-The Dark Side


By Marcia Montenegro (page 3 of 4)

First written in 2001

[If you are Goth or are in a vampyre lifestyle, I would appreciate your thoughts on this article. Please email me. Thank you in advance for your feedback.]

To Christians: A Response to Goths and Vampires

The Christian should first have an emotional and compassionate response. Since many in the Goth culture and vampire underground are seeking community and emotional bonding due to past abuse or alienation, our first response should be care and concern. We should keep in mind the words of one researcher who said the traits he found in those attracted to Vampirism were "listlessness, malaise, confusion, feelings of abandonment, loneliness, attention deficits, lack of healthy self-esteem, desire for control or power over their otherwise powerless circumstances, hopelessness, and the need to ‘be somebody.'"34 This should cause us to ponder Christ's words in Matthew 9:9-13, specifically verse 13, "But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire compassion and not sacrifice,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

On the other hand, we should not assume all in the Goth/Vampire subcultures are somehow damaged. A large number are bright, creative, and intellectually curious. Seeking to dialogue with these people is one way to understand where they are coming from. They search for the authentic, not the plastic; intimacy, not the grandiose. They are sensitive to artificial and superficial social behaviors.

To dismiss such people, to recoil from them, or to laugh at them because of how they dress or look, or because of what seems to be a bizarre lifestyle, is to forget that they are made in the image of God, as all of us are. Before you dialogue with a Goth or someone into a vampiric lifestyle, be sure that you are concerned for them as a person and respect them as such.

Those seriously into vampirism may be seeking to save themselves through some kind of immortality, whether through reincarnation or blood-drinking. Some vampires romanticize blood and its supposed power, but it is only the blood of Christ that can redeem us from our fallen nature: Luke. 22:20; Romans 3:25a, 5:9; Ephesians. 1:7, 2:13; Colossians 1:20; Hebrews. 9:12-14, 22, 26-28, 10:19, 12:24; I Peter 1: 18, 19; I John 1:7; Revelation 5:9. It is trusting the saving efficacy of Christ's blood, willingly shed on the cross for our sins, that gives us the eternal life vampires seek through a mythical immortality.

To Goths or Vampires: The Place of the Skull

The darkest day in history was a day when the sun was blacked out, the earth shook, and lightning ripped through the sky. This was a day 2,000 years ago on Golgotha, the Place of the Skull. Jesus had journeyed in pain to this lonely place outside Jerusalem, his body scarred and torn from fierce beatings. He was placed between two thieves on the cross, an execution reserved for criminals. Jesus, born in a shelter for animals, had spent many of his days on earth with the lowly and the outcasts of that culture -- prostitutes, tax collectors, fisherman, the poor. He touched the unclean lepers and healed them. Why did he come? Why was he doing these things? He consistently told his disciples that he would be given over to men who would execute him, and that it was for that purpose he had come. Man had sinned since the Garden, and God's holy justice demanded an atonement of blood. But the blood had to come from the perfect man. There weren't any such men until Jesus, God the Son, took human form. As the perfect Lamb of God, Jesus was slain, shedding his blood to atone for men's sins. That was the payment for the penalty of our sins. When he died on the cross, that penalty was paid. Jesus said, "It is finished." The atonement was complete. Three days later, he conquered death itself, and bodily rose from the grave. Jesus had seen and been with it all: the unclean rejects, the immoral, masters and slaves, the mocking cruelty of the soldiers who beat him and spit on him, the isolation of being deserted by his disciples at his arrest, the lonely place of the Skull, the blackness of death; and this was endured out of great love for us. His shed blood has power, not because it is magical, but because it is the blood of a perfect God-man, and thereby redeems you from sin and makes you righteous before God when you put your trust in what Christ did on that cross.

Jesus ascended from earth to the place of God's throne where there will be no sorrow for anyone who follows him there. It is there that you can go, an eternal home with Christ. If you know you have sinned, and you believe that Christ paid for those sins with his blood, you can lean on Christ and on what he did. You can be reconciled with God no matter what you've done. You can tell God that you are trusting in Christ, asking forgiveness for your sins, and trust him as the one who saves. It is so simple, yet it is the most profound thing that could happen to you.

Jesus Said He Came to Die:

From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Matthew 16:21

The Blood of Christ:

In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Hebrews 9:22

In the same way, after the supper, he took the cup saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you." Luke 22:20

He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. Hebrews 9:12

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death -- that is, the devil -- and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. Hebrews 2:14, 15

In him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace. Ephesians 1:7

This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. Romans 3:22-25a

And they sung a new song, saying, Thou are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation. Revelation 5:9

Jesus Quenches All Thirst

In that last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. John 7:37, 38

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