Is The Bible a Horror Story?

Is The Bible a Horror Story? July 24, 2022

Is the Bible a Horror Story?

*Note: If you choose to post a comment, know that this is not a discussion board; I moderate the comments and post only those that are: relatively brief (no more than 100 words), on topic, civil and respectful in language (not argumentative or hostile). I do not approve comments that attempt to misuse my blog to promote the writer’s own alternative belief system. I also do not approve ones that contain links or photos.*

I recently read a review of the Netflix limited series “Midnight Mass” that claimed the maker “knows that the Bible is a horror story.” I will review “Midnight Mass” here after I finish watching it. It mixes together Christianity and Satanic vampirism with many Bible quotations and hymns.

So, is the Bible a horror story? Yes and no. …

Yes, the Bible is a horror story in the sense that it portrays the world, history, as a battle between good and evil forces and includes “scenes” of horror.

No, the Bible is not a horror story in the sense that it portrays the ultimate and occasionally penultimate victory of good over evil.

By no means does the Bible fit the typical horror genre of evil winning a final victory over good (with maybe a few good characters surviving). The last three chapters of the Bible undermine any claim that the Bible is a horror story.

Of course, yes, there are many types of horror stories, but one that realistically portrays good triumphing over evil is not truly a horror story. It may contain horrible scenes, but the story is not one of horror but of redemption.

Is the Bible really comparable with the story of “Midnight Mass?” Well, I will answer that in a subsequent blog post where I will review the movie, not as an allegedly objective film critic but as a Christian theologian—interpreting and critiquing a movie that includes in almost every episode thick layers of Christian symbols, images, language, and themes.

"There are many ways in which a religion can go bad."

Bad Religion (Not the Punk Rock ..."
"I don’t see your email address; Disqus hides them from me. You’ll have to give ..."

A New Book about Calvinism
"I would say that a religion that teaches rightly how to approach God can be ..."

Bad Religion (Not the Punk Rock ..."
"Well, I say that theology matters also because God cares what we think about him. ..."

Bad Religion (Not the Punk Rock ..."

Browse Our Archives

Close Ad