Friday, March 28, 2014

GOD'S NOT DEAD

A week ago today my sister, husband and I went to see a movie with this same title.  The movie was very good and had it not been suggested by a friend on Facebook we might have missed it entirely.  This movie, starring Kevin Sorbo and Dean Cain, was what the industry calls in limited release. What that means is that they're not expecting big numbers (after all it has a religious message) they will show it on one day, four different times, and that's it.  As it turned out this was a box office surprise hit and the numbers were well over what they predicted.

The story of the movie was about a young man, a freshman in college, signing up for a Philosophy class as part of him major's requirement only to discover that the professor was an atheist.  On the very first day of class this professor asked that every student take out a piece of paper, write GOD IS DEAD on it and sign their name.  He told them in so doing they would get off on the right foot for the remainder of the class.
However, there was one young man who said he couldn't do it.  He said, "I'm a christian and I can't do that." This angered the professor but he decided to give the student an opportunity. He would allow him to put together an argument to prove the existence of God and told him he could have a forum in the class to prove his point.

It was a daunting challenge and initially the professor had strong arguments to refute the student's premise. During the final class the argument became very heated and the student finally asked, "What happened to you?"  It was then that the professor said that at the age of 12 years old his mother got very sick and he had prayed and prayed that God would spare her and from that moment on he stopped believing in God."  It was then that the student said, "If God doesn't exist why did he pray for his mother's life?"

Now that's a very brief synopsis of this film but it had a number of subplots and details that I'm leaving out.  I just wanted you to know that this limited release film had much to say to the people of this world.  It was very good and if it comes around again or comes out on DVD, it's well worth your time.

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