By: Rev. Colson CrosslickThe commandment is one of the most significant sentences in English literature: “You shall have no other gods before me.” That powerful sentiment is delivered by the Lord God. He follows it up with the second commandment: “Do not make a sculpted image or any likeness of what is in the heavens above.”
There’s a reason why God puts those two commandments first. It’s a clear message that Christianity is the true religion and that his followers should not be worshipping false gods or images of false gods. “I’m the man!” God is saying in today parlance. That’s why I’m often amazed that Christians don’t get more serious about battling the evils of comic books, especially comic books about “alleged” superheroes.
Who, after all, is Superman if not a false god? He’s a savior of the earth – delivering it salvation from the forces of evil. A space creature with powers to rival God: flight, super-human strength, and X-ray vision. How does the Christian Right not understand what a danger Superman and his ilk impose on impressionable, young boys?
If we don’t put a stop to the growing popularity of comic books and the mega-industry of movies, video games and toys they have spawned then it won’t be long before our youth are kneeling down before Ironman rather than Jesus Christ. When children are awe-inspired by fictional "gods" in comic books rather than our rightful fictional God -- then we have problems.
Comic books are clear violations of the first two commandments and for that reason alone Christians should forbid their children from reading them. Take them to the dump! Burn them in a metal trash barrel! Sell them to Muslims on eBay! Do whatever it takes to get these satanic magazines out of your homes!
I’ve seen the effects of these Satanic volumes have on the soft-cheeked, young lads at my church. It’s like an addiction to crack cocaine or pornography of hot chicks dressed up like cheerleaders or nuns. Some boys get so hooked on comics that they end up on the Internet at dead-end destinations of despair like the Comic Book Resources Forums.
Need more proof that comic books are the Devil’s work? Look no further than the content of the more popular titles:
• The Incredible Hulk. This comic is about a man who changes into a rampaging green demon that may, in fact, be a surrogate for Satan. This “transformation” is induced by lust, anger, pain, and humiliation. The Hulk then brutally attacks the cause of his “anger.” Do you really think this is a good message for our children? Even though Jesus went on his own rampage against the moneylenders he never turned green or ripped through is clothing. It's very doubtful he'd approve of the Hulk!
• Wonder Woman. A comic book about a scantily-clad, big-breasted Amazon woman with a magic, golden lasso (obviously a symbol of her sadomasochistic impulses to tie up men). Need I say anymore about how this kind of tripe can cause hormone overload in young boys and turn them into anti-Christian rapists?
• Thor. Talk about false gods! Thor is an ancient Norse god worshipped by the ancient druids of Scandanavia (Denmark, Norway, Holland and Italy). Norse people were barbarians and often wore helmets with horns on them (who does that remind you of!). Thor is the essence of a false god depicted as a superhero! This is exactly what the Lord was talking about in the first and second commandments!
• Ghost Rider. The main character is a motorcycle riding freak with a flaming skull for a head. This superhero actually sold his soul to the Devil for his powers! Clearly the Satanic elements of comic books are front and center in this evil, little tome!
• Doctor Strange. A sorcerer who draws his magic abilities from mystical places (most likely Hell!). He has the abilities to create illusions, teleport to other locations and to mentally possess other people (in much the same way that a demon possesses a person).
Here are the names of some other comic book heroes: Dead Girl, Nightwing, Deathstroke, Doctor Doom, Gay Ghost, Blue Devil, Manhunter and Human Torch. As you can see, these alleged superheroes resemble the evil minions of Satan more than real heroes. I won’t even go into details about the villains in these series because they are so vile that I’d need to read the Bible for a week just to recover my wits.
It makes one long for the days of John Wayne. Now that was a real hero!
If your kids want to read comics -- what about Archie? Or Richie Rich? Or Hot Stuff?
Superhero comic books are not the innocent reading material most Christian parents think they are. They are propaganda for an anti-Christian lifestyle that promote things like super powers, magic, other worlds, and free thinking. Don’t fall into the trap and let your kids read about reality -- in the Bible.
(The Rev. Colson Crosslick is pastor of the Pretty Good Shepherd Church in Ripsaw, Arkansas. In the past, he has called for a boycott of the Spiderman movies. He also writes the regularly appearing column Under God's Right Arm for DaRK PaRTY.)
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