By Richard Haas
During a fight with his archenemy, General Zod, Superman plunges down to Earth, his arms outstretched as if he were being crucified. Of course, he rises again.~Craig Detweiler,
Seems that once again churches and church media groups alike are ready to cash in on the next Brobdingnagian trend setter. They are willing to push their entertainment style venue to the next level. Thanks to the watchful eye of Charlie Brennan, V.P. of Apologetic outreach at E.B.C., we have learned that Warner Bros. Studios is aggressively trying to promote the “Man of Steel” to Christian pastors (See the full article here:
Warner Bros. Studios even has gone as far as to appoint a theologian to outline sermon notes for pastors.
It should be no surprise that Warner Bros. Studios and other media groups like Grace Hill Media would try to sell the “Man of Steel" to entertainment driven hungry Seeker Driven pastors. We should not be surprised either that many pastors are jumping on this bandwagon once again trying to use the metaphor of a superhero in relation to Christ. It is pop-culture trying to influence the church, rather than the church influencing pop-culture. As we have seen time and time again in America, a large part of the so-called "evangelical" churches are anything but Evangelical and instead have become a venue of entertainment a countless number of goats posing as “Christians”.
This article and the pastor interviewed do nothing to advert the stereotyping of the typical “Evangelical” Seeker Sensitive pastor. Pastor Quentin Scott of Baltimore’s Shiloh Christian Community Center made such comments like:
“When I sat and listened to the movie I actually saw it was the story of Christ, and the love of God was weaved into the story.”
Sorry pastor Scott, but the story of Christ is NOT in the movie of Superman, the story of Christ is in the Word of God. There is no typologies representative of the biblical Christ in this movie. It is a movie, and that is all it is. The original creator of Superman, Jerry Siegel had Jewish roots. Therefore, the origins of Superman if it had ties to the bible would have ties to Jewish traditions and teachings not Evangelical ones. With that said, the Jewish people believe that Jesus is yet to come and has not come yet. Any typology of a Christ-like person is happened speculation at best. In all actuality, comparing the two is a non sequitur (this is an argument in which its conclusion does not follow from its premises). It is NOT the story of Christ, and it is not even close to a proper presentation of biblical Christianity. If you want to preach about Christ to your church, please, open your bible and proclaim it from there, not from a man made movie.
Matter of fact, when we actually get down to the nitty-gritty of comparing the present day version Superman to Christ and the bible there is a startling resemblance to Mormonism, not biblical Christianity. For example, the movie focuses on the origins of Superman, who was sent from the planet Krypton as an infant to save his species. Sound familiar? Mormonism teaches something remarkably similar. Mormonism teaches that a person becomes a god of their own planet just as God and Christ were once man but now are god’s. All a person has to do to become an exalted man (a god) is follow the teachings of Mormonism. Mormon’s also teach that when you become of god of your own planet you have spirit babies with your goddess wife. These babies are than sent to be born and raised with surrogate parents on a planet. Sound too much like science fiction to you? Well it is not; this is a genuine teaching in Mormonism and is known as the Lorenzo Snow couplet. Another familiar connection to Mormonism is how Superman is sent from his home planet Krypton to be raised by surrogate parents here on Earth. In Mormonism Jesus came from the planet Kolob to be raised by surrogate parents (Mary and Joseph) here on earth.
While the movie Superman “Man of Steel” may have many spiritual like components, that may seem to be "Christian" in their appearance, it does not warrant that they are actually a representative of biblical Christianity. In fact, it is quite the opposite. It tends to follow more of the teachings of the cult of Mormonism than Christianity.
It seems that once again the alleged mainstream American Christianity is willing to try to reach the masses with another pointless message with no biblical Christ at its center. Be ready for Superman "Man of Steel" sermons coming to a Seeker Sensitive church/Emergent church near you. Get ready to be entertained all the way to the gates of hell. As many churches and pastors totally miss presenting the only thing that saves, Christ and the Gospel.
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