Batman & Jesus- Why Do We Not Question the Legitimacy and Authenticity of Things?

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You do know who Batman is, right? I think if 10 people come across this, 9 of them do know who Batman is. The Dark Knight, as most of the Generation Z know him, is one of the most famous superheroes of all times. Equipped with his self-created gadgets and wisdom, this superhero is strong and genius enough to fight all sorts of evil. His strength knows no boundaries and this everyone is aware of. Keeping this in mind, Gordon, the police officer in The Dark Knight says, ‘Because we have to chase him. Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now, so we'll hunt him. Because he can take it, because he's not a hero. He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector, a Dark Knight.’


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While The Dark Knight is one of the most powerful and successful versions of Batman, this is not his only version. In 1939, National Allied Publications asked Bob Kane to create a new superhero after the success of Superman and so Batman was created by Bob Kane and writer Will Finger.

Batman made a fantastic debut in 1939 and was soon a massive hit. Following the success of Batman, his creators came up with his sidekick Robin. As time passed by, more characters were introduced into the series and so we came to know Joker, The Riddler, Two-Face and Catwoman. In 1960, the Justice League of America was created which was a group of superheroes featuring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Flash, among others.

More allies and nemeses of Batman kept entering his life and this superhero cladded in black had many extraordinary adventures. He even teamed up with Scooby-Doo, traveled back in time, went to the future and fought with aliens. I know this is quite startling because Batman was never perceived as someone who would take interest in inter-celestial beings, but yeah, there are versions of him doing exactly that.

The deeper you dig into the history of Batman, the more fun, startling and weird facts and trivia you will find out about him. When such facts are brought into the limelight, one does begin to question the true identity, the authenticity and the genuineness of the character Batman. Who was the real Batman? Why was he created? What was the true story behind him? What really made him turn into Batman? Nobody will ever know that because the very first creator of the Batman is no longer with us.


Now some of you may be thinking about the importance and need of digging deeper into the matter and wasting your time on a fictional character after all he was just a fictional character- someone that was a fabrication of someone’s imagination and does not hold any real, true identity. So what if he had many versions and none of the version made sense? So what if he went to Mars or traveled back in time to meet Cleopatra? None of that really matters, right? The reason why it does not matter much to you is because you don’t hold Batman in great reverence and he isn’t auspicious enough for you to spend hours and hours questioning its legitimacy and authenticity. That’s alright- it is quite a sensible manner to handle this issue. One only spends enough time exploring things and finding the real truth behind them if those things are of real importance to him or her.

If that’s your stance on Batman’s history and authenticity, would it change if he was backed by religion? If Batman was a religious character, would you still leave this issue aside especially if you are a believer yourself? If his existence had been mentioned in the Bible or in any other religious book for that matter, would you still leave this matter alone especially if Batman’s name was mentioned in your holy book? I guess not.

Religion is an extremely delicate subject- one that is special, meaningful and important to the hearts of all those who believe in their God or a special power. Whenever religion sneaks up in a discussion, the discussion is bound to turn from cordial to a heated one in no time, especially if someone brings up an argument that the majority in the group disapprove of. We would take out our swords and Kalashnikovs and would make certain to kill that person till he breathes his last if not with actual bullets than at least with the verbal ones fired from our mouth.

Why is religion such a difficult topic to discuss? Why aren’t people more open to accepting different things related to different or even their own religions especially when almost everyone says their religion promotes love, compassion and tranquility? If that is really true, why cannot the followers of a certain religion bring in themselves the openness, the strength and the courage to listen to a viewpoint that contradicts theirs?

I guess, one major reason why this is so because for all the believers (those who believe in a specific religion), their religion and the power they worship is the highest, most authentic and wisest being of them all and to question anything related to its existence would be equivalent to question their own existence.

This is precisely why few Christians ever question the existence and genuineness of Jesus Christ. Oh God, what did I just say? Did I in any way insinuate that Jesus did not really exist? Did what I wrote imply I do not believe in Jesus? Oh no, I cannot believe I suggested that. Now, I fear if I’ll be banished from the society I live in or allowed to live in it but with disgrace? No, I am not exaggerating things, but this is mostly what happens to people who dare to question the authenticity of the holy beings they and those around them believe in.

The fear of being adorned with shame, disgrace and embarrassment is precisely what keeps us from questioning many of our beliefs and the validity of many things we believe vehemently in. This is why most of us bury our questions, ambiguities and confusions deep down inside us and keep following the league of our ancestors without ever thinking that what we may be following did not even exist.

Fortunately, times have changed to a great extent and while there are still communities and societies that would burn people alive for even thinking of going against their religious or spiritual beliefs, people are generally becoming more open to different ideas, viewpoints and concepts. Not only that, but people are now more concerned about nothing but the truth more than ever. They want to find out the real truth behind things and want to know the genuine foundations of most of their beliefs.

Keeping this need in consideration, director Jozef K. Richards created Batman & Jesus which is a thought provoking documentary wrapped in humor and wit to question the genuineness of things starting with the two icons that are dear to the hearts of most people- Batman, a pop culture icon which is deemed as a fictional character and Jesus- a Jewish religious leader and preacher who is the central figure of the religion Christianity and is believed to be Son of God by the Christians and his character is one many Christians cannot ever question.

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In the posts that follow this one, I aim to dig deeper into both the characters mentioned above so you can better understand the authenticity of both these figures and then settle the matter of their authenticity on your own. Basically, the aim of Batman & Jesus is not to disregard your beliefs and disown your religion. It does not aim to stray you from the path you righteously believe in. It just has an innocent aim at heart- to make you open to new approaches so instead of accepting everything that’s thrown your way, you start to question things on your own and accept only what you feel and know is right.

I am a Muslim and firmly believe in my religion. I believe that our Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was the last messenger of Allah and Jesus Christ (Prophet Isa as we call him in Islam) was one of the prophets of Allah so I do believe in the existence of Jesus. That being said, if someone asks me to give them valid proof of their existence, I won't be able to provide them with that instantly. Why? Because sadly, I don't have sound knowledge of what I believe in which is sad. When I saw Batman & Jesus, I felt disappointed in myself for not having valid proof to prove the authenticity of the messengers I believe in and that pushed me to know my faith better. Then I understood that the main aim of Batman & Jesus was to do precisely that- make us more concerned about the things we know so instead of accepting everything that's told to us, we start digging deeper into things so we know the genuineness of what we believe in and can easily convince anyone when he or she tries to bring forward a contradictory theory. I am grateful to the creators behind Batman & Jesus for making em realize this.


If you are intrigued about the documentary and wish to learn more about it, visit spadeheartclub.com as it is the official site for Kings Tower Productions - all of Jozef's work is listed on there and the official Facebook page of Batman & Jesus: https://www.facebook.com/BatmanandJesus/

Limited access to Batman & Jesus will begin on November 24 (Black Friday). But don’t wait! Access to this first run will be extremely limited and will become unavailable quickly. If you wait, you may not be able to see Batman & Jesus until it hits Amazon or similar platforms, sometime in the later part of 2018. (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/batman-jesus-the-movie#/)


I hope you enjoyed the article and do share your thoughts on it in the comments below. Looking forward to some exciting discussions on this one.

Love and light,

Sharoon

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This is a very well thought out article on this topic.

You're right: Religion is pretty touchy. 😉

I think that is the case because MUCH of what religion (or science- lol!) requires is 'belief'. So if one decides they are going to believe in something (literally with no proof, cause you don't really need to believe in facts...), they have to HOLD FAST to that or their whole world can shatter around them. It's a pretty scary thought.

When you first starting talking about Batman, because of the title, I instantly began to think of him just like Jesus. In the sense that Batman is a story of how we should/could be. A reminder that there ARE heros out there. A reminder to BE a hero.

Same is true for Jesus (or any other famous dead guy). It seems pretty likely that a dude named Jesus actually existed. And even likely that he was basically a really good dude (aside from his 30s when he was awol, no doubt trying out debauchery for a change 😎 ), and that he liked to build things.

As far as I understand stories, that one seems like as good a beginning as any. Everyone has a story. Maybe Jesus ended up being a combination of a BUNCH of dudes, all trying to show the 'world' how to be good people.

I say 'ended up', as EVERYTHING gets lost in translation. Literally, the only thing left in all religions (I think...) is the Golden Rule. Treat others how you would want to be treated.

As long as your brain's not broken and you aren't into weird stuff, that rule will help you through life. #forreals

I guess my conclusion is a question. Why does it matter if the (now) stories that help shape you into a better human have been tweaked over the years for better understanding?

And to add: I'm not a fan of the kings and rulers coming in and changing religious texts to help rule the masses. But I DO see why they did what they did. And now it's done.

Would it be super cool to be able to prove all of these texts? Of course!

But does it ultimately effect my life one way or another? Nope.

No more than knowing if the earth is round or flat. LOL! But that's a different story that makes people's brains explode! (Don't quite understand that either...)

Hey! Thanks for the thoughtful post! Can't wait for the next one :)

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Thank you for taking out the time to write this wonderful comment. Means so much to me when loving people like you take out the time to read my work and are patient enough to go through long posts haha ;)

Religion is indeed a touchy subject and one needs to hold strongly to his/ her beliefs if he/ she believes in a faith. And I do agree with what you said if some people crafted a few stories to shape others into better people and yes it does not always really matter to prove that all those texts were genuine or not. However, there are people who make it harder for others live comfortably because of their beliefs and those who are less accepting of different viewpoints. For all those people who are affected by their rigidity, it is important to prove them that things may not be exactly the way they believe them to be.

No more than knowing if the earth is round or flat. LOL! But that's a different story that makes people's brains explode! (Don't quite understand that either...)

What you said above touched my heart cos girl, I don't understand it either haha ;)

now i never thought i'll see this day come when someone would think in my line on steemit.

you obviously have touched specific topics that really touches the way we see our religion as opposed to fictional characters.

think about it, if someone was under a heavy metal and couldn't get out... they would feel more assured if you tell them that Superman was on his way than if you simply use the phrase TRUST IN GOD.

WE REALLY NEED TO WAKE UP.

THANKS FOR THIS.

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Religion and science like @sostrin said are two separate things and since religion demands you to place all your faith in it and keep believing in things even when they are vague, people often find this very questionable. This is why science makes more sense to them because it promotes logic. However, if you deeply ponder upon your faith, you can start finding logic in it too. I am glad you liked the post. I am sure you will like the documentary Batman & Jesus even better. Do watch it. You can access it from the click in the post.

thanks for sharing
i am a christian but i also believe in Prophet Mohammed

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That's so nice to hear :) The point of this post and the documentary mentioned in it to encourage people to know more about things and accept only what they are sure of.

Quite frankly I think we need to be asking some questions, this is enlightening .

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Thank you so much for stopping and for the appreciation. Yes, asking questions is important and more importantly, questions that help you find better meaning of things.

I dont know you but your post makes me feel proud of you. You have gatheted the courage to think fir yourself and share your thoughts. IMO religion is based on faith and the trouble comes when it is described as facts. Humans have a need for facts and certainty. This is the opposite of Faith. There are no facts when it comes to religion. If you do look for facts you have no choice but to contradict your beliefs. Most people cant resolve that.

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I have been on your blog a few times and enjoy your work so seeing you here is a really happy moment for me :D You are exactly right about having faith in the religion you believe in because to completely believe in a religion, you need to ignore the facts sometimes. That being said, people these days often behave so irrationally when it comes to religion that they make life difficult for those who oppose their beliefs. This is why I feel asking questions at times is important. Thank you for this meaningful comment :)

This post is sponsored by @appreciator in collaboration with #steemitbloggers. Keep up the good work

Nicely-presented post, and I applaud your taking the time to elaborate on the points and express your thoughts in a manner that is easy to read and flows well! Bravo, and a worthy post of being selected by Appreciator!

#steemitbloggers

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Thank you so much. I am always obliged to all those who upvote and comment on my posts, but I am especially thankful to those who took out the time to read this one and be accepting enough of it since it is a controversial topic for many. :) Thanks once again.

Sharoon, what a great write-up on the concept of the film! I loved reading about your perspective and I'm so glad you were able to take something meaningful from it. We shared it on our website as well. Can't wait for the next part!!

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So happy to see you here because now I can directly tell you how amazing your work really is :) The documentary is great and I have already emailed the second part to @ecoinstant.