OH MY GOD Add To My Top 10
Asking the Question, “What is God?”
Release Date: November 13, 2009
Audience: Children and adults
Runtime: 98 minutes
Distributor: Mitropolis Films
Director: Peter Rodger
Executive Producer: None listed
Producer: Peter Rodger
Writer: Peter Rodger
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Tim LaHaye, Walid Shoebot, a gun store owner, children in a cancer ward, a priest, and victims of the Katrina hurricane all give a strong witness for Jesus and the need for salvation as well as Jesus being the only way to heaven.
However, through editing and commentary, many of these people come off as being unreliable or angry or deluded. The Katrina victims and the children in the cancer ward invoke sympathy, but in commentary Rodger says that a belief in God can simply be a way to feel better when times are tough. The gunstore owner appears to be a bit crazy talking about guns and then talking about accepting Jesus in your heart. Tim LaHaye’s wise and truthful comments about Jesus being the only way of salvation are intercut with an imam saying nearly the same thing but talking about Allah as revealed by Mohammad. The “take away” is that these two religions each claim exclusivity and neither could be right because others are saying they can find God in so many other ways.
Aboriginal tribes perform rituals, and Native Americans chant and dance in the movie. Viewers hear from Jewish scholars who do seem to make the point that Islam is wanting to kill all Jews. They also see Shinto ceremonies, hear from the Pope, and hear from celebrities.
Seal, Ringo Starr, and Hugh Jackman all express some aspect of humanism. Some comments are that God is seen in our children and the love we have for them, God is in ourselves, and the like. At one point, Jackman says that this world is all there is but at other times he speaks of God.
The anti-Christian voice is from Bob Geldof, a musician most well known for organizing Live Aid in the 1980s. Through bleeped profanity, Geldof delivers the sentiments of a mocker who says there is no God, yet seems oddly angry at someone who, according to him, doesn’t exist.
Filmmaker Peter Rodger sums the whole movie up by answering the question that there is some kind of God and all forms lead there – whether it’s pantheism, Christianity, Islam or any other religion. He states that man needs to create religion and that we all have different names for God. Peter sees that religion has led to wars as being evidence that religion is not the answer.
At one point, a man on the street says that religion is simply man reaching up to find God. We would agree, but add that salvation is God reaching down through Jesus Christ, offering salvation and being the only way to the true and living God.
The movie is well made and the music and photography are truly beautiful. It is great to see all the cultures and the beauty of humanity. It is a shame that most people in the movie do not hold to the truth that each beautiful person is created by God and filled with love because He himself is love.
OH MY GOD is a movie that can serve with discernment as a “98 minute comparative religion class” for some. It is a movie that clearly will start conversations. However, much, much discernment must be exercised to separate the truth in the movie from the beautifully shot, well expressed lies.
The movie is well made and the music and photography are beautiful. It is great to see all the cultures and the beauty of humanity. It is a shame that most people in the movie do not believe that each beautiful person is created by God and filled with love because He himself is love. OH MY GOD is a movie that may serve with discernment as a “98 minute comparative religion class.” It is a movie that clearly will start conversations. However, much, much discernment must be exercised to separate the truth in the movie from the beautifully shot, well expressed lies.