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October 29, 2009 / brockbruce

Tales from the Darkside: Who Bella Really Needs


The story of Twilight is huge. It’s a story of love, fear, sacrifice, and vampires. The book has sold tons, with over 17 million in print. The first movie won awards and made serious cash, almost $200 million at the box office. The next in the series is sure to blow up in November. Every girl (and mom) seemingly wants Edward to bite her. Every guy wants to be as powerful and sincere and Edward (for the girls of course). So what is a Christian to do with Twilight. Hannah Goodwyn tackles that very topic here. She’s actually read the book so she knows what she’s talking about.
She says, “Vampire shows and movies aren’t a new concept in entertainment. However, the Twilight characters have propelled this trend into a bigger phenomenon that should not be ignored. Its popularity begs the need for parents to pay attention to what their kids are reading and watching. Is a book burning session the answer? No. What our culture ultimately needs is the understanding of God vs. the occult.
Through a web of complicated events, readers are faced with important lessons that many parents would want their kids to learn and adapt into their lives. These themes of love, sacrifice, and selflessness are all great pluses in the series. However, the occultism in this completely fictional story is overpowering.”
I mentioned this story during our first Wednesday in the “Tales from the Darkside” series. I think there is great potential to present the gospel to those who have read the book or watched the movie. Just tell them who Bella really needs.
Bella loves Edward. He is strong, sensitive, selfless, supernatural. He is also immortal. In the story, Edward takes the poison from her body and rescues her from an evil vampire coven. She loves the thought of being with him forever. She could be immortal with him. But he refuses to make her a vampire, refusing to give into his own desire for her blood. It’s easy to see that that kind of selfless, sacrificial love would be yearned for by Bella. It’s also easy to see how girls (and moms) could fall for Edward, because everyone wants to be loved like that. Everyone wants a love that never ends. Everyone wants to feel special, to know that the one that you love is willing to give up their own wants to keep you safe. See, that’s what Jesus did. Jesus gave up everything (Phil 2:1-11). He sacrificed his own life to be with you (John 10:18). His is a strong, selfless, sacrificial, everlasting, supernatural love. And it’s not a fairytale. It is the truth. Because of the spilling of Christ’s blood we are made immortal (Col 1:19,20). When we accept the sacrifice of Jesus and put our faith in his work on the cross we have everlasting life (John 3:16). Edward may be the popular choice right now, but the immortal guy she (every other guy and girl) needs in Jesus. Edward may take out the poison but Jesus bore our sins in his body, conquered death, defeated satan, and rose for the dead to secure our future with Him (1 Peter 2:24; Rom 8:11; 1 John 3:8; Titus 2:12-14). Edward is just a poor reflection of the resurrected Christ Jesus. “When you can live forever, what do you live for?”

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