BANNED-Immanuel’s Veins

Ted Dekker is a great author and writer of some of my very favorite novels.  Among those novels is his new book Immanuel’s Veins.  This novel is full of amazing imagery depicting vampires in a new light, with chivalry and fighting enough.  The story is largely a love story however, and also largely reflects upon the biblical story in the Song of Solomon also known as Song of Songs.  It is this reason why Immanuel’s Veins has been banned from Holland.  It is seen as far too sensual of a book for a christian audience and so the publisher refused to print the book. Song of Solomon is a highly sensual book of the Bible and many churches tend to steer away from teaching from it while other churches will use it in marriage courses and such.  The question among many is whether or not Song of Solomon is appropriate for many audiences.  Does it go too far?

My question is, why are you asking that question of a book of the Bible?  The Bible says all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.  I understand that Immanuel’s veins is not on the same plane as the Bible of course so I am not equating the two, but the message contained within the book is one of a biblical, sensual love.  This kind of love is very beautiful in the eyes of our Creator God and should be viewed with respect.  All Immanuel’s Veins did was emulate this same love within the realm of fiction.  Does this make it wrong?  Is Song of Solomon wrong?

Please comment and let me know what you think!  Do you feel the same way or do you think sex should have no part in christian literature?  Where is the line drawn for you?

I definitely recommend Immanuel’s Veins to you so please read my review for the book!

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6 thoughts on “BANNED-Immanuel’s Veins

  1. I loved Immanuel’s Veins! I guess I did Expect it to be sensual because Ted made it quite clear in all his blog / facebook posts, but there was nothing dirty that would require banning the book, IMHO.

    From my point of view, God is the one who created sensuality and those desires in us, as well as of course LOVE. So if the world twisted His glorious creation to a perverted form, it still does not change the fact that it was God’s idea in the beginning.

    But again, that is my IMHO.

    1. I agree with you, as I don’t think there was anything that was bad in it, and if there was any sensual stuff you have to take into account that God created us that way and to God it is beautiful!

  2. of course sex should be included in Christian literature. if you read the song of Solomon, you will see the freedom
    God gives us to enjoy sex, within the marriage. however, what doesn’t belong is graphic details, that really only demeans this precious gift that God gave us

  3. Song of Solomon contained more graphic details than
    anything in Immanuel’s Veins. It is ridiculous that the book was
    banned. One thing I loved about the book is how real the two female
    characters were. Girls who have recklessly abandoned themselves in
    the search for love. One who already experienced the results of
    that lifestyle, now jaded. The other still living as if she were
    invincible, soon to face reality. These girls are very real, even
    if extreme.

  4. God made us sexual beings, and He wants us to enjoy that part of our lives as much as any other. He sprinkled sex throughout the Bible to teach us the best way to have sex and help us avoid the wrong ways. I love Song of Solomon, its poetry and figurative writing. I love the love that comes through in that book. People all over the world, however, are afraid of pure, unadulterated (I used that word on purpose) love, and they don’t understand it.

    1. Absolutely! That is the best way I have heard it in a long time. God has directed us in the world of sex at least as much as in any other part of our lives, and the best thing we can do for ourselves, and for our spouses, is to listen to what he has to say. I would guarantee that you will become closer to your spouse and there is no more worry about infidelity outside of the marriage.

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