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A review of the movie God's Not Dead

God's Not Dead the movie


"I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." ~ Jesus (John 14:6)

"And you shall know the truth and the truth will make you free." ~ Jesus (John 8:32)

Last week I wrote I was looking forward to seeing the movie God's not Dead, and the divine assignment to write responsibly. My husband and I went to see the movie and I can only speak well of the great presentation balancing the argument between those who choose to believe and those who don't. The story was craftily constructed and moved with an interesting pace and great dialog. From a writer's standpoint alone, it was an enjoyable movie, neither tedious nor predictable. The debate between the freshman college student, who is a Christian and his philosophy professor, an atheist, was believable and well done. The braiding of other characters , the Chinese student hearing the argument, the graduate student who was the professor's girlfriend, the businessman too busy to see his ailing mother, and the pastor who struggled with his own faith issues, made the story feel authentic. The bonus of the Newsboys and the Robertson's (Duck Dynasty) just added to the overall appeal. Go see the movie. You won't be disappointed.
One of the things I find most interesting when movies of this nature come out, is the intense debate it creates between those who choose to follow Christ and unbelievers. As with anything that mentions the existence of a divine Creator, there are those who are in stark opposition. In a previous article I wrote “The light of His presence makes people uncomfortable because it reveals the darkness of mankind’s soul. If we can push Him far enough away, we won't feel the conviction for the error in our thinking. And so, those who wish not to live with truth in their lives continually try to promote the darkness.”
The difficulty with defending a deception is it eventually becomes a dark prison cell to the one who desires to defend it. The more ardent the argument of defense against truth, the deeper the deception becomes and furthers the descent into the darkness. This was well demonstrated in the roll of the professor. He clung tenaciously to the lies he had surrounded himself with, in spite of the argument with in himself. He knew Scriptures, and yet had refused to embrace them.

A good point brought to light in this movie was the right of individuals to think and choose for themselves, and that no one has the right to impose their belief on another. The debates whether or not God exists will continue until the end of time. Truth will always prevail regardless of whether or not one chooses to believe it.

The questions I must pose are: What is truth to you, and how does it impact your life?
Is the truth you embrace freeing and does it light your way out of darkness? If not, is it really truth?

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