Our Secret Zombie Life
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Our Secret Zombie Life

The “Walking Dead” and “Fear of the Walking Dead” by AMC are two of the most popular shows on TV today. George Romero has spun a whole industry of gaming on campuses, computer gaming, and movies that never end the topic of Zombies.

Why do people watch the worst of after humanity in these games and movies? What attracts us to this genre and is there a significance that has occurred inside of our culture to explain why people are drawn to this reality of death? Are we going to see a Zombie Apocalpyse, not just from popular views but from scientific evidence and technologies available to us today? Lastly, does the Bible have anything to say about Zombies and death that can give an idea of how we can respond to the Y and Z Generations?

This book gives detailed information as to the behind the scene view for Christians who might consider watching zombie movies and think that they are just fun. We even describe Biblical life after death experiences and what it really means.

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Inspiration for the book

As a teenager, I had a significant sensitivity toward supernatural issues.  I didn’t like  scary or evil based movies; they brought about a deep foreboding that I could not shake.  Two of the scariest movies I saw were The Shining with Jack Nicholson as the lead and The Exorcist with Linda Blair’s demon possessed head spinning 360 degrees.  While watching The Shining, I sat with my hand on the Bible for the last hour of the flick so I would not bolt from the couch.  Too many times I found myself viewing horror shows and really hating what I was seeing; I unfortunately watched each with fascination. 

Before my Senior Prom in Parker, Colorado in 1984, I came down the stairs from a video party where my friends sat watching Young Frankenstein and quoting every line within it. I made a phone call to ask a cute Debbie to the Prom.

“Man, Scott, why didn’t you call a little bit ago?” she exasperatedly exclaimed.  “Mitch just asked me and I said ‘Yes!’ I can tell him ‘No’ on Monday?”  We both realized that it was a bad idea to break the fragile ego of Mitch, one of my best friends.  I ended up going to the prom with a sophomore who I wasn’t really interested in at the time along with four other couples.

    That whole night at the Prom, I looked in Debbie’s direction, and she in mine, wishing I had phoned her an hour earlier that one night.  I ended up at three AM at Mitch’s house alone while my friends took the girls home, watching the horrid VHS flick, Dawn of the Dead.  This 1978 film was one of George Romero’s regenerations of his film series he spun for many years after his original.  Somehow, this was the first time I had seen the Zombie genre in person and was not impressed.  But God had other plans for me later in life related to Zombies.  This is the research within that genre that started on the fateful night of my Prom.

In 1810 the word Zombi was adopted into the Oxford English dictionary (2) brought back by Robert Southey in his book The History of Brazil to explain the Haitian Voodoo Priests position within the culture. It is interesting to note that Southey also wrote a children’s tale, The Three Little Bears introducing the world to Goldilocks.  Southey believed the word Zombi meant devil, but it was really an explanation of a utopian society who elected a priest or strong spiritual force who was called the Zombi.  We will revisit that term later on in this book in relation to Revelation 9:4-6. 

          These Haitian priests desired to enslave the population of uneducated agrarian workers with a neurotoxin called Tetrodotoxin (3)If the doses were just a fraction too high, the innocent would die without the ability to be resurrected into slavery; too low of a dose would have no effect whatsoever. 

          The real effects of Tetrodotoxin brought the unfortunate victims to paralysis which would remain for several days, with the person sometimes being conscious during this terrible period.  The Voodoo Priest blew the powder upon the unsuspecting person’s skin after creating surface breaks.  Once the neurotoxin entered the bloodstream, the effect of simulated death was convincing enough to the family to allow the Voodoo priest to bury the person (3).  This master would then bring the person out of the grave and after some physical recovery, convince the person that his life and soul were forfeited to the will of the priest. This victim would then work the land or tend to the priest’s needs for the rest of his natural life.  Other outside witnesses in Haiti reported that there were no plantations with zombies working their fields (3).  It was suspected that the drug brought about a deep myth that was promulgated by the ruling powers to control the uneducated to continue to live in servitude to a population that used suspicion to drive their truths into a personal reality of the loss of one’s Soul. 

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