The movie "God's Not Dead" portrays a lost world in which almost 100% of the students in a university class are willing to sign a document presented by their professor claiming "God Is Dead". The protagonist of the movie is the only student in the entire class who refuses to sign it and as a result is condemned to three debates with the atheist professor played by Kevin Sarbo who threatens to ruin his academic career.
Shane Harper, who plays the role of Josh Wheaton, is immediately confronted with all sorts of adversity. His longtime girlfriend threatens to leave him if he participates in the debates defending the existence of God. He is also threatened by the professor that he will prevent him from getting into law school, which is his goal.
The protagonist retreats to his dorm room where he consults his Bible. Upon reading a passage in the Bible which reads "even the demons and Lucifer know God exists and tremble" he prays for God's guidance. Based on the Bible verse and his prayer, he decides to participate in the debates which will jeopardize his career.
He tells his girlfriend he has become convinced God wants him to defend him in the series of debates in front of the professor's classroom. The students of the class will render a verdict as to whether or not God exists at the end of the third debate.
The smug professor Radison played by Kevin Sarbo provides Harper with an escape route from failing his class if he will only sign the pledge asserting God is dead. Fortified by his prayers and the Bible, Harper refuses to back down.
There is an outstanding cast in this movie including Dean Cain, David White, Willie and Korie Robertson (of Duck Dynasty fame) and the Christian supergrouip The Newsboys.
The Bible verse Shane Harper relies on is Matthew 10:32 which reads as follows: "Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown before my Father in heaven."
A similar promise is made in Luke 12:8: "I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God. But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God."
Another powerful verse is found at Luke 12:4: "I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who after the killing of the body, has the power to throw you into hell."
An interesting discussion regarding evolution, the Big Bang Theory, Charles Darwin and others ensues during the three debates between Shane Harper and Kevin Sarbo.
This is a movie worth watching for believers and nonbelievers alike.
Parents who are searching for a college for their children should take heed of the risks of placing them at the mercy of aggressive secular professors such as Professor Radison who have their own agendas when it comes to molding young minds.
One of the writers of this movie said he decided to set this movie on a college campus because he saw a poll which said 65% of believers who go to college come out non-believers. This led him to believe secular colleges are institutions for indoctrinating students into anti-Christian beliefs.
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