In this blog entry, I will be discussing the unrecognized evil and deception in the Twilight Saga. The bulk of this post is from a website review and a scholar, but it also includes my original writing, as well as scripture from the Holy Bible.
The popular Twilight Saga (books and movies) have a huge following. Part two of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” appears in theaters November 16, 2012. The books/movies consist of a storyline surrounding vampires. Before we delve into the topic of vampires, please note the images for these book covers.
For example, notice the image on the first Twilight book; it is an image of hands holding an apple. The original sin recorded in the Holy Bible was when Eve ate the fruit from the tree which she was forbidden to eat fruit from. We see the apple, on this book cover, held in a sacred, careful way – as if sin is being caressed. One more example is the book with a scarlet string on the cover. In the Old Testament scripture found in Lev. 14:50-57, the instructions given by God at that time were this: “To purify the house he is to take two birds and some cedar wood, scarlet string and hyssop. He shall kill one of the birds over fresh water in a clay pot. Then he is to take the cedar wood, the hyssop, the scarlet string and the live bird, dip them into the blood of the dead bird and the fresh water, and sprinkle the house seven times. He shall purify the house with the bird’s blood, the fresh water, the live bird, the cedar wood, the hyssop and the scarlet string. Then he is to release the live bird in the open fields outside the town. In this way he will make atonement for the house, and it will be clean. These are the regulations for any infectious skin disease, for an itch, for mildew in clothing or in a house, and for a swelling, a rash or a bright spot, to determine when something is clean or unclean…” This was the regulation for that time. We see an image of a scarlet string on one of the saga’s book covers. Why an apple? Why a scarlet string? Why the blood-dipped flower? Why the Chess table with the King at the forefront? It is all subtle imagery that has mocks God and everything good in a sinister, under-handed way.
Having said that, let us move on to the topic of Vampires and what they represent. Vampires are mythological/folkloric beings who subsist by feeding on the life essence (generally in the form of blood) of living creatures. The original meaning of the word, “vampire” is: “An animated corpse with supernatural powers who drinks blood to sustain life.” The supernatural powers are not used for good but evil.
Vampirism has now become something that is equated with a religious experience. For the most part “vampires” in the ancient cultures were demi-gods. With the coming of the Victorian age, both the male and female vampire became beautiful and both exhibited a sexual appetite, though both vampire and vampiress retained the beauty as only a facade. In anger or distress the vampire still revealed its ugly, more corpse-like side.
A scholar who studied vampires said, “Now it is a given that sex is part of the vampire package. It is so linked with them, that it’s almost a second way of feeding. A vampire without sex is like a meal that consists only of the drink. (Sex before marriage and promiscuity is being marketed to young teen girls through the Twilight Saga). And when evil is afoot, it can be concluded that the evil would want that blood. Somewhere in there began a demon or demi-god or spirit that began to drink and steal that blood. I have not seen a historical or folkloric vampire do anything but evil. Many vampires attacked their families first before anyone, but less out of revenge, it seems, and more because the body recognized them and went to them first; though the demon part led the body to do evil against people they would normally not harm. This is evident in that loving husbands turned into vampires would seek out their wives, yet literally exhaust them to death in bed.
The belief for reversing vampirism is there is no hope for the person who is already a vampire. (Teaching “no hope” is the cause for many suicides.) Supposedly, precautions can be taken in life, but once someone rise as a vampire, they’re stuck as one until someone takes care of the problem which include staking, decapitation, and cremation. As for those who have been bitten by a vampire, they can avoid rising from the grave as a vampire by any number of ways including, but not limited to: drinking the blood of a slain vampire or making the blood into bread or gruel to be eaten, eating of the earth of the vampire’s grave, or being blessed by a priest. (But man does not take your sin away, only God can. He is our High Priest.)
Vampires are often staked through the heart… why? The historical vampire is believed to be either 1.) A dead body possessed by a demon; or 2.) A soul still trapped in a body– either through its own volition, or through a curse, such as excommunication. The reason why the vampire is staked through the heart probably lies with the very ancient notion that the heart is the seat of the soul. Dating back to the ancient Egyptians (or before), the heart was held with reverence because that is where the soul was believed to reside in the body, as well as the emotions and intelligence. So, we see that vampires (whether real or fiction) have evil roots and are inherently evil.
A website reviewing the Twilight movies states, “The Volturi (a group of vampires in the movie) are a ‘civilized’ coven of vampires.” The word, “coven” literally means: “An assembly of witches.” They enforce the laws of the vampire world. They invite other vampires with powerful “gifts” to join their coven. (The New Testament of the Holy Bible speaks of good spiritual gifts… however these vampire “gifts” are a mockery and counterfeit of the real supernatural gifts of God.) This coven destroys anyone who attempts to overthrow them or resist their authority.
The Volturi are known for their amazing and special powers. Jane and Alec, twins and members of the guard, are credited and worshiped for having the most useful powers. Jane can cause someone to believe that they are feeling excruciating pain, making it easy for the Volturi to attack and destroy their enemies (which mimics satanic powers used to torment). Alec’s powers are also useful when attacking. He can cut off all senses making the prey unable to see, hear or feel anything, enabling the vampires to kill them without a fight. Aro, one of the leaders, can hear every single thought a person/vampire has ever had upon making physical contact with that person (similar to a psychic which is also evil and a counterfeit to genuine Christian prophet. Such evil fortune-tellers were condemned in scripture, as in Jeremiah 27:9, for example).
Demetri, a member of the guard, is a tracker. He can track a person down once he has the tenor of their mind. He is known as the best tracker in the vampire world. (One who goes about seeking whom he may devour – which is characteristic of Satan – see 1st Peter 5:8). Renata, also a member of the guard, is a shield who shields Aro and stands by his side at all times. She shields physical attacks. When the person/vampire is attacking, she repels them by confusing them. (Incidentally, Satan is known as the author of confusion. Her being a “shield” is also a direct mockery of God being a shield for the Believer – see Psalm 3:3). Although they don’t make any appearances in Twilight, Aro, Marcus and Caius are mentioned by Edward as the inspiration of the gods in several Italian paintings.
The Volturi are first introduced in New Moon. Near the beginning of New Moon, Edward says to Bella that irritating the Volturi was the perfect way to get yourself slaughtered. When Edward thought Bella killed herself (another reference to suicide), he went and asked the Volturi to kill him and they refused. This underlying reference teaches teenagers the message that if their “true love” dies that they should look for ways to die too. This is a very unhealthy teaching in this movie. Later in the movie, Edward, Alice, and Bella refuse to join the Volturi; thus, portraying them as the “good” characters of the movie so that they may easily introduce ideas of suicide, vampirism and other evils to the viewer.
As the movie progresses, the vampire Irina informs the Volturi that the Cullen’s had created an “Immortal Child.” (This reference is a direct, bold, and satanic counterfeit for Jesus Christ who is immortal). There are many other examples I could give of evil which is openly displayed in the Twilight Saga, however, suffice it to say that this movie is hardly suitable viewing material for anybody, let alone, young Christian girls. Let’s spread the message of this deceptive movie to prevent others from watching and thus, supporting it.
Why would we, as Christians, want to view or read a “love story” about vampires as in the Twilight Saga? What is the attraction? Aren’t we supposed to be set apart from the world and against works of darkness? How can one love evil and good at the same time? Just because this is the 21st century it does not make it “okay” to let down our morals. Some may argue, “I’m a Christian and I watch the Twilight movies… it’s just a fictional story!” Then, my question would be, “Why?” Is the cost of entertainment worth endorsing an evil plot? Are you comfortable with the idea of paying your money to support evil? Aren’t your peers, children, friends, or family looking at you to lead a Christian life? Would your choices of entertainment be a good example to follow? Isn’t there more savory movies you could watch that are not ridden with evil, blood, mockery and death? Would you be comfortable watching this movie in the sanctuary of your church along with fellow Christians and the Pastor? The Bible says that MANY will be deceived in the last days – don’t be one of them. Think about what you are doing, my friend. You have a choice. It is up to you to be disciplined enough to stand against evil in any form. Evil movies affect us more than we realize. 2nd Corinthians 6:17 states, “Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you.” Likewise, 1st John 2:15 says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”