Morgan Freeman and God
We don’t claim to know much about Morgan Freeman, other than the fact that he has been a leading Hollywood movie star for many years. His acting career over the years is well-known and his face is familiar to many movie-goers and Americans in general. Presently, Moran is 78 years old and is an Academy Award winner.
But does Morgan Freeman know anything about God? Do we look to him as an expert on life now and life after death? Is he a reliable source of knowledge about our inherent nature, our relationship with God, and what we can expect in the future?
A recent statement under the “Personality” section of Parade (April 3, 2016) states that this actor played God in the movie called “Bruce Almighty.” Does it shock you that anyone with any respect for God Almighty would dare to play “God” in a movie? This touches on the first commandment, “You shall have no other gods before Me,” and the second: “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them.” And even the third commandment is relevant: “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain” (Exodus 20:3-7).
Parade interviewed Freeman and asked him several questions. They asked, “Why do you think people believe in a higher power?” The Christian may have answered by saying that people believe in a “higher power” because there is a Higher Power—and His name is God! People instinctively know that there is a God even when many people turn from God and make their own substitutes for God (Romans 1:18-22). Only the “fool” says, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1).
Think with me for a moment. When we demean God, or make fun of Him, or ridicule Him, or even neglect Him, we are offending the great Creator, Designer, Sustainer, and Savior of the World! Jesus said that the greatest command is to “love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). Do we really manifest a burning love for God when we treat Him disrespectfully as most people do? Do we really show an earnest love for God when we live our life as though He didn’t even exist?
In answer to the question that was asked above, Freeman explained, “If you go back far enough—let’s say to the beginning of human curiosity—we began to wonder why the top of a mountain would blow off or why all of a sudden it wouldn’t stop raining or why the earth shook. Those were unknowable, unanswerable questions. And the answer for what you don’t know is God, the great unknown” (ibid.).
We can see that this is a typical unbelieving and evolutionary response to the issue. It seeks to explain a belief in God (a “higher power”) by imagining early “man” wondering about natural phenomena that he couldn’t understand. Thus, he just imagined that there must be a power above the known creation—and imagined that “it” (“he”) was a power above his own, thus this “higher power” should be served and worshipped. We know that this isn’t how it happened at all!
Please read Romans 1:18-32 for the whole account of why and how mankind through the ages rejected the true and living God and began to worship imaginary creatures that were not really “god” but were false gods. “Even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:21-22).
The Parade interviewer continued questioning: “What do you believe?” To this provocative question, Freeman replied, “My personal belief is in life, at least on this planet. Life everlasting, for the simple reason that life is so self-sustaining. You die, but you’re not useless. You die and your body is put to use. Everything that feeds, feeds on something that’s dead.” Is this what really happens? Scripture says that we all have been brought to a place of death—not life. “You were dead in your trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). Instead of everyone having the sort of “life” that Freeman mentions, everyone has fallen into spiritual death. Not only will the body die but the spirit will remain “dead” and will experience the dreadful “second death” of hell—unless people are willing to repent (Revelation 21:8).
Further, are you merely food for the plants and worms? Does your body merely die and become “food” for the living? Is that all there is to life? The atheist may say this is so but it is a false and deceptive belief. God “has also set eternity in their heart” (Ecclesiastes 3:11a), so even the rank unbeliever knows that there is something beyond the physical world in which we live.
It is a sad and empty existence for one to try to convince himself that he is like a dog, a roach, or a cat that will die and simply go out of existence. We are not mere animals, but are made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27). God our Creator has made us to be like Him and we have the potential to be reborn or recreated (John 3:3-7; 2 Corinthians 5:17) and become children of God (1 John 3:1-2). We are not just food for the worms, but men and women with great potential and a glorious future—providing we come to God through Christ Jesus, His Son.
The final question that was asked Freeman: “Did you find that no matter where you went people were more or less the same regardless of what they believed?” To this, the super-star replied, “Oh, yes, yes, yes. We came away from this project with the feeling that we’re much more the same than we are different.” This whole series of questions and answers were related to Freeman’s TV project entitled, “The Story of God.”
How sad that Freeman is willing to propagate a series that promotes unbelief and is an offense against the God of creation! How untrue that people are really basically the same. No, Scripture says very clearly that people are either “children of God” through faith in Christ, or they remain “children of the devil” because of their sin (1 John 3:4-10). This is not a half way experience. Either one is in sin or in righteousness, either dwelling in spiritual death or experiencing eternal life.
Reader, we encourage you to cast off the lies that society is propagating by means of this TV series and so much more around us (TV, education, literature, government). Be willing to accept the truth of God and the reliability of His Word—the Bible. That is the only way you will experience spiritual life now and eternal life in the future! Let’s be willing to accept God’s view of life and eternity—and not that propagated by Morgan Freeman!