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Summary: Lesson is about the Belt of Truth, mentioned in the Armor of God chapter in Ephesians 6. It makes some comparisons to Batman in the introduction, and has some good source material asking the question if it is ever okay to lie.

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BATMAN’S BELT

SERIES: EPHESIANS 6 (ARMOR OF GOD: BELT OF TRUTH)

INTRO: Batman is one of the most loved superheroes of all time in the United States. And one of the interesting things that people find out about him while studying his past and present predicament, is that Batman is one of the only superheroes to be completely void of any type of superpower. Instead, he makes up for this shortcoming with a giant host of technical weapons from cars to helicopters to his belt.

So, when I looked up details about the Batman Utility Belt, I kind of have to admit that I was shocked to find out that Wikipedia has it’s own page dedicated to this tool. Following is a list of the gadget items that have appeared in this super-belt:

BATMAN’S UTILITY BELT (as listed in wikipedia):

▪ Batarangs:[9] Perhaps the most famous piece of equipment used by Batman, it is a customized throwing weapon used by Batman. Interpretations of the weapon have varied from the boomerang to the shuriken.[10] Recent interpretations have shown a large array of different types and sizes for different effects (i.e. blunt impact, edged, slashing).

▪ Bat-lasso:[11] Thrown around the feet of Batman's enemies to tie them with a composite-nylon cord. Often causes an escaping opponent to trip. With the push of a button in Batman's glove it can deliver an electric shock.

▪ Bat-cuffs:[12] Bat shaped handcuffs, resembling the kind used by Special Forces units. These restraints are made of a lightweight diamond-impregnated nylon overlaying a banded steel core. Using a one-piece design, they slide closed and have to be cut off. Batman has given a special tool with a diamond-edged cutting implement to the Gotham PD for removal.

▪ Bat-monitor

▪ Bat-Tracer:[13] Used to track enemies Batman cannot follow closely.

▪ Communications device:[14] Often an earbug housed in an ear of Batman's cowl, but sometimes handheld.

▪ Bat Line: A device that shoots out a steel line in both directions making a zip line. In the 2009 video game Batman: Arkham Asylum it is called the Line Launcher.

▪ Bat-Darts:[15] Tipped with tranquillizers

▪ Bat first aid kit:[16][17]

▪ Cryo Capsules:[16][17] Small capsules that release a cryonic acid upon the breaking of the shell.

▪ Bat Goo gun:[18] A handheld foam projector that fires an adhesive-like substance to incapacitate opponents.

▪ Grapple gun:[19][20][21] Used to fire a bat-shaped hook attached to a high-tensile wire line in order to scale sheer surfaces and/or swing across gaps.

▪ Night vision bat-goggles:[22] Using Starlite infrared lenses to see thermal output in low light or non-lit situations. Currently built-in to Batman's cowl.

▪ Batlight: A simple but powerful flashlight. Batman uses it in numerous episodes of the animated series, usually when looking for clues, or through private files in the dark. Sometimes replaced by an infrared version that provides illumination viewable only through special eyepieces in Batman's cowl, which allows him to see in the dark without becoming visible himself.


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