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Why Jesus is Better than Superman
by Andrew Fidurko
As a young child I loved superheroes. Who am I kidding, I still love superheroes. It is amazing the things that they are able to do. The super powers that they have. I have watched superhero crime fighters, legendary heroes, and average Joe type heroes all winning against evil or the bad of the world. I remember watching the original Superman movie as a boy and being overwhelmed with his strength and ability to fly. I can still hear the line, “This looks like a job for Superman.” I also remember watching He-Man and The Incredible Hulk. Unlike He-Man, the Hulk busted out of his clothing and turned green. It was exciting as a boy to use my imagination and explore these superhero characters and their superpowers.
I believe the powers caught my attention, but the story was even greater. There was the sense of morals and justice of the choices that made these heroes. They truly cared and believed that evil would be vanquished and that good would triumph.
As an adult, we now have heroes such as Jack Bauer, Jason Bourne, Ethan Hunt, Superman, Batman, James Bond, The Avengers, and John Wayne. Movies, comics, and books help to captivate ours minds with, “What is the next bigger, badder bad guy that our heroes can take down.”
Superman is my favorite and I think we all gravitate towards some kind of “hero worship” in our society. Sociologically, there is a hole inside of everyone that we fill with role models. A couple of generations ago, sports figures were the heroes. And always there have been role models in parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. There has been a shift though, culture and media have started putting more and more stories of fantastic things in front of us to watch and read. And as we start filling our minds with the wonder of supers with the awesome things that they can do, there is an internal reflection, “I wish I could be like that.”
Now lets talk about Jesus. Is Jesus a superhero? How does Jesus rank in this line of figures? If I were to think of Jesus as a hero of the world, what could be said about Him?
When it comes to Jesus, I do not like to use the word superpower. Jesus has and is the unlimited power. Jesus is the ultimate authority in heaven and on earth.
The other thing that needs to be said about Jesus is that He is not a myth, nor legend. Neither is He just a passing note in history books and stories. Jesus is very, very real.
But for our “superhero” discussion, lets reflect on Jesus as if He was a superhero. Jesus has displayed these “powers” in the Bible (but the things He can do are not limited to this list):
Jesus and God’s power is ultimate and limitless. It is like a nuclear bomb in comparison to a mosquito. Come on! We are talking about the God of the universe that has made galaxy upon galaxy that we have not yet even explored, who is stronger and brighter than the sun.
The trinity belief is that Jesus is God. Jesus is the Holy Spirit. All three are one in a way that we are unable to fathom. So when we reference Jesus and His power potential, all of that has to be taken into consideration. Jesus is stronger than Super Saiyan 4.
Beside their powers, heroes are defined by their character and message. Jesus says that belief in Him is the way to eternal life. In John 14:6, He says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Romans 10:9 says, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” One day Jesus will lift His finger and throw the evil of the earth away, and there will be a new creation made. Jesus wants you to follow Him into this new way. And I ask you today to consider His invitation.
I know Christian beliefs have been smeared throughout the centuries of existence, but I am asking you, instead of pre-judging a belief, to explore what it really means to follow Jesus. There are people who care about you. Please contact us so we can help you with your questions or belief. I will be praying for you as you are reading these words. If you are not in our area, feel free to email us or attend a local church service. I pray that you will find believers that will show you how real Christianity is in the world today.
Jesus is a stronger and better hero than Superman, despite my love of comics, movies, and superheroes. There is barely a comparison in the awesome power of God. Jesus changes lives and will continue to effect change in the world. Discover it for yourself.
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