04 April 2016

Superman versus Batman – Attributes

Greetings Dear Reader,

In addressing the obvious imagery of Jesus in the Superman movies we see in both Superman Returns and Man of Steel that in the latter the creators of the film do so intentionally.   Batman v Superman seems to try and deconstruct this. 

SPOILERS FOLLOW:

Lex Luthor has a line in the new movie “If God is all powerful he cannot be all good and if he is all good he cannot be all powerful”.  The idea of this axiom is flawed as the premise can only be measured by human standards.  First one must ask by what standard is this axiom established.

Why do to we think it is not possible for God to be both?  We have to assume that one is judging the goodness of God by standards other than God’s.  One of the inherent problems with judging God is establish standards by which to judge him.  As I have said often his standards are defined by who he is.

The other thing to consider is that these attributes, good and powerful are not his only attributes.  God is holy, just, loving, and all knowing.   In order to establish the criteria for judging God’s goodness one must also measure against these other attributes.

What troubles me most is how important it is that we see the goodness of God.  It seems in an ever-growing way that society judges God by standards that do not align with his other standards.  He makes it clear that he will not be judged by man.  He also asks that man prove his goodness through following his ways in faith.

The Father is all powerful and all good.  The two are not mutually exclusive.  In following Christ I must assure that I follow in the knowledge that the Father has all things under control and that he is good.  This is one of the reasons why I follow.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”

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