A warning concerning Stephenie Myer's best-seller: Twilight
Seven reasons to shun this vampire tale
(By Berit Kjos - November 2008)
Used by permission: http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/08/twilight.htm
Note from SRN: Although this article was originally published in November 2008, this article applies to all of the Twilight movies as they all are steeped in the world of occult fantasy and lore. See also: Twilight Obsession
"...every single one of my friends read them as well and are just as into them as I am. So eventually I gave back in and got them back out and started reading again. At first, nothing changed. I loved the books even more and was becoming obsessed all over again. But then, strange things started happening to me..." Read Meag's revealing testimony: "Twilight and why there is no "beautiful side of evil"
"Edward is nothing like any boy [Bella has] ever met.... In no time at all, they are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance — unorthodox because Edward really isn't like the other boys. He can run faster than a mountain lion. He can stop a moving car with his bare hands. Oh, and he hasn't aged since 1918. Like all vampires, he's immortal.... But he doesn't have fangs.... And he doesn't drink human blood, though Edward and his family are unique among vampires in that lifestyle choice." "The forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest"
"Bella and Edward were, quite literally, voices in my head. They simply wouldn't shut up. I'd stay up as late as I could stand trying to get all the stuff in my mind typed out. ...it's been a true labor of love, love for Edward and Bella and all the rest of my imaginary friends..." The author receives the message
"'Twilight' has targeted the collective soul of teenage America, and will surely have its way." Wall Street Jounal
Email from concerned parents: "I have seen lots of Christian girls reading this and other books by Stephenie Myers. They are so evil! My daughter tells me that most of the girls at the Christian school are reading them." Another parent wrote, "All the girls at school are reading those books. Yes, it is a Christian school."
"Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, 'Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?' And the woman said to the serpent, '... God has said, ‘You shall not eat it [the fruit of the tree], nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’
"Then the serpent said to the woman, 'You will not surely die.... So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate." Gen. 3:1-6
If my goal was to undermine Christianity, incite rebellion against parents, eradicate Biblical values, and spread moral chaos, I would urge teens to read the Twilight series. I would prompt them to immerse their minds and emotions in the dark, emotional whirlpool of sensual occultism. And I wouldn't warn them of the consequences.
Of course, my real goal is the opposite: to expose this assault on Biblical faith and to equip potential readers with information that enables them to resist the temptation to join the collective journey into the mind-changing realm of the occult. The following points show the raging spiritual war that's sure to intensify in the years ahead.
1. VAMPIRES & WEREWOLVES are rooted in pagan cultures around the world.
The various historical expressions of these mythical creature were dreaded, blood-thirsty manifestations of evil spirits. Linked to darkness, they were viewed as supernatural creatures of the night. Today's more familiar forms were shaped through folklore, fairy tales, and memorable villains such as Count Dracula. Both were re-imagined in more humanized forms through the Harry Potter books and Anne Rice's popular Vampire Chronicles.
But they're not benign. Bella's passionate love for the mysteriously handsome Edward may be fiction, but the obsession felt by teenage readers who "resonate" with Bella is very real! Young super-fans (Twilighters) identify with her plight, sense her fears, and "feel" her passion. They love the story because it arouses strong, unforgettable emotions -- the kind of enchanting thrills that can best be shared within the peer group, not with parents.
In the process, they also learn to crave the mystical, paranormal stimuli that belong in the forbidden realm God calls evil. Knowing well our human inclinations, He warns us to shun all forms of real or imagined occultism:
"...have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret." Ephesians 5:11-12
"For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?... Therefore 'Come out from among them and be separate,' says the Lord." 2 Corinthians 6:14-17
2. Fantasy and imagination can transform beliefs and values more quickly than reality.
Many of our readers defend their love for occult entertainment with this standard justification: "I know the difference between reality and fantasy." But it doesn't matter! Know it or not, persuasive fiction and virtual experience can change minds and plant lasting memories more effectively than actual experience!
Popular fantasies, with their boundless thrills and unforgettable images, bypass logical thinking. Their subtle suggestions face little conscious resistance. Designed to stir feelings and produce strong emotional responses, they create new realities in today's "open" minds! As Harvard Professor Chris Dede, a global leader in the development of education technology programs, wrote, "Sensory immersion helps learners grasp reality through illusion."
But what kind of "reality" will "learners" find through illusion? And how do those illusions shape their lives? These Scriptures give us a clue:
"For as he thinks in his heart, so is he." Proverbs 23:6
"...they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the imagination of their evil heart..." Jeremiah 11:8
"Jesus said, 'You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart." Matthew 5:27-28
"Do not be deceived. ...he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life." Galatians 6:7-8
3. God tells us to "abhor what is evil" and "cling to what is good." (Romans 12:9)
When today's youth love the emotional thrills of popular occultism, they are desensitizing their hearts and minds to its evil. They are turning God's truth upside down. And they -- with a little help from the marketing industry -- are already turning America's values upside down. It all fits the plans of our globalist leaders and that old serpent in Genesis.
"You can only have a new society," wrote Marilyn Ferguson in The Aquarian Conspiracy, "if you change the education of the younger generation." That process demands that people reject God's wise boundaries and "abhor" what He calls good. That change is well under way!
"You love evil more than good...." Psalm 52:3
"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
4. Twilight's feel-good occultism brings "cognitive dissonance."
Committed Christians (in contrast to cultural Christians) face a form of mental and moral confusion when confronted with incompatible values. Since Twilight's worldview clashes with Biblical Truth, readers are forced to make a choice: Will they heed home-taught values or the tantalizing message in the books and movie?
Many choose compromise. This moral "dissonance" prompts Christians to modify their values in order to resolve the conflict. After all, they don't want to lose their friends or their group's approval. Yet the only way to God's victory is willingness to take a stand on Truth -- whatever the cost.
"...the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you, be watchful in all things..."" 2 Timothy 4:2-5
5. The consequence of compromise is a new belief system.
"These books are so addictive -- kind of like drugs," wrote a visitor. "If they can captivate Christians who should know better, just think what they can do to non-Christian readers."
She is right. Like addicts, Twilighters learn to crave more and more of the same genre -- or something even more shocking and sensational. The only belief system I know of that can support such sensual and spiritual cravings is today's "New Spirituality" rising out of the channeled messages of occult authors like Neale Donald Walsch, Marianne Williamson and Barbara Marx Hubbard. Promoting counterfeit gods and practices in the names of "Abraham," "God" and a false "Jesus," they complement the original lies of the serpent.
Driven by winds of change, the faith and values behind America's success are fading fast. Filling the vacuum is an amoral, power-seeking, thrill-addicted ideology that clashes with everything we have treasured in our nation. No wonder we face social and moral anarchy. But our God still reigns! He continues to be a refuge for those who seek Him!
"... in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.... And from such people turn away!
"...all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned..." 2 Timothy 3:1-14
6. Redefining evil.
Few Twilighters see their new passion as evil. After all, Edward is a relatively "good" vampire, isn't he? Though he lusts for Bella's blood, he restrains his craving. Other vampires (and some of the werewolves) in the saga are downright murderous, but he's a good guy! Isn't he? Besides, the story has spawned a noble mission.
According to an article titled "Twilight fan knows it's not just vampires who need blood," college freshman, Kayla Urban, is "obsessed with vampires." She is also a blood donor "fixated on a blood drive" in her county. To her, the blend of "vampire-loving Twilighters and the need for more blood donations seemed a logical match." Hers is a noble mission, as are many collective service projects these days. It all depends on who sets the standards for right and wrong -- God or man! While God's standard is like an anchor in a storm, man's values shift with the winds. For--
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9
Since the beginning, human nature sought alternatives to God and His guidelines. Spiritual deception gave rise to vast occult belief systems and unceasing manipulation by the forces of darkness. Thus pagan sacrifices -- a devastating corruption of God's perfect plan for His people -- became the norm in all parts of the inhabited world. These notes may help explain God's ban on "fellowship with... darkness...[and] idols," including blood-thirsty vampires.
When the blood is drained from man or mammal, life ends. In the Old Testament sacrifice (now replaced by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ), an unblemished lamb died in the place of God's people. Its substitutionary death served as atonement (paid the penalty for sin), bringing redemption. For a limited time, sin had been purged, forgiveness granted, and the sanctified person could joyfully return to God's holy presence.
In contrast, pagan rituals often involved human sacrifices. The demonic forces behind Moloch, Baal and other "gods" would demand human blood. A beating heart might be cut out from a living sacrifice, its blood drained into a bowl offered to the blood-thirsty "god" by those who hoped for future favors. Others would drink human blood to obtain the strength of their victims. (See Modern Missions) The gruesome Hindu goddess Kali -- with her serpent hair, necklace of skulls, and long bloody tongue -- reminds us of man's timeless delight in death, cruelty, serpentine symbols, and the dark forces of evil.
The cold, pale, blood-thirsty vampires of the past were expressions of those captivating forces. Today's more flattering models make them all the more seductive.
Human sacrifice is forbidden in the Bible. In fact, God warned His people repeatedly, "do not eat the blood, for the blood is the life." But His people didn't listen. So when they began to copy the cruel child sacrifices of their pagan neighbors, God "raised up" the armies of Babylon to conquer the land and exile its people. (See Blood and Judgment)
The self-giving death of Jesus Christ (God's holy, "unblemished Lamb") differs radically from those pagan sacrifices. He willingly gave His life as our atonement then rose victoriously from death -- thus trading the old temporary solution to human depravity for an eternal redemption. Freed from sin, believers are joined to Him by His Spirit -- a glorious gift granted to those who love, trust and follow Him!
"???I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that ?I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life... that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your ??life...." Deuteronomy 30:19-20
7. God's way to peace and victory.
When we choose to follow His ways, He gives us a heart to love Him, spiritual eyes that can know and love His Word, the comfort of His presence, and a confidence in His constant care -- no matter what happens around us. Twilight's deceptive thrills are worse than worthless when compared to the wonderful riches our Shepherd promises those who will turn their backs to evil and walk with Him.
"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—think on these things." Philippians 4:6-8
Comment by Jane of Lake Forest, California: It is nearly impossible to find a teenage girl in our community who hasn't read Twilight. Now, I am finding 20 - 30 year old women engrossed. Every single one of them has been to the movie….
My 17 year old daughter found the movie embarrassing and ridiculous. She was mortified at all the girls screaming and swooning over the imaginary character, Edward.
I think part of what you point out, is that reading a book, allowing our minds to bring to life the printed word and personify it to fit each of us, is far more powerful and enduring than the quick visual images of a movie. Images that may not match how we imagined the book. My daughter's response was NOT characteristic of the other movie goers. They loved it. They are willing to accept any garbage as input…
I asked one boy how many guys were in the theater? "Uhhh, do I include the flaming homosexuals?" "No." "One guy, me. And you should have seen the flamers screaming and carrying on over Edward, too!"
Bet you didn't see that one coming. I know I didn't.
I had not put together the sudden increase in teen girls giving blood. I'm sure the Red Cross doesn't care why, but I do. So many times while I was at Saddleback the rationale given for some stupid, expensive, non-biblical projects was, '...if one person gets saved, it was worth it." As I watched and learned, I saw many people not saved; they either turn away in disgust, were only there for whatever was free or fun, or worse, think they were saved but not given the full Gospel of Jesus Christ.
So, my hackles go up when I hear weak excuses for inexcusable behavior. All these actions lead to exactly what you pointed out - COMPROMISE. I call where we live, "The Valley of Compromise". Now, I have to say we live in a nation of compromise. From a world view, compromise is in fact the goal, at all times, with all people.
Perhaps your article will give some parents a clue about their teen's behavior (both girls seeking forbidden love and boys patterning themselves over babe magnet, Edward.
There was a Red Cross Blood Drive at our daughter's High School.
Who would have thought there would be a revived Romantic/Horror Genre? I now believe that many 'daughters of man' could actually succumb to the desires of demons. How tragic that many choose to remain ignorant and actively pursue darkness and evil. Have you noticed how emboldened and belligerent the Homosexuals have become?
Yes, I have. It reminds me of Sodom and Gomorrah -- and the judgment that followed.
From Garrett: You MUST read this: http://twilightmoms.com/About.php
The lady who wrote this [apparently the founder of the Twilight Moms group] even confesses to being a former Mormon LDS Missionary. There are some pretty eye-opening statements in here about how easily people are deceived.
"Do you think you are the only one whose life turned upside down when you read Twilight?....
"Wayyyyy back after I'd first read the series, I was immediately obsessed, but the only other obsessed people I could talk to about it were the teen age girls in my neighborhood. I felt awkward and crazy that I couldn't get these characters out of my head. I searched the internet for hours, explored fan sites, myspace groups, stephenie's website.... I just couldn't get enough!
"I felt like the only one in the whole world out there my age who was completely obsessed with these books and that there was something severely wrong with me.
"Finally, on the myspace group "Henry Cavill IS Edward," I got up the courage to post a new topic. I was specific in the title and said I was searching for any 30 something married women, with or without children, who are as obsessed as me...."
1. "The forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest" at www.fanforum.com/f14/twilight-2-forbidden-fruit-tastes-sweetest-62826868/
2. "The author receives the message" at www.stepheniemeyer.com/twilight.html
3. Wall Street Journal at http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB122722557296045953-lMyQjAxMDI4MjI3MTIyMjE1Wj.html
4. Chris Dede, "The Transformation of Distance Education to Distributed Learning. While this and other papers by Professor Chris Dede focus on education technology, it emphasizes the value of sensory immersion into synthetic environments as a tool to mold minds by instilling a programmed perception of "reality." http://www.gsu.edu/~wwwitr/docs/distlearn/index.html
5. Marilyn Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy (New York: J.P. Tarcher, Inc.,1980): 280.
6. For example, "Transforming the World by Subverting the Church" at www.crossroad.to/articles2/006/conspiracy3.htm and "Why hate crimes laws would ban Biblical Christianity" at www.crossroad.to/articles2/007/hate-crimes.htm
9. "Come out from them and be separate" at www.crossroad.to/HisWord/verses/topics/separate.htm
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