I saw a story from a friend of mine and Facebook fan concerning the idea of zombies. The article she provided me is called: “7 Scientific reasons why a Zombie outbreak would fail quickly” Though there are some swear words in the article, it is a fascinating and worthwhile read in that the writer names off various and realistic reasons why the zombies portrayed in the horror movies wouldn’t be so fearsome let alone effective if they were ever to become real. Of course you’re probably wondering: “Ben, what does this have to do with the Resurrection?” (hence the title) Well another fan of the show, who is an admitted agnostic, responded to my shared post of the article on the Facebook Wall by saying in short: “There are zombies in the Bible see Matthew 27: 52-53.”
Now if you don’t feel like clicking the link, these two verses are referring to Jesus Christ rising from the dead out of the tomb he was encased within. And of course there are other examples of people rising from the dead in scripture like Jesus resurrecting Lazarus (John 11: 1-44), Elisha resurrecting the Shunammite’s Son (2 Kings 4: 18-37), and Peter resurrecting Tabitha (Acts 9:36-42). Unfortunately, there are some out there who actually believe these people or at the very least believe Jesus Christ himself became a zombie when this happened… Though I do feel some who say “Jesus was a zombie” say this out of disrespect for Christians, I do feel it’s possible some might actually wonder “did these people become zombies?” so because of that question I’m going to go over a few reasons why the answer is “No. There are not zombies in the Bible at all.” Although the idea of a zombie is pure myth, just for the sake of argumentation I’m going to compare them as though the zombies in the movies were real:
1) Mind and Soul. Zombies in most if not all movies are portrayed as being soulless and having crude intelligence. Not only this, but at the same time the people who become zombies don’t act anything like they were prior to not being a zombie. The zombies merely have the sole desire to eat and destroy others. However according to scripture, a person who is resurrected from the dead not only has all their memories in tact but also has their soul too. Every example of a person being resurrected in scripture not only is capable of talking, but also their personality is unchanged other than being really grateful and praising God.
2) Physical Condition. Zombies are ALWAYS portrayed as having rotted flesh, and or at the very least they are severely and physically deformed. However according to scripture, everyone resurrected appears as though they had never died. Yes even Lazarus, who was dead for 4 days, was restored to life and appeared as though he were never dead. This is a great miracle, because scientifically and physically Lazarus was starting to rot. Scripture says people could smell and see Lazarus was dead, and when Jesus resurrected Lazarus from the dead no one could rightfully say “Lazarus was pretending to be dead”.
3) How it happens. From what I’ve seen the movies say a person becomes a zombie one of two ways… Either A) a person becomes infected through a virus, which tends to be transmitted through bite, or B) they’re animated/controlled by evil magic. Both scenarios not only are causing the person in question to be in conditions which I described in points 1-2, but at the same time is done through an evil/negative manner. Not to mention these people are considered an evil plague regardless of the scenario A) or B) and they all threaten together the rest of humanity; they are called “the undead” for a reason. However in scripture, a person is resurrected from the dead through the power of God in reward of faith. It’s also important to note the people in question are in conditions explained in points 1-2 after they are returned from the dead. And most importantly of all, none of these people who were resurrected are infecting/threatening people and are human!
Now some might ask, though certainly many in mockery, the question: “well what about Jesus Christ talking about how people should eat his flesh and drink his blood?” I’m of course referring to the Last Supper, and in regard to that someone with proper Biblical hermeneutics can easily decipher Jesus wasn’t telling the disciples to literally eat him; Jesus was speaking in metaphorical language. Afterall if Jesus were a zombie or knew he was going to become one then why would he say for the disciples to eat him? Wouldn’t it be the other way around in that he’d want to eat them? The only thing one can rightfully say Jesus Christ spread virally was the gospel, but of course there is certainly nothing wrong with that; it is good news indeed!