As of Jan 1, 2015 the West Africa Ebola outbreak has now claimed 7989 lives, and even though we live on an isolated island (NZ) half a world away from the hot spot, it is still very frightening.
There are three undeniable stages in the progression of deadly viruses like Ebola: Infection, separation and death.
It is fascinating to realise that sin shares the same progression. Let’s liken sin to a virus for a moment… The Sin Virus.
There has been a modern revival of vampirism in recent years. Although AIDS has put a dampener on sucking your girlfriend's blood, no one can deny there is a growing subculture which embracing everything vampish, and its popularity has spilled over into mainstream pop-culture.
What is modern-day vampirism? Simply, the celebration and romanticising of everything macabre and sensual.
What did vampirism originate? To cut a long story short, the early Slavs and Britons had a strong belief in vampires (living corpses empowered by evil, craving blood as sustenance) up until the early 1800s. Some occultists today believe supernatural vampirism to be a fact (another post perhaps?).
If I was to ask who is the most popular vampire in history - an overwhelming majority would say Dracula. Have you ever wondered how the superstar of horror was inspired?
I've used a quote in a few sermons that goes along the lines of "For each grain of sand on earth there are a million stars."
It is unbelievable enough that I have had people challenge me as to its authenticity. So, I decided to see if it is really genuine or if I have been guilty of the almost unforgivable sin of claiming something fictional as being factual (oh the shame).
I tracked down one of the the original sources of the quote, It was from a BBC documentary called "Space", narrated by Sam Neill. The quote verbatim is:
“For every grain of sand on our entire planet, there are one million stars out there in space.”