A Modern Religious Perspective on Werewolves and Other Movie Monsters
One of the weirdest rationalizations I’ve ever heard from the Christian viewpoint on horror movie monsters, is from T. Scott Burgess, a Youth and Young Adult Leader at Hope Christian Fellowship in Canastota, NY. During my youth, I attended a very traditional Christian academy, and the idea of monsters in cinema, etc., –well, most movies in general were considered evil, even the majority of the Walt Disney films. So it’s interesting to see a modern take on the whole, religion vs. horror thing, –interesting in terms of, “wow, that’s a stretch.”
Burgess has this to say about werewolves:
“Werewolves […] are not necessarily bad when they are human. Their problem is that they do not have any control over themselves when the monster comes out. Whereas a vampire knows what he is doing when the monster in him or her comes out, a werewolf has little or no recognition of what is going on when the monster is out. Their circumstances are out of their control, yet they also crave blood.”
He then states that “we” are all dirty, filthy, bloodthirsty monsters too, and that we’re all hybrids of each of the quintessential movie monsters, –werewolves, zombies, and vampires. The only difference is that we internalize our monster-ness, and the blood we crave is the ‘blood of the Lamb’:
“Too often we are a hybrid of the three above-named monsters, because what we need in order to survive spiritually is the blood of the Lamb. The Bible discusses in great detail that the blood of God is what takes away our sin and what washes us white as snow (John 1:29; Isaiah 1:18; Psalm 51:7). His blood, in both the literal and figurative senses of the word, is the only reason that we can come before God (Hebrews 9:13-15). Without the blood we are just dirty monsters who will not survive, physically or spiritually.”
Wow, well… any thoughts?