Gods not dead review—http://creation.com/gods-not-dead-review

I have never talked about this subject before. I saw it after it had been in theaters for a relatively short time. I give the studio & actors an ” A ” for effort, but the plot left me cold, mostly preaching to the converted, like patting them on the back collectively, then giving us characters of 1 – dimensional cardboard – Heartless, cold, cynical atheists ( Mostly Professor Radisson as portrayed by Kevin Sorbo ), unsympathetic materialistic businessmen ( Dean Cain ), & rather hateful stereotypes of other faiths – The Muslim father who finds out that his daughter is listening to the Bible on an iPod & tosses her around like a ragdoll before sending her packing. The only thing lacking is putting red skin, horns, hooves on all the ” bad guys ” & showing them holding pitch – forks.

Playing for the other team – The believers are all portrayed as pretty much squeaky – clean & almost without spot or blemish. Let’s give them wings, halos, harps & a heavenly glow.

The premise – if a professor tried, basically, to get his class to proclaim that God is dead, or never existed in the place, I believe he’d pretty much be told to empty out his office & to not let the door hit him on the butt on his egress. I had a professor in forensic anatomy / evolutionary & he never ONCE told us that adherents of the Abrahamic faiths were wrong or deluded even though he ( Dr. William Bass ) is an atheist. He never blatantly stuffed the concept of Darwinian evolution down our throats & / or said that Genesis was nonsense. He had no anti – God or anti – Judaeo – Christian agenda like Professor Radisson appeared to.

& the film pretty much ends with poor Professor Radisson getting smacked by a car in the rain, then making a ” deathbed ” ( deathstreet ? ) conversion, while a missionary & pastor from some unnamed African country rejoice over his conversion. CALL AN AMBULANCE ! or at least get him to a morgue, for decency’s sake.

The only thing worse, just in this observer’s humble opinion, is that there’s a 2nd movie out, ” God’s Not Dead 2 ” or some such. PASS.

There are better ways to spend the price of admission – Contributing to a homeless outreach, shelter for battered wives & children, a local soup kitchen or food pantry.

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This Christian movie falls short of proving that God is not dead

Source: Gods not dead review—http://creation.com/gods-not-dead-review

9 Reasons My God’s Not Dead

Okay….. God’s not dead, BUT, He’s just tired of knee – jerk, behind – kissing followers who act like GROUPIES & don’t actually put the teachings of Jesus into practice  ( feeding the poor & homeless, teaching the illiterate, helping the sick, aiding the less fortunate, etc.), or Buddhists who just sit & chant, or Muslims who observe the Five Pillars of the Islamic faith.

I don’t really like the pat answers like ” you can see God in a sunrise “, & such. Generic, pious platitudes that seem deep for a few moments but aren’t very satisfying. Chocolate for the soul.

I, like the original Founding Fathers, consider myself a Deist. They believed in A god, just not necessarily ” Big G ” God. My belated disclaimer.

via 9 Reasons My God’s Not Dead.

A Little Commentary – Are We in Danger of becoming Automatons of Faith?

I was raised in a religious home, with a fairly religious background – even though, truth be known, church was an almost excrutiatingly boring experience as a child = The pastor had little patience in dealing with kids & adolescents / teens – anyway, I was still fairly religious, & reasonably sure in the Protestant Christian faith.

Later in life, I could see people who appeared to just go through the motions, & I could see those that said one thing & did pretty much the exact opposite. & those who believed things just because ” it says so in the Bible “. I have a cousin who I love dearly, but ask her to even take an objective look at what she believes, & you’re probably safer in the path of a funnel – cloud while being in a mine – field with packs of C – 4 around your waist. 🙂

I think people would be better examining why they believe what they believe instead of just taking things ” on faith “, which is a contradiction, I realize. Some people don’t question beliefs because they were raised in them most of their lives, of course. But to examine is HEALTHY.

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via Are We in Danger of becoming Automatons of Faith? .

A Christian Case Against Donald Trump

I’m not going to question ” The Donald’s ” personal beliefs or their strength or sincerity, but I would NOT vote for him if he were the only choice in the USA. Nor any Republican.

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via A Christian Case Against Donald Trump.

Sunday Morning Spirituality

Finally – I THINK ( Could it be ? ) that someone in the sphere of ” organized religion ” GETS IT !

We need a little less formal religion / religious indoctrination ( Bricks & mortar ) & more spirituality to imbue the institutions with.

This is a rare post for me, as I’m ” One of the Nones ” / ” Spiritually Independent ” after spending many decades in one denomination after another.

Just a spoonful of thought…..

via Sunday Morning Spirituality.