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The twilight of Twilight: Vampires and Werewolves in the Bible

The twilight of Twilight:

Vampires and Werewolves in the Bible

Twilight‘ Has $138.1 Million in Sales for 5th-Best Opening

BusinessWeek claims that Stephenie Meyer’s latest movie installment of her romantic story, about a sunlight challenged boy, and his shirtless dog-frienemy, whom fight to be the first to (wedding) ring a Bell(a), has reached an all time high in box office sales! With a whopping grand total of $138.1 million dollars in its opening weekend alone! That makes it the 5th best opening weekend on record!!! With that much scratch lying around maybe they can afford to buy some shirts for the Oregon based wolf-pack, since they seem to go through them like falling leaves in autumn! And here I am with $6 bucks left in my pocket, no car or place to call my own. It is a good thing I am working on a version of a love story too. It’s about a little wooden boy and a leprechaun with a heart of gold. It will make me hundreds I tell ya! Countable, countable hundreds!

We need to build a fire. Go ahead and you lie to me wooden boy!

Now I, like most people, love a good monster or love story as much as anyone else. I, in fact, actually enjoyed this installment of the Twilight Saga. But I do find it slightly amusing when I consider the origins of both the werewolf and vampire stories.

Did you know that the myths of the vampires and possibly werewolves were all based on Biblical metaphor?
I’m tough. Howwwwl!

Lycanthropy:
There are many different stories about the origins of werewolves but few focus on their symbolic meaning. The werewolf is both a man and a wolf. By the light of day he is a man but by the light of the full moon he becomes a wild beast

Silver and the Moon:
Both silver and the moon represent purity and wisdom in both Greek and Hebrew cultures. The moon is always represented as a woman (Genesis 37:9-10), and symbolically a woman always represents wisdom and intuition (PROVERBS… especially the first 9 chapters!).

Psalms 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times.

Proverbs 9:1 Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars;

Man-Beast:
One of the biggest themes in the Bible is changing us from an unthinking beast into a man of God with Christlike qualities. This is one of the reasons that the words “man and beast” are used together over 47 times throughout the entire Scriptures.

Psalms 73:22 I was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.

The beast represents our brute selfishness of the ego which resists wisdom at all costs. So what makes a man turn into a beast? When he is facing the pure light of wisdom that points out the err of his ways. This represents most people today, they may seem friendly and wag their tails when they see you, but what happens when you try to preach to them something they don’t want to hear, like being wrong? Chances are pretty high that you’re gunna get bit. That same wisdom is ironically the one thing that can stop the raging beast. You kill a werewolf with a silver bullet. Well, actually anything made of silver will do the trick. So wisdom kills the beast, and wisdom is also what sets it off in the first place! Time to get wise beast boy! God’s watchin’ ya and He’s packin heat!

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Nosferatu:
The image of the vampire is not the romantic image portrayed in modern movies like the Twilight series. Sure, these movies are fun to watch, but in the truest sense of the vampire lore they are the portrayal of pure evil living amongst us. They represent the insatiable hunger of evil and its desire to consume and make you a part of it. Hence the curse of the bite or kiss-of-death that transforms you into one of them. The old belief was that when you consume something it then becomes a part of you and you then gained the strength of the thing you ate. This is why the devil is so confident in his war with God. The more he eats the stronger he feels he is becoming. Remember few find the narrow gate but anyone can fall into destruction if they don’t watch their step!

Job 20:15 He swallows down riches And vomits them up again; God casts them out of his belly.

Revelation 3:15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.

Here are some of the Biblical connections to the lore and the origins to the strengths and weaknesses of the nosferatu (The living dead):

Reflections: http://soulblindministry.com/2013/04/02/i-begin-with-me/
We all reflect the image of God, but evil is not reflected in God. So the literal refection of a vampire, in a mirror, does not reflect back because there is no goodness in them reflected in their truth.

1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Invitations: http://soulblindministry.com/2011/12/06/the-true-face-of-the-666-beast/
In the Passover chronicled by Moses you had to consecrate your house and put the blood of the sacrificial lamb over the doorframe of your house and gate. With the mark of the lamb the spirit of death could not enter your home because it was not invited in. Your house is an analogy for your heart, and evil can never enter your heart unless you invite it in.

Exodus 12:13 Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

Animal Forms: http://soulblindministry.com/2012/04/21/the-rapture-waking-the-dead/
The nosferatu can assume many forms, but all the forms assumed by them were those of the unclean animals. Bats, wolves, insects etc. The animal form represents attributes of your nature or personality. It’s an attribute of spiritual truth mirrored in every religion on Earth. Your animal nature reveals your true calling and it is represented as the outer coat or garment in Scriptures.

Leviticus 20:25 You shall therefore distinguish between clean animals and unclean, between unclean birds and clean, and you shall not make yourselves abominable by beast or by bird, or by any kind of living thing that creeps on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean.

Night and Day: http://soulblindministry.com/2012/01/15/chapter-5-day-one-the-nativity-of-the-soul-part-1-fertile-soil/
Light, means spiritual awareness and thought, and it separates us from the animals without enlightenment and understanding. The daylight represents the testing of the spirit, and the soul of the dead can never survive the testing of the fires-of-life that purify us, and they simply get burned away like the ashes of impurity.

1 Corinthians 3:13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.

Thirst: http://soulblindministry.com/2013/04/04/self-recognition/
The blood is the analogy for life, because the essence of the physical life is contained and sustained in the blood.

Genesis 9:4 But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.

Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood;

14 for it is the life of all flesh. Its blood sustains its life

The blood sustains physical life, so those that are dead have no life of their own to sustain them into eternal life. So they need to feed on the lives of others to maintain their existence. So long as there is mortal life to steal, they continue to exist, but never truly live.

The Cross: http://soulblindministry.com/2012/01/19/tjoj-paging-the-great-physiscian/
I think this one goes without saying. Evil simply can not stand in the painful presence of His sacrifice.

Wooden Stake: http://soulblindministry.com/2012/02/03/tjoj-the-forester-gardener-carpenter-growing-building-a-tree-of-life/
Jesus is a carpenter and architect like both of His fathers. The trees represent the framing pillars of truth and character of our life. We grow in wisdom as we age and the trees of our personal growth bear fruit, but the tree is recognized by its fruits or righteousness, and the dead in the spirit have nothing good that can give nourishment to life in the spirit. Death only breeds more death and sin is represented as a thorn designed to pierce and draw out the spirit, and through our suffering it draws out the spirit of goodness. There is no goodness in the evil dead, only the ash and ruined remains of the heart and home of their soul where nothing new can grow.

Matthew 13:55 Is this not the carpenter’s son?

Mark 6:3 Is this not the carpenter?

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Ephesians 5:9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),

Galatians 3:13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree“),

Holy Water: http://soulblindministry.com/2013/04/11/seeing-the-world-of-god/
The spirit of truth is represented in a mirror of waters. Our spirit is tied to the Holy Spirit of God often called Living Water. It is an umbilicus that tethers us to God. Our spirit is in constant communion with His and thus pure “blessed” water is a sacred bond between the living man and our Living God. But the undead can neither reflect nor cross the threshold of the mirror of truth as to them it is only a gateway to Hell.

Jeremiah 17:13 O LORD, the hope of Israel, All who forsake You shall be ashamed. ” Those who depart from Me Shall be written in the earth, Because they have forsaken the LORD, The fountain of living waters.”

John 4:10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

There are many more strengths and limitations listed in the old lore, but I thought you might get a kick out of this information, since it is never addressed in any movies or stories, anywhere! But these are actually all basic understandings of our biblical Scriptures, but somehow many of us seem to have forgotten all about them.

I find it funny how we all too quickly forget the truth and embrace the hypnotic allure of the darkness. The things in school we thought were cool are usually just loving the world and forsaking truth and goodness and God. Dropping out is not cool. Drugs are not cool. Sex in your teens or without love is not cool. And the vampire stories are not about forgiveness and happy joy-joy feelings of love, they are the symbolic embodiment of the evils we face each day. There are no glowing and sparking vampires. They are the creatures of darkness and we are the children of light. So let us put away our childish things and not love the evils of the night and walk our spiritual journey as children of light… even if they do take their shirts off constantly and pout! “I don’ wantcha to become a vampire Bella” *Stamps foot and huffs*

1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

Remember:
Like with a werewolf, when we’re faced with spiritual wisdom, we initially resist it. But when we submit to the will of spiritual wisdom, the beast inside us fades away and the true man appears. And like with vampires, evil can never possess your life unless you invite it into your heart. For what belongs to the Lord can never be taken away from the Lord by anyone, or anything! No Angels, nor Demons, nor men!… Only you can separate you from God.

John 10:28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.

29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.

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112 thoughts on “The twilight of Twilight: Vampires and Werewolves in the Bible”

  1. Amazingly written! As this world is trying to desensitize us to its nature, ways, and dark forces. We as believers of Jesus Christ have to read our Bible daily for Truth! This is a great and true message! Continue to shed light on these things ! Again amazing post!!!

  2. Wow – what an interesting way to look at it. I especially loved what you said about vampires and mirrors. Thank you so much for sharing. I’m a Christian, and I also write paranormal romance, so I really like the connections to scripture you made. Even though I don’t write inspirational romance, the whole paranormal world I’ve created for my books is actually based around their belief in God, and their connection to Him. I’ve never read the Bible (I am working on it though), so I really didn’t know there were these kind of connections. I had only ever heard people quote Exodus 22:18 – “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live,” and even that (because I have not read the Bible) I’m not sure on the context of. Awesome post – I really enjoyed reading it, and the different responses. Definitely thought provoking. :)

    1. And good for you for being a survivor! On behalf of all men… I am so sorry you went through what you did. How can someone take something so precious and turn it so ugly?

      By the way, there is a lot more than that post I have to share. Please come back and read some more :)

  3. I wrote a book about vampires and werewolves but with Christian themes. I also understood the Biblical metaphors and tried to use them in the story. It is nice to see other people thinking about this, how these monsters symbolize our wretched souls in need of grace.

  4. A very interesting take on these. Kind of makes me think of the importance of Communion, or the sacrament (depending on what Christian church you attend) the idea that when you partake of it, you are eating and drinking (symbolically and spiritually) the flesh and blood of Christ.

    In your Vampire analogy, you stated that there was an old belief that we became what we ate. The Christian man or woman, believes that by partaking in those sacred rituals (originally presented at the last supper) that we are making an outward remembrance of an inner commitment to become as Christ. Brings new meaning to his sermons on living water and bread and fits nicely with the ideas about the Vampites (devils) having no life in them. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Very interesting and well written — I especially liked the part about “reflections” — that a vampire would not see his reflection in a mirror (as in being the image of God) because there is not evil in God. You phrased it far better than I did, but I caught it enough to think it!

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  6. Hi! Thanks for checking out my blog. I thought I’d take a look at yours and this post has quite the catchy title. I love how you tuck scripture all through. I also really like your statement about trying to change the world – the great commision at work – super!

  7. The Passover blood was protecting people from the spirit of God, not a Satan or evil spirit. In the Old Testament, death and destruction are caused by God. Your essay was ingenious.

    1. Thank you, and you are correct. It is symbolically protecting people from the judgment of God.

      Romans 3:25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,

      Also you did notice that I didn’t say Satan nor evil spirit? But it was a destroying angel or spirit.

      Hebrews 11:28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

      The image of evil and the Devil has grown through the years, as well of our images of Heaven and Hell. But people will believe what they choose to believe, even if it is not fully understood or correct in Scriptures. Many will take our own dreams and beliefs and twist them into their own reality and assume them as prophecy. But the idea still holds true that if you do not connect with God as He resides inside you, you cut yourself off from a great reward of the spirit. To be lost to our own desires and miseries is such a sad thing to do. That angel of destruction that killed the first born, symbolically kills your inheritance into immortality, thus separating you from the source of all things. It is a shame to be apart from everything, never finding peace, wandering like a fallen or lost star in the blackness of an eternal night of the soul, instead of joining our brothers and sisters as His fiery host of light. Keep shining and never wander far from the truth, or you too will be a falling star. :)

      Thanks for the compliment and keep shining,
      Daniel Lyons

      PS. Read more, this post is only a sample of what is here to explore. THERE IS SO MUCH MORE!

  8. really? lol i think this is a bit out there its twilight its a love story between a human and a vampire its like a new very cool twist on Romeo and Juliet i love twilight and so team edwardbellacullen lol but gd post all in all tho

    1. However other than by discernment and God’s grace are you so able to relate biblical scriptures into today’s language so that so many of us are able to say: “Ahha”! Appropriate namesake for one of courage and faith and discernment….thanks DL.

  9. I am honestly in love with the twilight series, this is an interesting post with lots of information to learned about as well as the verses from the bible….

  10. Thank you for liking my post. I enjoyed reading your entry on Vampires. I am child of the 70’s. As the prophet of ole Bob Dylan once said, “But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
    You’re gonna have to serve somebody
    Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
    But you’re gonna have to serve somebody”

  11. Hey, just wanted to say thanks for “liking” my most recent post. This twilight post was quite interesting as well. Looking forward to hearing from you in the future!

    - iwasbarabbas

  12. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Wow!! This is great stuff and your art is terrific. I appreciate your message and the way it’s delivered. I plan to come here often. Nice to meet you!

  13. Exceptional work. I found myself confronted by a beast on the full moon last week when I decided to stand up in my strength and support. When I read this, I knew why. Thank you for sharing your truth. “May the light if God be on you, be on God as well.” (This keeps the beasts from attacking the wisdom by allowing it to be, rather than provoke.)
    I appreciate you supporting my site as well. Be merry!

  14. I’m glad you like romantic and scary movies, I personally like the funny/scary movies, but I think what is getting through to people is that you are “REAL.” You not only know what’s going on in the Twilight sagas, you watch them and you can find the correlation between the everyday diversions in our world and connect them back to scripture. You are showing people that God is in the everyday stuff. I applaud you.

  15. You have reached into the culture of today and touched minds that are searching for truth. Keep your light shining in this present darkness. Thanks for sharing,

  16. “Now I, like most people, love a good monster or love story as much as anyone else. I, in fact, actually enjoyed this installment of the Twilight Saga.”

    …just don’t know why you felt you had to watch it… but I’m happy for someone that can reach people to show the dark side of this. It is necessary – very necessary.

  17. Fascinating post with scripture to back it up- and thanks for following my blog!

    I have always been fascinated with monster lore and how it translates to human interaction and their souls in this life.

  18. The Twilight series is a reflection of society, as well as an exhortation. The monsters in the series depict the monstrosity of a system that runs this planet. The exhortation is to those viewers who are beguiled by the monstrousness of a system that abuses, tortures and murders.” Much injustice, little mercy,” is the motto by which most live. The exhortation is to continue on the wrong path, but one they see as the correct path.

    1. Getting a little deep there friend.
      I still don’t think it is meant to be a voice to the monstrosities of society. It’s a love story with supernatural elements, and made to entertain. But it is a kind of pulse to the sway of the public-at-large, to accept the once unacceptable. Now don’t get this wrong please, but this can be as good as it is bad. This means that society is less rigid in its views of accepting those that are different, and seeing them as a challenge to try and bring the good out of those we may have once thought to be lost. This is fantastic. Understanding starts in our hearts… But, it is also a metronome of the sway away from what we knew to be morally correct, and the weaker willed may fantasize about romanticizing the darker elements, as a socially acceptable way of thinking. So the balance sways two ways… for better and for worse.

      The thing to remember is, to watch your own journey, and not point too heavy a hand at the writer for making an actually fairly interesting story, and for providing for her family by entertaining us. And to also take away from every lesson only what it is good and beneficial to your soul. And I do not think; as many zealous Christians do; that we should be so hostile to the pulse of the world because it does not see as we do. This world is NOT our home. This is not our Nirvana, or Heaven. or Shangri-La. This world is our school, and testing grounds of eternity. What you plant here, you reap in eternity. So plant things that are worthy to be eaten. Not bitterness nor things to cause us shame. We as Christians, do not have to like the affairs of the world, but we are commanded to love those that are in it. So bear fruit worthy that others would eat and also, not point too many fingers, if you can help it.

      Done ranting,
      Daniel

      1. The love story is a trick. Viewers want to believe in love. They want to believe that monsters love. Ummm. Sorry. I don’t think so. Not on this planet. And what I sow is my speaking my truth: that which I see and know, the horrors that millions upon millions endure every minute on this hell planet.

        I am not going to love demons. Who is anybody to tell me I must love and martyr myself to demons? I can try to stop them. But they never really die, and you know it.

        Done ranting.

  19. Oh my goodness! I loved this post! Thank you for following my blog or else I don’t know how long (or if ever) I would have found this. Thank you for writing this. I feel justified now in my love for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel and the Vampire Diaries and Twilight… Though with Twilight, my interest in it kinda died when Jacob imprinted on Bella’s daughter. Stalker Jacob! I actually got so mad that I threw the book across the room and didn’t pick it up again for about a week. LOL. THANK YOU for writing this post. You made my day! :)

      1. Most of my Christian friends are turned WAY off by Buffy and Angel and Twilight and Vampire Diaries… as well as True Blood (even I am turned off by that one, because the whole town of Bon Temps needs to go to Oz to ask the Wizard for brains that actually work, and because when someone kills a vamp on that show, it is a literal blood bath ew.) So thank you for writing something that I can show them to say – see? Vamps not so bad.

  20. This post completely BLEW me away. I am sitting here mouth opened … i LOVED every single piece of this and i am going to forward it to all my Vampire loving friends. incredible !!!

    please tell me — did you research all those verses ? Did you know them ? How did you conduct research for this article ? i absolutely loved it!!! I hope your other posts are similar to this ….

    1. You tell me if the others are any good. :)
      I put a lot into this research. I think my mind is in a kind of constant commune with God. I feel like a machine at times. I had a friend once tell me “You are like that guy on ‘A Beautiful Mind’… only not crazy”. I sometimes feel like the Whopper computer on the movie “War Games” where it’s trying to gather the launch codes… A number here and there, just kinda’ clicking into place, or like gears of some great big clockwork coming together… Anyhow, it’s weird. I forget to do anything else sometimes, because my mind gets so wrapped into figuring it all out, and then trying to get it out to others.

      I hate the ignorance that has crept into Christianity. I feel like there is this HUGE iceberg, and the top level has become so crowded with people fighting over their little piece of faith; shouting “God is this way!” No! God is MY WAY!” Each person forgetting that they are called to love each other… And there I am below the surface, looking at this HUGE wondrous beauty of the wisdom of the Spirit, and not just the “Rules“ or logistics of religion. I see the way it affects our soul and frees our spirit. So that‘s where I focus. That is my gift, I guess. A friend told me “Its like you are under the water calling everyone to see how beautiful it is, but no one wants to come into the water and see for themselves; what‘s going on below the surface; as I call to them, going ‘It’s so pretty!” Clearly this was a lady saying this; guys don’t usually call things pretty.

      Anyhow, I hope you enjoy the read and let please share the Word.

      Daniel Lyons

      1. Wow, sounds amazing. I will definitely be checking out your other posts. Do you write any novels or fictional pieces based on symbolism of the bible ? I find it completely fascinating !!!

        I love your analogy of the Iceberg … and yes, very often the details and stupidity get in the way and we forget about the importance of why we’re here to begin with.

        What a wonderful blog …

  21. I got stuck with this line: The moon is always represented as a woman (Genesis 39:9-10),

    i was curious how you get the moon being represented as a woman when reading genesis 39: 9 -10, it doesn’t give such meaning to me.

    1. WOW! I am sorry. It’s Chapter 37 (Genesis 37:9-10) I corrected it in the post now. Thank you for pointing that out.

      Father = sun
      mother = moon
      Brothers = stars

      It’s the same in almost all religious beliefs that the moon is a either a goddess* or the wife of the sun. The same is clearly seen in this passage as Joseph’s father asks about the dream he had.

      Genesis 37:9-10:
      9 Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.”
      10 So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?”

      Ezekiel 32:7 When I put out your light, I will cover the heavens, and make its stars dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, And the moon shall not give her light.

      Psalms 19:4-5
      4 Their line has gone out through all the earth,
      And their words to the end of the world.
      In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,
      5 Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
      And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.

      *Acts 19:35 And when the city clerk had quieted the crowd, he said: “Men of Ephesus, what man is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is temple guardian of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Zeus? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_(mythology)

    2. In Judaism and Kaballah, we learn ALL the time that the woman is the moon… its the “smaller” of the two sexes, it reflects from the Sun (also “receiving” from the sun / masculine energy) and just like a moon, a woman has cycles. Its kind of cool concept :)

  22. Another thing I was thinking about is how the perception of vampires and werewolves has so drastically changed over the years. They are glamorized in our society today, but just a few hundred years ago they were feared, loathed and depicted as purely evil with grotesquely distorted features and ready at a moment’s notice to kill and destroy any humans that were unlucky enough to be anywhere in their vicinity when they were hungry. These used to be creatures that people wanted nothing to do with and now they are viewed as beautiful and glamorous. Demons have already been glamorized in the TV show Charmed! What’s next, does the media start leading us to believe Satan is the new glam and worthy of worship? I think that is when I start looking for a new world to live on!

    1. lol… How is that world search going?
      The truth is, on the level of the soul, you are the world. Try changing your personal spiritual world and how you view it. :)

      Read my post on:
      “The Rapture… HOW TO READ THE BIBLE! … Please share this

      It is easy to try and fantasize about eternal life, and super human powers, and being beautiful and young. It is all part of our nature. But it is also the fall of the king of Tyre (Rock; to bind or confine) who is an allegory for the pride that caused the fall of Lucifer.

      Ezekiel 28:12 “Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: ” You were the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.

      But most people forget that it is not about being perfect, it is about strength of character. I am writing a post as we speak about this exact topic. It’s about our dual nature and how it is symbolized in scriptures. It has to do with the “twins” of Castor and Pollux, the sons of Zeus and the figure head on the ship that Paul was shipwrecked in the book of Acts 28:11. One is a son of strength, where as the other is a son of beauty. Lucifer, as you read, fell because of his wisdom and beauty but Jesus has NO physical beauty, like we see in pictures of Him. He is the symbol of strength-of-character, and this is our guide. Not physical images of eternal beauty.

      Isaiah 53:
      1 Who has believed our report?
      And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
      2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
      And as a root out of dry ground.

        He has no form or comeliness;
        And when we see Him,
        There is no beauty that we should desire Him.

      3 He is despised and rejected by men,
      A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
      And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
      He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
      4 Surely He has borne our griefs
      And carried our sorrows;
      Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
      Smitten by God, and afflicted.

    2. Not necessarily–certainly not in all cultures. In Ireland, Brittany, and Britain, for example, there are a number of werewolf protagonist characters, starting as early as the 9th c. CE. Those werewolves were only dangerous to those who did wrong. As late as the 1690s, there were self-identified werewolves in Livonia who protected their communities from the influences of bad magic, and called themselves the “hounds of God.” So, sympathetic and even heroic werewolves are not new by any stretch of the imagination.

  23. While I enjoyed watching the Twilight Saga movies, I don’t think I’ll ever really understand what a vampire AND a werewolf would see in a weak and whiny human girl. The attractions simply don’t make any sense to me, but then again – I didn’t write the books! LOL!!

    I think PolkaDotMommy is absolutely right about the media too. It’s all about sensationalism in journalism. They don’t feel they can sell it if it isn’t bigger than life. The movies, books, magazines and even the news.

    I was once a Fire/Police Dispatcher. I did this for 3 years and the one thing I will never forget was how the news took what was a simple street fight between 3 white guys and 2 black guys with a bunch of neighbors who had come out and milled around to watch and made it into a huge racial riot in the street! None of it was true! They also sited police brutality because a female officer decked one of the white guys (what they didn’t show was that the guy was drunk and took a swing at her first).

    This was my first real experience with how the media uses its influence to control what the world sees! Much like the history books, you don’t always get the entire truth!

      1. I majored in English Lit with a History minor… I was just speaking yesterday of how much I don’t like our politically correct history being taught in schools. And this is the exact quote that my husband tossed at me. :-)

  24. God works in mysterious ways… I’ve never read the Twilight series. Nor had I seen any of the movies… until now. My husband enjoys the movies and insisted I watch the first three before we hit the theater for the latest. I’ve had recurring bad dreams the last couple of nights since finishing the series. I woke this morning, saw an email that you had subscribed to my blog and with it was the link to this post…

    My take is that as adults we often believe that we are strong and therefore not affected by the things we watch, listen to, and read… but in reality, we are very much affected and the danger is almost more in the believing we are safe.

    I don’t believe for a minute that God doesn’t care what we expose ourselves to. In the Twilight series there are some Biblical allegories but most do lean toward the enemy and his devious ways to consume our souls.

    As our young women become enraptured with Twilight and it’s twisted love story, we lose sight of reality… of what’s important. We reach a point where everything is okay as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone… that’s not what the Bible calls us to do. If we want a nicey-nice Christianity, where we are all okay no matter what choices we make in life, then we are buying the lies of the enemy.

    I used to watch TV series, read popular fiction, and listen to popular music… then, something moved inside of me and I stopped. It wasn’t until I removed myself from the “normal” secular world that I was able to fully take a step back and see how media was affecting me. There is no disputing the fact that media has a significant impact on humans… that’s why there is so much money in it.

    I appreciate the chance to read your post… and the comments… to see the differing thoughts. Perhaps these will help my dreams go away.

    1. Information is food for our head and it is used to build the understanding of the soul. In some ways information is more dangerous to your spiritual self than anything else in this world. Physical stimuli influence our body and thus influence our feelings, which in turn influence our thoughts. But our thoughts are the gateway to our soul. But information bypasses all that and goes straight to the heart of things. When you consume something, it becomes a part of you. So what you expose yourself to is also becoming a part of you.

      I hear what you are saying about what influences the “Secular world” plays upon your life. I remember once, years ago, I watched the movie “Silence of the Lambs”. WOW! What a messed up movie that was. It affected my (then) wife and myself so much that we had to immediately go watch “Dances with Wolves” again in the theaters, just to clean and sooth our mental palette. But if I go back and watch it now, I am sure it won’t have the same affect it had on me back then. It seems we all create a type of mental scare tissue, to toughen our resistance to such things. As we grow, the things that were once so magical, lose their magic as we understand them more and more. The thing is, that these movies are affecting how you feel and dream, because as you said, you watched them all, back-to-back in one sitting. That would make anyone a little nuts on the first time out.

      Your mind is like a type of sponge, and the first time it learns something, it soaks it up. It has to make storage to accommodate what it just acquired and then figure out how to assimilate what information just was filed and try to see how it applies to the rest of the information stored within our minds. It is a very crafty clockwork machine that will try to cross-reference everything you just learned with everything that you already know, and then file it away as part of your building blocks of your beliefs.
      …………
      Like here is an example; since it’s Christmas season, and all. Let me ask you. Where does it say in scriptures that the “Three Wiseman” that presented the young messiah with “gifts” rode in on camels? Also, where does it say that there were even 3 of them?… No where.

      A camel represents the attributes of a prophet, so it was used to illustrate their journey:
      Tenacity, endurance, willingness to carry a burden.

      The gifts of wisdom were 3, representing attributes of Jesus’ ministry, BUT they also represent attributes of the mind body and spirit He would help us to rule:
      Gold for a King; the mind.
      Myrrh, for a physician; body.
      Frankincense, for a priest or prophet; spirit.

      See, now I just made you think, and you will have to file this away in your head… you might even try to find a way to share this with others. Watch how this information is processed throughout the next few days.
      ………..
      The things we know and the things we learn collide and the bad dreams you had, are most likely your mind trying to figure out what to do with what your force feed it. It’s kind of like indigestion of your mind, as it churns away at the information, trying to process it and then file it away as a part of who you are. What it doesn’t like, it will eventually crate a barrier, like a mental scare tissue around it. Well, as best it can. I know that to this day, that “The Silence of the Lambs” does not bother me like it did, and I have since moved on with my life wiser to predatorily people and their antics. Do I care to shock my mind like that again……. Who knows. I would like to say “No”. But I am an idiot at times and who knows what silly thing I will watch.

      The problem is, that not everyone is that good at filtering the information fed it. If your mental metabolism, is not so quick to digest, sort, and file away the information, and then expelling the waste. Maybe you shouldn’t eat the meat of a matter.

      Romans 14:21 It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak

      We are allowed to learn. This passage is about learning and not just physical meat.

      1 Corinthians 10:25 Eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience’ sake;

      But, if it makes our brothers week, don’t do it (At least not in front of them)

      1 Corinthians 8:13 Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

      But who are we to judge others if they may be stronger than you are, in what their spiritual stomachs can handle? When the weaker dictates the stronger, you make the whole body weaker. The thing is, we need to watch our own intake and surround ourselves with what “We” can handle, but everyone has their own choice as to what they want to consume; be it good, bad or other. Our choice is ours alone… AS ADULTS. But the minds of our children need guarding. And as parents, we are stewards of God’s property. Be wise in what you show them. And it really is better to watch a better sort of shows to feed your soul. After all, you are what you eat.

      1. Obviously you already know this answer… Bible speaks only of “Magi” visiting Jesus… and likely as a toddler vs. a newborn. The translation of Magi is “wise men”… we know there was at least 2 since Magi is plural, three is an assumption often made because of the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Many people translate Magi- wise men- to Kings because the gifts they carried to Jesus were expensive. But the Bible does not speak of camels or Kings or any specific number of Magi… perhaps there were 2, perhaps there were 10.

          1. Thank you for that compliment. I’m sick currently (not crazy sick, but still head sick). :-) So, my thoughts do not feel very clear to me at this time. The joys of Fall cold season.

            I really feel that God was helping me overcome the odd dreams I’ve had over the Twilight movies by leading me to this post today. I try to not look for deeper meaning in everything (over analyzing if you will) but it’s difficult to not look at the current running through these stories and wonder if the enemy has come cloaked in the disguise of harmless entertainment…
            :-)

            1. The enemy is disguised as ALL things, even as an angel of light.

              2 Corinthians 11:14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.

              There is no one thing that he is disguised as. He is in everything, or rather our experiences with everything, trying to sway you from a higher purpose and joining to the logic (Or light) of life, rather than the logic (Or light) of spiritual truths that frees us from this life and its desires.

              The best ways to understand this is by looking at Revelations 13:17-18

              Revelations 13:17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
              18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.

              Look at this at the level of spiritual truth; not as the physical event of the “End times”, and see what it means to you as an individual and how you apply this to yourself. It is a kind of a word game.

              Buy and sell:
              Selling: Preaching or Teaching
              Buying: Accepting what is taught.

              With this knowledge of buying and selling, the parable of the “10 virgins” makes more sense:

              Matthew 25:9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves’

              In a sense they were saying, “We only have what we need to be saved ourselves. Go learn for yourself what you need to be saved”

              Now, the “mark” of the beast is an indicator of your dedication and commitments:
              Are they 666 or 777

              The number 6: This is the day man was created. So it refers to: The things of the Flesh
              The number 7: This is the day of reverence and rest, or rather God taking back what He created. So it refers to: The things of the Spirit

              The 3 markings are indicators for your: Mind, Body and Spirit. They are illustrated in Deuteronomy 6:6

              Deuteronomy 6:8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

              The doors are the way to your heart; your spiritual abode: Spirit
              Frontlets are the way to your mind through perception: Mind
              Hand are representative of your deeds and actions, or works: Body

              So what are you; thinking, feeling and acting upon? Man’s reasoning, or God’s reasoning? If all your actions and thoughts are towards selfish things, then your heart will be there as well.
              Hence: Mind 6, Body 6, Spirit 6: 6+6+6 = 666 (No, not 18)

              If your; actions, thoughts, and feelings are with the goodness of His Spirit, as God illustrated with his son, you get a mark of : Mind 7, Body 7, Spirit 7: 7+7+7 = 777
              If any of these are a 6, they all are reverted back to 6′s. You are all in, or you are not!

              So this is all simply a little word play and NOT complicated at all:

              Revelations 13:17-18
              17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
              18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.

              ……………………………

              17 and that no one may buy or sell … You can not understand or reason with the world unless…
              You are of the world… except one who has the mark or the name of the beast,

              18 Here is wisdom… This is a call to understand a riddle
              Let him who has understanding…
              calculate the number of the beast,… You don’t need to calculate anything! The word used is translated into “calculate” but that is not it’s only meaning. It’s origin is Greek. The word is: “psephizo”
              psephizo means: To count with pebbles; OR it also means: to “REASON”.

              A lot of the words used in Scriptures are type of play on words. Use the definition as “REASON” instead of “Calculate”.
              So it reads: “Understand the number of the beast”

              Again this is a call to figure-out this very simple riddle. The “Beast” is:

              the name (Is the number) of the beast
              for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.

              MAN IS THE BEAST! On the level of the spirit, if you are not part of the BODY OF CHRIST, you are part of the BODY OF THE BEAST. We are all beasts by nature, and not spiritual until we look to spiritual things by a conscious choice. But we learn to stop thinking as selfish, brutish beast and become as God, in our understanding, AND THEN THE WORLD SIMPLY DOES NOT MAKE SENSE ANYMORE.

              This is part of why you are having nightmares and changing what you watch and see. The world is not your home anymore, on the level of your spirit. You already belong to God. When you are consumed by something, you become a part of it. So the world now starts to seem foolish to you, in how it thinks. 777 is already your mark because your mind, body and spirit… belong to Him. And the Devil has trouble making sense to you anymore, but as a human you will always lean to the reasoning of your body, because you see and feel it every day. So if you don’t use your perception, you will never perceive the spirit in all things.

              I hope this makes sense :)

  25. Intriguing article, engaging comments, encouraging ministry — my kind of food for thought! Thanks for visiting my blog and becoming a follower (in the non-Biblical sense of the word.) :) You’re right, discernment is key and sometimes we take ourselves way too seriously — but taking God seriously and filtering the things we read, hear, see (even in the guise of entertainment) through His Word keeps us on the narrow path, while still enjoying the abundant life He promised. Very refreshing perspectives — Biblical without the hysteria. Well done!

  26. I’m not a fan of the Twilight franchise, and have put no money nor time toward the books nor the films, and do not intend to…

    However, while your interpretation of werewolves and vampires in the light of Christian scriptures is interesting, both werewolves and vampires have been around a lot longer than the Christian and Hebrew bibles. Werewolves, in fact, go back to the very dawn of literature itself, in the epic of Gilgamesh, and the Hittite laws also mention werewolves; both of these antedate the Hebrew Bible by several centuries, if not millennia.

    Further, not even all post-Christian werewolves (e.g. many Western European medieval werewolves) have anything to do with the moon, or being vulnerable to silver bullets, or any such thing; and, in fact, in several instances (from France, Britain, and Ireland in particular), the werewolf is a totally sympathetic character, the “good guy” and even the “good Christian” in many cases. Look up St. Ronan of Brittany, and St. Rumon of Cornwall, for example: both of them were accused of being werewolves (though they weren’t, despite having miracles associated with the taming of wolves), but many of the motifs in their stories went on to inspire further tales of “secular” werewolves who were good guys.

  27. Wow I had never heard of this method, comparing modern movies to the bible. I think its awesome what you are doing and how your not one of those judgemental people telling people they are going to hell for watching Twilight! More people need to read this! I thought it was awesome i am a teen writter and this is exactly what my readers need to see! Thanks a bunch.

  28. If they but the wolf guy a shirt, next sequel may not make much as this current movie.. It’s an entertaining movie but it also tells the preference of the audience between a quality, life changing movie with great acting to that of a supernatural teenager lovestory with some blood and skin…. I’m glad you shared your thougths about it. Love the words from john 10:28…. I needed to read them. Best wishes!

  29. Interesting post. While I think your metaphors have some validity, I am not sure that it is completely a cause and effect situation. it also seems important to consider how symbols such as werewolves and vampires emerged in the collective unconscious. It seem no coincidence that recognition of serial killers (Jack the Ripper) emerged about the time that belief in Werewolves declined (I know of communities in some fairly developed countries where they still believe in them to this day). Until the mid-19th Century when victims of such killers were found, people could not believe a human capable of such acts. We now have psychological — and in some cases organic neurological or cerebralogical — explanations for such behavior. All these movie monsters take on new symbolism in modern life, but you are right that in the end, in all of these, deep in our psyches we perceive love as the solution to turn back these beasts borne in our own souls.

    1. Thanks for the post. Also, just so you know, that my post was not to explain away or even give any validity into the possible existence of any such things as supernatural beast. It was merely illustrating the symbolic principals that each beast represents as a Biblical metaphor for the evil or ignorance of the human soul. Who knows what really goes bump in the night. And as far as I am concerned, the not knowing makes for good television … (and I like me some TV :) )

      Also, love is actually not everything. Most churches these days preach that love is everything, but sadly it is not. It is merely the focal center piece of the table at a feast of many foods for the soul. Love is our driving force that motivates our spirit and it is a great objective and goal in our Christian walk-of-life, but objectives are reached by understanding the course. Blindly running and stumbling towards an objective in the dark is often a dangerous course. The original view was that WISDOM was the Key to salvation. Love is what powers us and fills us, but we are supposed to be wise in all that we do or else our good intentions often lead us to snares and traps. This is the real secret of salvation:

      Matthew 10:16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

      We like to think the serpent is evil because of the fall in the garden of Eden, but it is not. The serpent was the symbol of cunningness and wisdom. But there are two types of snakes. There is the garden variety of snake and then there is the viper. The viper has always been the symbol of a poisonous wisdom.

      Matthew 23:33 Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?

      The serpent-of-wisdom was used to illustrate Aaron’s staff as Moses threw it down before Pharaoh.

      Exodus 7:12 For every man threw down his rod, and they became serpents. But Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.

      The rod of Aaron was a shepherd’s crook that turned into a mighty serpent and swallowed the other serpents. Pharaoh himself held a rod curved at the end as a shepherd‘s crook. It was meant to symbolize the ability to guide and lead his people as a shepherd leads his flock, but it also had the head of a serpent on it to show his wisdom and cunningness. With understanding, you see that the snake is the animal metaphor for wisdom as Aaron’s staff ate the other serpents, it was the metaphor that God’s wisdom was greater than the cumulative wisdom of man.

      This serpent-of-wisdom was also illustrated as the staff of Moses in the desert.

      Numbers 21:8 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.”

      This serpent of bronze, is the image of Christ whom we look to, to save us from the wisdom of evil that kills the soul.

      John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

      So there are two wisdoms represented in scriptures as a snake. The one being the Devil in the garden who brought death through Adam, and Christ on a cross being lifted up for all to see as a wisdom of life beyond death, who is the “Second Adam”. (Adam means: man. Thus representing the physical man sown in corruptibility and the spiritual man sown in invincibility)

      What I am really trying to say is that the true path to salvation is as Christ said in the symbolic language of old:

      Matthew 10:16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

      This means; I am sending you out as my obedient, into the midst of sinners that would lead you astray or harm you. So, be wise and cunning in your thoughts but be gentle and innocent too.

      This is the Key to salvation. Be smart and wise in your choices, but do it all with a pure and gentle heart.

  30. I have always wondered why we Christians are so intent on finding Satan everywhere that we begin to find him where he isn’t, including in our neighbors, the very ones we are called to love. If one is always looking for Satan and his trickery, I suspect one may miss Jesus, when He approaches without guile. I know I have failed to see Him when He was hungry, thirsty, or a stranger I did not take in.

    I once heard a sermon by a guest preacher. He went on for almost an hour about the satanic influences in the cartoon TV show “The Smurfs”. The sermon was full of dire warnings and careful analysis of the symbolism in the character Papa Smurf, but devoid of any mention of Jesus. So very odd.

    Pax Christi, y’all.

    1. Sounds like a real productive use of time… Not that I like the Smurfs, but really? Can’t he just, not like it by himself and not try and make the world hate it too? The truth is, if you want to find something bad enough, you WILL find it, even if your mind has to make it up…. Smurfs… By the way, why is there only one female smurf? Is she like a queen bee and kills all the others off? Or is she really a very feminine boy smurf in drag?

      If ya gotta hate something, I vote Teletubbies! What gives with that creepy baby god-like thing in the sun? And then these 3 weird ships come in every now and then, and seem to check on it. My theory is it’s some kind of baby-god thingy, and to appease it they created the Teletubbies to entertain it so it won’t reek havoc on the rest of humanity as its little play things… AGAIN, AGAIN!!! Nooooooooo! (See what I mean? We see what we wanna’)

  31. Wow! That was the clearest break down and comparison that I’ve ever seen or heard. I’ve pondered with the notion of vamps and weres being real and this defintely gave me confirmation. We are so obsessed with what our eyes can see physically, instead of really opening our eyes and seeeing the obvious signs. I thoroughly enjoyed the post and appreciate you enlightening my spirit. These movies are made to entertain us but really they are giving us insight into our world we live in. Start paying attention and stop simply being *entertained*. Thank you!! God will hear ur cry and continue to do His will and HE will make a way out of no way.

  32. Your shedding of light is generous. Lots to read and understand here ~ and come back to. And thanks for dropping by A Ghost Town Called Love. Hope you continue to drop by ~ and please comment when you do, if you feel any urge to do so ~ and be critical as ye wish to be… I love (and need) criticism!

  33. Thank you so much for visiting over at The White Stone. As time permits I’ll return here to read more. Your research and insights are deep and well interesting. Digging the Scriptures is the greatest adventure and most rewarding. Thank you. Reaching into the Dark with The LIGHT — I hope to keep doing that myself. Kathie

  34. Hey now! Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that was Stephenie Myers intent or purpose in writing The Twilight Saga, I am as much a fan of the story as I am a critic….the books are waaaaay better than the movies, if you’ve never read the books you should. Myers herself admits that the story was “given” to her in a dream…here is that quote:

    I woke up . . . from a very vivid dream. In my dream, two people were having an intense conversation in a meadow in the woods. One of these people was just your average girl. The other person was fantastically beautiful, sparkly, and a vampire. They were discussing the difficulties inherent in the facts that A) they were falling in love with each other while B) the vampire was particularly attracted to the scent of her blood, and was having a difficult time restraining himself from killing her immediately. http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/twilight.html

    I’m not saying that she consciously set out with intent to harm, but I can’t help but see the story for what it is. At the same time, when I read it, I could see the evil but then turn it to good in that the way Bella was with Edward I could be with Yahweh Elohim God Almighty. But if one has not this spiritual direction the story can cause more harm than good and open a naive and unsuspecting individual up for all kinds of “trouble”. The reality of the situation is that most people lack discernment at this late late time in history. Just be careful is my warning :-)

    1. I think you deserve a hug. That was a much nicer way of expressing your concerns and I too believe as you do, in that the impressionable are easily swayed to things that are sometimes a little foolish and often silly. I have a friend of Stephenie Meyer’s family and they said she wrote the first book to try and pay off her mini-van. Intent is a big part of our journey and I am sure these books, though very successful were just her outlet of a story she dreamed up in her mind. I have nothing to say about her as a person, as I really DON’T know her, but I believe that most people are good at heart. So I love that you expressed your concerns, as well as your praises, rather than giving the poor lady the full “wrath of God” speech in your post. I think we all need that kind of concern and love :)

      1. What you call a “wrath of god” speech was not directed at the author but my opinion of the work, the story itself….whether we admit it or not we are often “used” to communicate stories that are not our own, stories with a much deeper meaning than what the surface reality alone shows. Edward is NOT Christ, but for those who don’t know Christ, and that is the majority of the population, the character of Edward can become a dangerous substitute….Edward is “God-Like” in the sense of a greek god or even an angel…perfect looks, super human strength, super human speed, the ability to read minds, cold and hard and sparkly like a statue, unknowable, unreachable, untouchable unless he so chooses to make himself known. In New Moon Edward breaks up with Bella she says that when he left her whole world went with him….that is not healthy for a relationship between two humans but that is perfectly healthy, normal, and desired in a relationship with Christ…we should always endeavor to make Christ our whole world, to “marry” ourselves to Him, because that is exactly what He wants.

  35. I have loved reading your post, and the comments back and forth after it. I’ve looked into a lot of this myself, and wrote a pretty fun paper on vampire mythology throughout history and the meaning we can find through it.
    Fun Fact: Vampires are (abstractly and indirectly) mentioned in the Bible. Isaiah 34 mentions a creature called “Liltu” in Hebrew. She later becomes Lilith in Hebrew myth, a night creature who was the first wife of Adam. She rejected her place as second to Adam, was cast out and becomes the mother of all demons. Her children (and herself) drink the blood of children as they sleep. Also, the book of revelation speaks of drinking the blood of humanity as a punishment for the wicked. Not to mention, Jesus said we are to drink His blood (John 6:53) as a means of attaining eternal life. Sounds pretty familiar to me… :)
    I’m also interested to see what you think of the change in metaphor between what vampires have always been, a demonic parody for truth (as seen in Dracula), to what they currently are. Edward does come across as a sort of Christ figure, and Bella is a bit of a metaphor for the Bride. Much like poetry, it’s less important to determine if the author intended it and more important to let the story and metaphors speak for themselves. So what do you think of the shift from demonic parody to allegorical truth?
    I totally agree that to point fingers and tell people “don’t watch that” is to miss the point, but we are a broken people with a broken culture. We are hungry for truth yet riddled with deception. Hollywood reveals the collective subconscious of America, and it is very important to take note and even sometimes interpret what Pharaoh is dreaming. Again, I love your posts, and the way you are approaching spirituality and relationship. Keep it coming my friend. :)

    1. Firstly, lilith is a character in Jewish mythology, found in the Babylonian Talmud after 500 AD, not the Christian Bible. And lilitu is from Mesopotamian texts not Isaiah. SO, DO NOT MIX THAT ONE IN THERE MISTER! :) Now onto serious matters.

      Parallels between Jesus and Edward:
      Well, Bella is a bit TOO infatuated with Edward, for one thing. But does that make him a Christ-like figure? No. It just makes her a little obsessive and neurotic. Also, is it really love or is she is mostly attracted to his scent like other women are? Which is also weird since she immune to vampire powers, right?

      Does his watching over her when she sleeps make him a Christ-like figure? No. It just makes him a bit creepy. “GET A FREAKING LIFE AND STOP STARING AT ME… geez”

      Does the fact he is cold and has no pulse and never ages make him like our ever-living Lord eternal?… um, gross and clearly not good to cuddle unless you like hugging cold marble. Do vampires warm up in a hot bath?

      Does the fact that Edward only eats blood make him Christ like? Hmm, No. We drink Christ’s blood, not the other way around. Besides Christ blood taste like grapes! Mmmm, Godly grapey goodness. Edward doesn’t even have blood! I vote grapes over nothing any day!

      Hmm, so other than the fact that Edward loves Bella, is there anything that makes Edward Christ-like? Love is good, it really is, but don’t sinners love their family and friends too?

      Matthew 1:46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
      47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?

      Edward is not some allegory of a Christ-like being, by any sense of the word. It is simply a fun fairytale story of forbidden love… that just so happens to have bloodsuckers and werewolves, who tear their shirts off every five minutes, for the ladies in the audience (Which is most of the audience). God Bless and stop making up stuff that isn’t in Scriptures!

      1. I’m not that interested about Edward as a literal Christ figure, which is why I said he is kind of a Christ figure. Mostly I’m pulling that statements from Edward’s statements in the book, such as “the lion will lay down with the lamb” in book 1, which although is explicitly eschatological more than anything, it is still comparison of Edward with Christ imagery. but like I said, that’s not that important to me. I’m more asking the question of why the metaphor of vampires has shifted. It started with the Anne Rice’s novels, and has expanded with Twilight. Why the shift from evil creatures to be feared, to love interests that are just tormented souls?
        In reference to your concerns regarding my use of scripture, I appreciate your desire to not twist the Bible. I wholeheartedly agree. The reference I am referring to can be found in Isaiah 34:14, strongs #H6728, and there are many sources on the topic of Lilith that discuss this verse in detail. One source I have used is Summers, Montague. The Vampire His Kith and Kin. New York: E.P. Dutton &, 1929. If you google it, I’m sure you can find books you can get a hold of as well. This is just one of them. The specific word is found in the Masoretic text, and I believe it is also in the Isaiah scroll found in the Dead Sea scrolls at Qumran.
        So anyway, I would love to hear your thoughts on the evolution of the metaphors in Twilight. Thanks for your reply.

        1. lol… I think a lot of women are about to get mad at me, but I have checked a lot into this phenomenon and it is not exactly rocket science. It has a lot to do with girls liking the bad-boys. Most women don’t want to admit it but they want a guy they can fix. It is ingrained into their DNA to take on a challenge of the heart, whereas men more often opt to take on a challenge on the flesh.. So the shift of a bad-boy to good-boy is captivating. Forbidden treasures also have a deep allure to some. It’s the romancing of hidden pleasures that fills the mind with things beyond the every day safe hum-drum existence. Men generally like to take challenges and women like the men that take those challenges (for a while) and that too is an escape and a fantasy. I mean look at the strength and protectiveness of Edward. Safety is also an ingrained motivator. It is a primitive view that a man should be strong and a protector. And a bad-boy would be more apt to fight vs. the meek or gentle good-boy.

          Also, many women harbor some form of dark fantasy that often times encompasses a form of domination. I tried online dating for a while and you would not believe the number of women that told me they like for a man to dominate the relationship… yikes! To what extent? They also like a man with height. I am 6’5″ and almost every woman was attracted to my height as one of their primary attractions to me. Most had on thier profiles, that they “like tall men”. Like the height, the domination aspect is a sign of strength. It is also the need and want to be desired that fuels this dark fantasy. The ideal fantasy male, for many women, seems to be a guy that seems like a bad-guy, but is in fact good to them and hence can change with their love and help. As most women age and have been burned by failed attempts at fixing some jerk, they settle, happily, with a nice-guy. But most still want the challenge. Most long lasting relationships involve a form of challenge. Studies have shown that women seem to like a guy that either speaks his mind, or disagrees with her on certain topics and but over time concedes to her point-of-view and way of thinking. Or is willing to try. Few like a guy that is a puppet and agrees right away. It is in the emotional and mental tug-of-war that helps to solidifies the bonds of romance. When each person challenges the other, or they face adversity, that they cling tighter to each other. The testing is by fire, like the last post I made about “The Blacksmith of the Bitter Forge“. The same principals hold true in romance.

          Now don’t beat me ladies!

          1. “The ideal fantasy male, for many women, seems to be a guy that seems like a bad-guy, but is in fact good to them and hence can change with their love and help.”

            As a lady I say Yes! You are 100% right :)

            Bertena Varney has an excellent paper on the topic, that breaks it down very succinctly. which can be read here –
            http://markdeniz.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/the-lure-of-the-dead-boyfriend/

            and I once attempted a similiar discussion on my own blog

            http://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/2010/08/19/vampires_sex_safe_or_dangerous/

          2. By no means Daniel….it’s nice to meet a man that is well rounded with his thinking. I truly believe that women are the nurturers and men the hunters, protectors but there is a sweet blend in each of us….it just might all be about compromise, understanding and acceptance of the other person and working toward the spiritual fulfillment and salvation of both….I prefer to think of Christ as the perfect example of love and tolerance and by following His lead and whispers we too draw closer to Him and share our inner light which is His love with other people in this sad and troubled world. You really give my brain a workout you know! But that’s a good thing!

            Blessings to you in this coming year and continue the walk….you are truly lighting a pathway for so many!

  36. Commenting on your response, SBM, i agree that the Twilight author was probably not trying to write a deceptive story with a sinister underlying purpose but simply striving to write an engaging dramatic story with mythologically mysterious characters. This is not the kind of story I would choose to get hooked on but it is stories like this I think people like to comment on and contemplate because they can have various interpretations and address things we deal with in our lives. I have to admit though, movies like this seem to reflect society’s obsession with myths and fantasy as opposed to striving to obtain truth or a connection with God. This movie is a good example of how movies continue to sell us a fantastic escape route that mostly serves to distract from the manipulations that the American people suffer from everyday. In Brave New World Revisited, Aldous Huxley wrote: “The older dictators fell because they could never supply their subjects with enough bread, enough circuses, enough miracles, and mysteries.”

    1. Too true, but the problem is that Christians are very picky when it comes to Bible stories and deviating from the course of those stories gets pretty choppy when you have such ferocious Christian sharks prowling the spiritual waters, looking to devour any and all that vary from their opinions. We tend to be a prickly sort. And people who don’t care about the Bible can only hear the Bible stories told the same way so many times before their minds shut off. But, as to your point about stories of myth and fantasy, they are escapes for our mind from our every day world. Look at the success of super hero movies in recent years.

      It is true that we all want an escape from reality. We want to see things in a different light. We love the adventure and the cautionary tales that these things teach us and entertain us with. But the biggest problem with reaching the mass market of people, is that no one wants to admit they have any problems. And the ones that do are afraid of where to go for help! Psychologist and psychiatrist are sooo expensive for the “Regular Jo” person, plus trusting in someone to tell them how they should think or live is scary and unnerving!

      Many religions tend to be very judgmental and by forcing someone that wants to know how to find peace in themselves and shouting “Get on your knees and pray to an mighty, invisible and scary God!!!” doesn’t help our cause either. That is why I started this ministry. To bridge the gap of the individual spirit and a to create a close connection with a loving, though powerful, ally and friend that will never fail or leave them. Ease to the troubled spirit is one thing that, I believe, is much needed but also much overlooked. So casting stones from on high is not the answer. Lending a hand up is. So please spread the word of the peace we gain with a connection with something greater than ourselves. And how great it is to be a part of a family and community, and to be loved unconditionally by a loving Father in heaven. When we start to stop pointing out each other’s flaws, and rather offer cheers and acceptance, then, then maybe people won’t be so afraid to approach those of us that really care. And telling them that what they watch is wrong… may not be a good first step. Just food for thought. People don’t like to hear they are wrong… at least not at first. Love your post by the way :)

  37. Hi,

    I don’t know much about Twilight as I, decided not too watch any movies that contain any weird things. I read a book called “He came to set the captives free” which clearly says that satan has “super-demons” in the forms of werewolves and vampires to hunt down the satanists that realize that satan is a deceiver. So Twilight just sort of freaks me out when they use these figures as something not that evil… if you understand what I mean. And I think the Holy spirit will truly talk to you when something is not right, and warn you about weird things, as I received when I watched a small part of Twilight on TV the one day. If you continue watching the “voice” fades away and then your hooked… But that’s just my personal opinion.

    Thanks for the detailed blog regarding the moon,silver etc. :)

    Kind Regards,

  38. The Twilight Saga is especially insidious because is the inverse of the Marriage Supper Of The Lamb. They don’t make it overly apparent in the movie but in the books Bella is a chaste, virtuous young woman…she is industrious, a good student and even cares for her father in a way that most teens today would balk at (by cooking him meals, even filleting and cooking up the fish that he catches). Symbolically speaking Bella is The Pure Church Of Christ, the name Isabella even means “consecrated to God”. In the Bible God calls himself and father and a husband to his church…in Ephesians 5 Paul talks about how marriage symbolically represents the relationship between God and His Church. The whole saga is about Satan wooing God’s Church away from God and to himself, eventually marrying her and producing a “super-human” (nephilim) child that then becomes the whole world of Jacob (man-beast ie. unregenerate man) by him “imprinting” upon her…literally saying that humans need to bow down and worship the nephilim…or the fruit of the marriage of God’s Church and Satan. And then you get all these teen girls, identifying with Bella, who LOVE vampires and think they are super-hero gods or something…the whole thing is entirely and utterly satanic to the core.

    1. Thank you for sharing. I love when people comment. It makes us all more part of a community.

      But I will say that I am not sure if this is really what Stephenie Meyer’s intended when she wrote the Twilight saga. She, in all likeliness, didn’t set out to deceive the world into accepting some dark set of morals and beliefs. In her defense, she probably wanted to write a cute love story between forbidden loves. The premises is simple and it is fun reading and much like a supernatural Romeo and Juliette. It is true there can be parallels seen in what you said and what she wrote. But if we look hard enough we can see these same kind of things, in all things, if we look hard enough. I am only trying to say that it is always easier to find the flaws in the things that we fear or hate, for whatever reason we hate them. Sometimes, a story is just a story, and sometimes good fictional dramas do resemble our real life or spiritual struggles. There are only so many stories the human mind can understand because they have to speak to our experiences for us to relate to them. Eventually, these stories will resurface in other manifestations again and again in our life. So, perhaps what you said was true, and by no fault of author of Twilight. If you imagine our life is like a stage and we are all like the actors playing out our parts in a drama, because life is our teaching tool and for each of us to learn our lesson we all have to experience similar experiences. You and I both know that kicking a puppy is bad. But you and I never met nor had the same teachers. Our worlds are set apart by many miles and filled with many different stories, but yet the same lesson was learned. Sometimes, we take and learn from things more than others, and we teach ourselves the morals of what we learned. And perhaps you learned to parallel this story with the struggles of submission and beguilement that you learned or experienced in your own struggles in life. But do you honestly think that was her intent to deceive the world into accepting submission to a superior being? Each of us has our own journey and lessons to learn from this life. So try to take in only what you need to find your strength and peace within you, and be loving as God is loving. If you don’t like something, try as best you can, to filter through the ugly parts and consume only what makes you a better person and to see the better part of humanity. Otherwise we fill ourselves with ugliness and hate and that pollutes our souls and spills on to our friends and family. Just let it go and enjoy life as seen through our Father’s eyes as he patiently waits for us foolish children to grow up and stop putting our fingers in our sisters face saying “I’m not touching you. I’m not touching you….” :)

      1. I agree I don’t think that Twilight has any kind of subliminal messaging like she is trying to say. It’s simply a cute new age Romeo and Juliet with a spin.

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