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Zombies: Understanding My Desire to Die

In Brian Haack on February 11, 2012 at 11:46 am

by Brian Haack

From childhood I had an infatuation with zombies.  There was just something that was greatly interesting to me in the idea of a person who was dead but still moved as if they had life.  I thought it was funny that the natural response of these zombies after they were re-animated was to go find someone to eat.  What hypocrisy, to call something alive that was dead.

Now, then comes the idea as I think about it according to my faith.  In Genesis 2:17 God tells Adam and Eve, “but of the tree of knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”(ESV)  So, we see here, two humans created by God who are fully alive.  They are given a warning: eat the fruit and die.  Well, we know what happens, they eat the fruit.  What’s interesting to note though is what happens when they actually eat the fruit. When we go to Genesis 3:7 the first thing that happens after they eat of the fruit, “Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew they were naked.”  First, let us make a few observations.  They didn’t die physically.  They continued to be living beings, which were able to interact with the created world.  Also, look at their situation before the fruit in 2:25 where it states “And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.”  There was no guilt or shame.  Then jump back to the first thing they noticed after their, “eyes were opened.”  They suddenly felt guilt and shame, and even fear of God.  The death here was spiritual separation from God.  That once close communion they had with God was now gone and spiritually they were dead, in a “cursed” state of being.  This separation is also instantly seen between the man and woman, the man and the earth, the animals and the man, and ultimately between humankind and God.  Therefore they truly were dead even though they still lived.  Yes, they were zombies.  The one act, caused a rift between all creation, what God once made and declared good, was now tainted with sin and the birth of Zombies was now upon the land.

If we look to the New Testament we see in Romans 6:23a “For the wages of sin is death,” and we know according to Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  I think this has been an interesting fact for me because, those people who don’t have Jesus Christ as Lord and savior are like zombies.  They walk around as if they are alive but ultimately they are dead inside.

Where this hits home for me, is that I used to be suicidal. I would stand with a knife just thinking of how easy it would be.  I once was about to do it but thankfully my friends stopped me.  The only real thing that held me back is because I didn’t want to hurt my family like that.  So, here’s the ridiculousness of the situation, a dead man standing there trying to kill himself.  What is even more ridiculous is dead people who think they are actually living.  I don’t think just of those that deny God, but those that think their saved but are not.

But this is the truth for all those that don’t know Christ.  When we see those that are not saved, when we see those that are just ignorantly living lives for themselves, they really are not.  We hear, “live it up,” or “carpe diem” and other such nonsense, but truly they don’t know what real living is if they don’t know the life giver Jesus Christ.

So what now?  Well, the only answer to this zombie apocalypse, the only thing that gives life to the dead is the gospel of Jesus Christ.  If you give them anything but the truth, that they are dead to God because of their sins, and that they will be judged for it, and the only way to be given true life is through Jesus Christ that died for their sins and has risen from the grave conquering sin and DEATH, its like sticking a band-aid on a zombies elbow.  It’s worthless.

People that are dead need life, and that doesn’t come from accommodating people in their sin, but from the truth that people are not just sick but dead in sin, and only repenting and receiving Christ brings life.

Then Ironically, when we do this, we see that these physical lives we’re living on earth are temporary anyways.  We realize, like Paul, “to live is Christ, but to die is gain.”  Paul even desired to be with Christ, but knew while he “lived” on earth, he had a job to do.  We go from people wanting to keep our lives, to people wanting to give our lives for Christ.  Also, for those that desired to die, now the reason for dying is correct.  Wanting to die isn’t wrong, but the reason might be.  I don’t want to make people suicidal, I just want to see people willing to give their lives for Christ.  Even more so, I want to see people living real lives for God, even if it means dying for it because now, death only releases us to eternal life.

You are either dead to God, or dead to this world and alive to God.  Either way you’re a zombie to someone.

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