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Superstar of the Green Lantern Corps

Update 10/9/2009 -- Troy received an email that makes one wonder even further -- Geoff Johns might be on to something with Blackest Night and the potential role of Hal Jordan as Savior.

Bob Pawlowski writes:

I was recently in Israel. While there, I visited many of the "holy places". Including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. I noticed what looked like the Green Lantern logo on one of the walls (picture attached below). This got me wondering if there was a connection. I did an internet search and came across your article.

I thought it was funny. So maybe there is a Jesus/Green Lantern connection.

Just thought you might be interested.

“Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by truth comes into the light.”

Does that quote sound familiar? If you guessed that it was the oath for the Green Lantern of sector 3216 you would be wrong. If you guessed that it was the oath of Earth’s original Green Lantern, Alan Scott, you would be closer but still wrong. That particular oath goes something like “And I shall shed my light over dark evil, For the dark things cannot stand the light.”

No, none other than Jesus Christ spoke the above quote 2,000 years ago as recorded in the Gospels of John (John 3:20). Yeah, who knew?

I’ve seen “Jesus Christ, Superstar” and nowhere do they even hint that Jesus was a Green Lantern. I would have watched it …well ...religiously if it had been entitled “Jesus Christ, Superhero.” Now knowing that Jesus was a Green Lantern sort of explains many of the miracles performed in the New Testament. Walking on water really isn’t that hard when one has a full 24-hour charge in his power ring.

I was made aware of the similarities after I began using the Alan Scott oath as my “signature” for all my e-mails. I believed that it was obscure enough and not so nerdy as to expose my love for comic books to the general public. Yes, I am an “in-the-closet” comic book collector. To paraphrase New Jersey Governor James McGreevey, “I am a geek-American.”

So, imagine my horror when while at a party a 40-ish female neighbor of mine approached me and in a crowd expressed her support for my e-mail signature. I was mortified. I thought that this woman was going to expose me to perfect strangers as the biggest geek in the world. Then she proceeded to tell this group of people what a nice guy I was and how religious I was because of my e-mail signature. Of course, I am now beginning to believe that this woman is crazy but I don’t say anything (Benson’s Rule #11 “Never tell a crazy person they are crazy.”)

A few weeks later a friend of mine who is far more religious than I am (and sadly knows my shameful secret) e-mailed me the above passage from the bible. She knew that I must have gotten mine from a comic book and she wanted me to see the “original version.” That in turn sparked a conversation as to whether the original Green Lantern’s oath was paraphrased from the Bible or whether it was independently created.

I acknowledge that it is sad that the similarities of these two quotes had to be pointed out to me by others (I really need to start going to church more.), but it rekindled a theory that I had as a child. I believed as a child that if after a nuclear war occurred (remember the cold war) comic books were discovered in a far distant time (circa Kamandi or Thundarr) a religion could be created based upon their teachings. Many college thesis papers have already been written on the Christ-like qualities of Superman. He has even come back from the dead now. There are Lords of Order and Lords of Chaos. While Hal Jordan’s Oath, “ In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night no Evil Shall Escape my Sight….” Almost carries as much punch as the Ten Commandments. So why couldn’t a religion be based upon comic books?

I’ve come to the conclusion that at my present stage in life I need to either become more involved in a formal religion or start my own religious cult based upon the Last Son of Krypton. I think I like the cult idea. Bible study would be fun. The only bug in my idea is that being the figurehead for a cult based upon comic books may tend to expose me as a comic book reader. If anyone has any ideas on how I can establish my new religion and maintain my cool façade, I would love to hear from you.

Troy Benson

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