Friday, March 14, 2014

God's Not Dead Movie Review


How far would you go…to defend your belief in God?

God's Not Dead, a Pure Flix Entertainment film, is set to show in theaters starting March 21st.  I had the opportunity to preview the film in my home this week.

Synopsis

College freshman and Christian, Josh Wheaton, finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by Professor Radisson, a self-professed atheist.  Because Josh will not admit that “God Is Dead," he must prove God's existence over the next several weeks, by debating Radisson in front of the class.

There are also several subplots that run through the movie: Josh's controlling girlfriend, a self-absorbed business man, a Muslim family and their daughter who has a secret, a career-driven, liberal PETA woman who receives life altering news, Professor Radisson's Christian girlfriend, an American Pastor and his African Missionary friend, and a Chinese student and his father.

And there are special appearances by Duck Dynasty’s Willie and Korie Robertson and the four-time Grammy-nominated band Newsboys.

God’s Not Dead weaves together multiple stories of faith, doubt and disbelief, culminating in a dramatic call to action. 


My Thoughts

From the moment I watched the trailer for God's Not Dead I was intrigued, and it did not disappoint.  I think what I took away from the film is that it will hopefully inspire people to explore what they really believe about God, sparking conversations and life changing decisions.

Do I think that Josh could have had a better argument by quoting more scripture instead of scientists?  Maybe.  Do I think some of the subplots were a little weak and the characters stereotypical?  Possibly.  But it's a 1hr and 53min movie.

I personally see it as an opportunity to watch it and discuss it with my daughter.  Could we have made a better apologetic argument?  How well could we defend our belief in God? 

1 Peter 3:15 - But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

It's also a good reminder that, although dramatised in the film, this is happening all around us.  At the end of the movie there is a scrolling list of legal cases where University Students and Campus Ministries were condemned for their faith.


Find Out More:  You can find out more online on the God's Not Dead Facebook Page. It is coming to theaters nationwide on March 21, 2014.  You can also find more at God's Not Dead the Movie.  They have even put together some FREE Resources!

God's Not Dead is rated PG and contains no profanity, drugs, sexual content, or nudity.  A girl does kiss a boy on the cheek and a girlfriend and boyfriend hug and kiss, but that is about it.  There is a violent scene when a man hits a girl across the face twice and when someone is in a fatal accident.  There is talk of evolution and sensitive themes like cancer, dementia, and dying.  I always recommend watching a movie first before showing it to your children.  



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