Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Ghost Rider Gets Saved

I'm sure most of you remember a few years back when Danish newspapers published a cartoon image of the prophet Muhammad, which caused an uproar in the Muslim world. In Islam, it is forbidden to display an image of Muhammad in any way. This way of thinking was a bit hard to understand for the Christians of the western world. Images of Jesus has appeared in various films and paintings, Some of the latter going back 1500 years. Jesus has appeared in some comic books, all of them Christian comics that retold his life and works.

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Satan of course, has appeared in superhero comics since at least the 1950s. So if Satan has appeared in various superhero comics, how many has Jesus appeared in? There is only one that I know of, and it's seems to be an unlikely hero he was teamed up with.

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The date for the above comic is Dec 1974. You can see Satan is trying to claim the soul of Johnny Blaze, the Ghost Rider. The Comic starts off with Ghost Rider fighting a one eyed demon named Inferno, who has hypnotized a crowd and is using them against the Ghost Rider. Towards the end of the comic, the Ghost Rider is defeated, and Satan shows up to claim his soul. Except there is one person in the crowd who steps in on Johnny's behalf.

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I thought for a long time about whether to post this or not, but upon review, it's not offensive, and it's an interesting bit of comic book history. If anyone thinks I'm wrong, let me know.


Anonymous said...

Nobody knows what the Lord Jesus Christ looks like. Christians are verboten from making representation because any image would mar and pale in comparison to the original. Also human have fleshly tendency to worship and get off on tangents with icons - leading to sin. Which is why the Lord Jesus Christ wants you to focus on the framework 1) Love God 2) Love neighbor as self and thusly fulfill the whole of the law. God hates the wicked every day and himself will judge. The representation of the friend is not scriptural and this is Satan vs. Satan steering folks away from the truth.
2Corinthians 11:13-15
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.

Salvation is a gift from God:

(Romans 8:28-30)

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

Ephesians 2:8-10. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."

Ed said...

Hello Anonymous. I hope you don't mind my asking, but what denomination are you with? I've been in many churches, and all of them seem to have had a painting of Christ on the wall. If you believe this is wrong, that's cool, I'm just trying to expand my knowledge.