She walked silently into her room… sat down and opened the ruffled pages of her Bible. She could hear the drunken cries coming from outside. Would her friends understand why she didn’t join them? Why she didn’t party the way she used to?
Or consider the following rewrite: She walked silently into her room. Sat down and opened a tin of beans from her food supply. She could hear the terrifying groans coming from outside. What would happen if the zombies found her, now that she’s alive?
Popular culture is fascinated with the idea of the zombie, some call them undead, others the walking dead, whatever your term of endearment these creatures of fiction are both gross and frightening. Most films that depict them are apocalyptic films, that is films that depict the demise of civilisation with the onset of a zombie apocalypse; where a bite turns you from human to a crazed, flesh eating, and mindless zombie.
Now you may be asking the question, who on earth is Tyrell writing about zombies. Well I hope my opening paragraph gave you a hint. God’s Word basically teaches that we live in a zombie land! Ephesians 2:1 says that people are DEAD in trespasses and sin. 1 Corinthians 2:14 tell us that a man cannot naturally understand the things of God. Romans 3:11 describes unsaved man as without understanding, a verse later he is described at utterly useless. In verse 13 the zombie talk gets even more graphic, “their throat is an open grave… the poison of asps is under their lips”…. or consider verse 15-16, “Their feet are swift to shed blood, Destruction and misery are in their paths,”
Contrary to popular though, zombies are not something to fear in some future apocalypse, they are here right now, in fact, if you are a believer in Jesus Christ you used to be a spiritual zombie, but you got the cure (they never seem to find a cure in the movies). Zombie serve as a great illustration of the doctrine of ‘Total depravity’ also called ‘Radical Depravity’ (we could call this doctrine’ Spiritual Zombiefication’). The Canons of Dort in its third head of doctrine under the first article describes this doctrine:
Man was originally created in the image of God and was furnished in his mind with a true and salutary knowledge of his Creator and things spiritual, in his will and heart with righteousness, and in all his emotions with purity; indeed, the whole man was holy. However, rebelling against God at the devil’s instigation and by his own free will, he deprived himself of these outstanding gifts. Rather, in their place he brought upon himself blindness, terrible darkness, futility, and distortion of judgment in his mind; perversity, defiance, and hardness in his heart and will; and finally impurity in all his emotions.
Zombies of science fiction if they existed could only destroy the body, but God is the one who can destroy both the body and soul in hell. Being a spiritual zombie is a far worse state to be in than a physical zombie.
One final proof from Scripture of this doctrine of Spiritual Zombiefication, John 8:34, Romans 6:6, 16-20 describe unregenerate man as a slave of sin. That is all people can do is sin, they are a slave to it, it is their master. In the same way sci-fi zombies are a slave to their desires for brains (not intellect, but food).
In the next few posts I hope to expand on this comparison, and look at the implications of this doctrine