I’d be very surprised if the movie, “God’s Not Dead,” convinced anyone to abandon atheism. Perhaps I’m wrong, but I suspect movies like that mostly feel good to those who already know God’s not dead. I’m pretty sure God does not need to be defended. Why? Because He isn’t dead! He’s all powerful and His purposes prevail. If He was dead, then maybe we’d need to work hard to prove He wasn’t.
That’s the idea humorously and ironically illustrated by these guys:
24 A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in a lot of business for the craftsmen there. 25 He called them together, along with the workers in related trades, and said: “You know, my friends, that we receive a good income from this business. 26 And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that gods made by human hands are no gods at all. 27 There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited; and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.” (Acts 19:24-27)
Any so-called god who can be “robbed of divine majesty” because of something someone says is no god you want to follow. I’ve seen many movies about faith in God that have stirred my soul. Don’t get me wrong: I’m not down on God movies. It’s just that the real God doesn’t need our movies; He makes His own:
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world. (Psalms 19:1-4)