The box office hit movie “Man of Steel” contains imagery and references that the filmmakers thought would be of interest to faith-based communities, drawing a comparison between Superman, the Man of Steel and Jesus, the Son of Man. So, I thought it would be fun to compare Superman and Jesus in a head-to-head competition of overall greatness. Then, you can decide whom to idolize.
Superman is perhaps the most popular “super hero” among men, because, in my opinion, he personifies what men aspire to be and do. For example, he saves people, he has special skills and abilities, he has integrity and infallible nature, yet his Clark Kent character provides a “human” side that feels vulnerable, weak and awkward. I think these are reasons why Superman resonates so deeply with men.
There are some similarities between the fictional hero, and Jesus our Lord and Savior. For example, both Superman and Jesus:
- Were sent to Earth
- Have super powers
- Saves people
- Fights injustice
- Dwells among us
- Judges justly
- Both wore underwear and a cape (tunic)
Of course, the most obvious difference is that Superman is a fictional character, and Jesus is real. Imagine that … Jesus is real. He lived. He died. He rose again. And He wants to help you be a super man, be your friend, your counselor, your savior, your father for eternity. Here are a few other differences:
|Super human Powers
|Creater of the universe. Power that can only be descripbed as “miraculous”
|Saves people from death
|Saves people for eternal life
|Never forgets sin
|Forgives sin with saving grace
|Faster than a speeding bullet
|Can fly anywhere fast
|Always present, just need to call on His name
|Knows our thoughts
|Restores order temporarily
|Restores order permanently
|Reacts to problems
|Proactively equips man for problems
|Shows up when available
|Never leaves, nor forsakes
|Has a weakness
|Spotless, blameless, pure. Perfect.
|Love for Lois
|Love for all man kind
|Thwarts the bad guy
|Has already won the battle over evil
|Higher purpose: “Do the will of Him who sent me”
|Addresses outward actions
|Addresses inward actions that impact outward actions
|Revealed fully, that we may know Him
|Hid his identity
|Invites people to relationship with him
The bottom line is Superman is a fantasy. Jesus is reality. Superman is a vicarious aspiration. Jesus is a experiential connection.
But, the most incredible difference between the Marvel comic and Jesus, is that you can literally become like Jesus, and you won’t have to wear tights and a cape. Romans 8:29 says that “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son…” and in 2 Corinthians 3:18 the Bible says that we “…are being transformed into his image…”
Did you know God has wired men to be “Super” men? God’s plan for you is to create men of character that make them great and do great things. However, it requires a connection with the original “Super man,” otherwise known as Jesus, the Son of Man.
You’ll never be Superman, but you can be a Super Man — God’s man.
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What do you think Superman and Jesus share in common or make them different? Share your ideas here.
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Kenny Luck, founder of Every Man Ministries and men’s pastor at Saddleback Church, provides biblically-oriented teaching and leadership for men and pastors seeking relevant, timely material that battle cultural, worldly concepts threatening men and God’s men.
Every Man Ministries, founded by president Kenny Luck, gives men the tools they need to walk with God and navigate the difficulties of life. As the men’s pastor at Saddleback Church, Kenny Luck created a program for men to start and lead their own men’s ministries, the Sleeping Giant program. Watch Kenny’s teachings at EveryManMinistries.com.