I recommend reading this post first: Everything I’ve Written About God’s Not Dead 2, All In One Place
To anyone who thinks I’m an atheist for writing a post like this:
I’m a Catholic.
To anyone who thinks I just like “R-rated Hollywood trash” because I don’t like God’s Not Dead 2:
My favorite movie is a G-rated foreign film.
To anyone who thinks I am committing the sin of Slander in this post:
In order to slander Pure Flix, what I say about them would have to be proven to be false. I provide evidence to back up everything I say about them. Therefore, what I say about Pure Flix is questionable at worst — not outright false. Give me proof that what I say about Pure Flix is false. If you can’t give me proof, than you can’t say that I am slandering them.
Here are all of the reasons why Christians shouldn’t watch God’s Not Dead 2:
Atheists are not out to “prove once and for all that God is dead.” Atheists don’t believe in God. Why, then, would atheists want to prove that a being they don’t believe in is dead? I know I shouldn’t take the words “prove…God is dead” literally, since what the atheist means is “We’re going to drive Christianity out of the public square.” But I’m not judging what the atheist meant. I’m judging what he said. And what he said makes no sense.
A teacher wouldn’t get into trouble for quoting Scripture in her classroom if it was relevant to what she was teaching. Which, in God’s Not Dead 2, it is: Grace Wesley is teaching about non-violence and quotes Jesus, a historical figure famous for his teachings on non-violence. One of my teachers, when I was a Senior at a public high school, did the same thing, and no one batted an eyelash. Why? Because we, the students, understood that the teacher wasn’t proselytizing.
“…the most most basic human right of all is the right to believe.”
I thought the most basic human right of all was the right to life.
“How do we make this go away and not get blood on our hands?”
“We let the ACLU do it.”
Demonizing an organization is committing the sin of Slander.
If Pure Flix isn’t demonizing the ACLU, than what do you call this:
God’s Not Dead 2 promotes an “Us vs. Them” worldview.
Which, at worst, leads to tribalism.
Which, at worst, leads to extremism.
Which, at worst, leads to this (WARNING: Graphic violence):
Pure Flix, the company making God’s Not Dead 2, is using Christians for their money. Pure Flix is manipulating Christians’ emotions in order to increase ticket sales:
There are better movies that the whole family can watch together.* Like, for example, The Secret World of Arrietty.
Thank you for reading.
*I believe that there are better movies than God’s Not Dead 2 to see with the whole family, despite the fact that I haven’t seen God’s Not Dead 2. Why? Because my favorite movie is one that’s appropriate for the whole family, and it is a movie that I can say, with certainty, is better than God’s Not Dead 2. Why? Because even if everything that wasn’t in the trailers for God’s Not Dead 2 blows my mind, what is in the trailers left a bad taste in my mouth — a bad taste that will offset any positives, whatever they may be. In contrast, other than a few mistakes regarding subtitles, I consider my favorite movie to be as close to perfect as a movie can be in this imperfect world. What is my favorite movie? Whisper of the Heart.