Thursday, July 17, 2014

Zombies Much?

Ah, saith Satan, I have infused a poison into him (man) which will make him return to the dust from which he was taken. -Sermon #1326, based upon Genesis 3:15, by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

The problem of sin (or evil, if you prefer). Will you agree that it is a basic problem of the human condition? THE cause of all the misery, pain, suffering and death that exists, that has existed since the fall?

This is what Scripture presents to us, from Genesis and throughout.

Would anyone in their right mind (Romans 1:18-22) really believe man able to evolve and achieve perfection by his own efforts?

Poison, says Spurgeon. An apt analogy. I think the notion of infection (a virus, if you will) is apropos, as well.

It is interesting that the idea of virus has been put forward as an explanation, in many recent films, for zombieism. Of course, once we left Bela Lugosi's "White Zombie" voodoo behind as our premise, the concept of infection has always been there. From George Romero and onward.

Can it be that art truly does imitate life? I wonder if the recent spate of zombie movies are our attempt (at the deepest level, of course) to deal with the burgeoning proliferation of evil all around.

Our entertainment has always included monsters. Each of our cultural icons of evil (you know; Freddy, Jason, Dracula et. al.) has its roots in myths and legends (and perhaps a little truth).

The effects of sin, even in the life of the believer are devastating. From the smallest scratch, so to speak, can come every type of ill effect.

Caught up in sin, we can be overcome by some sort of compulsion and our very will subverted. In the sense that Paul described in Romans 1:18-31, you could refer to one trapped in sin as a mindless monster, driven solely by its urges.

They're always seeking a cure, in these films.

As for the infection of sin, God has provided the cure.

We are estranged from God by our sin and at war with Him.

But God has provided the sacrifice.

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