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Twilight in a Christian Perspective
January 23, 2009, 10:25 pm
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This is massive ! Its Twilight from a christian perspective… enjoy

ncredibly, this past Christmas Season, when Jesus, the Light of the world used to be highlighted by the Church, many Churched and Christian ministries are promoting another light, “Twilight” the movie!

Based on Mormon, Stephenie Meyer’s 4-book “vampire romance” series, the Twilight movie was released last week (Nov 21, 2008) in 3419 cinema theaters across the nation and grossed over $70 million its first weekend. It’s the hottest pop culture phenomenon since Harry Potter mania.

As I stood in line to see a different movie, hundreds of teens around me flooded the movie complex to purchase tickets for Twilight which was showing on 5 of the 15 available screens. It ran to packed teen audiences and the buzz was spellbinding, more disturbing than the accolades I heard when producing our expose DVD Harry Potter: Witchcraft Repackaged.

In only a few short years I’ve watched the occult addiction mushroom amongst teens and develop aggressively into a yearning that they’d even sell their eternal souls for. Think of it, the love of a vampire, a being the Bible describes as demon possessed, musters the longing to remain lost for eternity – the very state Jesus Christ died to save sinners from. How diabolical is Satan’s message to our young innocents luring them, through a lust-filled romance, to spend eternity with him and away from the presence of our God of love?

Twilight takes occult darkness, introduced in Potter, to deeper, decadent fathoms: overt vampirism, acceptable blood-sucking (in this movie its only animal blood – later? Wait and see!) and sexual lust for the possessed soul (made appealing in its fictionalized form!). The books, akin to the Potter’s series, promote and familiarize their audience with magick, Wicca, supernatural powers and demon possession.

But what is beyond alarming is that Christians are seduced by satanic deception and have succumbed to Twilight’s fascination of dark wisdom, a power Scripture warns against – loving evil more than good (Psalm 52:3), and placing what the world admires before what God requires.

Focus on the Family, Christianity Today, The Catholic News Service, Christian Stay at Home Moms and Christian Teen Magazine are among some of the Christian groups who’ve been misled by occult delusion, and instead of warning Christians of its dangers, have compromised its lying message. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness…. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” Isaiah 5:20-21

The church and Christians are being deceived by many new-age occult philosophies and are promoting them as compatible with “Christian” ideals. To name just a few: The Secret came out in 2006, A Course in Miracles and the movie The Golden Compass in 2007. The seventh book in the Harry Potter series was released in 2007. In 2008, there was The Shack and the Oprah Winfrey endorsed book The New Earth.

Simultaneously, in 2006 a teenage phenomenon began gaining incredible momentum – a demonically inspired series of vampire romance, which surprisingly has hoodwinked Christian youth who are confusing God’s love with sensual, romantic lust and His Word with occult philosophy. As Twilight lulls the spiritually asleep into a darker 2009, the church needs to wake up to the supernatural dangers these compromises pose.

The Book:

Author Stephenie Meyer’s four-book series, Twilight (September 6, 2006), Eclipse (August 7, 2007), New Moon (May 31, 2008), and Breaking Dawn (August 7, 2008) have sold 17 million copies, principally to pre-teen and teen girls, and spawned more than 350 fan sites online. According to the author’s website, these are the statistics for Twilight, her first book in the series. All are published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

· A New York Times Editor’s Choice

· A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

· An Amazon “Best Book of the Decade…So Far”

· A Teen People “Hot List” pick

· An American Library Association “Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults” and “Top Ten Books for Reluctant Readers”

· Has been translated into 20 languages

The entire four-book collection is called the Twilight Saga. This link shows the book covers and contents of the collection. All the books in the series follow a “forbidden fruit of love” theme between a human teenage girl (mortal) and a “vampire.”

Twilight the movie released by Summit Entertainment with sequel #2 and #3 already in the works, grossed $70.6 million its first week. Twilight is more than a four-book series and movie; it’s a pop culture phenomenon hotter than Pottermania, prompting midnight release parties and vampire proms, claiming 100 million hits on Twilight internet sites!

The series commonly referred to as Twilight is about an out of place sophomore teenage girl named Bella who moves to a new town and falls in love with a handsome 108 year old, but frozen at 17, “vampire” named Edward at her school (108? with a 16yr old? would make him a pervert and pedophile but should biblical (or old-fashioned) morality get in the way of “true” love?) The story is about their intoxicating infatuation for each other and the consequences of a lustful vampire/mortal romance.

Edward and his “coven” of vampire family are vowed “good” and “vegetarian” vampires as they only feed on animal blood rather than human blood. Yet, Edward wants to eat Bella every time the sexual tension gets too high. He avoids having sex with her, not on any moral grounds, but out of fear lest he eat her and cause her to become the “un-dead” like him. But she loves him regardless and is willing to step into his “eternity” no matter the cost!

Sounds a trite story, but the shocker is that many Christians are attracted to this spiritually dysfunctional romance and worse, are attempting to give Christian applications to its demonic premise suggesting this be acceptable “Christian” discussion. Some Christian reviewers on Christian Internet sites are using the story, , to initiate Bible “studies” and discussion on so-called “Christian” principles to be drawn from it. A new “Christianized” twist on demonic deception is invading Christian values!

Here would be a good place to examine exactly what a “vampire” is and ask, can Christians honestly consider it OK for teens (indeed anyone?) to crave a relationship with one? For centuries, vampires have been part of folklore and mythology, understood to be ugly, dark creatures of morbid horror, close to the dead, sometimes known as the undead for they claim eternal life and subsist by feeding on human blood, roam in darkness, avoid the light, and are enemies of the human race.

This repulsive concept was changed with the popularization of Bram Stoker’s famous 1897 novel about a fictionalized vampire Count Dracula, who was presented as an aristocrat Transylvanian nobleman. He was imbued with supernatural powers, superhuman capabilities and a lustful passion for beautiful ladies whose blood he became addicted to. His blood sucking was two-fold – to maintain his (eternal) “life force” and eventually befall his victim with the curse of vampirism and ultimate death. No matter how resplendent the “vampire” is portrayed in mythology and fiction, in Scripture blood drinking and creatures of darkness are judged as despicable by God. Also, Scripture explains fallen spirits (“angels”) as those who deliberately chose to follow their leader Satan (Isaiah. 14) and deny their Creator God. For this choice, they are damned with eternal separation from God and an eternity in the Lake of Fire. (Rev 15.)

For centuries, pagan rituals have sought taking human blood to appease the blood-thirsty lust of spirits and forces of darkness that target humans made in the image of God to mock God’s handiwork. Distortion of the purpose of blood is a satanic mockery of God’s intent for the sacredness blood represents. Scripture teaches, in “the blood is the life” (Deut. 12:23) and in the shedding of blood is the remission of sins. “And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. “(Heb 9: 22). In the Old Testament, a substitutionary lamb was required to be sacrificed by God’s people as an offering for their sin. In the New Testament that Lamb was God’s gift in Jesus Christ Who offered Himself as the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29)

The Bible records that sin entered the world through one man, Adam, and death through sin came to all men because all have sinned. (With sin comes not only physical death but death to the eternal soul separated from the presence of God). How much more did God’s grace and the gift (eternal life connected back into the presence of God) that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! (Rom. 5: 12-16)

To God, eternal life is an important issue. He doesn’t desire any to be banished from Him for eternity because of Adam’s choice. For His love’s sake, He gave us Jesus to redeem back to Him what man can’t redeem. Believers can only overcome sin and eternal damnation “by the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 12:11) There is no other way. Pagan cultures, seduced by myths and lying doctrines of demons have attempted to salvage eternal damnation by ceremony, one of them being vampirism, the sucking of human blood believed to sustain eternal life. Actually the Bible teaches ,”blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, (1 Cor 15:50)

Such is the story of Twilight, the mortal heroine, young teenager Bella, like so many teenagers today (sadly even Christians), is naïve about the reality of her eternal soul and is willing to give her all to a demon-possessed blood-sucking young man because she doesn’t value the eternal life Jesus died to give her. (In a future movie, Bella succumbs to vampire status – and yes! they do have sex and an unwanted baby.)

The secular reviewers of the Twilight series call it, “A dark romance that seeps into the soul.” The original title of Twilight was “Corpse,” but the publisher changed it to make it more appealing. The content of Twilight is in opposition to many Scriptures: it promotes sorcery, divination and witchcraft . Yet some church youth groups and “Christian” movie review sites suggest the relationship and sexual tension of two teenagers, one being a demonic vampire, draw parallels with Christian morals with lessons for the Christian to be found within the stories!

Author Stephenie Meyer:

A housewife named Stephenie Meyer “received” the story of Twilight in a dream on June 2, 2003. The vision she had of a vampire and mortal as lovers compelled her to start writing the story immediately. She says she couldn’t resist the drive to write down her dream (a similar scenario to J.K Rowlings, author of Harry Potter). Meyer gives a summary of that first dream: “I woke up (on that June 2nd) 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.” Within three months, she had the entire novel written. Within six-months, it had been dreamed, written, and readied for publishing.

She admits she had little to no prior writing experience with only a B.A. degree in English and had to learn from the Internet how to submit a book proposal. She tried a few times and “miraculously” got published with a $750 thousand dollar publishing contract! Miraculous happenings have been known to come from powers of darkness, and in this case, no matter how it’s sliced, the God of the Bible would not use vampires, sexual tension, lust, boyfriend worship, and teenage romance to spread His Gospel of eternal life and salvation through Yeshua.

Meyer, a Mormon mother of three, states that some of her inspiration in writing her vampire saga came from a band of musicians called Marjorie Fair. “For New Moon, they were absolutely essential. They can put you into a suicidal state faster than anything I know . . . Their songs really made it beautiful for me.” Also an inspiration for one of her characters was a band called My Chemical Romance. She states, “It’s someone . . . who just wants to go out and blow things up.” See mind blowing information about the music industry and a shocking spirituality many are involved in.

Scaringly, Meyer’s fictional character Edward took on the “terrifying” form of “real” spirit when it leapt from the pages of her saga and communicated with her in a dream. She says she had an additional dream after Twilight was finished when her vampire character Edward came to visit and speak to her. The Edward who visited her in the night told her she’d got it all wrong because he DID drink human blood, and could not “live” on ONLY animal blood as she wrote in the story. She said, “We had this conversation and he was terrifying.”

Conversation with spirits (saying they need human blood to suck!) and frightening dream visitations by spirits are part of occult communication. Meyer’s spiritual experiences could well be influenced by her Mormon faith which allows for communication with the so-called “the dead”; indeed “the dead” of former generations are baptized into Mormonism in Mormon Temple ritual. Mormon founder Joseph Smith was “visited” by a communicating “angel” called Moroni, whose statue stands atop all Mormon Temples. This fallen angel of Mormonism gave Smith messages on which he formed his Mormon doctrine about prior civilizations, none of which have been discovered despite endless archeological digs to substantiate Mormons claims. Others Mormon teachings conflict with biblical Christianity such as Mormonism’s claim that Jesus (Yeshua) of the Bible is the half-brother of Satan. Mormons additionally believe numerous teachings about the spirits that oppose Bible truths and could help embellish Meyer’s Twilight series.

In 2007, Stephenie Meyer wrote portions of a work titled, “Prom Nights from Hell,” which is about supernatural events surrounding evil prom nights. On May 6, 2008, she released her adult novel, The Host, which is about “invading alien souls” that take over a person and get them to do what they want. This behavior is called demonic possession, a state Jesus came to set captives free from. Meyer’s so-called fiction “crosses over” to severe occult philosophy.

The Fans:

Twilighters (fans) are besotted with its influence and spell as witnessed on the Internet where they’re encouraged to write their own “fan fiction” stories about Twilight characters. This is not harmless entertainment but rather a satanic ploy to engage fans to use spiritual imagination (taboo in Scripture) to conjure and create their own reality, a central belief of witchcraft.

Twilighters have a “Stephenie Meyer Day” on September 13th to honor the birthday of the character Bella Swan. They dress up like the characters in the book. View frenzied fans and the out of control craze on Nightline’s coverage.

TWI-hards (fans) are obsessed with Twilight occult contents as Harry Potter fans were bewitched with its Wiccan instructions. Many don’t realize occultism (the craving for hidden “wisdom” knowledge) has spiritual addiction power much like drugs demand a dependency. Fans wear t-shirts displaying the character’s sayings, and one such t-shirt reads, “Forbidden Fruit Tastes the Best.”

Christian youth’s involvement in the shocking abandonment of God’s authority should be of concern enough, but sadder still is that youth in general are being seduced to embrace Satan’s lies and reap eternal damnation. Christians, rather than protecting youth, are feeding them to Satan who is known as the prowling lion (1 Pet. 5:8). Satan deceived Eve with the promise of “wisdom” (Gen. 3) and suggested God’s forbidding was on grounds of meanness not loving concern. Satan continues his attack on the truth of God’s Word and His essential Character of love (comparing it to erotic sex) targeting younger and younger Christian youth. Jesus warned, “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea..” (Matt. 18:6)

Christians are duty bound to preach God’s Good news of repentance and warn against occult involvement: vampirism, witchcraft et al, uplifting the power of the Word of God and not fanning supernatural disobedience as many Christian organizations are doing.

What Christian and other Religious Organizations are saying about the Twilight Series:

The Catholic News Service has this to say of Edward the vampire, “Just because you’re a vampire, it doesn’t mean you can’t be a gentleman.” It continues to praise the vampire and ties one scene directly to the vampire appearing as an angel of light only to offer forbidden fruit just as Satan did so long ago in the Garden. “Soon after Bella first sees Edward, an optical illusion makes it appear as though he’s sprouted angel’s wings, but a later scene has them casually handling an apple symbolic of mutual temptation.” The Catholic News Service doesn’t warn of spiritual dangers but continues to whitewash the demonic theme of the movie saying it, “never takes itself too seriously, preferring instead to use its ill-matched couple’s predicament to parody both adolescent awkwardness and teenage yearning.” The reviewer concludes that the movie “Is acceptable for older teens.”

The “Christian Stay at Home Moms” website praised the movie, “If you ask me I would be more willing to let my 13 year old daughter watch this movie than MTV because the relationship between the two main characters really is a healthy one. There is really not a whole lot of emphasis on being in a sexual relationship, and there are a couple of scenes where you see them just talking with each other. I was very impressed by the positive relationship between the two, I think it’s good for teenagers to see that to be a couple you don’t have to have sex and make out all the time – or at all!” This Christian stay at home mom needs to weigh all against Scripture as bottom line to a Christian’s faith and not promote her 13-year old daughter to accept as approved the message of a vampire wanting to drink the blood of his girlfriend because the vampire is “good” and does not engage in sexual intercourse on screen (at least in this movie)? The reviewer concludes, “All in all I give this movie 3 out of 4 stars because I thought it was a great movie!”

Another Christian website has on its banner the words, “Shining Light on the World of Popular Entertainment,” which begs the question what light? Jesus says, there is a light within you that is darkness – and how great it is! (Matt 6:22-23). Deception appears as light and Satan comes as an angel of light. (2 Cor.11:14)

The Christian organization, Focus on the Family’s “Plugged In Online,” website has this very positive thing to say to Christians desiring to see a movie about a vampire, a teenage girl, and their lust for one another:

“Family is a big part of what nurtures Twilight’s love. Edward’s coven—family—of vampires is a loving one. Each member is committed to protecting the others, even Bella when she becomes part of them through her relationship with Edward.” This word “coven” belongs in Wiccan terminology and is a place where Wiccans convene for pagan rituals. Why encourage teenagers to embrace pagan ideology which flies in the face of biblical discernment? The book series and its movie create the pagan illusion that there is a good side to darkness and it is OK to be part of the “white” side. Paul teaches:
“And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.2 Cor 11:14-15. Focus on the Family, whether wittingly or unwittingly, encourages the deception that “loving” vampires are therefore “good.” Scripture warns not to call evil good … and says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”.(Prov. 14:12)

Focus on the Family’s reviewer continues with a lack of spiritual discernment writing, “So within the context of a monster mash such as this, we can see a reflection of the Christian calling to put away the old man of sin and embrace the new one.” (Comparing the vampire’s struggle to hold back his desire to devour his young lover and drink her blood to the transformational power of the Lord Jesus Christ!)

Focus’s reviewer admits, “Edward considers himself and all other vampires to be eternally damned, and he resists mightily the idea of allowing Bella to descend into the abyss that he finds himself submerged in. She doesn’t care a whit about that. She’s eager to become a ‘cold one’ if only it means she will be with her beau forever.” Yet Focus recommends this “positive” movie to the “Christian” youth despite its blatant occultism, “Edward can read minds. His sister, Alice, sees visions of the future.” ….and the only “negative” admission from Focus is that the characters Edward and Bella “lie” to protect the vampire’s identity.

Brace yourself….there’s more! ChristianityTodayMovies.com says, “Well, I think most Twilight fans will eat this up like vampires at a blood bank . . . forbidden love and angst with passion . . . Meyer, a Mormon, interjected her book with moral themes with which Christians resonate . . . While the use of vampires and other ‘evil’ creatures can be offsetting to some Christians, they are not symbolic of demons here. They are merely a story device to create a forbidden and mysterious love interest . . . Bella’s complete willingness to let go of her soul (literally in the vampire mythos) to give Edward her eternal love are all big metaphors for sex, lust and the allure of the forbidden.” (By the way, Meyer chose an Eden-like apple as Twilight’s book cover image for a reason.)

To add salt to the wound, this Christian movie review site includes a “Bible study” at the end of the review complete with Scripture references to encourage dialogue about the movie!

The “Bible study” that follows is taken from the above Christianity Today website. “Read Mark 7:21-23, Matthew 4:1-11, Romans 7:14-24.

· What do these verses say about our desires and temptations?

· How are Edward’s attempts not to give in to his evil desires like the life of a Christian?

· In what ways does the movie show Edward setting boundaries—as Christians often do—to avoid temptations?

· Some say that Deuteronomy 12:23-25, which forbids eating blood, is reason enough for Christians to avoid vampire stories and movies. Is that an appropriate application of that verse? Why or why not?

· What do you think of Bella’s desire to become a vampire so she can be with Edward forever? Would it be worth it?

· Read Matthew 16:26. What does the line, ‘Death is easy, life is harder’ mean to you?”

So, one wonders, how many churches and church youth groups are getting involved in a Bible study based on the Twilight series? And, how many Christians are getting trapped into the new emergent-style deception of Hegelian “dialoging”? How many realize this type of “dialectic” group thinking (conversation) is an attempt to compromise Christian faith based on God’s absolute truths with the idea that Truth is relative and shifts? God’s ways and thoughts are not open to discussion! Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (Jn. 14:6).

Biblical Christianity is under attack as is God’s Word, beginning with the wiles of Satan in the Garden who engaged Eve in “dialogue” about God’s truths. She was tempted to understand the unknowable God through her own limited reasoning. Dialectic conversing is designed to bring about collective consensus and is Satan’s agenda. God encourages the study of His Word so that we may be approved workmen “rightly dividing the word of truth”. (2 Tim 2:14-15) Youth must come to the things, “which are proper for sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1) for the sake of their eternal souls.

“For the time will come,” Paul warned, “when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:3-5)

And can it get worse? The following quotes are from a Christian teen magazine, Campus Life’s Ignite Your Faith, a subsidiary of Christianity Today, Stacey Lingle (after reading the series) writes in her article, “What Shines in Twilight”: Looking at four key ideas of the vampire saga that stand out for Christ followers. “What do these books say about God, about life, and about love? In over 2,300 pages of reading, there’s a lot to digest. What are the key ideas and attitudes in the Twilight saga? A few stood out to me as a Christian.”

Lingle suggests the first “Christian” key is love where she finds a way to “Christianize” an anti-biblical concept. “Their biggest conflict is whether or not Bella should become a vampire: She wants to spend eternity with Edward. Bella and Edward’s relationship actually exemplifies a lot of what the Bible says love should be. Think about the Bible’s description: ‘Love is patient, love is kind.’ (1Corinthians 13:4); ‘Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends’ (John 15:13). Of course, no real couple can be this perfect all the time. But these passages, and stories like Bella and Edward’s, remind us of the perfect love that God has for us.”

Now pick yourself up off the floor and get ready for Lingle’s statement that connects romantic love with God’s agape love. She writes, “God intends for romantic love to reflect his deep desire for an intimate relationship with each of us. The Bible even calls us his bride! (Isaiah 62:5) While there may not be an Edward or Bella in our lives, God’s love is a perfect love that never ends and never fails.” Unfortunately this type of fleshly interpretation is a very real spiritual stupor which has befallen much of Christendom.

Lingle’s second “Christian” key is temptation. She writes, “The vampire in Edward is tempted by Bella’s scent—it’s all he can do to not devour her at first. And then as their relationship progresses, they face a different physical temptation: sex.” Again, Lingle links Scripture with lust, “temptation affects everybody, even Jesus. The Bible describes how, after fasting for 40 days, Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness. Satan tried to use food, power, and pride to cause Jesus to sin. Yet Jesus didn’t sin, even though he was tempted.” Lingle continues the blasphemy by suggesting that the reader can overcome temptation by taking a cue from both Jesus (God made flesh) and Edward (the vampire) exhorting young readers, “For starters, we take a cue from Jesus and, yes, even Edward.”

The third “Christian” key is “spirituality,” which Lingle confuses with being a true biblical Christian. Her comment is weak at best and dangerous at worst. “Spirituality is certainly relevant to the reading of Twilight. After all, part of the allure of the Twilight series is that it is ‘other-worldly.’ It’s a fantasy. Sorry ladies, but there aren’t really gorgeous, shimmering, chivalrous vampires and werewolves out there waiting to complete your life and mine.” So, according to Lingle, vampires and werewolves could complete a young girl’s life if they were real and gorgeous.

Her fourth “Christian” key is in the conclusion to her so-called “Bible lesson” where she poses several questions to her readers that promote “collective discussion” labeled as “Christian” or “biblical” forcing a redefinition of vampirism and the occult. One statement I found particularly disturbing was, “Edward expresses his belief that God created vampires alongside humans, in a predator/prey relationship. How do you react to this? Does this fit the character of the God that you know?”

Conclusion:

It is deeply disturbing that Christians and youth leaders are undiscerning in biblical doctrine validating Christian youth to participate in vampirism, which is idol worship. Col 2:18-19 warns, “Do not let anyone who delights in….the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions.”

Biblical warnings against tampering in occultism are replete…..

“There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD.” (Deut.18:10-12)

Unfortunately, many churches and Christian organizations downplay the reality of the supernatural war being waged by “dead” spirits and neglect the reality of abusive spiritual warfare by demonic authorities. If only those who confess Jesus Christ as their Lord would learn to “abide” in His Spirit and “know” Him through HIS word then they would be better equipped to discern error from truth, and get involved in the “good fight” we are called to, and WARN against rather than encourage fads like Twilight

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Indeed this is massive!
I have not watched the movie but having told of this through a co-teacher, i’ve warned already my students before the movie came to our country. As christaians, it is important to make a firm stand especially these perverted times. We’re not supposed to water down our faith. I believe that the movie/book series is another way of Satan to lure the younger age … he’s working double time … to get more … because he knows his time to end is coming soon. In response, us christians must also double time in praying, in teaching about the TRUTH. Let’s keep travailing.

Thanks for writing this review. Please allow me to quote you in my teaching next week to preteens. God bless!

Comment by Teacher Myra

I think what makes it so difficult to completely rebuke Twilight is the way Edward has been constructed. A vampire… yet not like your usual vampire. But definitely not a human… but definitely not evil. It’s a crazy foundation satan has managed to lay and I can only pray that it be uprooted and destroyed – more people need to be saved, not lost… It really kills me inside that people are settling for temporary enjoyment instead of something eternal, something real, something that cannot be anything but the truth, and that is certainly not ‘salvation’ through Edward Cullen or the things Twilight conveys – the truth is salvation through Jesus Christ. Only that.

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Two things I would like to address.
First: It has really bothered me that some information was left out of this article. The point made about Edward and Bella having sex with the result of an unwanted baby was twisted so that your point would be more accepted. What was left out was that Bella, willingly ready to seduce Edward into sex, was stopped by said vampire. His explanation to her was that he was raised in an era where sex before marriage was unacceptable; therefore, he was not going to have sex with Bella before they were married. In book 4, Edward and Bella were married and had sex for the first time ever, as husband and wife, on their honeymoon.
The next thing that was misconstrued, was the “unwanted” baby that resulted from their unnatural union. I would like to point out that Bella protected her child from being done away with. She loved her child from the first moment. After the baby was born, all 8 of the Cullens (including the now turned Bella) were willing to lay down their lives to save this child.
I have 3 children of my own and only one of them was “planned”. The other two children were surprises. I will admit when our 3rd child was announced, we were not too particularly happy to be having another child. My husband and I had only discussed having 2 children and did not feel we wanted a 3rd child. However, neither of us would have ever thought of giving this child up and we couldn’t imagine life without him.
I personally would be very surprised if every couple having a baby didn’t get scared and question if they are able to do it.
Secondly: I am very sad the way this article was written. As I was reading, I got the feeling of Christian superiority. It made me very angry to be looked down upon because I am a Christian woman who enjoys this story (I have read all the books once and am on Twilight for the 3rd time). I felt as though I wasn’t as good of a Christian as the author because I like the books.
I have thought long and hard and do not feel convicted for having read these books. I actually feel that these books are quite tame for what could have been written. Imagine what all forms of entertainment would be like if Christians were not intertwined among the unsaved downscaling the smut. Would I tell other people to read these books because they were such wonderfully written Christian books? No. However, I feel that it is definitely one’s own conviction to read or not to read. I don’t think that one’s salvation is on the line if they do read the books.
The more I thought about it, the less angry and sadder I became. The article gave every indication that we, as Christians, should boycott such things; that we should have nothing to do with these kinds of books, movies, and people.
Quite the contrary; we Christians, should be the ones to pray for the people who author, write, direct, and star in this kind of entertainment. Instead of looking down our noses at these people, we should be the first ones to lower ourselves to our knees and pray for them.
God instructed us to reach out to these people and be missionaries to them. We are to live our lives differently in FRONT of them, not stay in our well-lit Christian box only interacting with other Christians. Yes, we should have our Christian friends and family to support us and keep us accountable, but we should also be going out into the world and shinning our light among men.
So in conclusion, please don’t condemn the unsaved for their ignorance you don’t know what their story is. Rather, pick one Hollywood personality that you think is worse than all the others and pray for that person. Pray that someone who knows God personally will cross their path and be an instrument in their salvation.
I personally have chosen to pray for Hugh Heffner. Imagine all the wonderful things that man could do if he knew God.

Comment by Kate Burton

I’m a Christian have been for quite some time, and your article was difficult to read because I felt it was twisting situations in the book to fit your negative theme. I’ve read Harry Potter and Twilight numerous times! Twilight 4 times, New Moon 5, Eclipse 2, and Breaking Dawn 1. My mother has always said, “I don’t mind if you read the books or watch the movies, as long as you realize what is wrong and what is right it’s fine by me. I trust you enough to know where your faith lies. And I know it lies with the Lord. If you get confused come and ask, and we will search the Bible together for your answer.”
I feel that you based Edward’s character off of every bad vampire character in other books that you could put your hands on. I really don’t feel you paid attention to the books! You have to actually read the books to get your facts straight! And I don’t feel you did that.
I believe that a person has to have experience some sort of darkness in their life to see the light of salvation. For example in Ted Dekker’s The Cirlce Trilogy his characters don’t truly realize the blessing they have until it’s all taken away. They have to go through the Black to get to the White. They learn the power of salvation by becoming contaminated and being saved. Without suffering there would be no faith! If the Twilight series is as “dark” as you say it to be then pray for the ones who are reading the series! Don’t use your air quotes and belittle them. Your tone seemed so negative the whole article that it made me frustrated and not wanting to hear your point of view. Unfortunately, I felt Christians like you with negative tones are the reason that non-believers have such a hard time converting.
I can understand if you are a little frustrated yourself and you just don’t get the whole Twilight phenomenon, that’s ok. But here me out just like I heard you out! Please!
When a girl reads the Twilight series they don’t necessarily at first see Edward as a vampire. From my own experience the more I read, the more human Edward became for me. At the end I had to keep reminding myself that he is a vampire. He has flaws, and he has a heavy conscience, not something I would expect from a vampire. He is not a horny blood sucker like I felt you made him out to be. He told Bella he wanted to wait before marriage (some Christian guys don’t tell girls what he told Bella). Even though I know it’s fiction, coming from someone who wants to wait till her wedding night I felt relieved after reading that scene! It’s so hard to find even a Christian guy who can respect their girlfriend enough and themselves as well, that they want to wait. And with a media as filled with sex as ours it was also a breath of fresh air for me to see someone else taking the path less traveled.

Comment by DeShea Pilot

I have not read any of these books but I find it facinating that there is so much discussion about them. I would just like to caution those who think that it is acceptable to read this fiction. That Satan comes as an angel of light and wants us to be distracted away from reading God’s word. I would like to see people including myself put more effort into reading their bibles than spending so much time reading garbage for the mind. The mind is where Satan works overtime to convince us that all these other things are fun and acceptable. These things actually take us away from God and do not draw us closer to Him. His word says draw near to me and I will draw near to you. So the question is how do we spend our time and if we spent the time to read God’s word and really get to know His character and what He expects from us, would we make the same choices in what we read and what we participate in. My chanllenge for all of us as Christians is to know the true gospel and live it out and that should look very different from the rest of the world. Why as Christians would we want to read something like this by a Mormon who’s belief system deals with demonic forces. We are to be in the world but not of it. And I am praying not just for the unsaved but for the decieved brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus who are being led astry by Satan. Particiapting in things of this world. The question is should we be spending our time reading this stuff, would it be honoring to God, would God suggest this as a good read for us. We must lay aside our fleshly desires and truly seek after Him and what He wants for us. Pray and ask the Lord what you should read or not. And lets not condem a sister who is passionate for us and bold enough to warn us of the evil that so easily entangles us. Do not be decieved my brothers and sister’s Satan is prowling around to see who he can distroy and kill. Protect your mind, stay in the Word. Use your time wisely. We are in the last days.

Comment by lynn

Who wrote the Initial “Twilight in a Christian Perspective” article? I would love to give her the praise she deserves! Anybody know? Let me know!

Comment by Cara

I have to say, I have only seen the movie Twilight, and as much as I enjoyed it for its cinematography, I did notice it’s potential for danger. Portraying an evil ‘being’ or spirit as someone who is ‘good’ is pretty dangerous ground…

I think over all, it depends on who you are, if you are a mature Christian who is mature in their wisdom and you openly discuss things you watch and read with other Christians and friends, then go for it! If you are a pre-teen girl who is easily swayed, has little knowledge of life and it’s hardships, and no, at 13 you have NO idea, then don’t watch it.

Comment by Phil

FINALLY!!! Thank you so much for your voice of truth in a world gone numb and blinded! I would very much like to post this on my facebook..

Comment by Sherri Whitenton

This is very true. Too many people think “Well, it’s fantasy”, but the ideas we accept as “entertaining” desensitizes us to sin and what is really right and wrong. To say that it’s ok to watch as long as you know it’s wrong is a popular argument. However the Bible says…
2 Corinthians 10:5 (King James Version)
5Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself AGAINST the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

I capitalized the important part..

If you watch something, you automatically think about it. So it is important to be mindful of the thoughts you allow to be put in your head..

Comment by Kassa

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Comment by skelpitapsLit

I am a christian and it is clear this woman hasnt read the books. They are beautiful books. I personaly woudnt let my teenager read them, I think they are not for teenagers. Theya re however, as a middle aged woman, beautiful books. The movies are terrible. Much much much mre sexual that hte books.

Comment by AurorA

This really opened my eyes, thank you. We are living in the end times when many will be misled by Satan.

Comment by Tersia

The facts in the article are glaringly wrong but there is one in particular I think is particularly funny…the first book was originally called Forks not Corpse. Geez its judgemental Christians like this that give the rest of the us a bad name. By all means read the article and digest it, but how about we think for ourselves and worry and pray about our own souls before we condemn everyone else’s. One sin (if you count reading the Twilight saga as a sin) is no greater than another, they are all sins…let’s remember that before judging someone else’s actions.

Comment by Tara

I am quite appalled at some of the responding comments to this article. I think some of you have totally missed the point!!!The writer is merely pointing out facts about what the bible says and what we as Christians should look out for. That we don’t get swept into the hype of something that is not God ordained or God inspired. Those of you who were bothered by the article just defended the book/story/movie in your comments. I didn’t read any scriptures in your comments defending the bible???!!! It’s true that a sin is a sin, but the article writer is just warning us against this sin, not comparing it to other sins!!! I am sad that those of you who love this book or have read it would think that the writer is attacking you.I have watched the movie and after reading this article, I am very grateful for this writer’s views which I believe are very valid. Thank you for the timely reminder, as this is definitely the end times.

Comment by Juliet

Then make valid points with facts. Don’t twist them to fit the argument you are trying to make, which the author clearly does. It has nothing to do with whether or not you believe reading the books are wrong or the hype is worldly and not Godly and getting swept up is wrong. That’s fine I can understand that, however it disappoints me when arguments are based on invalid statements, and this article has a lot of them.

Comment by Tara

Some people have made comments against this article and I find that such a shame! Even if a person looks at Twilight and doesn’t see it as a problem, the underlying problem with it is that there are REAL, UNSEEN, demonic forces attached to all occult material, of which Twilight is definitely one. One writer commented that the author of this article is “judging”. On the contrary, the author is merely stating what the Bible says about such things! Furthermore, in 1 Corinthians 5:12 we are told, “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?” 1 Peter 4:17 reads, “For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” Whoever is against this wonderful article may not realize how saturated in demonic forces movies and books such as these really are.

Comment by Jacqueline

Where’s the reference for her getting the idea from a demon? I tried googling it and came up with nothing.

Comment by Lisa

Also, how does the author feel about Star Trek?

Comment by Lisa

I agree, it’s sad that Christians go along so blindly with the world trying to be part of it and then having to justify why something is ok or really not that bad, just stand firm and don’t eat of that fruit in the first place.

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