Saturday, March 21, 2015

1 Corinthians 15:52-53 -- On Superheroes and Superpowers

"In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality."
1 Corinthians 15:52-53

These verses are talking about the resurrection, and I really like the image here of being changed... not in a bad way at all, but from something corruptible to incorruptible, from mortal to immortal.  I think that both of those things are dreams that we have in the backs of our minds... things that we would actively seek, if we could dare to hope for them.  To be pure and good, and to never be tempted by evil or swayed from our ideals by riches or power.  We make many of our fictional heroes that way.  Superheroes fighting for good, never tempted by evil.  And we have immortal heroes as well.  Legends of the fountain of youth or stories of people who never age are popular because it is natural for us to want that... to want to be solid and certain, inside and out.  Incorruptible, and immortal... to be good and consistent forever. :)
And you know, God promises us all of this and more.  Maybe we won't learn to fly in this life, and maybe we won't ever have the cape and the tights... but we *will* be superheroes someday.  We'll be immortal, and the only corruption that will ever touch us is the corruption we choose in this life... we won't be corruptible beyond this.  Today, let's remember both that we have superhero potential, and that there are some pretty good role models in the scriptures as well. :)  Let's work on developing some of our superpowers now.  Faith, hope, charity, love... all powers that can change the world.

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