KAL EL, MOSES FROM KRYPTON


Born on a distant planet, rocketed to Earth as a small infant. Adopted by John and Martha Kent.  Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Look up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Superman!


As a young boy I used to dream about being like Superman.  Wouldn’t it be incredible to be mild mannered and living a normal life in everyone’s eyes, but secretly to have another identity with super-human powers?  I wanted to be able to fly, to withstand bullets, and wear a skintight blue suit with a red cape.

As innocent and noble as our Super-heroes once were, the reality of humanity falls far short of that adventurous vision. The original concept of a man having perfection, power and incredible strength came from the Prussian philosopher Frederich Nietzche.

Nietzche was the son of a minister who was trained in the Scriptures as a youth. At some point, he rejected the concept of God and took the logic of rationalism and existentialism to its natural conclusion.   His were the writings that made the cleanest break from any concept of God, as seen in "The Madman," where the main character states that "God is dead and we have killed him."

Nietzche knew that the consequences of his thinking would cause great amounts of pain and suffering, but he romantically postulated a "Superman" who would arise from the rubble of religious man and would be able to define his existence based upon his own self. Hitler was a great fan of Nietzche's writings, as was Mussolini. Both probably felt themselves to be a type of Nietzche's "Superman."

Nietzche is an incredibly interesting study, as he knew the truths of Scripture, but chose to believe otherwise. His life and death were tragedy. Nietzche was a man who had seen the light and chose the darkness. Looking deep into the darkness and realizing that it was totally empty, Nietzche died in insanity waving his fist at the Heavens.
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We live in a world full of people who look into the darkness of this world and believe that the answer lies in humanity.  There is a religion that places man as the centrepiece of the universe, not God.

The prophet Isaiah also voiced a dream of a coming Superman.  One that would not only have the power to demonstrate perfect humanity, but who would also remove the very fabric of evil from the Created Order.


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