Superheroes vs. God

He can fly. He has laser and x-ray vision. He protects. He sacrifices for others. He has super strength. He never ceases to do the right thing. He has a cape. He wears a symbol of hope on his chest. He defeats evil. He is our hero. “Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound … It’s Superman!”

The iconic character of Superman has been around for a long time. In early 1933, high school student Jerry Siegel wrote a short story about a villain who gains psychic powers from an experimental drug called “The Reign of the Superman”. Later on, Siegel decided to make Superman a hero, so he would be more marketable. He published the comic and “The Superman” instantly became popular. Eventually DC Comics bought the rights from Siegel, creating the modern Superman that has completely taken over the media and seemingly everything else.

So what makes this character so vastly popular in today’s society? We believe that his popularity stems from the original sin. People are always striving to be better. They want to be special, to be in control, and to have unlimited power. They want to be like God. This longing is a scary thing because this is exactly what caused Lucifer to fall in the very beginning. He wanted to be like God. He thought that he could do things better. He convinced himself that God was being unfair. He thought that he himself could make a better God.

“Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.” (Revelation 12:7-9)

And so, being banned from Heaven, Satan cast his eye on God’s most treasured creation: humans. We fell for the same temptation that drove Satan to his doom: that God is a liar who is keeping glory and power from us. We should be our own gods. We should form our own destiny.

It is no wonder why Superman is so alluring. He stems from the desire of the original sin. The Great Controversy is engraven into us, and anything that is even close to it is hypnotizing.

The interesting thing about Superman is that the movies purposely create him to look like Jesus. In the movie Man of Steel, Superman is sent down from Krypton to earth as a baby. Jesus was sent from Heaven to earth as a baby. Superman grew up being bullied and mocked, and yet didn’t retaliate. Jesus was misunderstood, bullied, and purposely ignored, and yet didn’t react. Superman found his purpose in life when he found his father’s conscience in a ship from his world. He was 33 years of age. Jesus was baptized and the Holy Spirit descended on Him, marking the beginning of His ministry, His purpose in life. Scholars believe that He was also around the age of 33. Superman was told by his father’s conscience that he was the bridge between the supernatural and mankind. Jesus is our mediator, our bridge from God.
The similarities are endless.

As Christians, we need to be aware of these similarities. Satan uses any means necessary to distract us from what is really important, even if we are enjoying ourselves watching a movie. It doesn’t matter so much if we are happy or sad, just as long as we don’t have our focus on God. If Satan can distract us, then he can capture us.

If we keep fixing our eyes on God, however, Satan’s power disintegrates. And, honestly, if you really think about it, which is better: having fun for a couple of hours, or spending eternity in Heaven?

 

 

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