TALES FROM THE FIRST CENTURY CRYPT-Part 2
This is our second installment in the series by guest author, HG Ferguson.
TALES FROM THE FIRST CENTURY CRYPT: GOD’S OWN HORROR STORY — MARK 5:1-20
By HG Ferguson
Oh, but there’s more. The man makes obeisance to Jesus, at least on his knees, perhaps prostrate. The demons then beg Jesus not to torture them (Greek). Jesus asks the man “What is your name,” and in an exercise in subtlety to do horror icon HP Lovecraft proud, Mark records the answer. “MY name is Legion, for WE are many.” This flip-flop between singular and plural only enhances the already disturbing mood. Thousands of demons indwell this man, not merely one, and yet one is the spokescreature. Creeped yet? I am. The demons beg not to be cast out of that region. Creeped yet? Getting chilly? Instead they want to go into the herd of swine grazing not far away. Jesus grants them leave in a testimony to His Sovereign Power, and they leave. Straight into the pigs, who thunder down the hillside squealing and screaming and plunging into the lake and thrashing and bubbling and gagging and dying. I have heard the unforgettable sound of frightened pigs squealing in terror. Imagine that sound magnified thousands of times mingled with the gurgles of the drowning doomed.
This is horror, my friends. It simply can be nothing else.
But the demons are gone. They are cast out. And when the people of the town dare to draw near, they find the man clothed and in his right mind, sitting at the feet of his Savior. This is the eucatastrophe of which J.R.R. Tolkien spoke, where God’s Story “turns” and brings everlasting joy. And it ends with the man telling everyone what the Lord Jesus Christ has done for him!
Yes. This is horror. But it ends the right way: evil is destroyed and won’t be coming back in the next lucrative installment, and in that Jesus is glorified. This is God’s pattern, His paradigm for the horror tale that praises Him.
So…what can we learn from this? Much.
First, those who just don’t like …THAT… are entitled to their likes and dislikes. A person who declared “Some of us just really don’t like horror” once castigated me! True. But I “really don’t like” bonnet books. But just because I don’t like a genre does not mean no one should, nor does it mean the horror tale cannot glorify God. The two most common biblical objections are Phil. 4:8ff, “Whatsoever things are…pure…think on these things,” and especially I Thess. 5:22, “Shun the very appearance of evil.” Therefore, to many, if not most Christians, the Bible abrogates horror, and good riddance!
To be continued.
H.G. Ferguson is the author of New Blood, a historical romantic adventure …THAT… tale set in 1755 Pennsylvania on the eve of the French and Indian War and follows the exploits and journey of Rebecca, the Christian “vampire.”
Look for — he hopes — his “ghost” story Jezebelle coming to Amazon Kindle in October. His current WIP is a medieval fantasy tale set in another world having an eastern (Slavic) rather than a western European flavor (more Alexander Nevsky than The Lord of the Rings), a stirring and chilly struggle of men, monsters and undead, The Sacred War, with plenty of biblical …THAT… to go around.