At least God’s Not Dead 2 movie is not as disturbing as God’s Not Dead Movie was. I did enjoy some of the sequel.
But there were several things in God’s Not Dead 2 that perpetuate the misunderstanding of God.
Here are some of the troubling religious points in God’s Not Dead 2, as I see it:
- God, do not forsake me
- Stand with the world and be judged by God
- Come into my heart Jesus, forgive me of my sins – the traditional prayer of salvation
- Who do you say I am
- God is good, all the time God is good
Today we will look at being forsaken by God. I’ll address the others later.
Does God forsake you
Grace Wesley, the main character in God’s Not Dead Movie 2, was in a very difficult situation, fearful of the possible outcome, overwhelmed by the circumstances. Throwing herself on her bed one evening, in utter dismay she prays, “Oh God do not forsake me.”
Now obviously difficulties happen in life where it feels like God is nowhere to be found. But if we really knew God, we would never believe that God forsakes us. Religious Christianity preaches a conditional loving God, so it’s easy to think He would.
What Does God Say About Being Forsaken
Heb. 13:5 “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
The Greek tense of Heb 13:5 means spoken vehemently, as if – “look me in the eyes when I say this to you, I am dead serious”. Now read the Amplified version with this intensity.
“I will not in any way fail you or give you up, nor leave you without support. I will not; I will not; I will not, in any degree leave you helpless; nor forsake you; nor relax my hold on your life; definitely not!”
Check out the next verse!
“So that, we may boldly (Greek: of good cheer, am courageous) say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear or dread. What can man do to me?” (Heb 13:6)
Talk about confidently and happily knowing you are never forsaken!
- Paul knew the true God, hence he could speak of being hard-pressed yet not crushed, perplexed but not in despair, persecuted but not forsaken, struck down but not destroyed. (2Cor 4:8,9)
- Because religious Christianity believes in a ‘conditional unconditional’ loving God, confusion and uncertainty under gird many believers’ faith. No wonder some would think God just might forsake them. If you are one of those, please know God does not judge you for that. He wants you to come into full revelation of who He really is, then you truly can rest in His faithful and ever present care for you.
- Jesus, Paul, and Peter looked forsaken. However:
- Jesus said the Father has not left Him alone. (Mt 27:46, Jn 8:29, 2Cor 5:19)
- Paul, while in prison, uses rejoice and joy eleven times in his letter to the Philippians.
- Peter was sleeping in prison while bound by chains and guarded.
- Oh, if Grace had just remembered that!