A new movie that has yet to be released called A Matter of Faith claims that it will be controversial and bridge the gap between Creationism and Evolution. This has caused me some frustration simply in the sense that with the rash of “Christian” movies being released seem to promote their specific theology or doctrine, and do little to inspire unity. In fact, I think that if a non-Christian person were seeking God, going to these movies, they may actually come out even more confused.
In addition to that, where is the originality in these films? Here is the premise of A Matter of Faith.
The film’s plot centers around a Christian girl who is influenced during her first year of college by an evolutionist Biology professor. When the student’s father notices his daughter drifting from the faith, he decides to do something about it and agrees to publicly challenge the professor in a debate.
Sound familiar to you? Sounds like God’s Not Dead to me. Why do we need another of these movies? Are movies becoming a substitution for good old-fashion reading? Are Christian movies really just for Christians? Are these movies portraying that if you’re a Christian going to college you are going to struggle in your faith?
The movies I enjoy the most are ones that may be Christian or not overtly Christian yet the gospel can be seen in the film without making a big deal about it being Christian. I can find God in The Matrix or in Star Wars. The bible says that there is nothing new under the sun so these stories have all been told before in one way or the other.
Heaven is for Real was a doctrinal mess, even if this child did go to Heaven how can anyone else know that wasn’t just a dream or some strange deception from the enemy. Hollywood made the movie romantic and thrilling but how many people came out of that movie hearing the gospel of Jesus?
What is your take on Christian movies? Helpful or hurtful?