While the event was said to have “a light-hearted tone,” The Daily Mail reported, “It was a serious attempt to train first responders in how to deal with an outbreak of a serious infectious disease.”
The exercise held in Bangor, Maine, forced emergency workers to make decisions about how to ration out medicines and what to do when faced with mass fatalities.
According to dailymail.com, the scenario involved locals falling prey to a “zombie plague” spread by bites. Participants who had been “infected” and became zombies aimed to attack others in order to infect them too. Anyone bitten had to find someone to administer a vaccine quickly or turn into a zombie.
“The entire thing is very similar to any regular pandemic influenza planning,” said Kathy Knight, director of the Northeastern Mine Regional Resource Center. “So we can use what we learn here in the planning for that type of event.”
This happened in the midst of several real life reports about flesh-eating criminals being arrested and rumors of an impending “Zombie Apocalypse.” Even CNN reported how the term, “Zombie Apocalypse,” was lighting up the Internet. All of a sudden, the most horrific stories were being lumped together to support this feeding frenzy about zombies.
It seemed to start with an attack in Miami by a man who was killed by the police while chewing off 75 percent of a homeless man’s face. The 18-minute attack was caught on tape in May. Then a Maryland man admitted to killing his housemate, cutting him up, then eating his heart and part of his brain. Later, a New Jersey man stabbed himself repeatedly with a 12-inch knife in front of police — then threw his skin and intestines at them!
Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decided to take advantage of the zombie craze. Their new graphic novel, “Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic,” was created “to demonstrate the importance of being prepared, but in an entertaining way that people of all ages would enjoy.” Included in the novel is a Preparedness Checklist so that readers can get their family, workplace or school ready before disaster strikes.
But after the horrific incidents involving cannibalism and rumors spreading of a real-life Zombie Apocalypse on the horizon, the CDC released an official statement declaring there is no cause to fear the walking dead. Zombies do not exist.
“CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms), agency spokesman David Daigle told the Huffington Post in an email.
Of course, some skeptics are now afraid that a possible chemical contamination or disease linked to food supplies could eventually cause people to exhibit symptoms similar to mad cow disease or rabies, causing those infected to display zombie-like characteristics. While this possibility has some cynics preparing for an actual “Zombie Apocalypse,” the Bible offers a different outlook for mankind. How so?
Even though it may seem entertaining for some people to watch films about animated corpses feeding on living human flesh, this concept finds no basis in reality or in human history. One could argue that it even distorts the Bible’s view of a resurrection. How? Well, many people witnessed the return to life of dead corpses by the Son of God when Jesus walked the earth. According to John 11:25, Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.”
When people were brought back to life by Jesus, they were normal, God-fearing people — not flesh-eating zombies. The Bible’s promise at Acts 24:15 is that there will be a resurrection of the righteous and unrighteous. This is good news. God’s Word condemns eating human flesh or drinking any sort of blood at Leviticus 17:10.
The fact that many horror films have zombies and vampires eating flesh and drinking blood suggests someone wants people to find pleasure in doing things God condemns. Someone is behind raising these blood-sucking, flesh-eating characters to hero status, when the Bible condemns this behavior as deserving of death in Leviticus 17:10 or cursed acts of human desperation in Deuteronomy 28:53.
Have you ever wondered why novels, movies and Internet sites are able to amuse people with these shocking practices? Whose purpose is it ultimately serving? You decide.
Perhaps some experts feel if they could convince the public to prepare for a zombie apocalypse, they’d be better prepared for more likely disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes, raging forest fires or a major pandemic. Perhaps. I don’t know.
But it seems like a much better idea to start preparing for a long foretold apocalypse that will soon end all crime and violence, sickness and death, and return the dead to life in what 2 Peter 3:13 calls, “new heavens and a new earth” where righteousness is to dwell.
Now, that’s something I can chew on.
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