The vampire Dracula is a cultural icon.
Why do we find him so terrifying?
Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula offers this chilling vision of Dracula and accurate depiction of the power of evil. The protagonist John Harker is at Dracula’s doorstep, and Dracula greets him:
“‘Welcome to my house! Enter freely and of your own free will!” He [Count Dracula] made no motion of stepping to meet me, but stood like a statue, as though his gesture of welcome had fixed him into stone. The instant, however, that I had stepped over the threshold, he moved impulsively forward, and holding out his hand grasped mine with a strength which made me wince, an effect which was not lessened by the fact that it seemed cold as ice, more like the hand of a dead than a living man. Again he said, ‘Welcome to my house! Enter freely. Go safely, and leave something of the happiness you bring!'”
Evil has the power to grip the soul.
But perhaps even more terrifying is that Jesus is in perfect agreement with this assessment: “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:34-36).
Evil has the power to grip the soul. But then we must personalize it as Jesus does: evil has the power to grip my soul.
Evil is not something that can be managed. Evil is something from which the Son must set us free.