Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things."

Thursday, March 08, 2007

There is a fascinating moment in Superman Returns, when he takes Lois Lane for a flight above the earth. There, the cries of help from humanity are heard. Superman hears it all, an omniscient listener to the screams, pleas, and moans of humanity. A declaration is made: "The Word Needs a Savior." I was thinking about that - is this Superman a Christ figure? Critical to clarity in this is the question, "What kind of Savior?" Jesus Christ is a dual Savior. He does indeed save humanity from destruction, after destroying His enemies at the battle of Armageddon. Then He demonstrates what real world peace and prosperity are all about through His millennial reign. But far more important than that is that He saves the world from their sinful separation from God. The lost world is condemned in Adam and separated from the life of God. There is truly a desperate need for a Savior from this. Superman saves like a super fireman or a super cop or rescue worker. There is value in saving a life, but if in the end that person goes into eternal punishment, separate from God into the Lake of Fire, the ultimate purpose is lost.

Jesus the Savior is better: even if a person should die tragically there is eternal life. Nothing is really lost, and eternity is gained. Now that's a Savior!

The Superman model is something like the claim Antichrist will make when he is finally let loose by the rapture and removal of the Restrainer from the earth. Antichrist is the first horseman of the apocalypse in Revelation 6. He goes out conquering and to conquer, intending worldwide control. There will be war, famine, natural disasters of various kinds, and somehow at the end of three and a half years, Antichrist is the master of the entire world, and is so bold as to set up an image of himself in the Jerusalem temple, the anti-ark (as the ark of the covenant is to Messiah, so the image is to Antichrist). Of course he is not seen as the cause of those terrible events, but as the savior through them, but with no reference to eternal life.