“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
God is not a God of the dead – but the living.
When Christ proclaimed that he had come to bring life to those who were dead in sin, he did so by giving himself as a perfect sacrifice – on the cross. Thus, the bridge between man and God had been restored, all paid for because of the work of Christ on the cross. Yet there is an element within our world which is devoted to undermining the life which God brings to each and every man through the atonement Christ paid for us at Calvary.
It comes in many forms, from false teachings to false prophets, this spirit which tries to undermine the simplicity of the gospel seeks to blind all those who would listen to its message, and/or messengers. Yet it attempts to glorify itself along with its message through other forms such as books, songs and even plays, but it takes exceptional undertakings through one of the more accepted mediums today – the horror macabre. It is this area which I intend to deal with when it comes to the popular cultural phenomena of Zombies.
Long before the introduction of George Romero’s 1968 The Night Of The Living Dead, there was the zombie. The word zombie actually is a West African word meaning Nzambi, which might surprise people to know that this African name is that of a deity god, Nzambi- the god of the dead. It is this particular deity, or “god” which is based on occult worship whereby Nzambi rules the living as well as the dead. Yet the term zombie goes even further back from the West African tribes, to a more darker reality – Satan. The origin for zombie is found in a spirit deity which took the form of a python, it is this character which influenced the West African tribes and Nzambi, and ultimately is how this whole phenomenon began. It is this occult practice which can be found in the jungles of Africa as well as Haiti, which gives us its true meaning.
The characteristics of zombies are simple to understand, in modern terminology the zombie is a dead human that either through a plague, virus, or other means, becomes reanimated and begins its quest to hunt other living beings – human beings. This action involves the dead human (zombie) to hunt, then eat (cannibalism) its victim alive, and what’s left, then becomes infected, such as a bite or graze to the flesh from the infected creature, which then “turns” the living person into a “walker”.
Here’s the trouble with zombies, the whole concept is not about entertainment to be lost in a world of fantasy, but it’s based on the past actions of the occult world found in remote places of society. The entire zombie history is traced back to ancient “gods” or spirit which in reality are nothing more than demonic spirits. It is these beings which induced people in ancient countries to partake in human sacrifice, the spilling of blood as an appeasement to their god. Voodoo and other rites, including witchcraft, are the founders of where we get the whole zombie concept. It’s based on occult ritual and nothing more.
Our response as Christians should be simple – remove ourselves from this whole genre and leave it alone. When someone watches something of this nature, its entire message is one of evil. The dead hunting the living, it is in fact a most sincerest form of demonic representation of the enemy (Satan) who desires to eat and devour those whom he can. Again, it all goes back to the occult. From the dead’s blood lust, to cannibalism, it takes its very roots from the dark demonic world of the occult, where people partook of this activity even though it was forbidden by God. That’s why the depictions of zombies chasing and devouring human beings are made to be gruesome – because it is, for it occurred in the past. Everything one would see in a zombie film, or on the hit tv show The Walking Dead, is a fulfillment of the occult, the viewer is actually seeing the occult ritual being played out right on screen. Although I certainly do not believe the creators of that show, nor even George Romero purposely placed that into their creations, I do believe however that they were indeed influenced by demonic spirits to make sure that those same spirits are praised and worshiped when people watch such behavior being depicted on screen.
God makes it clear of his views on all of this: “When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.” (Deuteronomy 18:9-12)
There is no place for such entertainment in the life of a believer. The reality is, that while the zombie craze is enticing many young people in this particular horror genre, the reality is more darker and more alarming when we examine everything with scripture. Zombies, like vampires, like ghouls, like werewolves, and other popular horror icons, represent the darkness of Satan’s kingdom and one which those of us who are born again in Christ, need not have anything to do with, even if it seems harmless, the spirit behind it is not. Remember the warning of Paul on these things – “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.” (1 Corinthians 6:15-18)
The trouble with zombies is, it’s demonic. It is now more clear how dangerous opening oneself to demonic influence can be. There are no limits to the depravity of human behavior when someone is disconnected from any Godly influence. While the idea of a Zombie Apocalypse seems farfetched, a better question is examining your own spiritual state. The Bible says: “And you, being dead in your sins..hath he quickened [given life] together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;” (Colossians 2:13-14)
Do not be deceived. If you are a Christian, remove the sinful influences in your life. And if you are not, pray to God for forgiveness of sins, believe in Jesus Christ and receive eternal life. Stay away from everything which does not glorify Christ, this includes the demonic and dark world of zombies.