Allow me to begin with a scripture that should guide our thinking as we read and study this particular post.
“Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.” (Prov. 19:20-21).
After you have studied the various links and carefully considered how the scriptures apply, you can draw your own conclusions. I am not here to make choices for anyone.
- List of Superheroes: http://www.superherodb.com/characters/ List of Superhero Debuts: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_superhero_debuts I thought this interesting –
- List of Superhero Powers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_superhuman_features_and_abilities_in_fiction
- and “Supernatural” Powers: http://powerlisting.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_Supernatural_Powers_and_Abilities (BTW, they must invent their own vocabulary for these) 25 Most Powerful Superheroes: http://list25.com/the-25-most-powerful-superheroes-of-all-time/ Top 100 http://www.ign.com/top/comic-book-heroes
Notice how the prime qualities of all these Super Heroes confuses the facts concerning Jesus. The ones writing equate the so-called ‘imaginations’ about Jesus with the Super Stars and come out with everything being a myth. Even very little children actually talk to each other about being real. A video clip I saw recently showed a group of kids (about four years old) arguing about whether one little boy was real or not. Imagine! (http://youtu.be/3sKdDyyanGk) You might even listen more than once to get the whole impact. Little kids are arguing about whether it was raining or just sprinkling. The one precious little twin was busy the entire time trying to make peace. One time the little boy did say, “You’re not real; I’m real,” perhaps meaning, you’re not speaking the truth/reality, I’m speaking reality.” After I listened to it the third time, I realized that even at the end, the bystander twin was trying to comfort the little boy by telling him, basically, “Here, you turn around and stand here in the front of the line and then she can’t bother you any more because I’ll shield you by getting in line between you.” There’s at least one tender little heart out there in this crazy world!
Consider the imaginations that invent all this fiction—science fiction, or whatever fiction it is—it is all imagination and thus, when told for ‘truth,’ becomes nothing but lies.
- Luke 1:51—He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
- Romans 1:21—Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
- 2 Corinthians 10:5—Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
- Revelation 21:27—And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
- Revelation 22:15—For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
Those who make the lies are no different than those who love them; they will both find themselves outside of the eternal city. So it makes no difference whether the ones who lie in making up all these tales, or the ones who love the lies someone else made. They are under the same condemnation.
You will find more evidence against the “love and make a lie” people here: (Rev. 21:27; Rev. 22:15, as well as Luke 1:51; Rom. 1:21 and 2 Cor. 10:5).
I don’t think we can come on too strong. What really rubs me the wrong way is when you just LOOK at the powers of the Superheroes: there’s no glory left for God!
The second most outstanding feature of every superhero is that of all these characters, how many are good? Even if they “seem” good at first, they deviate. Don’t tell me that’s not planned to give the idea that it is OK for kids or adults to deviate now and then.
How can Christians encourage kids to love these lies! I wonder what they’ll say to us on the other side of eternity. As NASTY as these are, it amazes me how prevalent they are — how they permeate every aspect of a child’s life — his clothing, his eating utensils, his games, his toys and toothbrushes–literally everything.
We may as well stop trying be overly polite – not that we want to be harsh, or push folks away, but are we sacrificing truth in order not to ruffle folks’ comfort zone. Really? With the young people turning away from God like they seem to be these days, we’re running out of time.
6 thoughts on “LIST after LIST of Super Heroes”
Wow, you are brave to take on the Super Heroes, Beth! I saw your post when it first came out but didn’t have time to click on all the links–I still don’t, but I appreciate your writing out the various quotations from Scripture. A mom at my church posted something recently about her young son confusing Jesus with the Super Heroes, so I know that kids can get mixed up. Two of my sons enjoy Super Hero movies, and I’m not convinced that enjoying those movies is bad, as long as the lines between fiction and reality are drawn clearly. Fairy tales and magical heroes have been around for a long, long time, not just since the advent of comic books. Still ruminating on this one. . . .
Sandy, Do you think at least some of the problem might be age related? If I wire a little person’s brain to think all of the super hero achievements are real, then how can I separate that from miracles or special powers we read about in Scripture? We both know part of he problem is that most parents do not teach scripture at all. That is left up to the Bible class teacher once or at best twice a week. Not only that but we have the strong visual appeal with the TV and absolutely none when we read scripture. Reading or listening to reading requires thinking, visualizing and assessing, while all that is done for the kids on TV.
Neil Postman, a media scholar and one of the most astute social critics of our time in a scholarly book on education, explores the differences between the mental processes involved in reading and those involved in television viewing. Postman says that reading demands sustained concentration, whereas television promotes a very short attention span. Reading involves (and teaches) logical reasoning, whereas television involves (and teaches) purely emotional responses. Reading promotes continuity, the gradual accumulation of knowledge, and sustained exploration of ideas. Television, on the other hand, fosters fragmentation, anti-intellectualism, and immediate gratification.
Postman does not criticize the content of television—the typical worries about “sex and violence” or the need for quality programming. Rather, the problem is in the properties of the form itself. Language is cognitive, appealing to the mind; images are affective, appealing to the emotions. Neil Postman, Teaching as a Conserving Activity, New York: Delacorte Press, 1979, 47-70.
By appealing to the emotions of very young children, the super hero movies and videos have been able to rewire their brains to think a totally different way. Of course you know me well enough to know I am also concerned about the content.
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