God’s Not Dead Movie Has Two Misrepresented Scriptures

I have one more post about the Vine and the Branches, but wanted to insert this post before finishing that series on the Vine.

This post concerns a movie that  is presently showing. I was saddened by how the movie “God’s Not Dead” presented the Good News in two specific ways.

Two scriptures that were quoted and used in the movie, made for a conditionally unconditionally loving God.

The two passages that troubled me in the way they were presented are:

  • 2Timothy 2:12 “…if we disown Him, He will also disown us”
  • Isaiah 55:8  “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways…for as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Please check out this video to find out why I was saddened and what these verses really mean!

 

Dig In

  • Don’t assume what you’ve been taught all your life is ‘right on’ when it comes to saying who God really is and how He feels about you.
  • Remember to check out the context in a passage. There just may be more to the rest of the ‘story’.
  • Never forget – if we are faithless (in the Greek – if we refuse to be persuaded by what He says is true, by His faith), He remains faithful (fully persuaded by what He knows to be true, by what He knows to be our true identity before the beginning of time); He cannot deny/disown (contradict) Himself. (2Tim 2:13)  God is impartial, He changes not, He knows who He is and He knows who we are. He made us in His image and He doesn’t change His mind about that! And He knows how, when, and where to show ALL of us who we really are! Talk about certainty and fullness!
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2 responses to “God’s Not Dead Movie Has Two Misrepresented Scriptures

  1. Christian music and movies often reinforce wrong ideas we have gotten about God from misunderstanding the Bible. The Greek meanings and context of these two Scriptures make Him seem like a God who really does love the world unconditionally! However, humans have a hard time imagining unconditional love, and thereby I think we read the Bible through the lens of “doing our part”. We feel that surely we must have to do something to distinguish ourselves from those who do nothing toplease God, or who do wrong. Then we have to measure our efforts and sincerity, resulting in a reliance on “works” at some level in our pysche. I think that human tendency to rely on self effort is part of what Paul addresed in Col 2 6-7: that we walk in Christ in the same way that we received Him, leading to overflowing with gratitude. We received Christ through no effort on our own part, and Paul may have been instructing the Colossians to keet returning to that Good News as the foundational Truth of living each day. That makes me more thankful than trying hard to walk closely with God, even though He seems to declare He is so much higher than me!

    • Thanks for your comments Jaet! I agree Christian music and movies can significantly add to our misunderstanding of God and the Bible. Music can go deep in the soul and if the words do not line up with Truth and the pure Gospel it can be very deceiving. Right on about grasping unconditional love. We seem geared for ‘doing’ and religious tradition reinforces that. So works come easy or at least weigh heavy on us with their requirements and expectations

      I like your Col 2:6-7 reference. The kicker is – “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus…” – so how did most ‘receive’ Him? If it was by specific steps and words you had to say in order to prove (to others) you indeed did receive Him, then how they, ‘so walk in Him’, will be skewed. Once again requirements hold sway and block the unconditional eternal love truth.

      It is amazing many think that He ‘seems’ to declare He is so much higher – when Jesus came to tell us the Father is inside of us! (Jn 17:22,23,26) Again religious tradition has done a number on our mindset! But He is working to bring true repentance, i.e. change your mind! 🙂 Yay God!

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