Hello everyone! And welcome back to another blog post here, I hope you all are having a great week. Today I'll be doing something a little different, I want to engage you in a question. Is it okay, as Christian, to like/promote Doctor Strange?
Ever since the movie came out (you can find my review HERE) it feels like everyone, including Christians, have welcomed this Doctor. Something I find quite interesting is that fact of how little Christians who like Doctor Strange know about their "favorite superhero". I also hear a lot of Christians say that the movie is a Christian movie. Personally I don't like Strange, and it is because I know about him that I dislike this character. But I can see just stating that won't cut it. So let me give you some of my comic book knowledge:
Doctor Strange willingly gives into demon possession when it suits him
On several occasions when the good old Doctor Strange was in a fight that wasn't going his way, he drank (or willingly became possessed by) various demon in order to 'put up a better fight'.
(demon possessed Doctor Strange fighting the Hulk)
Doctor Strange has his feet planted in mysticism and the occult It's not uncommon to see Doctor Strange using summoning circles and other such occult/demonic symbolizes. In fact, he usually "meditates" over summoning circles.
Doctor Strange cares little for rules when it comes to what he wants.
Doctor Strange is one of those guys who would lecture you on end about the "laws and rules of magic use" and how cannot be used for personal gain. One such example is when Spider-Man asked him to save his dying Ant, Strange refused on the grounds as saving her would be a misuse of his powers. While whenever he sees fit he will break any and all rules to make sure his goals will be achieved.
Doctor Strange likes to make deals with the devil
Now, this is something you all should know by now (if you've seen the movie anyways) Doctor Strange likes to make deals with the devil. More specifically a demon named Dormammu. Right now you may be thinking
No! Dormammu isn't a demon! he's just some guy from another dimension!!!!
Well, he is. Dormammu is and I quote "worse than a demon." And in the ultimate universe (which the movies take inspiration from) Dormammu is the lord of the demon dimension (though he is not satan that is a different guy). And in fact Strange has been possessed by him on more than one occasion
Doctor Strange lives in one strange house
Now, this is where it tends to get really weird. The Sanctum Sanctorum is the current residence of Mr. Steven Strange. It also happens to be a house filled to the brim with all kinds of weird/demon infused things. Even Strange finds his home weird.
Now that I've given you some facts about Strange I would like to turn next to the Bible to see if it has anything to say about sorcery. Since the Bible is Gods word it should be easy to tell if He either approves or hates it...
(2 Chronicles 33:3-6, Micah 5:20, Galatians 5:13-25, Leviticus 19:31, 20:6, 1 Chronicles 10:3, and Deuteronomy 18:9-12)
... Well, the Bible makes it clear that God hates sorcery. You can read it straight from the mouth of God in Deuteronomy 18:9-10. God hates sorcery plan and simple. So where does that leave us as Christians? Well, I think the Bible makes it clear that we should love what God loves and hate what He hates (Psalm 97:10, Romans 12:9, Psalm 145:20, Proverbs 8:13). So if that means not liking Doctor Strange then that means not liking him.
Now just to make it clear I'm only talking to Christians. If you happen to be an unbeliever this post isn't for you. I won't condemn you, or smack you down, for liking Doctor Strange.
But if you call on the name of Christ as your Savior. If you are being called a "little Christ" then I want to say this. Think long and hard about this. Does it honor God to like/promote Doctor Strange? Or am I liking/promoting something that He hates?
Well if you go by that then there is nothing you can like but the Bible, and your living is sin since you read comic books!
Well no. See There are some things that neither bring Him glory nor are a sin against Him. God knew we would live in a world where things of enjoyment are made by unbelievers. And by no means did God want us to live in caves detached from the world. It is up to us to figure out whether the things of this world that we find enjoyment fall under one of the three categories.
1) Does it please God?
2) Does it neither please God nor is a sin against Him?
3) Is it a sin against God?
Now I'm not saying that your not a Christian if you've watched the movie. And by no mean am I telling you what you can and can't watch. That's between you and God. But what I am saying is please stop calling Doctor Strange Christian. He really is not. In fact, it's more like one demon fighting another demon using two other demons as weapons. And until Next Time, Stay True to the King!
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