Originally posted by Grifter42
Through biblical propaganda. The side means the side. Heart is protected by the rib cage. And even it grazed the heart, traditionally, it is required
to cut the head off of a vampire in addition to staking the heart. Like John the Baptist. Of course, the body is not here, so we cannot examine it's
wounds, but I digress. You are wrong, sir, good day.
You're missing the point here.
You claim "biblical propaganda", and yet this is the very same text and evidence basis you're working from. You have four independent witnesses in
the gospels, writing in different time periods and with different perspectives, who claim that Christ was pierced through the side, and that blood AND
WATER came out.
This is the crux - not that Jesus was pierced through the side, but that water came out. That only happens if the pericardium around the heart has
been pierced, AND if the heart has been placed under significant stress.
Your entire premise is based upon acceptance of the story of Christ being nailed to a cross, buried and resurrected - and yet this, you cast doubt on?
that's inconsistent, flawed logic.
So, too, is the "tradition" where a vampire's head must be cut off in addition to its heart being staked. You didn't mention this in the OP, why
add it now? ...because it suits you, and it suits your argument.
What you've neglected to mention is that this tradition isn't a global tradition - but a regional one. Somewhere on here (I can't link it because
I can't find it in the search, found lots of OTHER threads, but not the one I was after - thanks ATS) is an excellent thread about vampires, full of
historical facts, figures and information. What you'll find, if you read it, is that the tradition of decapitation is more of a germanic one, and is
LATER than the stake through the heart tradition (which has its origins in Slavic folklore).
if you REALLY want to follow the Christ / revenant connection, what you need to do is follow the thing logically.
First things first, for reasons stated, Christ is not, and was not a revenant.
the connection you've made between Christ and vampires is not completely irrelevant. You've just got the cart before the horse. The Catholic
Church did indeed note this same connection, and forged their own folklore around vampirism to fit. Thus in their mindset, the vampire is a corrupt
mirror image of the life, death and sacrifice of Christ - and not the other way around.