Tuesday, July 08, 2014

This week's lesson: the son

God is a lousy superhero.

If there's one thing on which all the comic books agree, after all, it's that superheroes are . . . well, they're super.

Yes, they have super-powers: super-strength, super-intelligence, super-invulnerability to everything from bullets to the common cold.

And when you add their super-good-looks, then one thing is clear: superheroes are nothing like God.

No, when God showed up on this earth, then He did so as an ordinary human.
  • He wasn't omnipotent.
  • He wasn't omniscient.
  • And he was vulnerable to everything from hunger and thirst to family misunderstandings (not to mention torture and death).
In short, the best picture we have of God's true nature is not one of a man in tights who spends a lot of time at the gym.

No, it is one of "a man of sorrows who is acquainted with grief."
All of which suggests that God would not do well in comic books.
But as for the real world -- the world in which we live?

It would seem that He fits right in.

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