Many of the atheist's arguments against the existence of God were addressed. In light of the recent "Big Bang" media excitement, the role of God as Creator was explained convincingly. I believe that the movie will give Christians the strength to stand up for their faith in the face of the growing anti-Christian onslaught to remove any and all symbols crosses, for example of God. As the movie pointed out, God is the foundation of our moral being. Without God, there would be no right or wrong, and one could pretty much do anything they wish to further their own life, regardless <more>
of the consequences to those around them. And is that how we're supposed to live? The classic atheistic argument "How could a loving God permit such evil", was addressed in the simplest terms - Free Will. Trusting in God despite our circumstances gives us the peace to endure them. How sad for those who, when faced with a traumatic, life-threatening situation, have no hope beyond this mortal existence. This movie is a must-see for everyone, and God will touch the hearts of those who are even remotely open to listen.
God's Not Dead is doing exactly what it set out to do (by thom0573)
Many of the reviewers spout self-righteously this is Christian propaganda. They are so smart and have such prejudice in favor of the world view they've been fed that that they forgot to listen carefully to the movie's dialog. Not one of the Christians demands that people abandon their own beliefs because the Christians say so. In fact, just the opposite, one of Josh's main points is that we all have the free will to choose to believe in God or not. All the rest just flows from that. Even the atheists and agnostics believe something, as Josh points out, to include the professor <more>
requiring students to believe there is no God. So if there's something you can't see that you have to believe in, then I fail to understand how human logic can declare that believing in God is either pointless or irrelevant. The opposing diatribe in these IMDb reviews is basically the kind of bigoted anger that many non-Christians like to believe all Christians display. But the reality is different. Look up Christ's Sermon on the Mount, and tell me what is hateful there. This movie has a few fairly trite lines of dialog, but that's about it. The rest is well-communicated by the actors/actresses, and there are a ton of reminders that so much in life happens for a reason, such that in that way it preserves fidelity to a life based upon faith. I have watched non-Christian movie and TV content at the urging of friends; they don't demand it, and then crow about how this "proves" that faith and Christianity and God are wrong or nonexistent. Instead they just ask me to keep an open mind, usually. What I find in the end is that when I apply my free will and logic to the great questions, I end up right where the character John is. I have considered in my own quiet thinking times just what makes most sense to me as a human being, and I have to say that declaring that there is no God, and that there is no God who has a personal relationship with individuals, just makes so much less sense than the alternative. I encourage all of you who have written reviews without even attending the movie, to suspend your disbelief for just a couple hours, and listen open-minded, not with an ear toward refuting but with the same open mind that people profess to have addressed to Mormonism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Taoism, etc., and then make your choice from free will after really listening. The professor in the movie is not so much a caricature as some would have you believe. We all know people who've declared that they see little point in having faith, and some will even die that way; that's their choice. Is the movie a little shallow in places? Sure, if it had really explored the full relationships, the movie would have been much longer, or have removed some of the augmenting story lines. Instead, we get a small glimpse into the kinds of people some characters portray, and quite frankly, I've me all those kinds in my life. Go see it, then decide for yourself. I enjoyed it, it moved me, it renewed my faith, and it told the right story.
Predictable Yet Inspiring Christian Flick (by mhoward39)
First off let's start with all the negative comments this film has received. Offensive, one sided, preachy, etc, etc. OK, for all who feel this way let me point you to pretty much any other theater or television show which demeans, belittles, humiliates, ridicules, etc, any person of faith, particularly any type of Christian, and maybe you can understand why movies like God's Not Dead take on the task of entertaining while proselytizing. Is the film predictable, yes it is. Wow, you couldn't see that coming from a film which is pro-Christian, please go buy tickets for the Muppets <more>
instead. Hint, hint, the good guy wins in the end. Sorry to also tell you, in the Spaghetti Westerns Clint Eastwood always wins as well.Is the acting Oscar worthy? No really, these are mostly unknown or little known actors and actresses. However, Dean Cain does quite well but he is shown up by the performance of Kevin Sorbo who does an excellent job of portraying pretty much every liberal arts professor it has been my "pleasure" of knowing.Is there a Christian bias? Again if you can't see this coming, maybe this is not the film for you. It is commonly said this picture depicts all Christians as righteous and moral people who are railroaded by non- Christians. False, in the film the main character is in fact a good kid who takes on the task of defending his faith yet he is opposed by those closest to him. Spoiler alert!!!...his gf is a real B who cares little for her faith and wants everything to work out HER way while still professing to be Christian. Hmmm, sounds like some Christians we all know. Accurate. At the same time the main character's family attempts to have him deny his faith in order to pursue his professional goals. One can only conclude these people are also Christian and believe money and success supersede faith.Are non-Christians characterized poorly in this film. Yes......and no. The Islamic father seems to be characterized poorly until you consider a few things. First, his reaction to his daughter's conversion is very realistic. Secondly, he loves his daughter more than anything except for Allah God . Finally, his reaction to her conversion and the conflict which arises because of this shows true human emotion of pain, conflict, betrayal, and love. The film would have been served better to dive further into this relationship but unfortunately it did not. -1 point.The Chinese exchange student who is not Christian is portrayed in a very positive light as is the rest of the Philosophy class who are depicted as atheists or at least agnostic. These are people who originally believe the main character, Josh, is insane and needs to get a life. However, despite their lack of faith and fear of the professor they have open minds and listen to both the high and mighty professor as well as the proverbial lamb to slaughter in the form of Josh.Last question...Is this film preachy? Well DUH! It is a Christian made film which attempt to fight back against the constant anti-Christian messages preached in Hollywood yes misspelling is on purpose and in classrooms across the nation. It is kinda the theme here people in the same way things like South Park, Dogma, and even the Big Bang Theory have an anti-Christian message. However, the movie is also thought provoking not only for non-Christians but for Christians in particular. For instance, in the movie Josh accepts evolution. WO!!! Christians and evolution, there's a crazy car ride home for Christians of differing denominations. Also the subplot of Josh's relationships with his family and his gf for anyone to ponder priorities and expectations. Perhaps the greatest though provocation Christians can have after viewing this film is...do you really have faith if you are never forced to truly question what you believe?Overall, I was expecting a corny, low budget Christian flick with a clear message. I was not disappointed except that this movie came much closer to the quality of a main stream film than I had expected, which surprised and delighted me. The writing was good except for a few Brady Bunchesque corny lines which again, I have to warn you are expected in this type of film.
Not Perfect, But Thought Provoking (by chichieekie)
This movie turned out much better than expected. For one, it was appropriately offensive. Yes, I mean that. And that is good. It will provoke you to think on whether you agree or disagree. Plenty of the reviews here give you a good idea what the story is about, so I will not go there. The debates are the highlight of the movie. While the professor does not get a rebuttal, it gives some good steam to the Christian argument. Frankly, that is also good. We can find the atheist, philosophers, and evolutionists arguments everywhere. We grew up with them in school, college, and media. Do we really <more>
need to have their spew in this movie as well? No, because this was about giving the Christian the chance to stand up for his belief and make his arguments. His points were good, though definitely scripted. His counter arguments were appropriate. The professor is a pretty harsh and unforgiving person. I take him as a representation of what most Christians are perceiving our college professors to be. He is the worst of all of them combined into one character. But he is also made to make people realize the intolerance that Christians face from their campus teachers the sarcasm, disdain, and arrogance . Now, the most "offensive" part of the movie was with the Muslim girl and her family. I am certain that many feel that this is a terrible portrayal of the Muslim faith. If you feel that, than you need to look outside of the "American" version and look around the world. Did you know that in many, and I repeat, many Muslim nations, that it is the legal death penalty to convert from Islam to Christianity. And the family will be the one to kill you if you do convert. I have friends over in Africa and Egypt, and they have experiences that would make your blood run cold. Families murdering their own children because they turned to Christ. The rest were made outcasts from their own family Read "I dared to call Him Father". So this portrayal was spot on. You can find many real life examples today in America of Islamic-converted Christians who suffered greatly because of their families. Bravo to this movie for having the guts to do this.I walked away from this movie pretty impressed. As a Christian, not all of it was something I agreed with. There was a serious miss about repentance, man needing a Savior because of his fallen nature, and the message of Jesus Christ. The Pastor did not impress me as a character. A few of the side stories felt unneeded, but most concluded on some pretty good points. Liberal "Christians", muslims, and atheists will all be offended by this movie, so no surprise there. Seriously, beware of all the negative reviews. If you were offended by this movie, then you obviously missed the point. This was not necessarily about giving more room to the other sides arguments. It was about letting people know that there is a God worth standing up for. Bravo to all the crew and cast who just put their careers on the line to get this message out.
Choppy beginning, but coalesces nicely... (by tvbob-1)
I don't know what it MEANS to necessarily be a "spoiler", so the warning is there...I won't try to reveal ENDINGS or SECRETS of the movie...but I put this there so I don't get "blacklisted". : The film is, at its core, a debate between those who believe God exists and those who believe God is a fairy tale.God's Not Dead is a reasonably decent film...lots of story lines and threads that intertwine, one wonders why so many were chosen--but the whole "stew" mixes well with the theme, and towards the middle and the end, the threads come together <more>
pretty well.Like my title says, the movie DOES start out a bit choppy...we see several different "players" in the film, most but not all of them generated around Hadleigh University. One is a freshman Christian student Shaner Harper , one is a university cafeteria employee--a girl who grew up in a Muslim home Hadeel Sittu , one is a Chinese exchange student Paul Kwo .We also have the atheist professor Kevin Sorbo and his friends in academe...and his girlfriend Cory Oliver . The girlfriend tries to convince her rich and successful brother Dean Cain to help care for their ailing mother. The brother is about as callous as he can be--not really showing much care for his family or his girlfriend.We also meet up with a local minister David A.R. White and his missionary friend from Africa...Yes, lots of players and somehow they all kind of interconnect in this great debate on whether God exists.While the debate is waged in the classroom in a formal sense between Sorbo and Harper, we also see it waged in the lives and behaviors of the characters...at times with pretty believable intensity. Trisha LaFache, who plays Amy--the girlfriend of the successful but materialistic stock broker has one of the best moments of emotional fear/frustration/anger/heartbreak I think I've seen in any film.What one has by the end of the film is assurance--there are reasons to believe in God, and theism is not a fairy tale. Not every character in the film comes to that conclusion--and there aren't quick and easy answers, but the choices are made clear. You really cannot go "halfway"--either God is, or He isn't.
I loved this movie and so did my teenage son. It is very inspiring compared to the usual collection of crude humor, sexual content, and violence. I guess those that are entertained by movies like The Hangover will not like God's Not Dead, but that is a matter of taste. Those that watched this movie to justify their scathing review...thank you for at least watching it. Some are posting a review without having seen it...which seems difficult to me. This movie was so encouraging with all the hate and negativity the vocal "majority" put out. Please give it a shot for your own <more>
benefit. It is a family movie that I believe you will enjoy.Can't wait to own it. Thank you Pure Flix.Edit 2/23/2015 This is an inspiring movie. Obviously not the movie for everyone but to spout hate is ridiculous. I think those that do not like it for minor things need a second look. Great movie!
I'm a Christian and I've watched a number of "Christian" movies though, C.S. Lewis would scoff at anything other than a human being labeled Christian . To be honest, they typically aren't great. You'll usually have a few actors that just aren't great and too much cheesiness in the script. "God's Not Dead" mostly avoids these two issues.The acting was largely very good. Kevin Sorbo was outstanding as were Shane Harper and Marco Kahn. I was also pretty impressed with Hadeel Sittu and Trisha LaFache. Is anyone taking home an Oscar? No, of course not. <more>
But some of the reviews claiming horrendous acting are being a bit exaggerated and even downright hateful.Was there some cheesiness? Yeah, a little. Certainly the Newsboys as much as I love their music aren't starting an acting career. The script was mostly solid, with maybe only one conversation between Josh and Martin being a little poorly written. Josh's scientific defenses of his faith were well researched. More could have been included on the historical accuracy, but this was a movie not a documentary.I thought it was a very good movie and gave it an 8. I'm not going to blindly give it a 10, because people who give the most extreme numbers I don't think are being critical. That goes for folks who give it a 1 or a 10. It's a good movie and worth seeing.
God's Not Dead Today after I finished my exam, I decided to do something cause it is Friday Night so I decided to go for a walk. I went to the lovely lake but it was still too early to go back home so I decided to go to the mall. I took the bus and went to the mall without any specific goal. As I say always, God has a plan for me even in the smallest things. After I arrived to the mall I was bored, what will I do now.. I hate shopping alone and I do not need anything actually. So I thought how about watching a movie? So I went to see what movies are on, I found nothing I know. But <more>
there was one which caught my attention.. GOD IS NOT DEAD. I thought ummmm let's see the trailer, I found the trailer interesting and I got the courage to watch it. And guess what, IT WAS AMAZING! I LOVED IT. Though I just have one thing to say, the movie was about the existence of God VS atheism.. then why you had to show that Islam is an oppressive religion. This had NOTHING to do with the movie's point. You wanted to prove the existence of God in Christianity, in Islam we do believe in God too, so Why?! I am Muslim Veiled Girl living in the west ALONE and if I wanted to take the veil off or do whatever I want, I would but I love to be Muslim and I like my veil. No one forced me to do anything I do not wanna do. Muslim girls are not oppressed as you showed in the movie, But again I really liked the movie, and I learned from Josh Wheaton. As he was put in this class for a reason which is defending God, I went to the mall and watched the movie to defend Islam <3 !!
I thought this movie was very well done and well acted. It was predictable but you should go to it knowing of course that it is has a message and a purpose. It is biased as movies typically. There is just generally less tolerance when Christ followers profess their faith. Overall good movie with a message . I have read reviews about the non Christian characters in the movie as being portrayed poorly. I did not see it that way at all. To me it it portrayed the Muslim father as a loving caring father putting out tough love to his daughter. The professor was also treated fairly as a non <more>
believer. The script Seemed well written and thought provoking.