To say I’m not a fan of the vampire, living dead crazes would be an understatement. I think it contributes to our society’s loss of shock about the things of darkness. Many of us have seen so much death, blood, and wickedness on our TV screens that we are no longer repulsed or shocked by it. But could there be an even more deadly reason for people’s fascination with fictional immortal beings?
There was, however, a time when the dead did come out of their graves and the Bible says it will happen again. How should that influence our thoughts about eternity?
Imagine, if you will, your family sitting around the dinner table one night when there is a knock at the door … and there stands “Uncle Joe,” whose funeral you had attended a few years before?
Jeremiah 19 & 20
1 Thessalonians 4.1-18
Vampires, Eternity & the Living Dead
1 Thessalonians 4.1-18:
Ecclesiastes 3.11 says that God has put eternity in our hearts. John MacArthur in his Study Bible said, “God made men for His eternal purpose, and nothing in post-Fall time can bring them complete satisfaction.”
I believe it was Paul Tripp who said we were “made for glory.” We want to be part of something bigger than ourselves. It’s in our bones.
1 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, 3 if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. 4 For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord (2 Cor. 5.1-8).
Even those who claim no belief in a Creator God, often have a desire to leave a legacy and so live on in some way.
But like all God-given desires, the Fall has twisted our thoughts about eternity and immortality. Many of us believe we can control our own destinies and even decide what truth is. We, often, refuse to acknowledge that we will all stand before God one day (2 Cor. 5.9-10).
Some even claim they would rather go to hell than to heaven with a God who holds them accountable to His law, as if hell is some eternal party and not a place where “their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched” (Mk. 9.44).
The truth is, we will all live forever. The question is “where?”
But instead of contemplating that reality, whether directly or not, has led to a strange fascination with fictional immortal beings.
I want to be careful here. I don’t want to make this sound like a sin issue. Each of us must decide before God where we stand on these issues. Like Halloween and many other things, these are conscience issues.
But what about those who truly did come back from the grave? Continue reading