Stranger Than Fiction

Several years ago there was a movie called “Do You Believe”.[1] In the movie, twelve people came to a crisis point in their lives and what they believed or valued determined how they reacted in their crisis.

Some have reported that this world is facing several crises. We still seem to be fighting the virus that caused a pandemic. Our economy is not in great shape. There are riots in many cities, and some wonder if the coming presidential election won’t bring more. Many are talking about the end times. Are we there?

As in the movie, when we come up against a crisis, we rely on our beliefs. If these are the end times, are we strong enough? Healthy enough? Wise enough? Prepared enough? And who do we turn to for help?

Christians declare that they turn to God. Jesus died to save us. He rose from the dead to give us new life. We admit we are sinners, believe that Jesus did what He said He did, and we call out to Him as our LORD and Savior. We point to the Bible as proof of these beliefs.

However, in a recent Barna study, it was reported that only 19% of all Christians believe that the Bible is the word of God. [2] Sometimes truth seems stranger than fiction. Isn’t it realistic to think that the God who died to save you would also give you a guidebook to life?

In a youtube video addressing Bible prophecy, Pastor J. D. Farag showed excerpts from many movies, starting from 1995 to 2016, which had as its plot a worldwide pandemic that killed people and forced others to be quarantined, isolated and vaccinated.[3] In an episode of the Simpson TV show, this same plot also included the Rapture and the end of the world. Interestingly, in this 2010 show, Donald Trump was president. How did the creators of those movies guess that a pandemic  would occur? How did the creators of the Simpson’s TV show guess that there would be a pandemic and that Trump would be president during that time? The Bible does tell us that there will be pestilence at the end times. It’s as if our spiritual enemy has read the Bible. Shouldn’t we?

I apologize if this seems like doom and gloom. There is hope! That hope is in the Bible – love – God’s love!! He brings joy and peace, not fear, panic and despair. Jesus loves us! He said, “But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21:28.

Although fiction may strangely resemble the truth, unless we look to God and His word, we won’t know the whole truth. In those Hollywood movies, man saved the day, but we know that only God really can. God loves us more than we can imagine. He’s provided a way home, a way to be with Him. Some aren’t headed there. They need to know they’re going in the wrong direction. Won’t you tell someone? Then look up. Time indeed is short.


[1] The movie can be seen at this website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KC6tQpCy10w 

[2] This study can be found at: https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2020/05/extremely-low-percentage-of-americans-hold-biblical-worldview-an-interview-with-george-barna/

[3] This video can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2KDX9rVcwE&list=WL&index=1

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