What is Vampirism?
A quick google and it brings up a TONNE of websites. First and foremost it comes up with wikipedia. Talking about mythology and folklore.
"Vampires are mythological or folkloric beings who subsist by feeding on the life essence (generally in the form of blood) of living creatures, regardless of whether they are undead or a living person. Although vampiric entities have been recorded in many cultures and in spite of speculation by literary historian Brian Frost that the "belief in vampires and bloodsucking demons is as old as man himself", and may go back to "prehistoric times", the term vampire was not popularized until the early 18th century, after an influx of vampire superstition into Western Europe from areas where vampire legends were frequent, such as the Balkans and Eastern Europe, although local variants were also known by different names, such as vrykolakas in Greece and strigoi in Romania. This increased level of vampire superstition in Europe led to mass hysteria and in some cases resulted in corpses actually being staked and people being accused of vampirism."Psychic Vampires
From wikipedia (again) it states that a psychic vampire is:
A psychic vampire is a person or being who claims to feed off the "life force" of other living creatures. Psychic vampires are represented in the occult beliefs of various cultures and in fiction. As of yet there is no medical recognition or scientific proof supporting this purported phenomenon, although there was a 2007 scholarly survey carried out upon people claiming to be vampires, either psychic or sanguinarian (blood drinkers) that showed anecdotal evidence (which is always highly suspect) of a higher than normal incidences of certain illnesses and conditions such as anemia,fibromyalgia, and hemophilia. Whether or not they actually suffer from such conditions was not evaluated by medical professionals.Vampires as a religion?
A quick google I found Temple of the Vampire claiming
On vampires.nu forum a member called Grim mentions the Temple of the Vampire stating "To sum up their beliefs quickly, they consider only themselves to be 'true vampires'. They revere 'Undead Gods' who are vampires that have shed their mortal bodies and achieved immortality in astral forms. Their rites revolve around communication with these entities and offerings of energy. They are centered on energy solely, and not blood. Though they are not exactly what I would call the usual sort of 'Psy-Vamp' as we use the term here. "
He also states he thinks they are "Their quasi-satanic(I speak of the traditional atheistic Laveyan Satanism) belief structure also seems to cause some of them to overdo the "dark, serious, infintely wise" gimmick a bit."Through the research I have done it seems that actually a lot of people that identify themselves as vampires these days and people involved in vampirism are against the drinking of blood.
But generally speaking when you think of a vampire its the blood sucking kind. And historically a vampire was regarded as feeding on the life essence (generally in the form of blood) of living creatures.
I googled vampires summoning demons and found vampire.nu - on a forum a girl was asking how to summon a demon to make her a vampire? Am I the only person that is disturbed by this? Apparently not because it got a mixed review from the forum.
Do vampires summon Demons?
According to http://ancientthoughts.com/magic/vampires.htm there a various ways to become "a vampire". Through spells, meditation and even summoning power from demons.
Look, in order to understand and connect with people we need to research. As uncomfortable as some things may make us feel. Its important.Intimate infection from a demon: When a demon infects a mortal in such a way that they bind with the physical body of the creature, they can often pry the soul out of control of the body and permanently remove it. The power of the demon fuels the initial removal of the soul, as well as the first few hours of action. After this, most vampires will require the blood or soul of other conscious beings. Over time the demon will become more efficient at extracting the energy from these sources, and will require less. However initially, the need will be quite great.
People are looking for answers and some people are finding their answers in Vampirism.
The thing that concerns me is the TV shows and films glamourising vampires and so these kids are googling how to become a vampire thus leading to messing around with things beyond their control. My advice is PLEASE don't mess with things that you don't understand.
Through Gods divinely inspired prophets writings thousands of years ago and archived in what is now known as the Old and New Testament there is written some verses against the eating and drinking of blood.
Verses against eating/drinking blood:-
Genesis 9:4 4 “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it."
Leviticus 10:14 "10 “‘I will set my face against any Israelite or any foreigner residing among them who eats blood, and I will cut them off from the people. 11 For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life. 12 Therefore I say to the Israelites, “None of you may eat blood, nor may any foreigner residing among you eat blood.”
13 “‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing among you who hunts any animal or bird that may be eaten must drain out the blood and cover it with earth, 14 because the life of every creature is its blood. That is why I have said to the Israelites, “You must not eat the blood of any creature, because the life of every creature is its blood; anyone who eats it must be cut off.”
The above is from the old testament but I found this from the new testament:-
Acts 15:28-29 28 “For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay no greater burden on you than these few requirements: 29 You must abstain from eating food offered to idols, from consuming blood or the meat of strangled animals, and from sexual immorality. If you do this, you will do well. Farewell.”
My hope is that this is a fair (if brief) summary of vampire beliefs and mythology through history and if you have anything additional to add please post a comment, especially if you have had involvement with the sub culture.
To finish this particular blog post I want to make the point that even as Christians, we have the belief that through the blood of God's Son Jesus Christ we are saved. We believe that only through Jesus' sacrifice do we find eternal life.
I pray God's blessings on you this week. Please feel free to comment :) We welcome discussion.