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Superman: Christ or Anti-Christ?

I’ve been looking forward to the new Superman movie because I love the mythic power of comic book movies. As I’ve scanned the various reviews, I’ve noted multiple writers suggesting a link between this new Superman and Jesus Christ. MSNBC calls Superman the “inspiring story of a savior.” NY Times suggests that Superman has come to save mankind from its sins. And in one sense, superheros do reveal some savior characteristics.

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But as much as I want to see the film, it is hard for me to see Superman as Christ. I was actually joking to someone yesterday that Superman is just like Jesus except that Superman is strong and Jesus is weak. The mystery and offense of Jesus is the cross. He comes in weakness. He is mocked, rejected and eventually killed. Yes he does demonstrate feats of strength through miracles but his miracles are clearly not the focus of his ministry. The cross is the defining event of his life. Von Balthasar says that Jesus falls so low that all future human falling and failing is falling into him.

In his weakness, we find one who can cover our weakness and failures. And despite our bravado, most realize our frailty and falleness. I hope.

As I was thinking about this, I found an interesting perspective from Acton Institute. Jordan Bailor writes:

Superman, the secular savior-figure, manifests the superlative qualities that the world worships: power, strength, immortality. Jesus Christ embodies mercy, weakness, and suffering. But as Paul also writes, “The foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.”

I think is interesting that the film is titled “Superman Returns.” Sort of like the return of Christ. And this makes me think of how someitimes Christians like to emphasize Jesus Christ returning in POWER. Sometimes I wonder if we are embarassed of the weakly Jesus and can’t wait to serve a Jesus that busts a few heads.

I guess the message of the cross offends just about everyone.

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  1. July 1, 2006 at 10:29 am

    You and all your talk of weakness. If you don’t get some powerposts on this blog we’re going to have a throw-down in k-town.

  2. April
    July 10, 2006 at 9:31 pm

    Yes Christ came in weakness, but he had more power at his disposal than Superman ever will! His weakness was only a putting off of His true royalty and position and power for our benefit. I think the similarities between Christ and Superman are striking. But when it comes to true power, Christ has so much more power than Superman. Superman can only help a few people in one location and is limited to some degree by time, space and his weakness with Kryptonite. But Christ is the creator and He has the capacity to save people, not once so that they need to be saved again and again, but permanently, and as God, He is in all places at once. He holds the power of physics, biology, the universe, death and the course of human history. Superman does possess many of the beautiful qualities of Christ and I believe he points to the character of Christ, but certainly not in all ways. Still, Superman has such compassion, kindness, unselfishness, love for others, and wisdom. He has so much power, but like Christ, he doesn’t force himself on Lois but waits patiently and is a gentleman towards her, much like Christ waits on us to come to Him and doesn’t force Himself on us. Of course, everything about Superman is not a direct parallel to Christ, but I think the movie will stimulate Christians to think more about what Christ acted like and how much greater a Savior Jesus is than Superman could ever be.

  3. July 25, 2006 at 12:39 am

    Superman returns is new world order propeganda greasing the way for the comming of the anti-christ. Anyone studied in end time prophesy / revelation would see how painfully obvious this is…… more than that… it’s totally “in your face”! …Check out …

    http://www.infowars.com

    Time to wake up people……….time to wake up.

  4. December 1, 2006 at 9:34 am

    Yo anyone see superman returns? I loved that movie and i cant wait to pick up the dvd and game for xbox 360….i heard theres a code in the dvd that lets you play as bizzaro in the game, that should be pretty tight. Im lookin forward to gettin it at the end of the month.

  5. Ben
    March 6, 2007 at 7:22 am

    is it no clear that the weakness of Superman, being kryptonite, is just a representation of christs weakness which is mortality.

    Kryptonite takes Supermans powers, therefore making him mortal, whereas jesus was permanenty mortal.

  6. mohammed
    June 5, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    i want to vote between Christ and Superman

  7. David
    June 14, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    I believe inforwars. The idea of the superman behind the Thelemic views may be based on a certain someone, but according to the bible, that certain someone is the creature from the bottomless pit. Analogous for blood in a man being that the philosophical “superman” who everyone will worship after he fights wars to the brink and keeps on living, will be put in power by Satan and worshipped by everyone after he gets his head wound. The analogoue of the creature being representative of the superman deals with aspects of mans divinity as portrayed by tribes peoples and tongues. The creature is described in Ezekiel as a cherubim and it is not plural for the living creature but plural for those around the throne, which is analogous itself.

  8. thorn
    June 16, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    hello there all this is quite interesting and i want to add something:if you carefully see superman and lex luthor is like the luthor fights superman always for one purpose to learn and also have the
    powers of him so will became superman his self!
    luthor is the simple man the big money man the politician Antichrist that want to be a god!and rule the world”but superman and luthor is the same is Antichrist split of the part of super powers and human side”
    also please see my video that i make for fake savior and a new age messiah!

  9. thorn
    June 16, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    thanx for watching!!

  10. August 30, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    you are all stupid !!!

    Supermans father is GOD
    Superman is jesus (GODs son)
    Lex Luther is Satan.
    The created land in the sea is the rise of the antichrist.
    And don’t forget the stab with cryptonite in his body that weakened him.
    Also chech out: Crypton was destroyed, read revelations about a BIG war in heaven, satan lost that war and was thrown out of heaven to earth along with his demons.

  11. August 30, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    There are much more movies (( like batman, the dark night)) that caries secrets that we don’t know, or we may not know.
    They are hidden messages about what must happen in/to this world.
    Means people with a hidden purpose interpreting these massages and must work things out to make it happen.
    These people are pressent on every level of societie, religion, politics, financial, cience, education, war, and much more.
    The truth is: “YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH”
    Because the thruth is more bad than you ever did see on your screen.

    Don’t get lost in the manny things that people are screeming, they don’t know where to look them selfs.
    Don’t ever follow the thouths of the big mass, if you do, YOUR WRONG !!!
    The mass is controlled.

  12. ManOfSteele
    April 17, 2011 at 12:10 am

    ever seen the Steel or Steele family crests? Fiery red, Hyacinth blue, and sulfer yellow are our family colors with the red dragon. Not too often that you find that all rolled together and thrown in your face and not even noticed lol. Show me in the bible where is says that Satan himself as a person is bad. He never goes against God’s word even if sometimes against his will. Satan and God are the only two that have been around since the beginning right? “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God….” He was the first Angel aka the Morning Star. Jesus even said HE was of the root of David AND THE BRIGHT AND MORNING STAR….” Damn parables making it all so confusing for the sheeple. Job 40-41 the Leviathan…. Can you catch him with hook or run a line around his tongue…. Lay a finger on him remember the struggle don’t try it again…. Behind him he leaves a glittering wake A white fleece seems to float on the deeps….. Of all the sons of pride he the king…. They’re going to kill us all and themselves as well because of their ignorance and inability to work together to save mankind instead of killing it.

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