"Asking the Question, “What is God?”"
OH MY GOD is a documentary by filmmaker Peter Rodger who travels the world asking experts and regular people the question, “What is God?” Rodger provides voiceover and on camera commentary throughout. Thus, while this movie appears to be an unbiased chronicle of what people think about God, Rodger’s own worldview of humanism ultimately shines through.
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.
(HHH, AbAbAb, PCPCPC, Co, CC, BB, FRFR, PaPa, Ev, L, VVV, N, MMM) Very strong humanist, anti-religious, and anti-Christian worldview overall, with a very strong politically correct view with light Communist overtone promoting multiculturalism, but many other worldviews expressed, including overt elements of Biblical Christianity and Catholicism, and false religious, pagan elements such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Shintoism, Islam, pagan and folk religions, pantheism, nihilism, and some evolutionary thinking; no foul language, but three instances of foul language being bleeped; graphic shots of goats being sacrificed with blood and breaking neck shown; no sexual content; upper male nudity, people wearing only loincloth; no alcohol; no drugs; and, mockery of religion by one celebrity, empty-headed liberal pluralism promoted, and editing is used to unfairly discredit people with whom the filmmaker apparently disagrees.
OH MY GOD is a documentary by Peter Rodger who travels the world asking experts and regular people the question, “What is God?” Rodger provides commentary throughout. Thus, while the movie appears to be an unbiased chronicle of what people think about God, Rodger’s own worldview of humanism dominates. Christianity, Catholicism, Buddhism, pagan and folk religions, Islam, Hinduism, atheism, pantheism, and nihilism are explored with on camera interviews and visuals of ceremonies. A strong witness for Jesus is given by a few people, but, through biased editing, most are discredited.
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.