After watching the movie, God’s Not Dead, my bible study group decided we should also review the God’s Not Dead: Student Guide. The guide, was similar to the movie, in that it takes important scenes and contexts from the movie and then explains the significance. The movie was entertaining, but the student guide was informative. It covered every argument most unbelievers have regarding why they don’t believe in God. It had very convincing information, that even some believers may not have known. The purpose of the both the book and the movie, is to prepare Christians to defend Christ, which is also called apologetics. The Author, Rice Broocks, remarked that we should “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” Broocks also teaches that “we should not pretend that we have all of the answers to everyone’s questions…We also should not present ourselves as intellectually or morally superior to those whom we are talking…We can be both humble and confident at the same time.”
Broocks presents the argument that “there is powerful evidence for God that comes from science, history, and philosophy.” I love when he said, “we would not expect to find physical evidence for God in creation any more than we would expect to find physical evidence of Steven Jobs by looking inside an iPhone.” Scientists have recognized for many years that nature seems to have been specifically designed with human nature in mind. “For instance,” says Broocks, “if the force of gravity were only slightly larger or smaller, no planets would exist.” Similarly, the distance from the earth to the sun, the earth’s rotation rate and length of a year, the types and the amounts of gasses in the Earth’s atmosphere, and the location of the Earth within our galaxy, are all so perfectly matched for human life, that such preciseness could not have been born out of chance or chaos. The design is so perfect, that only a perfect Creator could have executed it. Most of the arguments used to suppress the truth about a living God, are not based on the slightest bit of evidence. Some skeptics have been quoted as saying that they would accept any explanation, no matter how unlikely, in order to dismiss the reality that God might exist. If God does exist, this would mean we all have a higher power to answer to, and that we can’t do whatever we see fit with our own lives.
Broocks notes that some disbelievers doubt the existence of God because of the all the evil people and hateful acts committed in this world. But he gives a great comeback by stating, “the existence of evil doesn’t demonstrate God’s absence from the world, but His absence from our hearts.”
Wow, this was such a great book. I would certainly recommend it and the movie to anyone who has doubts about the existence of God. But even if you are already a believer, like I am, this book can advise you on how to handle people who question your faith.
This is a quick read, but also has study questions after each chapter. You can do the study questions or just read the chapters. Either way, there is a ton of good information in this book for both skeptics and disciples alike. Give it a read.