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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Angels vs. Super Heros

Reading some of the Christmas passages in the Bible this season (Matthew 1-2, Luke 1-2) I was reminded how awesome angels are. God created these beautiful and powerful creatures to be his messengers (angel means messenger) among other things. 
Thinking about how awesome angels are, I thought, "Hey, they're kind of like super heroes." My girls enjoy super hero movies and we often have conversations about what makes someone a super hero. 


So, with this in mind, I decided to list many of the things angels can do and then note any super hero that can do that as well. This was just a fun little exercise to make the point: *Smack!* Angels are amazing, powerful and beautiful. Don't mess with them. *Bam!* They are holy super heroes who serve God. *Pow!*


So some of these attributes of angels don't match up with a super hero. Perhaps you can add some to the list as well. Let me hear from you!


Angels…

...Are super-intelligent (like Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic 4)
...Exercise moral judgment and therefore are able to sin
...Are warriors (like Thing, Hulk, & Captain America)
...Are worshippers 
...Are spiritual beings and therefore able to be invisible (like Violet Incredible)
...Are created beings
...Can appear in bodily form
...Are protectors / guardians for people
...Can fly (like Superman)
...Are messengers
...Are extremely fast (like Flash, Dash)
...Serve God and people
...Are holy 
...Fight for good over evil
...Have authority and rank
...Some are on fire (ex. Isaiah 6, Seraphs = burning ones) (like Human Torch)
...Stand in the presence of god
...Appear god-like to people who see them (Thor)
...Have evil enemies they fight
...Don't marry


Note: I got this list from Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology