Put a few new movie reviews at Shepherd Project today.
In Monsters University, Mike and Sully are two very common archetypes – ones that you find easily in film (Gattaca, Legends of the Fall, to name a few) and more importantly, that you can easily find throughout Scripture… This review highlights several.
In Man of Steel, Superman and Jesus have a lot of similarities…but there are some critical, if subtle, distinctions as well. This review highlights specific quotes and gives a brief (generally) comparison/contrast analysis, with a lot of scripture to support.
Of course, I’d love for you to read it all, but I thought I would draw your attention to this point in particular. It’s one of those subtle, but critical, places of difference.
- Jor El to Superman: “The potential of every body to embody good – that’s what you can bring them.”
OK, this is where it gets a little dicey. Superman came to help mankind see his innate goodness and inspire him to realize the fullness of his goodness.
As good as that may sound, the truth of message of Jesus is the opposite of that. The message of Jesus is that mankind is sinful, with a heart that’s “deceitful … and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9). He came to save us from our sinful natures, to help us put to death our wicked hearts. He came not to make ourselves better, but to make us new selves, a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). He did come to help us embody good – literally. For those who trust in Jesus, He gives us the Holy Spirit who is, in His very essence, good, to live within us so that we literally can embody good. And the Holy Spirit works in us to transform us and make us more and more into the image of God.
Don’t miss this one. It may sound like a subtle difference, but the implications are astronomical. Mankind doesn’t need to awaken his goodness. He needs to put to death his badness and let God put HIS goodness inside, instead.
It’s a message I hear ALL the time in our culture. It’s wrong. And I’m so thankful that it’s wrong. I’m so thankful that Jesus came to save us from our sinful natures. I’m so thankful His message isn’t that He can make us better, but that He will make us NEW! Because I know me…and I’m not good…and better won’t be enough… I need NEW.
Thankful to be a new creation,