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Christianity
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Christianity sometimes referenced in the world of Heroes.

First reference: Genesis
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Christianity is a monotheistic religion that is frequently referenced on Heroes.

Episodic Recurrences

Volume One Occurences

Genesis

  • Mohinder speaks of God creating man in his own image.
  • Genesis is the first book of the Pentateuch, the five books of Moses, and the first book of the Bible.

Don't Look Back

One Giant Leap

  • Mohinder and Eden discover a hidden room in Sylar's apartment with the phrase "forgive me Father for I have sinned" as well as several crosses and religious symbols written numerous times on the wall.

Seven Minutes to Midnight

  • Mr. Bennet tells Isaac that not every bag and tag case goes smoothly and that there was such a case. A woman left behind a baby girl who had no one to take care of her. At that time, him and his wife had difficulty conceiving a child and he says that it was like God reaching down and giving them a miracle.

Six Months Ago

  • Mohinder quotes the book of Ecclesiastes.

Godsend

  • When Claire says she doesn't consider her power a gift, the Haitian says that powers are God-given and should be respected.

Unexpected

Company Man

  • After realizing her daughter has a unique power, Sandra thanks God and tells Claire that she prayed so hard and her prayers were answered. Sandra tells Claire that she always thought Claire was a miracle; when someone rises from the dead, it's a miracle. Claire doesn't believe she's a miracle--she's not sure if her abilities are God-created or if they come from somewhere else. When Ted agrees that God didn't make them this way, Sandra insists that God makes us all the way we are.
  • Mr. Bennet tells Matt that Ted wants revenge the biblical way.

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  • Sylar telekinetically pins Isaac to the floor of his apartment, stabbing paintbrushes through his wrists and ankles in a fashion reminiscent of Christ's crucifixion. Like Christ, Isaac knows he is going die and accepts his death, knowing that this is his fate and his part in "all of this."

Five Years Gone

  • Mohinder uses the Lord's name in vain.
  • As Sylar (disguised as Nathan) walks up to Peter, he says that their confrontation -- being brother versus brother -- is almost biblical (Cain and Abel).

The Hard Part

  • Virginia Gray thanks the Lord that he brought her son home safely. She also wears a cross and has several statues of Mary on her shelves.
  • Virginia Gray disappointedly condemns her son by telling him that he is damned.

Volume Two Occurences

Four Months Later...

  • Maya wears a cross necklace.

Lizards

  • The Haitian and Mohinder discuss at length whether or not God would allow the Shanti virus to exist.
  • A curandera tells Maya that what she carries inside her is black, enough to kill the devil, and that Maya is cursed.

Kindred

  • After discovering his ability, Takezo Kensei exclaims "Lazarus risen!" and claims Hiro is a devil who cursed him. Later, Kensei asks how he and Hiro can have abilities, and Hiro explains that some believe their abilities are gifts from God.

The Kindness of Strangers

  • Maya, Alejandro, and Derek find a half dead Sylar lying in the middle of a road. Sylar claims that he had been robbed, and the trio show compassion towards him. This parallels to the Parable of the Good Samaritan, which tells the story of a Jewish man who had been attacked and robbed, left to die on the road. A Samaritan comes across the beaten man, and shows compassion towards him, tending to his needs.
  • When Maya meets Sylar, he introduces himself as Gabriel Gray, and she replies, "Like the angel?" Also, she tells Alejandro that them meeting Sylar is a sign from God that they are on the right path.

Fight or Flight

  • Monica and Micah discuss why God might have given them powers.

The Line

Four Months Ago...


Powerless

  • Adam tells Hiro that God didn't like what became of the Earth, so he wiped out the inhabitants with a global flood that lasted 40 days and 40 nights. Hiro argues to Adam that he isn't God.

Volume Three Occurences

The Second Coming

  • Nathan believes that God brought him back to life after being shot. Afterwards he goes to a church, prays, and says what he thinks is God's message.
  • Sylar believes that if humans used their brains to their full potential, they could learn the answers to questions such as "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?"

The Butterfly Effect

  • When Tracy Strauss says that Nathan's talking about God's help could win him right wing votes, Robert Malden objects that politics and God are risky bedfellows.
  • Linderman tries to get Nathan to accept Governor Malden's offer to become a Senator, claiming that it is "God's plan." Nathan retorts that Linderman knows nothing of God's plan.

One of Us, One of Them

  • In the Outro saying "...we look for answers everywhere. In nature, in God...", we see Nathan reading Genesis, the first book of the Bible.

Angels and Monsters

  • The title references angels, which are messengers of God. Nathan wonders if he is one of these beings.

Dying of the Light

  • Nathan tells Mohinder that he once thought his ability was a gift from God. Now he realizes that his ability was synthetic.

Eris Quod Sum

Villains

  • Gabriel says that Elle is like an angel when she prevents his suicide.
  • Elle says that Gabriel had a soul that could have been saved and that they should not have provoked his hunger. Noah tells her that they are not missionaries.
  • A Catholic cardinal is present at Arthur's funeral.

Our Father

Volume Four Occurences

A Clear and Present Danger

  • A reporter questions Nathan about his highly publicized religious experience. Nathan claims that he is a "God fearing" man and claims that it motivates him to do what he does.

Trust and Blood

  • The fugitives gather in front of the "Unity Light Baptist Church" of Pastor Loulan Bartlett.

Into Asylum

  • The motel's name is "Puerta al Cielo Motel" meaning "Heaven's door".
  • The shape shifter's favored disco is called "Garden of Eden".
  • Angela calls Peter her "guardian angel" and dreams about a female angel.
  • Angela and Peter hide out in a Catholic church where the end of a mass can be seen. Angela doubts if God himself has forgiveness in him and Peter questions Jesus's benevolence in light of all that he has gone through. When Danko's men search the church, Angela and Peter hide in a confessional (Peter taking the place of the priest), where Angela tells her son what she had hoped to do with her life and how her ability showed her an "apocalypse" and she learned to lie and manipulate people to avoid that future. Peter says to Jesus they had a deal and asks him to "show up".

Volume Five Occurences

Strange Attractors

  • After having sexual intercourse with Janice, Sylar crunches an apple calling it "forbidden fruit" (though technically there was no specified forbidden fruit in the Bible).

Brother's Keeper

Thanksgiving

  • Hiro calls Samuel the devil. Samuel retorts saying that he is Hiro's savior.

The Fifth Stage

  • Peter crucifies Sylar to a piece of wood with a nail gun, putting nails in each of his palms like Jesus Christ.
  • While Nathan is losing his battle with Sylar, Sylar comes to the forefront to tell Peter that he wanted to crucify him in Times Square.

Upon This Rock

  • The title refers to Saint Peter, the rock, upon which the catholic church is built, and to Samuel's rock.
  • A priest is present at Nathan's funeral.

Graphic Novel Recurrences

Names of Biblical Reference

Other references

  • In His Own Image is the title of the original, unbroadcasted version of the pilot, and refers to God creating man in His own image.
  • Genesis is the name of the first book of the Old Testament as well as the title of the first volume of Heroes and its first episode.
  • Theodore comes via French from the Greek name Theodōros, composed of the elements theos (god – in Greek, θεός) + dōron (gift – in Greek, δώρον), meaning "gift of God".
  • "Bennet" is a variant of Bennett, meaning "blessed."
  • Virginia Gray's first name may refer to the Virgin Mary, who was visited by the angel Gabriel and received the news that she would be the earthly mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
  • The graphic novels titled Our Lady of Blessed Acceleration could refer to the title "Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament", a title referring to the Virgin Mary in the Catholic faith.
  • Our Father is also the name of a Christian prayer.
  • When Santiago goes to church after first experiencing his ability as a miracle, Iris says that God watches over all of us, that there is a reason God saved him.
  • Exodus is the name of the second book of the Old Testament.
  • St. Joan references the many saints in Catholicism.

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