God’s Not Dead , is a very good overtly Christian themed movie that would be great for every teenage Christian to go see as many will face the same type of challenges to their faith as they transition into adulthood, most being away from home for the first time at college. How would you respond if faced with the same test to your faith?
Romans 1 (NKJV)
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
As in this movie, sometimes challenges to our faith comes from those close to us, from family or friends that perhaps feel they are helping us or know what’s best for us but ultimately God knows best!
In the book of Job, Job’s friends stop by in an effort to “comfort” him. After a while of their comforting, Job becomes indignant and in his defense to them is a bit self-righteous. God then shows up and has about four chapters worth of questions for Job. God’s first question to Job always comes to my mind when I read or hear theories as to how everything came into existence without God receiving credit for it.
Question – “Where were you when I (God) created everything?” Answer – You were not there. And since you were not there, you don’t know, you are speaking from ignorance.
Job 38 (NKJV)
1 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:
2 “Who is this who darkens counsel
By words without knowledge?
3 Now prepare yourself like a man;
I will question you, and you shall answer Me.
4 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding.
Job 42 (NKJV)
42 Then Job answered the Lord and said:
2 “I know that You can do everything,
And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.
3 You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
4 Listen, please, and let me speak;
You said, ‘I will question you, and you shall answer Me.’
5 “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear,
But now my eye sees You.
6 Therefore I abhor myself,
And repent in dust and ashes.”
Job’s faith was tested more than almost any person recorded in the Bible, his faith and patience are legendary but even he was humbled by God for his prideful speech. When facing challenges to our faith, we have to be careful of self-righteousness.
If your faith is not strong enough to withstand verbal assaults or intellectual scrutiny of scoffers, would it be strong enough to withstand threats of physical violence or possible death? Adrian Rogers said “A faith that cannot be tested, cannot be trusted.”
Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)
6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
At some point it comes down to faith, the Christian believes(has faith) that God exists and that His Word is true; the unbelieving has faith(believes) that God does not exist and that the Bible is a fairytale. Will your faith save you?