digest every now and then,but, it is what it is,and that it will be..and with that I’m gonna leave you with a flesh and Blood scripture..and the vampire & werewolf scripture

    FLESH & BLOOD
    Proverbs 30:8&9
    Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full,and deny thee, and say,Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

    Vampire & Werewolf
    Proverbs 30:14
    There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords,
    [vampires]
    and their jaw teeth as knives,
    [werewolves]
    to devour the poor from off the earth,
    [by turning you and making you rich in life]
    {vampires are the best converters}
    and devour the needy from among men
    [by giving them the truth needed to set them free]
    {werewolves are the best preachers}

    Working together Vampires & Werewolves can change the world!

    p.s. the word devour means :to eat up greedily or ravenously.
    which is exactly like a vampire and werewolf..

  8. March 28, 2009

    Oh, boy…

  9. March 28, 2009

    Whoa. That is so incredibly rad….

  10. David permalink
    April 9, 2009

    I love this discussion string. I have always believed, somewhat, that immortals existed, and it was somehow tied to the beginnings of Christianity and “other worldly” (alien) life-forms. Several movies have tied the vampire tradition to Christianity as well.
    Thanks for this.

  11. Mary Christine Erikson permalink
    April 22, 2009

    Greetings, I am a Christian, and have been
    fighting off a development of psyfeed vampirism
    on my part.

    While I agree there is a parallel to vampirism
    in some things about Christianity, it is erroneous
    to see Christ as the vampire. The analogy in that
    view, is that a head vampire supposedly turns
    people by feeding them his or her blood, but in
    the Christian thing it is more that we are the
    vampires, and Christ the Great Donor, Who unlike
    usual donors is in control of the transaction.
    It is an act of love on His part.

    And His Blood alone can give life to the world.

    The rest is a sham, or a mere liquified carnivorism, with a dash of paranormal transfers
    of energy. And parasitism.

    Christ is beyond these merely natural transactions.

  12. Devin Riddle permalink
    May 3, 2009

    I am a preacher’s kid and I have read Twilight myself. As a Christian I have learned to understand people who are different from us. There is real evil out there, however, there are many dark and terrible things that are in fact misunderstood. I like how Stephanie Meyer makes the characters have an attitude that they dont want to be monsters. And there is somewhat of a parallel here. The vampire gives the choice of being a vampire or not. Jesus gives us the choice of accepting him or not as your savior.
    one other thing. Not everything we see as evil may not really evil, but instead is is a misunderstood hurting life. Vampires according to twilight do not want to be evil but want to have relationships with humans. In the same sorta way God wishes to have a relationship with us.

  13. Lindy permalink
    May 13, 2009

    Jesus spoke often in parables in the bible, and when he said drink of my blood and eat of my flesh, he did not mean it literally. Just like, holy is the lamb, he uses this statement because a lamb is meek and mild, it does not mean a lamb is holy, God loves the poor, meek and mild, more so than the powerful. As he said the meek and mild will inherit the earth. There is nothing meek and mild about vampires. Jesus shed his blood on the cross to save us, thus using the words, drink of my blood. having communion is in rememberance and honour of him, whereas vampires actually do drink blood. Christians do not drink blood and are not a bunch of vampires gathering on a Sunday to drink of God’s blood. We work hard at being christians, it takes allot of effort and self control. To compare the two is ridiculous. Be careful, evil comes in many disguises and is made to look very mysterious, and alluring to appeal to our senses, as Twilight does. Twilight embraces and promotes the power of a vampire. There is only one power, God and he certainly does not liken himself to vampires, nor is there any suggestion of this in the bible, it is just a matter of taking things out of context or changing them to suit your lifestyle or personal beliefs. If there are vampires in this world, which I believe there are,as the devil is out there everywhere, if they had to meet God face to face, first of all I do not think they would survive his light and glory, but if they did call upon him, if they wanted to change from being a vampire, would they not ask God to forgive their sins, and come into their heart and be their saviour, for this to be possible, God would cast that spirit out and that spirit would leave them and they would be free of the curse. They certainly would not be vampires anymore. Or certainly would not be trying to be good vampires as they would be cured of this curse and human again. So, no vampire is a good vampire. Read, William Duma, who cast out many an evil spirit.

  14. LCS permalink
    June 27, 2009

    It interesting to read what all have said on this string/post. However, over everything that I have taken in, I must ask Lindy; What’s the point of following a religion where it takes a lot of work and self control? If faith and belief in His word can guid one, and the bible preach to respect one another and not judge, are these not the basic fundamentals of how we want to be treated? To do theses things are a lot of work and self control? What God would require one to limit such joy from others?

  15. Jack Reacher permalink
    July 2, 2009

    In Christ in a way we have the fulfillment of legend.

    Sorry my dear, but you gave yourself away with this statement.

    jr

  16. August 2, 2009

    In response to Devin Riddle’s comment, I just wanted to say that I agree. I am a pastors kid and I have also read Twilight. I really liked what you said.

    Some parallels that I have thought about concerning vampires and Christianity and the spiritual aspect is, that I have heard of the devil being the king of suduction, hense how he lured Eve and Adam into falling. Which when I was reading Twilight, that came to mind. Like what Edward said “You are drawn to me, even my breath draws you in” And I think how in Twilight and in hearing and reading about vampires in general, they are always seemingly mysterious and suductive… they also “suck the lifeblood” out of humans/creatures which eventually brings death. So that is something I am cautious about when getting hooked into something like Twilight, I don’t want that parallel to be okay with me. But I also do see the parallels in the book and how Jesus is perfect. Something that struck me was how the vampires are like many faucets of diamonds in the sunlight, which automatically makes me think of Jesus’ beauty… God does have a form of suduction in everything He is. Not in an unpure way, but in a way that is hard to deny. God is the beauty you see in people and everything He created. I believe that a lot of the “suductive” things in this world, were originally magnificent things created for God’s glory and enjoyment, that were polluted by the fall of man. Which all of those things are redeemed by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. I believe that nothing is impossible through Christ. (Not saying that I believe in vampires). But I do believe that a lot of what is in that book parallels the actual spiritual and natural relms, like “The lion fell in love with the lamb.” That is a representation, to me, of Jesus falling in love with his bride (us). If God showed us his full beauty and power in one glance, we would be instant toast. He restrains his glory and shows it to us in smaller increments, in amounts that we can process and absorb. He could easily wipe us out in one blow, but he chooses not to, because he is in love with us…. much like this story in Twilight. But there is no flaw or evil in him, unlike the vampires desire to take away our lifeblood. God wants to continually give us more.

  17. August 2, 2009

    CP – might I suggest that you might enjoy the story more if you just take it at face value and not try to find a spiritual allegory in every detail. Your analogies are interesting and perhaps valid as far as they go, but I’m not sure that’s really what Meyer had in mind as she was writing the story.

  18. August 31, 2009

    It’s fun, facinating & fearful to explore myths, legends, fantasy & occult tales. Way to go, Julie-You got ‘em goin. God bless Jinny for nailing down the Christian view, as Jesus Himself nailed it down long ago. In the end, what matters is not our superstitions & speculations, but What Is Truth!…then, now & forever! Here’s the Gospel as I know it from his closest disciples… Fact1: God came as a mortal (or as a Son, God’s image), born in a human womb, & God was hanging out on planet earth. Fact2: He did amazing supernatual things to prove His creditials & show what kind of loving God He & His Father are. Fact3: He also came to be the perfect blood & sacrificial lamb for a beastly race at war with themselves & their Maker. We rejected & murdered Him, refusing to let any other god but ourselves rule us! Fact4: We are all immortals! Born to look & love like God! But we became like selfish beasts, demandng to be gods & invent gods. So where do we exist forever? Fact5: This God/man rose from death to prove His immortality & invite every beast to reject their selfish nature and receive His loving spirit. As we “eat&drink Him” (totally believe, take in & live in Him) who was destroyed in our place- real life & love happens. As you read these things, if you feel a hunger in your heart, I dare you: Talk to God about it. And watch what happens! Right before your eyes, you may see an animal turn into an angel…
    For a Biblical study of “Twilight”, check out:
    http://crossroad.to/articles2/08/twilight.htm

  19. August 31, 2009

    It’s fun, facinating & fearful to explore myths, legends, fantasy & occult tales. Way to go, Julie-You got ‘em goin. God bless Jinny for nailing down the Christian view, as Jesus Himself nailed it down long ago. In the end, what matters is not our superstitions & speculations, but What Is Truth!…then, now & forever! Here’s the Gospel as I know it from his closest disciples… Fact1: God came as a mortal (or as a Son, God’s image), born in a human womb, & God was hanging out on planet earth. Fact2: He did amazing supernatual things to prove His credentials & show what kind of loving God He & His Father are. Fact3: He also came to be the perfect blood ransom & sacrificial lamb for a beastly race at war with themselves & their Maker. We rejected & murdered Him, refusing to let any other god but ourselves rule us! Fact4: We are all immortals! Born to look & love like God! But we became like selfish beasts, demandng to be gods & invent gods. So where do we exist forever? Fact5: This God/man rose from death to prove His immortality & invite every beast to reject their selfish nature and receive His loving spirit. As we “eat&drink Him” (totally believe, take in & live in Him) who was destroyed in our place- real life & love happens. As you read these things, if you feel a hunger in your heart, I dare you: Talk to God about it. And watch what happens! Right before your eyes, you may see an animal turn into an angel…
    For a Biblical study of “Twilight”, check out:
    http://crossroad.to/articles2/08/twilight.htm

  20. Claudia Black permalink
    November 11, 2009

    It is sad to see that many who call themselves “Christians” stoop to the level of agreeing that vampirism and Christianity have anything in common at all. They are polar opposites, not because of our feeble opinions or musings but because of the nature of who Jesus Christ is and of what He actually did throught the shedding of His blood. Jesus willingly shed His precious blood for our salvation, that we might live. A truly selfless and divine act. 

    A vampire (which any thinking person acknowledges to be the actual myth here as opposed to Christ who is a true historical figure) consumes a person’s blood and takes their life in murderous fashion in order to extend its “immortality”. A truly selfish act. So the two beings, and the two belief systems could not be in more opposition to each other.

    Your theory is incorrect on so many counts Ms. Clawson. You seem to be fairly familiar with vampire lore but not as familiar with Biblical and historical Christianity. For example the fictional Cullens drink the blood of animals, which is an absolute sin according to the dietary laws given to the Israelites by God in the Old Testament. It is ludicrous to compare the Cullen vampires to Christians or hold up their supposed “good works” in this way. Saying that the selfish murder of an animal is a-ok as long as it extends the vampire’s own false immortality is kinda like pro-choice advocates saying “well it’s just a fetus”. Sorry I don’t buy it.  

    As for the rest of the professing Christians who commented on here, please don’t capitulate your belief system to match the latest pop culture phenomenon. I read Twilight. It was entertaining. A fluffy romance novel at best. But the last thing I would ever do is compare my Savior to Edward Cullen or any other vampire. Remember the amazing thing about Christ is that He didn’t need to “feed” off of the blood of others to grant His immortality. He is God, the Alpha and Omega. After His bloodshed and death, He was resurrected and is now sitting at the right hand of God. How awesome Christ is. How cheap a creaturely vampire is in comparison. 

    As for the comparison regarding communion it is absolutely innacurate and deserves no merit. It is a sacrament that does NOT involve the actual consumption of blood (even if it is a Catholic Mass where there is a belief in transubstantiation, the fact is that the elements remain grape juice or wine). Christianity is not “one of the only religions…that still practices blood rituals”. In order to do that there would have to be blood present, wouldn’t there? Christians do this as a
    remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice. Within the church there are varying
    views on communion but it was Biblically instituted by Christ to His disciples as a sacrament of remembrance.

    Vampirism is a cult that dwells on death, Christianity a belief that focuses on life now and everlasting. They couldn’t be more different. The cult of vampirism is a fast growing phenomenon and it is actually dangerous to the church because it promotes the idea that creatures who are in direct opposition to the nature of Christ are fascinating and beautiful and somehow good in spite of their murderous acts. But hey, it sells books!

    • bose permalink
      February 6, 2011

      Tthank you very much for your clarification Claudia. Christians often make the mistake of spiritualising everything just in a bid to clear themselves of guilt in enjoying seemingly worldly or anti christian entertainment. just enjoy the films if you want to but don’t bother to start comparing what cannot be compared. Lets be real.

  21. Claudia Black permalink
    November 11, 2009

    @ David Eden by the way– thanks for your comments! It is always good to give the pure and simple gospel unfettered by argument.

  22. Claudia Black permalink
    November 11, 2009

    @Lindy thanks for your comments too! Your discourse on communion was so accurate.

  23. Mandy permalink
    November 30, 2009

    The whole vampire idea is derived from the bible. In brahm stokers dracula it is very obvious. This is the original storey about vampires. The whole born again thing and the drink of my blood was taken metiphorically out of context to symbolise something entirely different. Dracula was torchured inside over the seperation he had from God. In the end he asks God why he has forsaken him. It has clear parallels to the bible. But, he was not a happy being. Most vampire stories depict vampires as a tortured lost soul, Jesus was not a tortured lost soul he was the way and the light. Vampires are not the way and the light they are dark and lonely. Jesus was not a vampire, but I think it is safe to say that the whole idea of vampires was inspired by the bible. They are basically a negative cannotation of Jesus. The vampire is traditionally viewed as a damned soul. There is no historical evidence that supports any vampires ever existing. Jesus was real, and we have proof that he was. We do not however have proof of his resurection. This is where faith and mythology come into play. You can believe it is myth or fact.

    It is hard to know what to believe in this day and age. I have been struggling with the bible on a personal level. I have beliefs that the bible does not depict. Like whole idea that JEsus was married. Why isn’t the gospel of Marry Magdeline in the bible as we know it. If Jesus was resurected and Marry was the one he showed his self to then it only stands to reason she was the one to spread his gospel. This has been my veiw for years. I can not beleive anything else. He would not be called Rabi if he was not married, and he would have been seen as sinfull to not be married. It was Jewish law for men to be married by a certain age. Also, the bible mentions a deciple that is his most beloved. This to me is the real mystery about Jesus. Not if he was a fictional vampire.

  24. whiteraven permalink
    December 11, 2011

    all i can say that this is pure stupidity…HOW DARE YOU SAY THAT JESUS CHRIST IS A VAMPIRE…YOU HAVE NO RIGHT…AND HOW DARE YOU COMPARE CHRISTIANITY TO VAMPIRISM…UHGH..GREAT!!!BEFORE YOU EVEN TRY TO MAKE ANY ANALOGY WITH CERTAIN EVENTS OR THINGS THINK DEEPLY..I UNDERSTAND WHY YOU HAVE PROBABLY THOUGHT OF THIS…AFTER READING THAT YOU HAVE WATCHED OR READ TWILIGHT, YOURE NOTHING BUT PATHETIC…THINK DEEPLY BEFORE YOU JUDGE…

  25. NorthwestGirl permalink
    December 11, 2011

    The comparison is actually REALLY accurate. It’s really useful to understanding what we actually claim to be when we say we’re Christians.

    If this bothers you, remember that it isn’t a perfect comparison. Christians are “children of the light”–vampires are children of the darkness. Also, of course, the drinking of Christ’s blood isn’t literal. The important thing is that Christians are bizarre, otherworldly new creations.

    That said, what do we actually believe as Christians? That we “die” when we accept Christ (making us “undead”), that Christ supports and nourishes this undead existence in us by providing us with his life, that this is powerfully linked to his death (without death, there is no life), and that we are a new creation and a new creature who now needs his blood to survive eternally. Oh, and weren’t the ancient Romans freaked out by us because we hid from them in graveyards and catacombs?

    Wow, if that isn’t like the vampire legend, I don’t know what is. The radical transformation of the Christian into a new life and a new way of being (a powerful, eternal, and supernatural one at that) should never become too commonplace for us. We should see it as the shocking thing that it is.

  26. Deniqua Frye permalink
    January 8, 2012

    I was researching whether or not Christians should write off movies, tv shows, and books involving Vampires for school. Being that I’m a 17 year old girl, I LOVE VAMPIRES, but I’m also a Christian(and I use that term loosely, because I don’t agree with everything they believe in and agree to, like hating gays and thinking anything not of god is evil, like pop music or something) Anyway, I really liked your take on Vampires, especially because you started off talking about Twilight, and I believe that is the most popular franchise that’s brought teens in to begin with. I especially like how you brought in biblical talk to compare the similarities between being a Christian, God and, Vampires.

    I would love to hear you take on the Vampire Diaries(currently my favorite show), and how Vampirism is Symbolism for abusing substances and enduring life/Immortality.

  27. June 2, 2012

    Weird , your site shows up with a black color to it, what color is the primary color on your web site?

  28. Eternal Soul permalink
    December 21, 2012

    So Many “Christians” feel that there is a Right and Wrong, but please show me where God ever gave us a right or wrong.. Now Yes he gave us the 10 commandments in the old Testament a list of Commitments for all of mankind to follow in order to reach a complete state of peace and living. Also in the New Testament, he says My Last and Final Commandment is Love… Love Unconditional Love. What is any Christian proving by debating an Allegory anyway. If an Allegory of Jesus being that eternal Savior ( vampire) is what brings a person to Christ, and Saves there Soul from Damnation then is it wrong??? And further more, Jesus tells us Judge not Lest Ye NOT be Judged. I strongly believe that God has showed us these parallels for a reason… we as Humans need to have that Understanding and Associate with something we understand.. Young ppl are going to feel drawn to this and it could be the message that saves one SOUL. And as a Christian… Im all about winning Souls!!

  29. June 25, 2014

    I’m way late to be commenting on this post, but I thought I’d do it anyway. I didn’t read all the comments, but a lot of things I wanted to say are in this post I wrote. It answers the questions: “Is Jesus a Vampire?” http://trentdejong.com/maybe-jesus-was-a-vampire/

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