What is the Catholic Church’s stand on “Vampires?”?
Just out of curiosity, are they against the fictional creatures? I know they are against witch craft and Southern Catholics tried to ban Harry Potter but I never heard of any attempted bans on any of the popular vampire books. So is the Church against “vampires” and why?
Suggestion by L
They indeed are against.
They are CORRUPT
Suggestion by Camille
The popularity of the teen romance novels in the Twilight series has given rise to a renewed interest in vampires. The vampire is a mythological being who is said to exist by drinking the blood of other people, usually by biting their necks, after which the victim also becomes a vampire who seeks new victims. The vampire legend can be traced back to medieval and Eastern European folklore, but variations of tales of vampire-like creatures also exist in Africa, Asia and the Americas.
The current vampire craze really has its roots in two quasi-romantic novels of the 19th century, The Vampyre by John Polidori (1819) and Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897). These two are the progenitors of the romantic vampire genre of fantasy fiction. The seductive “kiss of the vampire” has generated an alluring mystique, especially for young women, and that mystique, along with the “forbidden fruit” syndrome, is the basis for the popularity of the Twilight series. The romantic/sexual attraction of the suave, sophisticated vampire Count Dracula as portrayed by Frank Langella in the movie Dracula (1979) is an example of the allure of the vampire. The film’s tagline is “Throughout history, he has filled the hearts of men with terror, and the hearts of women with desire.”
While fantasy fiction such as Twilight is probably for the most part harmless, any obsessive interest in vampires—or, for that matter, witches, ghosts, and other occult figures—can be unhealthy at best and dangerous at worst. It depends on the spiritual state of the person whose interest is piqued by such subjects. A weak, emotionally fragile young girl, for example, whose life is characterized by family stress, self-esteem issues, and a lack of strong role models, could be at risk for developing an unhealthy interest in the occult. Such an interest can be an open door for demons to infiltrate her mind and spirit. Satan, as we know, is the enemy of our souls, who “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). This is why God, in His wisdom, forbids occult practices, describing them as an “abomination” and “detestable” (Deuteronomy 18:9-12).
How is the Christian to think about vampires and vampire fiction? We are reminded in Philippians 4:8 to fill our minds with “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy.” While there are elements of nobility in the Twilight books, there are also elements of darkness and the occult. There is also a very strong pull toward the “hero” of the book, Edward, who is a vampire. He is a seductively attractive, charismatic figure who has a great deal of appeal to teen girls. The author skillfully portrays a beautiful, romantic, perfect—although flawed—character, the kind of guy most teen girls are drawn to. The problem comes from idealizing such a person and then setting out to find someone like him. No human male can live up to such an ideal. Christian girls and young women should be seeking beauty and perfection in Christ. When they understand true beauty of character, they will be able to recognize it in the young man God brings to them for a husband.
So does this mean that Christians should avoid vampire fiction altogether? For some families, the answer is yes. For others, the answer is no. Parents whose teen or preteen daughter is interested in the series would do well to read it for themselves, discuss it with their girls, and perhaps point out the ways in which it contradicts God’s Word. Such an analytical discussion can do much to dispel the mystique that surrounds the vampire myth. Ultimately, the decision regarding any reading material for Christian children and teens is the responsibility of parents.
Recommended Resource: The Truth Behind Ghosts, Mediums, and Psychic Phenomena by Ron Rhodes.
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Has anyone tried Raspberry Ketone for Weight Loss?
If so, does it matter what brand? Does it matter if its Pure Raspberry Ketone or has to have the ingredients green tea with it? I heard its the ketone that starts the fat burning? Really need to know. And yes I exercise and eat healthy, once a week treat myself.
Suggestion by ClickMaster
RK is has not been proven in any scientific studies to be efficacious in humans. The active ingredient, 4-(4-hydroxyphenyl) butan-2-one, is not known to have the effect Dr. Oz stated and the side effects of RK on humans when taken orally as a supplement are not established or well understood. Hence, people with fat issues, should do as the best minds in nutrition and health on the planet, the US National Institute of Health, have been recommending for decades and avoid all supplements unless recommended by a health care professional.
The fact is that a person buying RK will not know how much of the active ingredient is in the product and if they did know, they would not know if that amount was effective for them. And, because the side effects on humans are not clear and supplements makers hate law suits, they’re not inclined to put much of the active ingredient in their product. Supplements are not required to be tested and there is no guarantee what is on the label will be in the package. In short, most fat loss supplements are little more than scams.
When it is proven that 4-(4-hydroxyphenyl) butan-2-one is efficacious and safe for humans, you will see Big Pharma producing it in a prescription-only oral form and, of course, that will be followed by national advertising in mass media…something you don’t see now because scammers can’t afford serious ad campaigns and are stuck with the cheap “reach” of the internet. There’s considerable profit to be made. In the mean time, the best option for the average person with fat issues is proper eating, plain & simple. Just as with acai, the buying public will eventually learn RK is no panacea for fat problems, the mania will subside, and we’ll be waiting for the next big fat loss supplement that doesn’t work to come along.
Dr. Oz is the worst kind of information source because he promotes both good and bad information in equal measure making it all but impossible for his audience to separate the fact from the fiction and, thereby, leaving them to conclude that much of his quackery is in fact truth. The painful results has been hordes of people spending their hard earned money on hopeless remedies and tonics such as acai berries, raspberry ketones, green tea, and African mango extracts.
Here are just a few of the hundreds of experts who are speaking out about his quackery
“The Media Pigasus Award goes to Dr. Mehmet Oz, who has done such a disservice to his TV viewers by promoting quack medical practices that he is now the first person to win a Pigasus two years in a row. Dr. Oz is a Harvard-educated cardiac physician who, through his syndicated TV show, has promoted faith healing, “energy medicine,” and other quack theories that have no scientific basis. Oz has appeared on ABC News to give legitimacy to the claims of Brazilian faith healer “John of God,” who uses old carnival tricks to take money from the seriously ill. He’s hosted Ayurvedic guru Yogi Cameron on his show to promote nonsense “tongue examination” as a way of diagnosing health problems. This year, he really went off the deep end. In March 2011, Dr. Oz endorsed “psychic” huckster and past Pigasus winner John Edward, who pretends to talk to dead people. Oz even suggested that bereaved families should visit psychic mediums to receive (faked) messages from their dead relatives as a form of grief counseling.”
Note the excerpt: “Dr. Mehmet Oz is a huge promoter of vaccines. He’s been on television reinforcing fear about H1N1 swine flu and telling everyone to get vaccinated. But what he didn’t tell his viewing audience is that he holds 150,000 option shares in a vaccine company that could earn him millions of dollars in profits as the stock price rises. It is in Dr. Oz’s own financial interest, in other words, to hype up vaccines and get more people taking them so that his own financial investments rise in value.”
“So what has led me to conclude that I’ve finally completely had it with Dr. Oz? Or, as Popeye would say, “I’ve had all I can stands, I can’t stands no more!””
This one you have to watch.
Good luck and good health!!
Suggestion by EddySays
I saw the Dr. Oz clip that started the current craze.
The woman on the show said you would have to eat 90 lbs of raspberries to get the same amount of ketones from the supplement.
So obviously the “ketones” are synthesized – chemically produced.
How do you think your liver and kidneys feel about highly concentrated artificial ingredients?
As a rule Dr. Oz is usually pretty accurate but he dropped the ball on this one.
They use acetone (fingernail polish remover) to synthesize the ketones. That sounds good.
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Do any of the weight loss supplements mentioned on the Dr Oz show actually work?
Suggestion by Zoobooks
I have used many weight loss supplemnents & none of them worked for me. You need to take in less calories & burn more,
Suggestion by Heretohelp
I’m not familiar with any of them but the healthiest and most long lasting route to looking and feeling good is to eat less processed foods, sugars, animals products. increase consumption fruits vegetables whole grains. Develop a workout routine that you enjoy. Avoid taking supplements regularly you can take a whole food organic vitamin if you want and/or fish oil pills. No caffeine alcohol. And SLEEP, make sure you get enough sleep everyday so that you practically wake up naturally every morning=]
Suggestion by baseball_is_my_life
They might work. Of course, I feel like we say that about 99.9% of supplements on the market, don’t we? I’m a big believer in keeping one’s diet as natural as possible, which means getting rid of processed foods that have to go through a myriad of procedures before they’re placed on the shelves. After all, the majority of supplements that I see Oz hawk are supposedly natural. What he doesn’t emphasize as much – which is understandable because television is not like a doctor’s office – is that exercise and an adequate diet are 98% responsible for weight loss and eventual weight management.
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