What if Superman behaved like God?

Jesus saved the world just like Superman

Jesus saved the world just like Superman

When I first saw the initial picture of Jesus talking to Spiderman, Captain America and The Hulk, I couldn’t help but chuckle to myself.  As to how silly this picture really makes the ideology of Jesus really look.  Even though the picture is supposed to be delivering an evangelistic message implying that Jesus is the one true superhero, who saved the world unlike these comic book characters.  To me it comes off as,  -Jesus is as real as a comic book hero.  And that the created character of Jesus, Superman and all other superheroes, are all really just fantasy.  Designed and created for the appearance that in the face of despair there is always hope and a savior figure to rescue us.  And it’s a beautiful message; but for me, all it does is reinforce the notion that God is as real as a Superhero in a comic book.

“I’m not normally a praying man, but if you’re up there, please save me Superman!”

—Homer Simpson

In perspective the notion of quoting the Bible as proof of God is as similar & silly as quoting a comic book as proof of Spider-Man.  As one blogger put it, it’s the Spiderman Problem:  If someone justifies a belief in part or in whole upon a religious document, then we must have some independent grounds for thinking that what the document says is true.  The fact that Issue 122 says that the Green Goblin dies while fighting Spiderman, is not sufficient to prove that there is such a being as Green Goblin or that he is, in fact, dead.  

I think however there is one unique difference between the characters of superheroes and the character of God.  The characters of superheroes are more realistic, and are typically humanely flawed.  Were as the character of god is deeply inconsistent with his internal character.  What I mean by that is that; as one blogger put it, ‘we have made god too powerful, that he no longer makes any sense’.  Flawed in that God suffers from something called the Omni-paradox.  In that god is all-perfect and can do anything and everything, but somehow still fails.  With the classic example being that is God All-powerful, and All-Good, but can’t rid the world of evil, but instead allowing it to exist.  With this Omni-complex we have created a superhero who is no longer logical nor rational.

Most importantly this leads us to the biggest paradox comparison between God, Jesus, and Superheros.  That it is blatantly obvious; that our made up fictional comic superheros are more Moral than God.  God is nowhere near as moral as Superman or the majority of superhero characters in comic books.  Just Imagine:  What if Superman had the same moral compass as God?  Could you imagine the pastor preaching the message, that we all need to go to church on Sunday and worship Superman on the Sabbath or Superman may kill us like the guy who picked up sticks last Sunday(Numbers 15:32-35).  Or Superman kills a man for reading another comic.  Or because he is angry at the world and wants to throw a temper tantrum and drown everybody(Genesis 6:6-7).  What kind of superhero would Superman be if he acted just like God?

Related Articles

Morality, Superheroes and the Case for the Right Thing (Heresy)

SuperGod: The Omni-Paradox (Igtheist Morgan)

If God is Superman, Jesus is Spiderman (Cog in the Wheel)

Superman as a “Christ-figure” (MessyFaithreverberantgrace)

The Ontological Philosophy of a Perfect God (The BitterSweet End)

Spiderman Made Me an Atheist (Hit and Miss)

Batman Vs. Jesus (Atheist Assessment)

About M. Rodriguez

When I first received Christ salvation, I made it a priority to read the whole bible and I did. But it was the Bible that made me question my faith. For I found it flawed and lacking. Due to this I launched a personal inquiry/investigation into my faith, and ultimately realized that the Christian God of the Bible was indeed man-made. Now I Blog about those findings and life after Christ.
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2 Responses to What if Superman behaved like God?

  1. Noel says:

    This is a problem that I see with a lot of non-believers, they take the “negative” characters of God found in the Bible and try to use it to “prove” the non-existence of God. I also don’t believe the real God really wanted to “kill” innocent people, but I don’t think it is a good idea to use these examples to discourage other people’s faith in God.

  2. Overt and explicity references to real-world religions and God were rare in comic books during the 1960s (as with many other decades). The “religion taboo” was particularly in force at Marvel during its early days, which is why the scene scripted by Stan Lee in which the Watcher refers explicitly to God is so noticable and memorable. The Watcher is one of the most important supporting characters in the general Marvel Universe. The character’s given name is Uatu, and he belongs to an ancient and powerful race of alien beings who have made it their task to “watch” the universe, but to not interfere. The Watcher’s status as a wise, quasi-omniprescient being lends weight to his words.

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