So What’s all this zombie talk about, Bub?

Short answer

In the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation (the beginning to the end), sin is equated with death. The Attack of the Zombies is a modern parable—an allegory—of those who have become the living dead. This book shows that all of us are sick with the sin virus, and we all need a Savior, Jesus Christ.

Long answer

  • The author intended Zombies to be a symbol for all of us sinners. We live in a world where the average American child doesn’t know what a sinner is. In fact, the American culture has erased sin from its memory. The author wanted to describe sin and sinners in a way that today’s culture can understand. What better way than someone (or something that is living, yet dead?) From the beginning, the Lord told Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or they would die (Genesis 2:17). The serpent twisted God’s words so Adam and Eve stopped trusting the Lord. When Adam and Eve disobeyed the Lord, they didn’t die at once, but they lost their close connection with the him. No longer could they walk with God in the cool of the evening. Their souls now felt dead. They were living, yet they were dying, like a zombie.
  • The Bible is full of instances where the consequences of sin brought death. Ezekiel says the soul who sins is the one who will die (Ezekiel 18:4). In Proverbs we read, “He who pursues evil goes to his death (Proverbs 11:19).”
  • In the book of Romans, Paul writes about sin.
    • “…whether you are a slave to sin, which leads to death….” (Romans 6:16)
    • “The wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23)
    • “…in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it produced death in me”
      (Romans 7:13).
  • Jesus spoke continually about bringing life to his followers. He said, “I come that you may have life, and you may have it abundantly” (John 10:10). He pointed out to the religious that their rituals were empty, and compared them to whitewashed tombs, full of everything dead and evil.
  • Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6) There was no point in Jesus bringing life, unless we are dead. Not only did he call those who didn’t follow him blind, but also the dead.
  • Jesus made it clear we needed saving. In today’s culture, we’ve tried so hard to make everyone feel good about themselves we’ve lost the courage to tell kids what they already suspected: this world is not right. It is dead, and we are all dead inside without Jesus.
  • The book is based on Ephesians 2:1–5:
    “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
    in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this
    world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit
    who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us
    also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings
    of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts.
    Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because
    of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive
    with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is
    by grace you have been saved.”
  • It is the author’s assertion that because the Bible says sin is the equivalent of death, a creature who is the walking dead, a zombie, is the perfect symbol for today’s world of what a life of sin does to a person.