In response to Jane Wells article: My Take: 5 reasons Christians should love ‘Twilight’
This article was a clear representation of 1. rationalizing right and wrong to suit our needs and desires 2. taking (out of context) verses from Scripture in order to tell thyself God agrees, and 3. telling the audience, “I am about to jump off this bridge, come with me. After all, God says it’s ok.” All very dangerous indeed.
Jane Wells is the author of Glitter in the Sun bible study, which after my studies of sun-god worship and the reading of this article pretty much tells me all I need to know about Ms. Wells.
She begins the article by stating:
Author Stephenie Meyer created the Cullen coven, respectful of human life, living off the blood of carefully culled wild animals. It is one of these “vegetarian” vampires, Edward, which the very human Bella Swan has fallen in love with.
Let’s see what God says about this “vegetarian” vampire. After-all he is only drinking the blood of animals right?
After the flood and throughout the rest of Scripture God gave the animals for food, there was, however, conditions on this food….
Every moving creature that lives is food for you. I have given you all, as I gave the green plants. “But do not eat flesh with its life, its blood.
Only, whatever your being desires you shall slaughter and eat, according to the blessing of your Elohim which He has given you, within all your gates. The unclean and the clean do eat of it, of the gazelle and the deer alike. “Only, the blood you do not eat, pour it on the earth like water.
And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people. For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood.
Was any of this changed in the New Testament?…. nope!
But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.
Jane Wells goes on to say for reason number 1:
The supernatural surrounds us whether we’re aware of it or not. In Hebrews we read that we are to entertain strangers because we might be entertaining angels. From Ephesians we also know that our battle is not against a physical foe but against ‘spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.’ An awareness of the unseen is a big piece of walking in faith.
The Hebrew verse she is referring to is found in Hebrews 13:2
Do not forget to receive strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained messengers.
Let me first address “entertaining strangers.”
In the Greek:
From G5382; hospitableness: – entertain strangers, hospitality.
Clearly to “entertain strangers” is to practice hospitality. We don’t take strangers and hook up with them. We feed them… that is to feed them real food, not the blood from our dog.
In regard to “entertaining Angels” in other translations “entertaining Messengers” this would be entertaining Messengers from YHVH not SATAN. If you can prove to me these “vampire strangers” are angels of YHVH you could make a much better case. People walking around drinking animal blood are not exactly angels with whom we should take up permanent relationship with. Feed yes, relationship no.
#2 on Jane’s list…
Love results in, and even requires, sacrifice. In the second book and movie of the series, New Moon, Edward concludes that including Bella in his vampire world is unhealthy. He attempts to save her by breaking up and moving away. It is, he says later, the hardest thing he’s done in 100 years. Although it nearly kills him, he is willing to die if it meant she would live a normal, happy, human life.
It was no less than Jesus himself who said in John 15:13, ‘Greater love hath no man than this – that a man lay down his life for his friends.’
Taking up a personal, intimate relationship with a man or woman outside of covenant relationship is a sin.
Let’s take a look at what Yeshua meant by “friend”:
Properly dear, that is, a friend; actively fond, that is, friendly (still as a noun, an associate, neighbor, etc.): – friend.
Yeshua is speaking about laying down his life for those who call him friend. He calls them friends because:
I have called you friends, for all teachings which I heard from My Father I have made known to you.
What I don’t hear Yeshua saying here is, “Hey boys, take a woman from the village, Hook up with her a whole lot, make sure you lust after each other in a non-covenant relationship then leave her because you don’t want to ‘hurt’ her. After all, you have done no harm to each other yet, right?”
Moving on to reason #3 for why we should love Twilight:
Humans crave divine perfection. Throughout the series, Bella notes how perfect she finds Edward in every way. The gaping hole Bella feels when Edward leaves (see #2 above) is very much like the one we spend our lives trying to fill with relationships, food, status, or any other of a million different things – but can only be filled by a relationship with God.
No one captures this better than David in Psalm 42, which opens with an image of a deer searching for water – just as David’s soul desperately seeks out God. In this psalm of heartbreak, David cries out to the only perfection that can heal him. Later, in verse seven he says, “deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls, all your waves and breakers have swept over me.” Our human spirits recognize and respond to the call of the Spirit of God, even if in the weak echo of nature’s beauty.
Does Jane even see how backwards the thought pattern is here? Dear Bella is not searching for God as David is! She is a love-sick girl who lost the lust of her youth!
This Psalm was written by David when driven from Jerusalem and beyond Jordan, by Absalom’s rebellion. Where does David put his hope?
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in Elohim: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my Elohim.
We are almost done… thankfully!
A drastic change of direction may be exactly what you need. In the third novel and movie, Eclipse, we learn about Jasper Cullen, Edward’s adopted brother. He was second in command of a vampire army during the American Civil war. However, after several decades of constant conflict, the violence began to weigh heavily on him and he left. Eventually he found peace with the Cullen coven.
Every disciple Jesus called turned his back on one way of life to embrace another, none more drastically than Matthew who had been a tax collector. But the choice is yours, as illustrated by the rich, young man of Matthew 19. Jesus looked on him and loved him, yet he walked away from Jesus’ offer of eternal life because it hurt too much to give up his wealth.
Are we talking about leaving a life of sin and shame to follow Yeshua, Jane? Because I don’t see these animal blood-sucking vampires leaving the sin of blood-drinking to follow Yeshua, Jane. I don’t see Edward leaving a life of non-covenant relationship, lust, and animal blood-drinking to follow Yeshua, Jane. I don’t see Bella repairing broken relationship with family and leaving the lust of her youth, do you Jane? In fact they are more like the man in Matthew 19 then you might realize, Jane.
O.K. last reason from Jane Wells:
You’ll only really fit in after you accept what it is God has designed you for. All of her life Bella was a misfit. In Arizona she was a pale geek. In Forks, she is the newcomer. Her mother doesn’t get her, her father is clueless. She is a square peg to everyone’s round hole – until the end of Eclipse where she realizes she’d been fighting to fit into everyone’s expectations which, although well intentioned, were far too small.
“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.
How about you? Are the expectations placed on you really right for you? Are bits of your soul and psyche rubbed raw by the assumptions you have accepted as your own? Perhaps it’s time to broaden your scope of vision. Because even your biggest dreams pale in comparison to what the God who created every good thing has dreamed up on your behalf.
Fit in!? Yeshua tells us we will never fit in with this world! And woe to them that do! After all I have written throughout this really horrible article by Jane Wells, she is telling her readers to take a “broader look” at what God has for you. Meanwhile she has rationalized her way into Twilight by telling herself, it is so much like what our relationship with God should be. When in fact it is the complete opposite of what our relationship with God should be. He does not call us into a life of sin and lust and temptation… he calls us OUT! He does not call us to a “broader scope” but the NARROW one. He does not call us to “fit in” with those around us! The “expectations” placed on us by our ABBA Father, is not one of burden but one that sets us free.
In the end, Jane Wells, you have not convinced me to “love Twilight” but rather to run, not walk, as far away from these books and movies as possible!
One final thought:
And He said to the taught ones, “It is inevitable that stumbling-blocks should come, but woe to him through whom they come!