Audacity by Ray Comfort

2016-08-28-audacityThis film came out last year, but I just didn’t have the $20 at the time of its release to watch it right then. Luckily, Ray Comfort and the folks at Living Waters (his online store) have lowered the price to an affordable $4.99 … and still allows you to save the film to your computer! (It’s not a rental!)

The film is very short (not even quite an hour long), but gets the message across that it’s trying to convey: The way to deal with situations involving gay people isn’t to be cruel and degrading, but to share God’s Word properly, and to educate them on the saving grace that Jesus Christs presents to all sinners.

The “film” parts of the movie (probably making up about ~40 minutes of the video) are surprisingly well acted and done. At first you aren’t sure what to expect, but after the main character reaches the end of the first act, it’s clear that the film is on pretty solid footing in terms of writing, acting and presentation.

The most interesting parts of the film are the clips of Ray Comfort witnessing to students, people on beaches and other random adults. He speaks to both gay and straight people alike, all of them hear him out and most get what he’s trying to say about homosexuality and the Bible. What’s very sad is how evident it is that almost no one talked to even knew specifics about the Bible. A young black girl, for instance, didn’t even know that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins. It’s really no wonder she had a free-loving, anything-goes lifestyle if she never pursued to know about God’s truth, sin and the savior of humanity.

I recommend this film, and think it’s a few dollars wonderfully spent.

God’s Not Dead 2

2016-08-24-godsnotdead2So, I will admit I wasn’t the biggest fan of the original God’s Not Dead film. I understood what it was trying to do, but I felt as if the execution, so-so writing, odd music focus and casting of it did more to harm the Biblical message than to reach the masses.

Granted, there will always be strong opposition to anything Christian in Hollywood … but a well-made film can transcend traditional barriers and will be seen by the masses if at the heart of it is a genuinely good movie that most audiences can enjoy.

While I appreciate the movie wanting to be positive, upbeat and convey the message that God can overcome anything, the happy-ending nature of the film does more harm than good. To sugarcoat the harsh reality that here in the United States –where Christianity is on life support — that the unbelieving majority holding the power cord will lose, with their system they have corrupted and molded to fit their agenda backfiring? … Well, that’s unrealistic.

The message should have been about carrying on in an anti-God nation, regardless of opposition.

The movie is also all over the map in regards to bringing back past characters and even setting up a sequel in a post-credits scene. It’s starting to feel like the God’s Not Dead series is more about stringing together feel-good Bible films for money rather than useful messages. It’s a stronger film than the original, but just barely. As a believer, I would say there are better Christian films to spend your time and money on, and if your hope is to get non-Christians to think differently using this as a tool — I would say that would be an unwise mindset to have.

True Legends: The UnHoly See

2016-08-14-unholyseeTrue Legends: The UnHoly See is the newest film in the True Legends documentary series, and outlines the connection between the Roman Catholic church, the Watchers (fallen angels) and a potential alien revelation by official Catholic astronomers.

The film is just a couple hours long, but does a good job at giving a different take on a lot of the same information we’re already aware of. The film starts off with an alleged ex-soldier saying that he was part of a team overseas that actually transported a giant humanoid creature (that had been killed by US military forces). As with any source, it’s hard to give this much value if the person refuses to divulge their name (for verification) but it’s interesting to hear.

No, the most interesting part of the film is when the focus shifts to the strange history of Catholic churches throughout South America and a large, known tunnel system that was in use for hundreds of years before the Europeans’ arrival. The fact that such a tunnel system exists, and that the Catholic church made a conscious effort to mask knowledge of it certainly makes one raise an eyebrow.

The other interesting part is an interview with two Europeans who follow the Catholic church and its connection to Zecharia Sitchin, a famous writer who claimed that ancient Sumeria and the Anunnaki were simply otherwordly, vs. being demonic or Satanic in nature. That was a very interesting segment.

Since the film is brand-new, it’s $14.99. However, it’s well made, has interesting visuals, lively hosts and covers a variety of topics … so if you’d like something Christian-focused and interesting to view one night, this may be worth watching. When the price drops and you can rent it for much less, I’d definitely check it out.

Last Days In The Desert

2016-08-10-lastdaysinthedesertA beautifully shot film, with a great score and a real-sense of being in a desolate wilderness, the Last Days In The Desert is a fictional take on what happened to Jesus during part of His 40-day trial before starting His mission.

The movie stars Ewan McGregor, who does a surprisingly well job depicting a carefully-spoken, understanding and observant Jesus of Nazareth. He also plays the role of Satan, who shows up throughout the story to try and mess with the Son of God’s mind.

What makes this film interesting is that I can understand what the filmmakers were trying to do — they were trying to flesh out the events of that journey Jesus took, by incorporating helpful human interactions into the mix. Whereas God could have easily and directly spoken to His Son at any time, this film makes the proposition that God spoke through the actions and people in a small settlement, as they dealt with lies, anger, fear, resentment, death, worry and pull by worldly things (like romanticizing life in Jerusalem).

Unfortunately, the film has a number of glaring flaws, namely that there’s a scene where a young boy finds an animal carcass and then a bizarre event occurs with Jesus just feet away. Why that wasn’t cut is beyond me. Another weird thing is how at the end the film bizarrely jumps forward in time over three years … and then over two thousand years to the modern day. I think the movie was trying to be artistic and show that perhaps events long ago are still remembered. However, the final scene implies that nowadays all that’s remembered about Jesus is more folklore and reason for Israel tourism more than anything else.

There are also factual problems with the film — for example Jesus being speared while still alive, the way His tomb was sealed … and how there’s even a scene where Satan appears to be not-really-against God, but simply fearful. It’s a well-written and entertaining scene, but pushes a distorted view of the scripture. Satan is truth is not remorseful in the slightest, and he is not fearful of God at all.

It’s a very odd movie in many ways, and really can only be recommended if you want to see a Hollywood-ized, “artistic” take and are a fan of seeing the beautiful landscapes from around Israel.

Exo-Vaticana: Petrus Romanus, Project L.U.C.I.F.E.R. and the Vatican’s Astonishing Plan for the Arrival of an Alien Savior

2016-08-04-exovaticanaExo-Vaticana is a recent popular book from authors Thomas Horn and Cris Putnam that tackles the controversial subjects of both UFOs and conspiracies within the Vatican dealing with them. The book is a massive 550+ pages long, and covers a daunting variety of topics such as astrology, astronomy, biology, UFO incidents and testimonies, ancient mythology, politics and a good amount of history on the Catholic church too.

While I can definitely get behind the idea of UFOs and alien encounters reported by people as actually being demonic (for the incidents, testimonies and evidence that can’t be explained), I’m not 100% convinced — after reading through over half-a-thousand pages — that the Catholic church has anything specific up its sleeve concerning “aliens” or an “alien savior.”

To me, it just seems more likely that the scientists the Vatican employs are typical, secular scientists, with a dash of Catholic flavoring thrown in. To them, they say things like, “aliens might exist elsewhere” and then follow up with statements like, “Of course the church would accept them!” … but not because they know something we don’t … rather, they simply want to keep their lucrative, coveted positions that bridge both the religious and academic sectors. Astronomers that might not otherwise get the time of day can easily become known and be read if they speak on behalf of the Catholic church. And let’s face it, with all the controversies facing the Vatican over the past couple of decades, the church is actively trying to embrace non-Catholic stuff as much as possible (including science) to appear as though they not as backwards as the world tends to believe.

So, while the church may sign off on some “out there” statements by Vatican astronomers, they obviously have to do so out of necessity, to maintain a secular foothold in academia and science. The evidence presented here just doesn’t convince 100%.

The book also seems to place a great deal of “sources cited” on Jacques Vallée, a secular ufologist. Without his quotes and several questionable chapters relating to first-hand eyewitness testimonies of UFO/alien encounters, the vast majority of this publication falls apart. Overall, the book worth a read if you just skim the first few chapters and the last one, but overall it’s just too wordy, too all-over-the-place and too bloated for the message it’s trying to convey.