Wednesday, 19 June 2013

How Superman is like Jesus

If you have not had the chance to see the new movie "MAN OF STEEL" you may not want to continue reading this blog post. If you don't care about spoilers you have been forewarned.

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This past weekend I went with my wife's side of the family to see Man of Steel for my Brother-in laws birthday and for Fathers day. I thought the movie was overall pretty good outside of a little too much fast action with special effects. But I loved the relational context they put Superman in for this film.

They made Superman like Jesus. Without saying it they threw in a whole bunch of allegorical and visual references.

Let me give you a little of the rundown.

1) He is not from this world but was sent by his father to bring hope and salvation for humanity.

2) He grows in Strength and wisdom, even though it was always inherently within him

3) The symbol on Superman's chest is not an 'S' rather it means hope. How about the wounds Jesus carries as a symbol of hope.

4) Superman wins over the bad guy because of his love for humanity. God defeats Satan as a show of power and love.

5) Just watch the movie and look in the background as Superman is in a church posing just like Jesus, or how about when he stretches his arms out like Christ on a cross. This movie has some many visuals that bring that to the forefront of our minds.

I really loved how they did this. It wasn't overt and in your face, but it was subtle and can send a powerful image. I love when you can take pieces of Hollywood and use them for teaching people about Christ!

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