Source: Family Fiction Website
Over the weekend we saw the film “God’s Not Dead.” Here’s the premise of the film:
“How far would you go…to defend your belief in God?
Present-day college freshman and devout Christian, Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo). Radisson begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on that first day, or face a failing grade. As other students in the class begin scribbling the words “God Is Dead” on pieces of paper as instructed, Josh find himself at a crossroads, having to choose between his faith and his future. Josh offers a nervous refusal, provoking an irate reaction from his smug professor. Radisson assigns him a daunting task: if Josh will not admit that “God Is Dead,” he must prove God’s existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments and evidence over the course of the semester, and engage Radisson in a head-to-head debate in front of the class. If Josh fails to convince his classmates of God’s existence, he will fail the course and hinder his lofty academic goals. With almost no one in his corner, Josh wonders if he can really fight for what he believes. Can he actually prove the existence of God? Wouldn’t it just be easier just to write “God Is Dead” and put the whole incident behind him? GOD’S NOT DEAD weaves together multiple stories of faith, doubt and disbelief, culminating in a dramatic call to action. The film will educate, entertain, and inspire moviegoers to explore what they really believe about God, igniting important conversations and life-changing decisions.”
Of all of the films out there right now that are being billed as Christian, this is the one to see and here’s why.
*The gospel message is clearly and accurately delivered.
*There are a diverse group of characters coming from diverse beliefs and backgrounds.
*It shows that, although there are often earthly consequences for standing for God, it’s still well worth it.
*We’ve all been disappointed by God at some point when we didn’t get what we wanted or expected, been angry at Him or given up on Him. But He never gives up on us!
*Too many of us just go along with what everyone else is doing or thinking, putting God on the back burner.
*Sometimes those who have more at risk than us, are willing to stand up for Christ, even if we aren’t.
*Even the Godly Pastor humbles himself when it’s His turn to learn a lesson.
This is a refreshing look at a few people who, against all that our culture throws at us, decide God and His words are more important. And lest you think this sort of thing is made up, that professors aren’t trying to convince students to throw away all that they believe and adopt the professor’s beliefs instead, watch the credits for all of the schools and cases that the film is based on. It’s no wonder so many college students leave their faith behind during their college years. Between weak Biblical truths in many churches, too many example of living for the world instead of God, and college professors pushing their ideas as truth.
I loved the many examples of these different students from different walks of life taking on the question, “Is God Dead?”
I loved the way some chose to believe He’s alive, despite the cost. We all pay a price when we choose to truly follow and obey the King of Kings!
I loved the imperfections of the characters.
I loved the raw, real, true emotions we see in the professor’s own struggle. A portrayal of the journey any of us may go through after hard times.
And most of all, I love the TRUTH that God is real, alive and a part of my life! That Jesus Christ loves me and gave His life so I might be forgiven for my sins and live with Him forever in paradise!! That there are still people who won’t roll over and say God is dead, because God’s Not Dead!!!
Here’s a preview:
And here’s a great article by Jacinda at Growing Home about Christians and college.