Saturday, February 28, 2015

What Does Scripture Say About Sorcery?


Magic. Everyone loves it nowadays! It's on TV, it's in the movies, it's all over the music industry, there's basically no way to escape magic nowadays! Kids are being trained that it's all good, teens and adults accept it as it is and are even enticed by it, and many parts of the world are trained in it (whether "realists" believe in spirits or not). Whether it's Harry Potter or even just Mickey Mouse, God has a very clear perspective on magic, sorcery, warlocks, wizards, and witches, all seen in the Holy Scriptures. So, let's take a look, shall we?

"When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughters as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquiers of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you." - Deuteronomy 18:9-12
Now, I think God is being pretty clear here, sorcery, like any other sin, is a rebellion against God and is using the power of demons to accomplish your will (thus not surrendering to His). Now I'm not saying card tricks or special effects are inherently sinful (though there is a certain amount of deception in them), but using magic and the Enemy's spiritual power certainly is.

Leviticus 20:27 tells the Israelites to put people who practice sorcery to death. Now, this is tricky because obviously we aren't supposed to kill people. Remember when the Pharisees wanted to stone an adulteress, Jesus told them that the only one worthy to do so is the one with no sin at all (John 8:1-11). What Leviticus is showing us as believers is that death is punishment for sin, ALL sin! Every sin out there is mentioned in Leviticus and every one of them results in death being the punishment. In fact, James 2:10 says that whoever keeps the whole law but breaks just ONE point is guilty of all of it and deserves death. Why? Because it's rebellion against God.

For more on Old Testament law and how it translates to the New Testament, check out Voddie Baucham's sermon from Moody Founders Week 2015, it's really, really good.

But going back to sorcery, if you would ask people what they thought about magic, most would be fairly receptive and totally okay with it. After all, the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella isn't evil, neither is Glinda from the Wizard of Oz, or Harry Potter, or Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (except for that one time she actually was). Here's the deal, that's all fiction, and if we know anything about the world we live in we know that it glorifies evil all the time! James tells us that friendship with the world is enmity with God while 1 John says that whoever loves the world is an enemy of the Father. Essentially, as Christians, if the world loves it, we should flee from it, and honestly, that's SUPER hard! I know I haven't reached that level of obedience in every aspect of my life, thank God for his grace, mercy, and patience!

So here's my question for you, if the world loves magic, if magic is super-popular in today's society, why is that?

I think the answer's pretty simple honestly, it's because Satan wants to distract you from Christ and put you in a mindset where you believe that you can be in control and wield supernatural power for yourself, even if it's in a video game or through watching a movie. Not to mention, his "magic tricks" distract you from Christ's sacrifice on the cross!

You see, the idea of magic as the world sees it, the entire concept, is so anti-God it's not even funny. If you look at Star Wars (the Original Trilogy specifically), the Force is the magical energy that surrounds everything and gives power to those who are force-sensitive. Now, I love Star Wars as much as the next guy, but think about this for a second, Darth Vader can use the Force, Luke Skywalker can use the Force, Obi-Wan and Yoda can use it, and the Emperor can use it. Both good and evil can use the Force because the Force is neutral, so here's my question for you, how does that work?

In Mark 3:25, Jesus says that "a house divided against itself cannot stand". The next verse talks about how if Satan was divided against Satan, it wouldn't work because he'd immediately be defeated! And if using magic is a sin, then how is it that the good guys in Star Wars beat the Empire at all? The philosophy of the Force in Star Wars and even how magic is based in Harry Potter, is called dualism, and in the movies it works, but it shouldn't, especially not according to Scripture.

There are a few specific times in the Bible where we see magic being used, but it's always by those who are enemies of God and/or who worship demonic gods. In 1 Samuel 28, King Saul, after the death of the Prophet Samuel and the anointing of David as the new King of Israel, went to a witch in a town called Endor (all you Star Wars fans are going nuts aren't you?) and had her raise the spirit of the dead Samuel. Bare in mind, this was not Samuel, this was a demon who know exactly what had occurred in Saul's life up until this point. Here we see a medium channel a demonic spirit into herself to give Saul information, not only is this sorcery in and of itself, but she also commits necromancy and divination here, both sins which God condemned back in that Deuteronomy passage we had just looked up before.

Another famous example is when Moses and Aaron go to Pharaoh to talk in Exodus 7 and God, through Moses, makes Aaron's staff into a snake. Now, using the powers/energies/spirits of their gods, Pharaoh's sorcerers do the same and actually make not one, but TWO snakes! Obviously, sorcery is something that can be done, and like Satan does with EVERYTHING else, he does it as a counterfeit to the miracles that God has already performed. Then, just to show Pharaoh how worthless his gods are, God has Moses' snake eat the other two right in front of them. Good stuff. Also, the Prince of Egypt version of this is great (Exodus: Gods and Kings really missed an opportunity there...)!

I want to make this clear too, just so that I don't mislead anyone or so that people don't get confused, God DOESN'T use magic. Truly, He doesn't need it! He's already infinite, already all powerful, not to mention He's already won! Magic is something the Devil created to imitate God, it's funny because once Satan rebelled against Heaven, any creativity he had before just turned into one big counterfeit operation. Magic and sorcery is simply Satan's reaction to the miracles of God.

Here's the thing about magic, it's evil. Period. I'm sorry if you love magic-based things, but it is. There are things I really like that have sinful qualities to them too, I get it, it sucks! But if we are called to be like Christ then we are to put away the old things, the evil things of this world, sin, and run to the things of God! I'm not going to tell you that you're going to Hell because you read Harry Potter or play Wizards 101 (those commercials are terrible by the way...), but I can tell you that regardless of the stories and their themes, God still doesn't like the magic part of it, to Him, a Holy God, it's all evil.

Godspeed!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

What's Going on with Marriage?


As much as possible, I try not to write about things that bother me on here. I have this philosophy because I want this blog to be something that is encouraging to all believers and something that [hopefully] will be able to help you throughout your life's journey with the Lord Jesus. This being said, I have something that at first is not going to be very encouraging, in fact it's going to be really sad, but that Lord willing will be able to end on a more positive note.

According to Divorce Statistics, 45-50% of first marriages in the United States of America end in divorce. I know that we all know this, but that doesn't make it any less terrible. In fact, it gets worse. 60-67% of second marriages end in divorce and 70-73% of third marriages don't work out! Not to mention, 40% of couples with children divorce, while 66% of those without kids also end in divorce. In the year 2010 alone, 872000 of people living in the USA were either divorced or had their marriages annulled. In fact, 10% of the entire US population is divorced.

This is wrong and needs to change.

In my own life, I have actually had to deal with the issue of divorce and the idea that marriage is bad quite frequently actually. No don't worry, my parents are happily married and living a biblical marriage, but there are so many people who aren't. A girl I am in class with, I won't use her real name so let's call her Abby, was in the military, got out, and is now currently married to a husband who is apparently a real jerk. They don't live with each other anymore, she moved back home is now back at school at MSU and in the process of getting a divorce. Something Abby says all the time in class, warning her three other partners (myself being one of them), is that we should never get married because it just turns out bad. I finally had enough of this today and told her that maybe we just shouldn't marry the WRONG person, to which she actually agreed. Okay, but how many people has she told NOT to get married? How many people will consider her advice? Let's move on...

The media loves to play with this idea of divorce or not getting married at all as well. In the comic book universe, Superman and Lois Lane were married, The Flash and Iris West were married, and Aquaman and his wife Mera were happily married, until DC Comics decided to change up all their characters giving them new ages, personalities, and stories, which lead to these marriages being split up as if they never happened. The same thing happened to Spider-Man and Mary Jane Watson too! All of this was done to create "more story-telling opportunities" for the characters, completely dissolving the vow and bounds of marriage. The only marriage I've seen recently in comic books was that of a gay couple from the X-Men!

Speaking of, unless you're watching a television sitcom, how many times recently have you seen a married couple (as in one man and one woman) on a drama show? I honestly can't think of many, only a few. Chuck & Sarah on Chuck, Oliver & Chloe and Clark & Lois (who really never got married but had a ceremony that was interrupted, so that only kind of counts) on Smallville, and Ichabod Crane and his wife Katrina on Sleepy Hollow. I'm sure there are more but the fact that I can't remember them is sad, not to mention that none of these marriages were biblical marriages in the first place! Each one of the couples mentioned above, besides the two from Sleepy Hollow, had sex before marriage, each one of these couples kept secrets from each other, each one (on some level) either betrayed each other or left each other for a time, and two of them even tried to kill one another, one succeeding.

Which brings me to last night. Last night I watch the season finale of Sleepy Hollow (spoilers will follow by the way), a show that I really like largely because of the biblical lore (specifically the Book of Revelation) that is the main context of the show (as the main characters are the Two Witnesses from Revelation who face the Headless Horseman of Death as one of their archenemies, it's actually a pretty cool concept!). However, there have always been three things that have bothered me about the show, only one of which I'll talk about tonight. One being the use of magic and sorcery, something I absolutely hate because God hates it, the second being the Witnesses conforming to society (as in, they aren't prophesying or preaching the Gospel, only battling evil, which is good but not accurate), and the third is the way that marriage takes a backseat to their mission and partnership. The main character, Ichabod Crane, is married to his wife Katrina (a witch by the way), who keeps secrets from him (strike one). In the final episodes of this season, Katrina becomes consumed by her blood magic powers and joins the Horseman of War to destroy the world and bring witches about to rule the Earth (strike two). When the Horseman dies (who just so happens to be her and Ichabod's son) at the hands of the Second Witness, Katrina goes back in time in order to kill her husband (strike three). This ends with the Second Witness following her, restoring time, and Ichabod, the First Witness, having to kill her in order to protect the Second.

Now, there are a few things wrong here. First of all, Katrina, in the first season, was portrayed as a hero and faithful to her husband, but by Season 2, her devotion to her husband wavers, eventually turning into betrayal. This is not an accurate picture of what marriage is supposed to be. It goes even further when Ichabod kills his wife in order to save his partner's life. Now, I'm all about saving people, but killing your wife to do so is also not what marriage should be. Ultimately, the real issue here is that the writers of Sleepy Hollow and the characters in the series don't understand what marriage truly should look like in a biblical context.

According to Scripture, marriage is for six different things. Now, I wouldn't limit marriage to only six different uses, but based on what I've seen in Scripture, this is a biblical picture of marriage:

  1. Marriage, first and foremost, was created for Procreation. In Genesis 1:28, God blesses Adam and Eve's marriage and tells them to multiply and fill the Earth, to rule over all that is in it. Marriage is how children are supposed to come into the world! Children who grow up in broken homes or homes with one parent or two of the same sex don't get the same kind of structure and biblical outlook on what marriage is supposed to be! This is why this is the first thing the Lord tells the couple after they are married, so they can share with the world what marriage is to be like and so that they can fill it.
  2. Marriage is for Pleasure. Marriage is supposed to be fun! If something like sex, within the context of marriage, wasn't something that was pleasurable and was simply a way to create kids with no joy or happiness involved in it, then it would be pretty boring on some level. But no, God created sex with a sense of pleasure, to stimulate us and make us connect with our spouse. Proverbs 5:18-19 tell us that we should be satisfied with our spouse. And sex is a two way street too people, it's for both parties and one shouldn't deprive the other (1 Corinthians 7:5), hence why sex within marriage is so powerful and is something that Satan likes to corrupt as said in Hebrews 13:4 (it's also why masturbation is a sin, because you are only one half of a whole).
  3. Marriage is for Prevision, specifically in terms of the husband providing for the wife for two reasons. First is that the wife is "a weaker vessel". Not in terms of spiritually or maturity or even socially, but in terms of physically, thus why the man is called to provide for his wife and family. Secondly, because it's good for the man to provide because he feels like he's doing what he was created to do (and if you look at the first few chapters of Genesis, that would be correct!). 
  4. Marriage is for Partnership. This is probably the most obvious of them all. In Genesis 2, it's said that God created women from man because man should not be alone. Men and women are made for each other, that's why they're comparable, that's why they (not a man and a man or a woman and a woman) can reproduce, because God LITERALLY MADE marriage for one man and one women so they could be partners in life. Ephesians 5:31 specifically says that when two are married (and they have sex), they have now become ONE FLESH. Essentially, and this is echoed throughout Scripture, this means that they aren't simply individuals anymore, it means that they are each half of a whole.
  5. Marriage is Picture. This is exactly what I've been talking about the entire time, but it needs to be reiterated here. Ephesians 5:22-33 talks about how marriage is a PICTURE of Christ and the Church! When talking about this, it gets a little tricky, but I'm going to tell it to your straight from Scripture (1 Peter 1-9, Ephesians 5:22-28), and if you disagree or are offended, then take it up with the Almighty Holy God. As marriage is a picture of Christ's relationship with the Church where Christ is the head and we do as He will's, loving Him in return, then marriage should be the same way. Now, I don't mean this to undermine women, but Scripture very clearly has a place for men and women in the context of marriage. The husband is a picture of Christ, though not perfect he is the head of the relationship, and thus the family. Thus, as Christ loves the Church, so must a husband love his wife unconditionally. The wife is the picture of the Church, which means she is called to be submissive to her husband (provided he is not making her break the 10 Commandments obviously). This is something that should really be super-clear, but for many they choose to ignore it due to personal bias or cultural norms.
  6. Lastly, but certainly not least, Marriage is for Purity. This goes right back to the 10 Commandments talking about sexual sin outside of marriage. It's wrong to have sex outside of the covenant of marriage, period. Sometimes that's hard to remember, often we don't want to remember it, but that's the way it's supposed to be! Sex within marriage is something sacred to God, it's something that should be undefined, meaning only the husband and wife should ever have sex with each other! In fact, 1 Corinthians 7:9 says that it's better to be married and then have sex than just have sex outside of marriage! They go together, they aren't supposed to be separate.
Here's the thing, obviously this is something I'm passionate about. I don't like divorce, neither does God, the only time divorce is okay with God, and I use that really loosely here because it's sin and He's really not okay with it, is when the unbelieving spouse leaves the other. It's not okay if you're both believers, it's a sin. It's not okay if one of you is unbelieving and you don't want to be there anymore, it's a sin. 1 Corinthians 7:15 says, "But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or sister is NOT under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace." God doesn't even say that it's okay, He just says that you don't have to deal with being under that bondage anymore! This is why it's so important not to be unequally yolked with someone who not only is not a believer, but also doesn't have the same views on Scripture AND marriage as you do (2 Corinthians 6:14)!

In all honesty, it truly saddens me that today so many people have the wrong view on marriage. It's not between a man and a man or a women and a women, that's un-biblical and quite frankly a sin. Living together and having sex doesn't make you married and is in fact also a sin. Sex before marriage is a sin. Divorce is a sin, unless you're not the one leaving (at least based on my interpretation of that, so don't take my word, pray on it). Marriage is between a man and a woman and is a picture of Christ and the Church made manifest. I cannot stress enough how important and powerful marriage is and how much I hate that it is being perverted it our society and culture today.

In case any of you are interested, those six points above are points I pulled from a message Tanner Ripley preached to us at CrossLife last semester, here's a link for you guys if you want to take a listen, I highly recommend it: Marriage & Sexuality

Godspeed!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Wyatt's Math on Jesus' Death & Sacrifice

I wanted to re-blog something that my brother Wyatt posted on Facebook a few weeks or so ago. Some food for thought:

Just curious on how long ago Jesus Died on the Cross, so I looked it up and there have been 3 (that I know of) scientists who have been able to calculate the time it has been since Jesus died. 
Now are they right is a different question but from what Sir Isaac Newton calculated is that He died on April 3rd, 34 AD. And if you can't do the math from how long ago that was, I'll do it for you! 
It was 1,980 years ago... WOW! Now, keep in mind that Jesus took EVERY sin that we have ever made from before His birth to today's date. In 20 years, Jesus would have died 2,000 years ago... There are over 7.046 billion people on this planet.... We sin AT THE LEAST once per day... So let's do some more math... 365 times 1980. WAIT! There's also leap days, so lets do the math now 365 x 1980 = J + (495) which equals 723,195... That's how many days (not exactly) have passed since His death... now... some people sin more than others... and since let's just say we all sin about twice a day... that's about 1,446,290 sins that have been committed since then.... BUT the earth is about 6,000 years old... So there's 3,000 years that haven't been checked... Just so you know... Jesus took on every single sin we committed. 
I really want you to think about what you've done for Him in return (before you say well you're worse then me, that may be...) and I'm not saying I'm right... I'm just asking you to live like you owe Jesus to carry out his work... because we do... and we as 7.046 billion people owe Jesus everything... So what are you doing for Him?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Finding Christ in... Man of Steel!


Over the past 77 years that Superman has been around, he has been constantly been compared to that of the only real live superhero Himself, Jesus Christ. As many know, Superman was created by Jerry Siegal and Joe Shuster, both Jews themselves, and was based largely off of the story of Moses told in Exodus. In later years, throughout comic books, films, television, and more, Superman not only became the king of superheroes, but he also became the one superhero to use Christ-like symbolism in various forms of media. Smallville, the ten season TV series which chronicled the life of Clark Kent from when he was in high school until becoming Superman, did this numerous times through either Clark being in cross-like poses (one of those episodes even being called "Salvation") or offering himself up as a sacrifice for those around him. The show even went so far as to hint that the show's final villain, Darkseid, was actually Lucifer himself, and later calling Clark "The Light".

Now, I want to give up a DISCLAIMER here before you all decide to stone me as a heretic. I am not saying Superman and Jesus are one-in-the-same!!! On that note, I am also not saying that you can receive ANY form of salvation from or through Superman. The point of this article is to not only look at the biblical illusions within the film Man of Steel (remember the title of this blog...), but also to (hopefully) get Christians to critically think about what they're watching, listening to, and experience and try to see Christ through them in order to meditate on Him at all times. At the end of the day, we receive salvation through the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ by believing that He has conquered death and saved us from our sin, that is the good news of the Gospel and there is NOTHING and NO ONE on Earth that can replace Him or that, not Superman, not anybody. All I hope and pray to accomplish here today is to share what I have seen through watching Man of Steel and hopefully point someone to the Word or at the very least get someone to critically analyze what is going on around them through a biblical lens.

If you jump back with me to 2013, there was a lot of hype for Man of Steel for various reasons. One of the ways people got excited was by creating a sermon outline based around Man of Steel that shared the Gospel of Christ. Now, I don't really want to sound like I support that, because honestly I think it's absolutely wrong to build a sermon around anything BUT Scripture. So when I heard that news, it kind of creeped me out and put me on edge for when I saw the film myself. I mean, I suppose it doesn't matter how you come to Christ or what draws you to Him, but I'm still not sure I'd base a sermon around a movie, period. I only mention this because it was something I remembered that put me slightly on edge and it had to do with the film, so that being said, let's move onto the film... SPOILERS may lie ahead.


I want to start out by pointing out the obvious. The story of Superman, at least his origin, is heavily inspired and influenced by not only the story of Moses, but of Jesus Himself. With Moses, people equate the destruction of Krypton to Egypt's killing of all the Jewish babies, thus making baby Kal-El's rocket his basket down the Nile. When comparing Superman's escape from Krypton to Jesus coming to Earth, it's often said that because he was Jor-El's one and only son, that he sent Kal-El to Earth to help change the world. This is further supported when Lara, Superman's birth mother, says, "Make a better world than our, Kal" seconds before Krypton's impending doom.

Side note, Superman's birth name, Kal-El, has Hebrew roots. El is translated to "of God" or simply "God" (my name, Michael, means "Who is like God?". I'm sure Samuel, Daniel, and Gabriel, all biblical names, means something like that as well). Kal has been loosely translated, or compared to, as the Hebrew word for "voice" or "vessel", thus making Superman's native name mean either "Voice of God" or "Vessel of God". Interesting, huh?

There's a flashback scene in the film to when Clark was a kid, and he saves a school bus from drowning in a river. Later, one of the boy's mother is seen talking to Jonathan and Martha Kent (Martha's original name in the comics was in fact Mary Kent) and tells them that her son saw what Clark did and that it was a miracle from God, "God's providence".

Continuing on with the flashbacks in this film, there's a scene where a tornado appears in Smallville, Kansas. Clark and his father, Jonathan, rush to get as many people to the underpass as possible to shelter from the tornado, when they realize that they left their dog in the car. Clark tries to go save the dog, knowing that he could use his abilities to get in and out safely, but rather than let his son get outed as a "freak", Jonathan insists on doing it himself. He does in fact free the dog from the car it was trapped in, but at the cost of bumming his leg. Once out of the car and free, he realizes he doesn't have enough time to get out of the tornadoes path, and Clark sees this too. As Clark is about to speed over to save his dad, Jonathan simply raises his hand in the air, signaling him not to. Jonathan sacrifices himself for his son's life so that Clark doesn't have to live under a microscope. Now, if that's not true and sacrificial love I don't know what is. Surely Clark could have saved his father and surely Jonathan didn't have to save the dog, but this scene is here to show how important and powerful a father's love can be (if you didn't already get that by Jor-El dying to save his son from General Zod in the first 20 minutes).

As the film continues, we see Lois Lane follow the story of the mysterious savior around the the ends of the Earth (like a disciple?), eventually leaving him to save her life not once, not twice, but three times throughout the film. She follows him without hesitation, keeping the secret of who he is when asked and backing his plan to defeat Zod and his army later in the film.


One of the biggest indicators of a Christ-like comparison to Superman in Man of Steel is his age. In the film, Kal-El has been on Earth for 33 years, and after 33 years he finally finds out who he is and where he came from. Not only that, but after this time, he also finally receives his mission in life when General Zod and his army arrive and demand for Kal-El or the planet will be destroyed. Superman gives himself over as a sacrifice, willingly turning himself into the authorities in order to save Earth. Obviously, this can be directly correlated with Jesus turning Himself over the Pilate to be tried for a crime in which He did not commit, thus resulting in His death, resurrection, and ascension.

Before turning himself in though, Clark goes to a catholic church and asks a father what he can do, telling him that he is the one that Zod is looking for. When the father asks what his gut tells him, Kal replies by saying that he doesn't think Zod can be trusted, but that neither can the people of Earth. The father responds by saying, "Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith, the trust part comes later." For those of us who are born again Christians, I think we can often, on some level, relate to that statement. Through this scene, we see a stained glass window behind Superman, with Jesus carrying his cross clearly seen directly behind him. This is not only meant to add weight to the decision that Kal has to make to sacrifice himself for Earth, but it also adds to the idea that he is the Christ-like figure of the film, an idea that holds true for the most part until the very end...

Side note, the same composer who composed the score for the History Channel miniseries The Bible and it's spin-off film Son of God, Hans Zimmer, also composed the score to Man of Steel.


But before I get to that, let's talk about one of the most pivotal scenes in the film. Throughout the film, Superman is aided by the "ghost" of his biological father Jor-El through Kryptonian technology that kept his essence alive to guide his son when the time was right. The ghost of Jor-El could be considered a "Holy Spirit" type character as he guides his son towards the path of becoming a hero, battles against the enemy of the film (Zod), and aids Superman's disciple (Lois) in escaping her prison. Interesting, huh? But in this pivotal scene, this is the last interaction Jor-El's ghost has with his son. Jor-El shows Kal that Lois is in trouble and that he can save her, "you can save all of them." After this is said, Superman falls out of the side-wall of the spaceship and makes the Christ-like pose seen above before dashing to save his one true love (Jor-El's ghost can even be seen disappearing in the background as he flies towards her). This is the moment in the film where the Christ-like comparison hit me straight in the face, though sadly, we still have to get to the final scene.

Now, Superman doesn't die in the film, or resurrect as he does in the Bryan Singer interpretation of the character in Superman Returns, in fact, he does the exact opposite and this is where we need to remember that although there are Christ-like qualities to Superman, for all intents and purposes (because yes, he's technically Kryptonian) he is still human and not God Himself. At the end of the film, Superman banishes the Kryptonians to the Phantom Zone in an explosion, a Hell of sorts if we're going to compare them to fallen angels (Revelation speaks of them all being thrown into the Lake of Fire), but General Zod survives. Superman faces Zod in mortal combat as parts of Metropolis are blown to bits by the fight. At the end of the fight, Zod uses his heat vision to attempt to kill a family in Metropolis' Union Station. With seemingly no way out, the first-day hero snaps Zod's neck and kills him. He wasn't happy about doing it, in fact he was extremely sorry that he did, but nevertheless it shows us that Superman is NOT the perfect savior that we all desire and crave for because even Superman breaks the 10 Commandments, even he is not above the Law! That's exactly why we have and need Jesus!

You see, we are all fallen beings, that's a result of our own pride. However, God saw us and loved us, He continued to love His creation even though they/we rejected Him (Genesis 3). So He sent His one and ONLY Son to Earth to save us from totally annihilation (John 3:16). Jesus lived among us for about 33 years, until He was crucified. Though after three days, He rose from the dead, He conquered death through His resurrection, and He said that all we have to do to be saved is repent of our sin, turn away from our natural, evil ways, and believe that He is the Messiah, that He is the Christ, and that ONLY by His grace and mercy can we be saved (Ephesians 2:8-9). This is the good news of the Gospel. So many films, television, music, etc. point towards Christ, most of the time without them or the audience realizing it. I hope you can watch Man of Steel differently now, through a more biblical lens, and see why mankind needs a Savior, why we need Jesus Christ, our real and true Superman.