Okay, I must pop the bubble so-to-speak of anyone who’s seen God’s Not Dead and thought that any movie is 100% accurate. My review of its message stands, but I really wish that producers would check their facts before releasing a movie. So to maintain integrity of my previous review, I’ve provided a list of inaccuracies and the facts behind them. Ready? Go!
Not even close! In the movie, Josh states that Genesis, or as it’s more commonly known, creation, bears a similarity with the scientifically accepted Big Bang theory, in that “God said let there be light, and there was light” — coinciding with the explosion that supposedly created the universe.
Fact: Genesis starts with God creating the Heavens and the Earth on the first day. In contrast to the Big Bang theory, wherein the universe was created in a giant explosion. It is thought in scientific circles to be approximately 13.8 billion years old1, and the Earth about 4.5 billion years old.2 According to Genesis, God didn’t say “let there be light” until after the Earth had already been created.3 To fit the two timelines together is impossible, even scaling the time upward to account for the estimated size of the universe.
He said WHAT!? Josh, in his debate with Professor Radisson, states that Francis of Assisi once said, “Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.” Fact: Francis of Assisi never actually said this. There is, however, a similar quote by Francis that probably inspired the mis-attributed one: “It is no use to walk anywhere to preach unless our walking is preaching.”4
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1Redd, Nola Taylor. How Old is the Universe? http://www.space.com/24054-how-old-is-the-universe.html. 20 Dec 2013. Web. 7 May 2014
2Geologic Time: Age of the Earth. http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/geotime/age.html 9 Jul. 2007 Web. 8 May 2014.
3Book of Genesis. The Holy Bible (NIV). Biblica. 1973, 2011. Print.
4Galli, Mark. Speak the Gospel. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/mayweb-only/120-42.0.html. 21 May 2009. Web. 7 May 2014
<4>I remember hearing this line in the original theatrical version of movie, however since it is no longer in theaters, I cannot verify this. Scene seems to be missing from the print versions of it.