Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Dichotomy of Deadpool (Saint & Sinner Paradox)

Most of you already know who Deadpool is. He has been a Marvel fan-favorite for a while and probably my second favorite superhero after Spider-Man. In the comic books he is loony and loves to be the center of attention along with messing with people just for fun. The movie portrayed him as a little too serious, but they did get one thing right:

He is really good at fighting. That last sentence was an understatement.

Concerning his origins, Deadpool might have said it best himself:

"The day my father Odin banished me from Asgard,
I was bitten by a vampire and had radioactive waste dumped into my eyes.
To make matters worse, my mutant ability to control weather activated
just as I was hit by a blast of gamma radiation.

Nah, actually,
I got this way by volunteering for the Weapon X program.
They promised to cure my cancer.
And they cured it all right, by giving me an outrageous healing factor.
Then they labeled me psychotic and tossed me into a prison lab.
So I escaped and became what some people might call a 'mercenary'.
I prefer the title 'cleaner of the gene pool'."

So, Deadpool (Wade Wilson) had skin cancer (a lot like leprosy). His healing factor continuously heals him so that he does not die. But, this has cost him. He would have his handsome looks (above) either way. Yet, with this continuous healing, his mind has changed.

As part of him is consistently dying, part of his is also consistently growing. His mind has become split. In reality this would make him go insane. But, due to his already loony personality he is able to take his split mind in stride. Some of the funniest Deadpool comic books are the ones where he ends up arguing with himself.

In this same way we constantly die and constantly live.

Every day, the Old Adam must be drown within us.

We have a mind that wants to sin, it worships the world we live in (the Old Adam). And this mind is "a good swimmer." It consistently wants to come back and resurface.

But, at the same time, we have a mind that knows what is best. We have a New Adam. This mind knows to follow God's commands. In a way we are as dichotomous as Deadpool. It is not as if we are hypocrites, but as if we have a disease like a cancer or leprosy that can never be truly healed on Earth. Our minds have been so sick and tainted that we start wanting not only what is good in the world, but also the bad.

Like Deadpool has been given the healing factor, we have been given the Holy Spirit. With Him we are able to still live even though we deserve to die. Our sinful nature consistently degrades and wants to die, but Christ has made it possible for the Holy Spirit to keep us alive. God consistently loves, redeems, and renews us so that we are able to carry on.

He even gives us the armor and the fighting ability needed to get through the dying world that we live in.

And with a never-give-up attitude like Deadpool's and the power of the Holy Spirit, we can continue to survive through the world around us. We can get past those who are already dead in their faith around us, not only with courage and bravery, but also with the power of God at our side. His power (the Gospel) is so great that He can do more than just heal us and promise us a complete healing once we get to Heaven, He can also heal those around us and bring the dead in faith back to eternal life.

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