Monday, December 14, 2009

The Truth Behind "Twilight"

Hey! Since nobody really looks at this blog, I don't have to worry about any mean comments....RIGHT???? I found this on one of my friends blogs a little while ago and finally got enough courage to post about it! I think this article is really good and I encourage you to read the WHOLE thing! I now...it's very long! Well, gotta go!



"Incredibly, this past Christmas Season, when Jesus, the Light of the world used to be highlighted by the Church, many Churched and Christian ministries are promoting another light, “Twilight” the movie!
Based on Mormon, Stephenie Meyer’s 4-book “vampire romance” series, the Twilight movie was released last week (Nov 21, 2008) in 3419 cinema theaters across the nation and grossed over $70 million its first weekend. It’s the hottest pop culture phenomenon since Harry Potter mania.
In only a few short years I’ve watched the occult addiction mushroom amongst teens and develop aggressively into a yearning that they’d even sell their eternal souls for. Think of it, the love of a vampire, a being the Bible describes as demon possessed, musters the longing to remain lost for eternity – the very state Jesus Christ died to save sinners from. How diabolical is Satan’s message to our young innocents luring them, through a lust-filled romance, to spend eternity with him and away from the presence of our God of love?
Twilight takes occult darkness, introduced in Potter, to deeper, decadent fathoms: overt vampirism, acceptable blood-sucking (in this movie its only animal blood – later? Wait and see!) and sexual lust for the possessed soul (made appealing in its fictionalized form!). The books, akin to the Potter’s series, promote and familiarize their audience with magic, Wicca, supernatural powers and demon possession.
But what is beyond alarming is that Christians are seduced by satanic deception and have succumbed to Twilight’s fascination of dark wisdom, a power Scripture warns against – loving evil more than good (Psalm 52:3), and placing what the world admires before what God requires.
Focus on the Family, Christianity Today, The Catholic News Service, Christian Stay at Home Moms and Christian Teen Magazine are among some of the Christian groups who’ve been misled by occult delusion, and instead of warning Christians of its dangers, have compromised its lying message. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness…. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” Isaiah 5:20-21
Simultaneously, in 2006 a teenage phenomenon began gaining incredible momentum – a demonically inspired series of vampire romance, which surprisingly has hoodwinked Christian youth who are confusing God’s love with sensual, romantic lust and His Word with occult philosophy. As Twilight lulls the spiritually asleep into a darker 2009, the church needs to wake up to the supernatural dangers these compromises pose.
The Book:
Author Stephenie Meyer’s four-book series, Twilight (September 6, 2006), Eclipse (August 7, 2007), New Moon (May 31, 2008), and Breaking Dawn (August 7, 2008) have sold 17 million copies, principally to pre-teen and teen girls, and spawned more than 350 fan sites online.
The entire four-book collection is called the Twilight Saga. All the books in the series follow a “forbidden fruit of love” theme between a human teenage girl (mortal) and a “vampire.”
Twilight the movie released by Summit Entertainment with sequel #2 and #3 already in the works, grossed $70.6 million its first week. Twilight is more than a four-book series and movie; it’s a pop culture phenomenon hotter than Pottermania, prompting midnight release parties and vampire proms, claiming 100 million hits on Twilight internet sites!
The series commonly referred to as Twilight is about an out of place sophomore teenage girl named Bella who moves to a new town and falls in love with a handsome 108 year old, but frozen at 17, “vampire” named Edward at her school (108? with a 16yr old? would make him a pervert and pedophile but should biblical (or old-fashioned) morality get in the way of “true” love?) The story is about their intoxicating infatuation for each other and the consequences of a lustful vampire/mortal romance.
Edward and his “coven” of vampire family are vowed “good” and “vegetarian” vampires as they only feed on animal blood rather than human blood. Yet, Edward wants to eat Bella every time the sexual tension gets too high. He avoids having sex with her, not on any moral grounds, but out of fear lest he eat her and cause her to become the “un-dead” like him. But she loves him regardless and is willing to step into his “eternity” no matter the cost!
Sounds a trite story, but the shocker is that many Christians are attracted to this spiritually dysfunctional romance and worse, are attempting to give Christian applications to its demonic premise suggesting this be acceptable “Christian” discussion. Some Christian reviewers on Christian Internet sites are using the story, to initiate Bible “studies” and discussion on so-called “Christian” principles to be drawn from it. A new “Christianized” twist on demonic deception is invading Christian values!
Here would be a good place to examine exactly what a “vampire” is and ask, can Christians honestly consider it OK for teens (indeed anyone?) to crave a relationship with one? For centuries, vampires have been part of folklore and mythology, understood to be ugly, dark creatures of morbid horror, close to the dead, sometimes known as the undead for they claim eternal life and subsist by feeding on human blood, roam in darkness, avoid the light, and are enemies of the human race.
This repulsive concept was changed with the popularization of Bram Stoker’s famous 1897 novel about a fictionalized vampire Count Dracula, who was presented as an aristocrat Transylvanian nobleman. He was imbued with supernatural powers, superhuman capabilities and a lustful passion for beautiful ladies whose blood he became addicted to. His blood sucking was two-fold – to maintain his (eternal) “life force” and eventually befall his victim with the curse of vampirism and ultimate death. No matter how resplendent the “vampire” is portrayed in mythology and fiction, in Scripture blood drinking and creatures of darkness are judged as despicable by God. Also, Scripture explains fallen spirits (”angels”) as those who deliberately chose to follow their leader Satan (Isaiah. 14) and deny their Creator God. For this choice, they are damned with eternal separation from God and an eternity in the Lake of Fire. (Rev 15.)
For centuries, pagan rituals have sought taking human blood to appease the blood-thirsty lust of spirits and forces of darkness that target humans made in the image of God to mock God’s handiwork. Distortion of the purpose of blood is a satanic mockery of God’s intent for the sacredness blood represents. Scripture teaches, in “the blood is the life” (Deut. 12:23) and in the shedding of blood is the remission of sins. “And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. “(Heb 9: 22). In the Old Testament, a substitutionary lamb was required to be sacrificed by God’s people as an offering for their sin. In the New Testament that Lamb was God’s gift in Jesus Christ Who offered Himself as the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29)
The Bible records that sin entered the world through one man, Adam, and death through sin came to all men because all have sinned. (With sin comes not only physical death but death to the eternal soul separated from the presence of God). How much more did God’s grace and the gift (eternal life connected back into the presence of God) that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! (Rom. 5: 12-16)
To God, eternal life is an important issue. He doesn’t desire any to be banished from Him for eternity because of Adam’s choice. For His love’s sake, He gave us Jesus to redeem back to Him what man can’t redeem. Believers can only overcome sin and eternal damnation “by the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 12:11) There is no other way. Pagan cultures, seduced by myths and lying doctrines of demons have attempted to salvage eternal damnation by ceremony, one of them being vampirism, the sucking of human blood believed to sustain eternal life. Actually the Bible teaches ,”blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, (1 Cor 15:50)
Such is the story of Twilight, the mortal heroine, young teenager Bella, like so many teenagers today (sadly even Christians), is na├»ve about the reality of her eternal soul and is willing to give her all to a demon-possessed blood-sucking young man because she doesn’t value the eternal life Jesus died to give her.
The secular reviewers of the Twilight series call it, “A dark romance that seeps into the soul.” The original title of Twilight was “Corpse,” but the publisher changed it to make it more appealing. The content of Twilight is in opposition to many Scriptures: it promotes sorcery, divination and witchcraft . Yet some church youth groups and “Christian” movie review sites suggest the relationship and sexual tension of two teenagers, one being a demonic vampire, draw parallels with Christian morals with lessons for the Christian to be found within the stories!
Author Stephenie Meyer:
A housewife named Stephenie Meyer “received” the story of Twilight in a dream on June 2, 2003. The vision she had of a vampire and mortal as lovers compelled her to start writing the story immediately. She says she couldn’t resist the drive to write down her dream (a similar scenario to J.K Rowlings, author of Harry Potter). Meyer gives a summary of that first dream: “I woke up (on that June 2nd) from a very vivid dream. In my dream, two people were having an intense conversation in a meadow in the woods. One of these people was just your average girl. The other person was fantastically beautiful, sparkly, and a vampire. They were discussing the difficulties inherent in the facts that A) they were falling in love with each other while B) the vampire was particularly attracted to the scent of her blood, and was having a difficult time restraining himself from killing her immediately.” Within three months, she had the entire novel written. Within six-months, it had been dreamed, written, and readied for publishing.
She admits she had little to no prior writing experience with only a B.A. degree in English and had to learn from the Internet how to submit a book proposal. She tried a few times and “miraculously” got published with a $750 thousand dollar publishing contract! Miraculous happenings have been known to come from powers of darkness, and in this case, no matter how it’s sliced, the God of the Bible would not use vampires, sexual tension, lust, boyfriend worship, and teenage romance to spread His Gospel of eternal life and salvation through Yeshua.
Scaringly, Meyer’s fictional character Edward took on the “terrifying” form of “real” spirit when it leapt from the pages of her saga and communicated with her in a dream. She says she had an additional dream after Twilight was finished when her vampire character Edward came to visit and speak to her. The Edward who visited her in the night told her she’d got it all wrong because he DID drink human blood, and could not “live” on ONLY animal blood as she wrote in the story. She said, “We had this conversation and he was terrifying.”
Conversation with spirits (saying they need human blood to suck!) and frightening dream visitations by spirits are part of occult communication. Meyer’s spiritual experiences could well be influenced by her Mormon faith which allows for communication with the so-called “the dead”; indeed “the dead” of former generations are baptized into Mormonism in Mormon Temple ritual. Mormon founder Joseph Smith was “visited” by a communicating “angel” called Moroni, whose statue stands atop all Mormon Temples. This fallen angel of Mormonism gave Smith messages on which he formed his Mormon doctrine about prior civilizations, none of which have been discovered despite endless archeological digs to substantiate Mormons claims. Others Mormon teachings conflict with biblical Christianity such as Mormonism’s claim that Jesus (Yeshua) of the Bible is the half-brother of Satan. Mormons additionally believe numerous teachings about the spirits that oppose Bible truths and could help embellish Meyer’s Twilight series.
In 2007, Stephenie Meyer wrote portions of a work titled, “Prom Nights from Hell,” which is about supernatural events surrounding evil prom nights. On May 6, 2008, she released her adult novel, The Host, which is about “invading alien souls” that take over a person and get them to do what they want. This behavior is called demonic possession, a state Jesus came to set captives free from. Meyer’s so-called fiction “crosses over” to severe occult philosophy.
The Fans:
Twilighters (fans) are besotted with its influence and spell as witnessed on the Internet where they’re encouraged to write their own “fan fiction” stories about Twilight characters. This is not harmless entertainment but rather a satanic ploy to engage fans to use spiritual imagination (taboo in Scripture) to conjure and create their own reality, a central belief of witchcraft.
Twilighters have a “Stephenie Meyer Day” on September 13th to honor the birthday of the character Bella Swan. They dress up like the characters in the book. View frenzied fans and the out of control craze on Nightline’s coverage.
TWI-hards (fans) are obsessed with Twilight occult contents as Harry Potter fans were bewitched with its Wiccan instructions. Many don’t realize occultism (the craving for hidden “wisdom” knowledge) has spiritual addiction power much like drugs demand a dependency. Fans wear t-shirts displaying the character’s sayings, and one such t-shirt reads, “Forbidden Fruit Tastes the Best.”
Christian youth’s involvement in the shocking abandonment of God’s authority should be of concern enough, but sadder still is that youth in general are being seduced to embrace Satan’s lies and reap eternal damnation. Christians, rather than protecting youth, are feeding them to Satan who is known as the prowling lion (1 Pet. 5:8). Satan deceived Eve with the promise of “wisdom” (Gen. 3) and suggested God’s forbidding was on grounds of meanness not loving concern. Satan continues his attack on the truth of God’s Word and His essential Character of love (comparing it to erotic sex) targeting younger and younger Christian youth. Jesus warned, “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea..” (Matt. 18:6)
Christians are duty bound to preach God’s Good news of repentance and warn against occult involvement: vampirism, witchcraft etc., uplifting the power of the Word of God and not fanning supernatural disobedience as many Christian organizations are doing."

18 comments:

  1. I doubt you have ever read Harry Potter, because if you had, you'd realize it was a tale about the power of good over evil. The magic is only a vehicle for storytelling, and no intelligent person is going to see it as anything but that. I've read all of the books multiple times, have seen all the movies multiple times, and have never felt once the desire to seek out information on casting spells. The heroes are fighting a wizard who is -- literally -- hellbent on genocide of people without magical abilities and anyone who protects them. I have no desire to read the Twilight series, but I believe the best way to ensure that young people separate fantasy from reality is to provide a sense of morality and an atmosphere where all questions can be asked. Through intelligent dialogue, a moral lesson can be gleaned from almost any story. Before you condemn books, perhaps you should READ them.

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  2. Amen! Good for you for posting this. Mind if I steal it for my own blog (the private blog, not the public one)?

    I was at work the other day (I work with elementary-school age kids), on a swing with one ten-year-old girl on one side and another 11-year-old girl on the other side. One started by asking, "Have you seen New Moon yet?" I left the swings a few minutes later because they began reliving all the scenes from Twilight. I don't understand why parents don't see the harm in this -- even if they don't understand the danger of the occult, at least they should realize that they are letting their preteen kids see examples of lust! I can't explain this blindness in any way except that it is of the enemy, Satan.

    Good post, I think I will steal it! ;)

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  3. Hey Brooke
    I tagged you for an award.
    Come by and check it out.
    I also followed your blog a little while ago.
    Maybe only if you want to could you follow mine?
    Thanks :)

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  4. Hey,

    Thanks for the award, I awarded it to you @ this blog, sooo.... Anyway, thanks again and Merry Christmas (again :))

    sarahc

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  5. AMEN AND AMEN!!

    I totally agree with everything the author of that article said, and it's really scary seeing how this world is obsessed by these TWI books.

    Thanks for posting this. :-)

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  6. Hello Brooke,

    You don't know me, but I am a friend of Isabel Strickland.
    I appreciate this post, as not many Christians are willing to stand up and speak out against evil in this day and age.
    May God continue to bless you as you serve Him faithfully.

    In His Hands,

    Marie Lemelin

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  7. Hey evryone! I'm SOOOOOO sorry for not publishing these comments, I'm still working with it!! Haha!!
    Marie,
    hello! I think Isabel might have talked about you but I don't remember! Haha!! Thank you for your comment!
    Hope Princess,
    Thank you for you comment and support!
    sarah,
    Again I'm sorry for not bublishing this comment!!!! Your welcome for the tag!
    Cori,
    Thanks for the award!
    Rebekah,
    Go right ahead and steal it! we need to spread as much Godliness as we can with the little time on earth that we have!
    Anonymous,
    First of all, I really would appreciate it if you would leave your name, thank you! Secondly,
    i have NO desire to read any of these bools, because it encourages young children and teens to wish that they were vampires and everything! I would probably also get into deep trouble if I read these wicked books. Thank you again everyone for your comments!!

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  8. I'm sorry for my typos, I'm typing too fast because I have to hurry, I meant Books in my last address.

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  9. Interesting... I have no desire to read the book either but I kinda see where the first anon. comment is coming from. Have you ever read/watched the Lord of the Rings series? I'd be interested to know your opinion on those since that's one I'm familiar with. I do think that *anything* can become an obsession; even "good" things. Take for instance the Chronicles of Narnia: what is you op. on those?

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  10. BK,
    Thanks for stopping by. I never watched the Lord Of the Rings series, and not to sound mean or anything, I relly don't have any desire to watch them, if you know what I mean. :) I have never watched or read the Chronicles of Narnia, but my bff (who is also a very serious Christian) says that they are pretty good. Thanks for the comment, like I said, I love to hear from my readers!

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  11. At some point I have to say to each his own... I personally LOVE the LOTR series; there are some good Christian themes in there and very clear cut good/evil battles. However I saw in your profile that you really liked the movie Enchanted which I saw the previews and read reviews and had no desire to watch because of some "suggestive" scenes... That's where I say to each his own! Anyways :) I love comments too; I'm getting ready to go follow this blog in a minute lol my photography blog is http://cowgirl-photography.blogspot.com/ my other blog is private...

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  12. BK,
    I'm sorry if I've offended you in anyway!! Please forgive me!!!!! I'm terribly sorry! And I truly mean it! Honestly! Anyway, I'm sorry if I've put on my profile something that might "upset" my readers, so I'll delete it. Thank you again for your comments!! As I have said numerous times, I love to hear from my readers!!

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  13. Oh no no no no you didn't offend me at all!! I'm sorry you took it that way!! i was just commenting on how peoples opinions differ that's all! My bff really like Enchanted; I have on my profile that I love the LOTR and Pirates of the Carribean and those kinds of movies. So no you didn't offend me at all!!

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  14. Oh, okay! I garee with the peoples oppinion thingy! :) I'm glad we cleared that up! =D

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  15. Thank you so much for posting it, I was trying to explain the evils of the Twilight saga the other day to one of my coworkers and you hit the nail on the head with this post!
    People, or more specifically, Christians do not see the danger in this demonic- influenced trash from Hollywood.
    Personally, I think any movie that is "scary" is not a good choice to be watching, what is it that you are scared of?
    Anyway, thanks for posting sorry for the super long comment. . .
    Have a great day and Lord bless!
    ~ Brittney
    http://www.beasworld.blogspot.com

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  16. Thanks for commenting, Brittney. And don't worry about the long comment, I LOVE hearing from my readers. I totally agree with what you said about the "demonic-influenced trash from hollwood"! I'm definitely not rooting for these kind of movies!!!!!! I also can't believe that Christians watch these movies! Oh, also I just want you to know, I didn't write this "essay", but you probably already saw that! =D Thanks again for the comment!

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  17. Thank you for writing this blog. I'm glad to hear people speaking up against things like this. If the first book/movie were the only one, I would be a bit more ambivalent about it, but the summaries I read of the other books indicate that they dip into the occult much more.

    I would like to say, though, that the article you quoted is not entirely fair in its condemnation of some Christian reviews. (For the full article, go here: carylmatrisciana.com/x2/content/view/81/1/)

    I don't have time to check all of the Christian sites that were mentioned, but I did go to Plugged In (www.pluggedin.com/videos/2008/q4/twilight.aspx). The quotes used were correct, but I feel they were taken out of context. After reading the full review, I did not get the impression that the author thought very highly of the movie.

    A few excerpts (emphasis mine in all quotes):

    "There's a pro-abstinence message in his decision to disengage, BUT it's muddied by a couple of facts:"

    After mentioning a few positives, the author writes, "But there's enough negative undercurrent even in this first outing...to justify some pretty serious conversations afterwards for those families that decide to defer their BETTER judgment," and continues to say that everything positive about the movie is tempered by a closely related negative.

    The author's final comment is not exactly one of praise: "There's an important life lesson lurking in Bella's obstinance. But don't look for Twilight to unpack it for you. It's too dizzy from breathing in the heady fragrance of heedless and headstrong young love."

    I get very annoyed when Christian writers lambast others and don't give an accurate account of the articles they are criticizing. I'm glad you have a friendly forum where I can point out those oversights. :-)

    Rachel

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  18. Rachel,
    Thanks for commenting. I like your opinion as everyone elses. Like I have said, so I want get blamed for writing it~ I'm not syaing you're blaming me~ but I didn't write the article. I just want everyone to know! Thanks again! :)

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