I see Shawn (a TF user) has gone ahead to deconstruct Twilight and reconstruct it in the light of the Bible. I am not going to go as far as he has, we clearly differ on views but I figured I may as well offer what I consider to be a more balanced view.
Vampires - The Cold Ones
Dictionary.com says of the word cold:
indifferent, unconcerned, apathetic, dull, heartless, hostile, unfriendly, inmical
Biblically speaking, someone who is cold is someone who has lost the love of the truth or of the Bible.
"And because lawlessness shall be multiplied, the love of many shall grow cold" I think the only rational understanding of a cold one - a vampire - is someone who is unloving. And it's true. All of the Cullens and rest of the vampires killed other human beings at one point, after a few decades, started empathizing, but even Jasper, a guy that can feel what his victims are going through, took years to stop his practice of killing both vampires and humans. How cold can you get?
In respect to the Bible, Vampires are sinners who do not have love in their hearts. That's fact. Something no one seems to dare to say, or acknowledge. Sure the Cullens are a slight exception, since they choose not to kill humans (anymore), but they've been around for decades. Anyone, would even the slight conscience, would have stopped killing humans for food after a few decades. And we don't even know if they stopped killing humans for the right reasons. Did they do it for humanitarian reasons, or because people would start to correlate the Cullens absence to the deaths of humans? They have a dullness, a lack of passion in contrast to the Shapeshifters. They are all the things described above in the definition. Because killing other human beings is a heinous sin, even to do so once, would be bad enough, regardless of any fleshly thirst, or whip of emotion at the time. By siding with the vampires, I would be saying what they have done is OK, when it isn't. Drinking blood is a sin. Killing humans is a sin. Vampires are a metaphor for sinners.Vampires represent a life where one has lost love and become self-centered. To survive, they have to kill. They take pleasure out of killing others. The type of person that gets some girl pregnant, and leaves them to bring it up on their own. Someone who is cold. Someone who does damage to those around them, not caring about the consequences, only their own gratification.
Sucking the life out of a human without caring about the consequences of that on the victim and the damage it will do is cold. Bella's dad is one of the people that have to investigate and talk to the families of those that have lost loved ones and he is clearly completely drained because of it, not only because of this, but because he is divorced.
Shapeshifters - The Hot Ones
Dictionary.com says of the word hot:"
|expressing or feeling intense emotion, zealous|
|informal sexually attractive|
impressive or good of its kind (esp in the phrase not sohot )
The Bible says of the word hot, that it means zealous, it's definetely a good thing, contrasting (say) the hotness of the Philadelphia assembly and their zeal to the coldness of the Laodacian assembly in Revelation 3. In all these respects, shapeshifters are zealous, and passionate people who still have real love in their hearts. Hence Jacob's attempt to try to save Bella from turning herself in to a Vampire. Jacob had true love for Bella and many times he told her, he doesn't want her being transformed in to a cold one, soulless and dead. Metaphorically, I think it's also about virginity, and Jacob not wanting Bella to lose her virginity to a cold one, someone who doesn't care about her. But I also think Jacob doesn't want Bella to get hurt. He's willing to sacrifice everything to ensure she is safe and he's a mortal. The vampires can be compared to the "spiritually dead", but the shapeshifters couldn't be more opposite. They are so alive and animative, they transform in to another shape to combat their enemies. Choosing to be vampires over shapeshifters, is like choosing to be spiritually dead than spiritually alive, and not about morality, but simply about individuality. The only reason Christians are choosing vampire over shapeshifter and then trying to support the view from the Bible, is because their sense of morality is way off. I would choose shapeshifters any day, they believe in family, children, co-operation and most of all love. As I told Shawn, What do the Shapeshifters do that is sinful? He didn't reply back on that one. Clearly, vampires are the sinners and the Shapeshifters are trying to stop people going down that route.
I estimate that 90% of the people on TF choose vampire over shapeshifter ,which is OK, my concern is when Christians do so and then try to give a Biblical explanation as to why, lol. It really is funny. And then I hear excuses as to why and how killing humans or drinking blood is OK when the Bible says these things are sinful. Why would I choose vampire over werewolf? Vampires cannot cease from sin, they can't even sleep. And no matter what the media does to glamorize or try to make me sympathetic towards them, my morals are still intact, there' no way I would even like to be a vampire. Don't let that soft voice and sparkly skin entice. It's all a lie. Hope that clarifies Shawn.