Last year I published this article in the Mighty Champions Magazine, a teen magazine produced by the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern U.S.A.. I’m a huge fan of all that superhero stuff (especially my comic I’ve been collecting since the beginning: Miles Morales Spider-man comics—I have every single comic since he came out).
A lot of times superheroes are given “Savior” story lines. That’s what they do. They are super and they are heroes because they do phenomenal things to save people and often the world or even the universe from destruction.
So here I wanted to compare the story of the famed Thor with the story of Christ: who is a cooler super hero?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last ten years, you probably know who Thor is—Marvel Comics superhero, who was also shown in the Avengers movies and two movies specifically just about him. I don’t know about you, but I thought those movies were awesome! And Thor was so cool!
But I want to show you five ways that Christ and Christmas are way cooler than Thor!
- Both claimed noble birth, but Christ’s Father is the Pantocrator and cannot die!
Thor is the son of a powerful man named Odin who was the king of a majestic kingdom named Asgard.
Christ however, although He was born in a manger, was actually begotten of the Father beyond all time (and thus eternal, just like His father), and has always existed.
And Christ’s Father isn’t just a king with some sort of power, He is Power itself, and the source of all power, and the creator of everything that exists, and the Pantocrator (holder of all things in the world)! And Christ, equal to the Father, joined the Father in creating all things, as the Bible tells us:
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist” (Colossians 1:15–17)
- Thor was sent to earth unwillingly by his father Odin to teach him Humility; Christ out of His humility chose to come to earth to teach us to be perfect like Him.
Odin is said to have sent Thor to earth to teach his son a lesson about humility. Thus, Thor needed improvement because of his imperfections. He didn’t come to earth to help people there, but rather because he needed help.
Christ, on the other hand, is perfect because He is God, so He was not in need to be taught anything, but rather He is our teacher. He came to earth and was born willingly, not against His wishes. And because of His humility, according to His will and the will of His Father, He came down to us so that we would become better people, and learn to be perfect like Him, and so that we could eventually join Him in His kingdom in heaven after we leave this world.
So, unlike Thor, who needed to learn humility and obedience, the Bible tells us this about Christ:
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:5-8)
- People had a harder time recognizing Christ’s true power
Wasn’t it awesome to watch Thor walking around and no one realized how powerful he was and where he comes from? One powerful moment made it obvious who Thor was.
As for Christ though, who is even more powerful and is God of all, we watch Him in the Bible walking around like any other normal human being while everyone, even His disciples, were having a hard time realizing the truth: he is not just a man, but is also God who created them and all things in the world! Most people had trouble believing Him to be divine even though He told them plainly, and although He performed several miracles that were beyond what anyone had ever heard of before. Then, the proof that many needed finally came when His power was dramatically revealed when He showed that not even death could conquer Him because He resurrected from the dead!
- Christ doesn’t need a hammer to be powerful
Thor is known for the hammer he holds, and that it is that hammer which gives him power and control over the weather. But Christ, who created the sky and the weather just by a word, did not need someone or something else to show that He has power over creation. Remember what He did to control the weather? He simply just told it what to do and it listened. “He … rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!” (Mark 4:39). Can you imagine how you would react if you were with your friend and the weather was really bad, and your friend just tells the weather, “chill out,” and then it turns sunny and calm? Think about how you react to that! The disciples were amazed when they saw Jesus do just that, and they were also afraid because of the power they just witnessed by His saying just a few words: “And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, ‘Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” (Mark 4:41)
- Christ will never die, and neither will you.
Christ is superior to Thor because there is one thing Thor can’t give you: immortal existence in Christ’s kingdom, by simply believing in Him and abiding by His commandments (including receiving the Mysteries administered by His bride, the Church).
Christmas isn’t just about Christ; it’s about you.
Yes, Christmas is about Christ, but it is really about you, because Christ, our God and king, came to earth to bring you up to heaven. It was about you all the time. He knew that if He didn’t come and perfect things, and conquer death, that when you die you would suffer after you leave this world. Instead of just saving you, he also made you into sons of His Father, being adopted to live in His kingdom forever after death, so that He may “present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 1:24).
And when you leave this world you won’t be living in a place like Asgard where Thor is from, which is always under threat of enemies, a place where peace and joy are not always present. Instead you will be in a kingdom that is so much better, where your God will always be, and where happiness will never go away, as He assured us: “I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you” (John 16:22).