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God’s Not Dead Movie Review
Emotion/Theme: No Compromise, Trust, Teacher of God, Intellectualization, Superiority, Spiritual Pride, Faith
Genre: Drama, Family
Duration: 113 minutes
Director: Harold Cronk
Actors: Shane Dennis
This movie is a powerful demonstration of overcoming fear and doubt to find true spiritual meaning and happiness in life. An atheist professor challenges a student to defend “God is not dead” before his philosophy class. Josh reinterprets this challenge as an invitation from the Spirit to extend the truth of a loving God. As Josh puts his whole heart into it, resistance appears in many forms. Yet his uncompromising demonstration of faith inspires courage in many others to face their own fears, to move through them, and to heal. “When I am healed I am not healed alone.” (W-137)
On the awakening journey we are called to live a life of integrity. There are daily choice points to stand in truth or to fall into compromise. The world mirrors our inner resistance back to us. We may be tempted to compromise to the demands of authority figures, to the expectations of relationship partners or family members.
Spirit invites us to look upon the full extent of our resistance to the Love of God. It isn’t comfortable, but we must look within and allow our hatred and darkness up into the forgiving light of the Holy Spirit. As we take our steps forward, mighty companions appear by our side. When we release our fears and fully align with Spirit’s purpose, we see that all things are indeed working together for our good.
Metaphysical goodie quotes:
Josh Wheaton: I could drop the class, run away, pretend like it never happened, which is what my girlfriend wants. I could sign the paper saying something I don’t believe. Or I commit academic suicide in front of a live audience by trying to prove that God exists.
Reverend Dave: How many people in that class?
Josh Wheaton: Eighty maybe.
Reverend Dave: And how many of them do you think would ever step foot in here, or any other church for matter?
Josh Wheaton: Well, none probably.
Reverend Dave: So, your acceptance of this challenge, if you decide to accept it, may be the only meaningful exposure to God and Jesus they’ll ever have.
Josh Wheaton: Yeah. Yeah, I suppose so.
Reverend Dave: Check out Matthew 10:32-33.
Josh Wheaton: What, that’s it? That’s all?
Reverend Dave: Yeah.
[gets up to leave]
Josh Wheaton: Just a Scriptural citation?
Reverend Dave: If you’re still undecided after that one, look at Luke 12:48.
Josh Wheaton: It can’t be that simple.
Reverend Dave: Sure it can. You’re here because that still small voice inside you isn’t happy with the choices everyone else wants you to make. Personally, I think it’s the Holy Spirit talking to you. That’s how He interacts with us if we allow him to. All you have to do is decide whether or not you’re willing to listen. It’s not easy, but it’s simple.
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