As I watched the ‘invention of lying’, I got the feeling the idea of the man in the sky had been blown out of context. He is portrayed as a cold and vengeful being. If I got a chance to speak with Mark and all the people in that movie, I would help them understand that God is merciful, and loves us unconditionally.
If God was actually vindictive like Mark and the rest of the cast made Him appear, there wouldn’t be believers in the first place. I would also help them understand that there is God, and there is Satan; two powerful beings fighting against each other. God builds, while Satan destroys. Ergo, from a Christian’s perspective, Satan is the root of all evil.
Later Mark finds out Anna is getting married to a guy he hates. She goes to see him at his place and finds him looking all unkempt with an overgrown beard and hair, and as he’s gotten right out of bed, he opens the door covered up in a white sheet. His ragged look depicts Jesus. After Anna leaves, his friend later comes and convinces him to attend her wedding and he accepts.
In the ‘church’ where the wedding is taking place, there is an image of mark holding the pizza boxes in place of the image of Jesus crucified on the cross. As the movie plays on, I get a lot of the religious stuff that is indirectly brought out, poking holes in Christianity; and the movie I had initially thought was some sought of fantasy turns out to be an anti-Christian thing, depicting Jesus as the greatest liar.
When Mark stands to oppose the marriage, they say only the man in the sky can stop the wedding. Anna goes ahead to ask Mark what the man in the sky wants. He refuses to tell her and walks out. He visits his mom’s grave and tells her, only he knows she is still there, buried in the ground, contrary to what he told the world about ‘heaven’.
Anna finds him and he tells her he lied to the world about the man in the sky, and that he made it all up; the man in the sky doesn’t exist.
Looking at it from Mark’s perspective, it’s understandable why someone would believe there is no God. There is so much evil in the world, and what’s the point of living a life full of misery so that one can live happily ever after in the afterlife?
Growing up, I always wondered why someone would believe there is no God. I was brought up in a very religious setting and my belief in God became the foundation on which my life was based. But with the advancing technology, the internet and all, I have met people and made friends who don’t believe in God. So now I understand that one’s disbelieve in God doesn’t mean they are evil.
I have tried researching on what atheists believe; what makes them come to the conclusion there is no God, and one thing I have come to understand is that basically the difference between atheists and Christians is that whereas the former don’t believe in the metaphysical world, the latter ‘see the unseen’, through the eyes of faith.
With this in mind, I know it would be difficult explaining the whole idea of an Omnipresent, Omnipotent, and an Omniscient God to someone who doesn’t believe in a ‘supernatural world’.
The people ask Mark, why the man in the sky had to wait that long to reveal himself. I imagine that would be indirectly, questioning Jesus’ arrival; why He came into the world when so many people had suffered and died? Previously, before Christianity began, God was there, and He used to make more indiscreet appearances, talking to people and sending prophets.
However, that didn’t seem to work. So He eventually sent His son Jesus, making Him the ultimate sacrifice, whose blood would cleanse us all and save us from eternal death-the wage of sin.
And about people making choices in life, like with Anna’s wedding, God gave us all free will, to do whatever we want. For a minute, let’s all say God is real. So what would happen if He didn’t let us choose? For starters, we would all be Christians, whether we liked it or not; however, because of His Omniscient nature, He knows things we don’t, and because He loves us so much, He helps us make the right choices.
When God created the world, everything was good. The world was untainted by sin and evil. But then, the devil came in, tempted Eve to eat the fruit, which would help them know right from wrong, and she tempted Adam. Subsequently vices like jealousy sprung up, making Cain turn against his brother Abel; and that was the origin of sin and death. Eve and Adam’s choice led to that and now we have to live with the consequences.
All in all, faith is a complex thing. It’s all about one’s personal beliefs based on their upbringing and life experiences. If, for instance, anyone asked me to give proof that God is real, I would say it’s because I feel His presence in everything. But would that be enough to convince someone who is sceptical about God’s existence? No.
Each one of us has valid reasons why they believe in God or not, and epiphanies don’t just happen; they are triggered by some experience. Something interesting I realized is that from a logical perspective, the arguments many atheists make for not believing in God actually make sense. So the principal aspect that makes all the difference is faith, which essentially defies logic.
In my opinion, this debate about whether God is real or not may continue for a very long time. What we need to do though, is respect each other’s choices and live in harmony, in spite of the varying beliefs.