Well, I don’t believe in either one. But assuming they existed, Heaven, because he fights to protect the innocent, saves people’s lives, never uses guns, and rarely kills the bad guys (not counting Frank Miller’s Batman).
Christianity is all about living a life for others, doing good deeds, repenting for sin, and forgiving your neighbor, even if you don’t go to church on Sunday or follow Jesus. Batman saves Gotham, its inhabitants, often struggles with his morality and actions, and never killed The Joker, despite being plenty capable of doing so. I’d say he’d definitely go to Heaven given the options.
Did “Batman” believe Moses and the Prophets or disbelieve Moses and the Prophets? Did “Batman” endure injustice or deal out injustice? Did “Batman” carry out true justice or pervert justice (according to YHWH’s standards)? Did “Batman” believe Jesus who taught all this or disbelieve Jesus who taught all this? If the former, not the latter (in either of those cases), then the angels will take “Batman” (not his body, but his soul) to the comforting side of Sheol. Otherwise, “Batman” will be in torment in the afterlife, on the torturous side of Sheol, as he awaits his resurrection from the dead (Luke 16:19–31). According to the prophets, apostles, and Jesus himself, the righteous and the wicked will resurrect from the dead (Acts 24:14–15; John 5:28–29; Daniel 12:2; Job 19:25–27 – to name a few).
Acts 24:14–15 (NIV)
14 However, I admit that I worship the God of our ancestors as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets, 15 and I have the same hope in God as these men themselves have, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.
John 5:28–29 (NIV)
28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.
Daniel 12:2 (NIV)
2 Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.
Job 19:25–27 (NIV)
25 I know that my redeemer[a] lives,
and that in the end he will stand on the earth.[b]
26 And after my skin has been destroyed,
yet[c] in[d] my flesh I will see God;
27 I myself will see him
with my own eyes—I, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!
Job 19:25 Or vindicator
Job 19:25 Or on my grave
Job 19:26 Or And after I awake, / though this body has been destroyed, / then
Job 19:26 Or destroyed, / apart from
Luke 16:19–31 (NIV)
19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’
25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’
27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’
30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”
@MarvinPowell actually, you do have to follow Jesus in order to practice Christianity in a way that counts. To quote Jesus, “And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple”—Luke 14:27 (NIV)
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.—John 14:6 (NIV)
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”—Luke 6:46 (NIV)
You have to be his follower or else you’re not getting into the Kingdom. Anyone truly following Jesus will hate sin and become slaves to YHWH’s law in their minds, living according to Moses and the prophets.
” 1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2 ‘The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.’ ”—Matthew 23:1–3 (NIV)
“There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out.”—Luke 13:28 (NIV)
“Jesus replied, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.’ ”—John 3:3 (NIV)
“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.”—1 Peter 1:23 (NIV)
“25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature[a] a slave to the law of sin.”—Romans 7:25 (NIV)
“7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”—Revelation 21:7–8 (NIV)
“5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.”—Ephesians 5:5 (NIV)
What Jesus said was that you didn’t have to be a part of a particular clique as long as you gather in his name: “49 ‘Master,’ said John, ‘we saw someone driving out demons IN YOUR NAME and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.’ 50 ‘Do not stop him,’ Jesus said, ‘for whoever is not against you is for you.’ ”—Luke 9:49–50 (NIV)
Um, I think I feel like singing… Anybody want to join me? Symba? Zephyr? Mimi? Gail? Bebe? FilmFan? Cookieman? Loli? Anybody?
..When the night has come
...And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we’ll see
No, I won’t be afraid,
No, I won’t be afraid…
Wherever he goes, he will find that the authorities are not doing a good enough job of meting out justice, and so he will take on the responsibility for it himself. And kick their asses at it. He’s Batman.
Batman never has had any superpowers; he just bought a bunch of really cool stuff. He’ll probably just buy his way into Heaven as well. Because in the end rich people always win. Which says a lot more about truth, justice, and the American way than Superman ever will.