Were There Zombies in the Bible?
- Friday, March 14, 2014
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Were there zombies in the Bible? Was Jesus a zombie? In this age of "anything goes," many are considering the possibility. According to some, His resurrection and most powerful call to discipleship certainly align themselves with zombie characteristics.
George Romero's 1968 movie, "Night of the Living Dead," popularized the idea of zombies. "The Dawn of the Dead," and "The Walking Dead" are just a few of the movies and television shows which have infiltrated the American-cultural consciousness.
Zombism is really about a virus or disease that infiltrates someone's body which kills him/her. The person is then reanimated as a zombie. Other humans are then infected by a bite or a virus which then turns that person into a zombie, thus perpetrating the cycle. According to Ask.com, a zombie is “a dead person’s body, reanimated but continuing the process of decay. A zombie is considered “undead” rather than fully alive.
Think of Frankenstein and Dracula. Usually, zombies are portrayed as creatures which are out to eat human flesh and/or drink human blood.
Please don't fall into the temptation of thinking that zombies are all bad and evil. Some certainly are. But, in my opinion, the vast majority of zombie stories, paraphernalia and participations are harmless. My youngest daughter and her husband are "hooked" on television zombie shows. These bore me to tears. Of course, my children have little use for my military movies, which I suppose bore them to tears.
Zombie games top the list of available apps. Deep Space brings the Apocalypse into our homes. Warm Bodies is a zombie love story.
And of course, there are “zombie walks” with hundreds of teenager and young adult participants shuffle along in gore make up. These walks often have charitable dimensions, often raising money to combat brain disease.
Belief in Zombies is nothing new. The first recorded mention of flesh-eating dead is in The Epic of Gilgamesh. Witch doctors and voodoo practitioners in Haiti and throughout the Caribbean have utilized zombies in pagan worship for hundreds of years. Witch doctors are said to exercise complete control over these sad creatures no longer human.
More than a few Biblical passages seem to talk about Zombies. Let me share several examples:
"The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended" (Revelation 20:5)
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