Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ. . .
Vernon Weiss (aka Regular Joe) writes 5 G’s and a Cup of Joe (http://5gsandacupofjoe.net/). One of his recent posts is Why Is Zombie Apocalypse So Popular? (http://5gsandacupofjoe.net/2012/04/30/why-is-zombie-apocalypse-so-popular/). I look forward to reading his post, but haven’t yet. Here’s why: I awoke one morning this week troubled, thinking about a Zombie Apocalypse. No, not that one will happen; rather that there are some dangerous statements made in relation to a zombies.
Today it is time to begin putting together my thoughts on paper (albeit electronic paper). Once I’ve done that, I’ll go over and see what Regular Joe has to say. I suggest you do also.
Resurrection. Let me clarify a point here and now. For us, the True-Born Believers in Y’shuaJesus, resurrection is a good thing. We believer death does not have a hold upon us. As Randy Travis sang, “Death. Where is your sting?” Death can’t jump up and bite us. The demonstration of this was in the life, death, and resurrection of Y’shuaJesus. This is one of the key points of the Gospel message. We die in our flesh and are reborn, filled now with the Spirit of G-d. We die with Messiah, and rise to new life with Him. This is symbolized in our baptism.
But the word resurrection is taking on an different theme these days. It’s a new word for the dead becoming zombies. Normally, in the Zombie World, a person dies, usually infected with a disease, then comes back as a zombie. A zombie has no mental capacity, only primal functions of what is usually explained as the reptilian brain, for benefit of evolutionists, I’m sure. These zombies are walking dead, craving fresh flesh. Their bite is infectious, causing others to become zombies, if they aren’t eaten completely. Nothing affects zombies; they feel nothing, don’t breath, and only have one inherent desire: to eat. They are put back into death by killing that lower portion of the brain that is controlled, in some zombie books and movies, by the infection or virus.
In the past, becoming a zombie has been called turning or converting. It has also been called reanimation, as if we, the living, are animated, cease, and are animated again. Reanimation is also used in other-than-zombie talk to refer to revival of a person. Interesting. Once becoming zombies, they are sometimes referred to as the undead. According to an article in Wikipedia, “Undead is a collective name for beings that are deceased and yet behave as if alive. It could also describe a dead body animated by supernatural forces. . .” Even more interesting!
So why are zombies important to us? It’s that the word resurrection is being used to describe the living, dying, and subsequent return as a zombie. It occurs this way in the book The Return Man, by V.M Zito. The book didn’t tie the word resurrection to Y’shuaJesus, though. Resurrection is the name of the disease that causes death, followed by becoming the somewhat stereo-typical zombie. The word resurrection also occurred once in an episode of the television show Walking Dead. But in Walking Dead, there’s a particularly nasty scene that really bites us. One of the characters in the show is considered the closest person in the group to a preacher, as he is often portrayed reading his Bible, and “thumping” on it. In one scene, as he considers the zombie hordes, he laments that he knew G-d promised resurrection from the dead, but didn’t think this was what G-d had in mind. Ugh!
What’s my point? Simple. They, the unbelievers, have once again stolen a word that describes a very specific action of great importance to believers. It is defiling. It is steering other unbelievers away from, rather than toward, the Gospel Message. “But it’s only fiction!” one might exclaim. Sure. But don’t you see something sinister behind it? After all, the whole premise behind zombie is irrational. In a false logic model, the enemy of Messiah hammers away at illogical = resurrection = Messiah. See?
Enough for now. Let’s have a truly blessed weekend out there! Lord Bless, Keep, Shine. . .