“And you shall know the truth and the truth will make you free.” —Jesus (John 8:32)
Last week my husband and I went to see the movie God’s not Dead, and I can only speak well of it. The movie gave a 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 provided scenes with great dialogue. From a writer’s standpoint alone, it was an enjoyable movie—neither tedious nor predictable.
The central theme of the debate between a freshman college student, a Christian, and his philosophy professor, an atheist, was believable and well done. Other characters such as the Chinese student who listened intently to the debate and the graduate student who was the professor’s girlfriend, were well woven into the plot as well.
Balancing out the cast of characters was a pastor who wrestled with his own issues of fate, members from the popular television series Duck Dynasty and the Newsboys. I feel each character helped advance the story and made it feel authentic.
One of the things I find most interesting with movies of this nature is the intense debate it creates between Christians and unbelievers. As with anything mentioning the existence of a divine Creator, there are those who are in stark opposition.
In a different 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.” (Source: http://www.examiner.com/article/independence-from-tyranny)
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 or defense against truth, the deeper the deception becomes and furthers the descent into the darkness.
This was well demonstrated in the movie through the roll of the professor. He clung tenaciously to the lies he had surrounded himself with in spite of the argument within 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 debate of 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?
If you are looking for a great way to create dialogue with your teenagers or with others, go see the movie. It is currently playing at the Brendan theatre and well worth the time and money to go.
Amy Torres is a published writer and a spiritual advisor and counselor. She and her husband lead the college ministry at First Baptist Church in Patterson.