Pastor Tom Newton of Cornwall Ontario – Letter to the Editor: Superman = Jesus

Pastor Tom Newton of Cornwall Ontario – Letter to the Editor: Superman = Jesus

smos posterIn my circle of news feeds, this equation has appeared more than once. The first problem with this equation is the source of the story line: myth, legend, and fiction. In my study of theology and church history, I’ve seen worse equations that have been imagined and passed off as truth as many have tried to grapple with Christology. Some old communist dictator can state “religion is the opium of the people.”  Psychology can, with equal authority and arrogance, state that in humankind’s development, we at first needed a “god-superman”, therefore we created him, her, or it, as the product of our primeval mindset. And now the Hawkings and the Dawkins and many others of our time say it is time to case off this childish notion, myth, and legend. But why do we still come back to the Supermans, Ironmans, etc., the gods of our day? Entertainment makes money? Sells popcorn? No, I believe there is a deeper reason, which must be found in our make up, in our own heart and being: we are created in the image and likeness of God.

 

As created in God’s image and likeness, we still must wrestle as our fore-fathers did to try to answer the deep and profound question of “good and evil”. It used to be that most children imagined being the cop and not the robber, the good guy, even the superhero. But, sad to say, many of our day like being the villain, the bad guy. One has to wonder, in this quest for an answer to the age-old question of good and evil, what these would-be villains are reading and watching.  But the root of the problem goes deeper than just what they’re watching and reading.  The human heart itself is depraved and enjoys being evil.

 

This desire to be “like god”–to play the role of God–has a good and evil side to it. Here is where we must go beyond myth, legend, and fiction, and search the inspired record, the Holy Bible. Those who say “there is light within”, so we must search for the answers from within, are deceived, and are in fact propagating the lie the Devil sold to our first parents in the Garden. Are we not still waiting for someone to stand up and straighten out this mess we are in globally–the false Messiah that is to come, Antichrist? But we must consider the Words of Inspiration and understand what Satan said: that in order for us—humankind–to be wise, to be like god, or gods, we must be able to experience both good and evil; therefore, one must sin in order to be wise. By choosing to sin, Adam confirmed us in the state of this lie and disobedience: thus, the fall of mankind, and the perpetuated lie that we are all born into and live. Though we are fallen sinners, born in darkness and loving darkness, the image of God is not totally obliterated.  A once-enlightened conscience still testifies to what is right and wrong.  It is interesting that primitive societies legistated laws of morality, long before God gave the Ten Commandments to the nation of Israel. Why is that?

 

     Back to our equation, Superman=Jesus. What we see in Superman is someone overcoming evil with good, or, like the step-dad of Superman says, “Someone to believe in.” In our imagined superheroes, we find something good, we find someone standing up for humankind, even though it is a man from another planet. Superman stands for justice, truth, righteousness. In the end, the good guy wins, and, of course, he finds true love and gets the girl. Where did these desires come from? Some mutated genes that the animal world missed out on? We look around on our sin-sick, cursed, mess of things, and we long for something different. Therefore, we fantasize and create our own gods. The Greek, Romans and others have done the same all throughout history. But in fantasizing, are we not really showing our true heart, wanting to back in the Garden of Eden, without sin, and still in fellowship with God? Our fantasizing is telling us that we don’t need a superhero, but a Saviour!  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).

 

Pastor Tom Newton

Calvary Baptist Church

 

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Wow….. ok i’m not gonna go on a huge atheist rant here…. i’ll keep it short and simple.

1. Superman was created as a means to entertain people in exchange for money. To this day, movies action figures books games whatever all all here to make money not to teach us about “God”

2. You don’t have to be religious in order to be a good person. Your acts alone take care of that.

3. If you want to say Superman is like God or Jesus in the sense that they are all fictional. Then sure, we can agree on that…..

Stan
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Thank God for Superman!

Terra Incognita
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LOL, the creators of Superman were both Jewish!

Sorry pastor, wrong messiah 😀

tnpreacher555
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Terra – there is only one Messiah, and it is not Superman. Yes, it is true that many Jews still reject Jesus of Nazareth as Messiah. The is one that is to come, the Antichrist, that Israel, as a nation, will receive as the false messiah in the coming time of Jacob’s Trouble. Here are two simple examples of early Bible prophecy and interpretation solves that problem the identity of the true Messiah: #1 – On the Day of Pentecost, the prophecy of Joel was partially fulfilled because of the resurrection/ascension/exaltation of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Promise to King… Read more »
Terra Incognita
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Don’t waste your breath, I’ve been an atheist since the age of reason (12).

Terra Incognita
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The Quran’s fables are actually much more plausible, although I do have a soft spot for the Celtic and Norse mythologies.

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All right that does it…. I tried to be nice about it. I tried not to let the atheist take over, but if you’re gonna come over here and start spreading that garbage then it’s time for me to let loose. You want to compare Christianity to Superman? I’ll play along. Let’s pretend for a minute that we believe in God. Let’s open up that totally factual bible. God drowns everyone in the world except for Noah and his family. (Genesis 7) Kills all the firstborns in Egypt (exodus 12:29) Drowned the pharoah and all of his gang in the… Read more »
Pete
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@ Jamie… LOL. For anyone else:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_law

tnpreacher555
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what!!!!! “I tried not to let the atheist take over…” Sounds like “what” is facing an Incredible Hulk attack? So “what” – so is the god of atheism your hero?

Act 17:30-31 “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead”.

YouKidding?
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I love the censorship of this website. It’s official I will no longer support you!

Furtz
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That’s funny. While I do occasionally view this site, I haven’t posted for months. Check the IP addresses to verify.
You made it very clear back in February that I am not welcome here, and that’s fine with me.

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So no comment then? You don’t want to talk about how you are worshiping a genocidal lunatic? You don’t want to talk about the millions he killed? You just want to change the subject? How about dinosaur bones? Did you want to talk about those? Oh of course! Dinosaurs are extinct because they didn’t have enough room for them on Noah’s little life raft. 😛 My bad. Typical religious behaviour man. “Hey look over here, don’t pay attention to that part of our religion” If you want to argue on this thread for weeks while I post logical arguments while… Read more »
tnpreacher555
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What??? -“It’s been almost 2000 years bro it’s not gonna happen…. maybe it’s time to wait for something that might actually happen…” 2Pe 3:3 -7 “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby… Read more »
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Ok so is this guy really a pastor, or is this some troll just trying to mess with us? Lol! First off, you’re still trying to argue your point of view by quoting a book that the majority of the people posting on this thread do not believe in. That’s not gonna get you far. The whole thing is BS. You don’t fit 2 of every animal onto a single boat, there are no people living in the clouds deciding if we live or not. Tsunamis, earthquakes, plagues, none of it is divine. It’s all explained by science. What isn’t… Read more »
tnpreacher555
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What – whether or not you believe the Bible is the Word of God is immaterial. The fact is God does! 1Pe 1:25 “But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you”. John 12:4748 “And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in… Read more »
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Yeah we’re done here… Just like I said always happens in these “debates”, if you can even call something so one sided a debate. While I bring forward proof and evidence all you can bring up is passages from an old story book. You ignore the facts completely and keep throwing out your nonsense. Typical relgious comment 3: ” My fake god is real because my fake god says he’s real” “It’s the truth because we say it is and that’s all there is to it” Here is my last piece of truth for you pastor. Your religion is on… Read more »
tnpreacher555
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What “New planets are being discovered all the time” – but no life, right? But we can imagine………….

“I want you to think about something pastor. Imagine a world with no religion whatsoever” – the late John Lennon wrote of that. Some write that John was seeking God through Christ in his last days, inquiring at least – hmm, imagine!

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Lol, ok ok ok, I hate to go back on my own word… (you’ll have to excuse me if I don’t show up on Sunday to ask you to forgive me for sinning. 😛 ) Just oooone last post since you set yourself up so bad…. New planets are being discovered all the time. The latest one was just a few days ago. (CNN) –Astronomers now are upping that likelihood, announcing that they’ve identified a star system with up to seven planets — three of which could potentially host life — 22 light-years away. The likelihood that conditions could support… Read more »
todd leblanc
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this tom idiot is the guy whos standing on a corner with a bunch of fools chanting god will save you and u drive by and laugh as he takes over ur radio chanting stupid stuff the last time i heard him i drove by and laughed nothing but a joke same as his followers almost on the same level as the westboro baptist church

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