God’s Truth Does Not Change
Discovering God’s Truth in a Time When Everyone’s “Super”
To help explain the principle that God’s Truth Does Not Change even in a world full of counterfeit truths, let’s dive into the superhero story of the Incredibles.
Do you remember 2004’s The Incredibles? It’s a movie that, in my humble opinion, is a strong contender for “the best superhero movie ever.” The film is quoted frequently among my family and friends, but one particular moment has stuck in my mind for years. As the villainous Syndrome, a childhood fan scorned by Mr. Incredible, describes his evil plan to the Parr family, he utters this line, laughing maniacally, “when everyone is super, no one will be.”
Syndrome’s plan is to make superheroes obsolete by equipping the whole world with the technology to have their own “powers.” With no real powers of his own, Syndrome’s plan is an attempt to give counterfeit power to everyone, redefining what it means to be “super.” Does that remind you of anyone? In Genesis 3, the serpent offers the same choice to Eve. “You will be like God,” he says, “knowing both good and evil. All you have to do is take and eat.”
If you’re thinking to yourself, “Is this guy really comparing The Incredibles to original sin?” Yes, I am, but stay with me. If we take a quick survey of our world, what do we see? We have been taught to claim power for ourselves, to define the world as we see fit, and to draw our own line between good and evil. Everyone is super. The only problem is when everyone is super… no one is. If everyone gets to define what is real… nothing is. If everyone gets to decide what is true… well, you get it. Is there some real quality of “power” out there that allows someone to decide what is good and evil, what is right and wrong?
Of course, there is. We call Him “God.”
One of God’s most fundamental functions in the cosmos is bringing definition to reality. He spoke creation into being, which means He reserves the right to decide what is real and what isn’t. The “power” to create and define the world around us is solely His. We don’t have it. He’s super, we aren’t.
God’s Truth vs. Wordly Counterfeit
Sin sells us counterfeit power. It tells us, “You can make the world how you want it. You can be like God. You can be super.” It’s an empty promise, an attempt to make God obsolete.
Alright, I digress from all the philosophical talk. Let’s get real.
I’m in my mid-twenties. I was raised in a post-Christian, post-truth world where reality is what an individual decides it is. You see, sin isn’t just something we do, it’s a power at war with the Kingdom of God. It’s a filter through which we see the world around us. For me, and many in my generation, the revelation that reality is defined outside of my psyche was shocking. I don’t say that lightly. I grew up in a world where “relative truth” was the norm. By the time I was a teenager, I had fully clothed myself in the counterfeit power of sin. I decided what was right and wrong. And do you know where it left me? Empty and alone. I didn’t have the power to get out of it, either. I was adrift in a sea of untruth. Fortunately, someone came in after me. Around their waist was a rope of truth anchored tightly to the cross.
You can call this an apologetic for a Christian worldview, a call for intellectual and moral coherence, or a plea for sanity. The fact is, God makes sense of the world around us.
Today more than ever, we need a new apologetic. Not a new message, mind you, for the cross is always enough, but a new method of delivery. “You’re a sinner” is a weightless claim in a world where everything is permitted. No, I think that the best approach to establishing the Kingdom in hearts today is to show that houses built on sand always fall over. The counterfeit power of sin is not the ground upon which you can build a life. It will leave you empty, bound, alone, and ashamed.
There’s a generation of young people who are yearning for something real, not “their truth” or something that’s real “to them,” something real. Some point in reality to which they can anchor themselves. Something that makes sense of the universe and their existence in it.
God makes the universe make sense, and right now, Syndrome is selling fakes. So, Christians, tie that rope around your waist and dive in.
About the Author
Andrew Lyman is a Content Writer in Gateway’s NextGen Ministry, where he writes ministry content for Gateway Kids, Gateway Students, and Gateway Young Adults. Andrew has been married to his wife, Lily, for two years and has been on staff at Gateway since October of 2021.
Such a great perspective of how far from the SOURCE of Truth we have gotten. I completely agree that starting a convo by telling someone how bad they are isn’t going to grab their attention near as well as them actually seeing the Good News of Jesus Christ playing out in our lives through hope, love, and freedom.
Thank you Andrew for sharing your experiences as a young lost child and then as a believer. I enjoyed very much your article. I am in my 50’s. As a child I learned about Jesus, the sweet-to-children Jesus. But I didn’t know He came to rescue us, that there is a power in battle against his Kingdom, that His Word is a lamp to my steps here on Earth, or anything about the Holy Spirit. I was left to my own exploration and to build my identity in the world. I crashed against a world that told me God’s ways were obsolete and I could build my own castle in the sand. Syndrome’s old tactics, the same. The witness who pursued me: a God-fearing, Truth-seeking, Bible-reading young woman and friend, 19-years-old, 12 years younger than me! My life, and the life of my son were forever changed because this young believer invested her time on a friendship with me.
Thank you again for your article and your dedication at our church. I love to find believers empowering and encouraging young believers.
Andrew, thank you for sharing the view of the younger generation and suggestions on how to reach them. Keep equipping the older generation. Yes, the goal is for them to come into a relationship with the King of king and Lord of lords.
Grace and Peace to you.
Andrew this is such a powerful perspective! As a member of the “older generation” this is valuable information that will enable me to more fully understand this generation, and gives me fresh vision for what they are seeking. Have rope… will dive!
Thanks Andrew! All I can do is echo what everyone above has already posted – great fresh perspective, especially for those of us who’ve grown up in the Church, and had too much Pharisaical judgement and criticism, and very few examples of authentic, powerful Christian living. It’s as simple as remembering what Jesus has saved us from, and loving people right where they are as we have been loved and praying for opportunities to extend His invitation to everyone (to borrow a line from another popular movie ;-)), “Come with Me if you want to Live!” I own a copy of “The Incredibles”, one of my favorites – won’t ever watch it the same again!