Would you want to be a vampire?
If you’re a girl reading this, you’ve probably watched the movie Twilight. If you’re a guy and you’ve seen Twilight – you must really like your girlfriend.
For those few blessed individuals who haven’t read Twilight, here’s a brief overview:
17 year old Bella falls in love with 104 year old vampire Edward. She wants to be a vampire so she can spend eternity with Edward, but he resists because he wants Bella to experience a human life, and believes that vampires don’t have souls.
If you were Bella, which decision would you make?
Let me ask you two questions.
1. Do you want to die?
Probably not. We are created with a survival instinct. Self-preservation, staying alive, takes priority over everything.
2. Do you want to live forever?
Again, doubtful. Our bodies would gradually slow down, wear out. We are already gifted with a human life span of maybe 100 years – how are you going to entertain yourself for an eternity? Like Edward, going through high school and university repeatedly?
So what’s the solution? We don’t want to die, but we don’t want to be on earth endlessly either.
I have been reading ‘Spe Salvi‘ (Christian Hope) an encyclical letter by Pope Benedict XVI and in it, he talked about how essentially, our hope as Christians is for eternal life in Heaven spent with the Father. In it, a quote from Saint Ambrose struck me very strongly:
Death was not part of nature, it became part of nature. God did not decree death from the beginning; he prescribed it as a remedy. Human life, because of sin…began to experience the burden of wretchedness in unremitting labour and unbearable sorrow. There had to be a limit toits evils; death had to restore what life had forfeited. Without the assistance of grace, immortality is more of a burden than a blessing.
This has given me an entirely different perspective on death. Until now I have always feared it, mourned it, hated it. I dread getting old, and pray I pass away peacefully in my sleep so I never know the feeling of death stealing my last precious breaths.
But what if death is a blessing?
What if an end to our painful mortal lives is a mercy from our loving Father above?
It strikes me that this is the very answer to the perplexing question of, I don’t want to live forever but I don’t want to die either so, what do I want?
There is a third answer.
We desire to live eternally, but not on earth. Not with all it’s distress and disaster. We wish to live forever in PEACE with our loving God. To rest in His embrace.
So no. I wouldn’t choose to become a vampire. I wouldn’t want to spend eternity with a mere man, all be it a flawless, sparkly handsome one. No man is greater than my God.
I will live my little human life on earth, and keep my soul, and rest in peace with my Saviour.
I love this song: “Death be not Proud” by Audrey Assad.