There’s a new movie to be released entitled “Batman v. Superman.” I’m sure they’ll pull it off somehow. I’ve got to say, however, that doesn’t make much sense to me. Unless Batman starts making his bat-suit out of kryptonite, he’s toast. Superman after all is…well, Superman. They don’t call him that for nothing.
When I was a kid, I loved buying the comic books with all the heroes. Superman and Batman were among them. I read them over and over again. There was Batman, and there was Superman. The two didn’t mix (at least not in those days). I’m going to check out that flick just to see how they square it up. I’m sure they’ll figure something out, but it’s beyond me at this point.
In my mind, it’s a tad like pitting God against Satan. People do that all the time. In their minds, God is the superhero. Satan is the super villain—equal and opposite to God.
Sorry folks. It’s just not like that. There’s no anti-God, kryptonite suit for Satan. Satan has no secret power, laser beam, or mind trick to use on the Creator. He’s just no match for the Almighty.
Yet, people still juxtapose the two like they are opposites on the same scale. They see Satan as a force to be feared, reckoned with, and outwitted. That would be true, of course, if we were the entire opposing force.
We aren’t. God created Lucifer (Satan). He was a beautiful angel. I suppose he still is. The key word there, however, is “created.” God created Lucifer (and everything else) out of nothing. He spoke everything into being. Satan can’t do anything like that—or anything even close to that!
“The enemy prowls around like a roaring lion…”
Because of this misconception, loads of folks walk around in fear of the wiles of Satan. They see him under every rock, behind every door, and lurking in every shadow. I beg of you—please don’t live that way!
It’s true Peter tells us that our “enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) But think about that. When’s the last time you were worried about being eaten by a lion…especially a roaring one? Sometimes we give Satan way too much credit.
In the very next line, Peter tells us to “resist him, standing firm in the faith…” In short, if such an attack does come upon you, you have the tools to fight and win. Your faith in Christ is more than sufficient to handle the job. I guess the Devil isn’t such a big deal after all.
That’s not to say we can merely let our guard down. We still fight daily temptations, wrong decisions, and lack of discernment about life situations. Yet, we have the promise of success in Jesus. We don’t have to cower in a corner and hope that lion won’t see us. We’ve been assured the victory.
I just hope Batman fares as well against the Man of Steel.