If given the chance to sit down and interview God, what would you say? What questions would you ask?
That's the scenario a journalist named Paul is faced with in "An Interview With God," a powerful film that features a series of interviews between the reporter and a man who claims to be the Almighty.
Paul (played by actor Brendon Thwaites) and God (portrayed by David Strathairn) have a series of intriguing back-and-forths that capture some of the toughest, most complex — and universal — questions and curiosities that human beings most commonly face. Throughout the process, Paul finds himself bewildered, pressed and seeking.
Let's explore just some of the quotes between Paul and God that will get us all thinking deeper about life and matters of faith:
"I exist outside of time. After all, I created time." – God
In the movie, God makes a fascinating proclamation about time. While human beings look at time in a vacuum, God proclaims that His timing is quite different.
And, in what is a deeply fascinating proclamation, He reminds Paul that He "created time." This means that time, rather than a fixed element of existence, is a creation that behaves as God would see fit.
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"Frankly, Satan is overrated. He only has power to the extent that you give it to him." – God
Christians are warned in Ephesians 6 that evil is very real — and that there's a spiritual battle unfolding. But scripture also proclaims that Christians have authority over darkness and shouldn't be fearful. In "An Interview With God," God makes a statement about Satan that is quite interesting. He says that the devil is "overrated" and that, though he can yield power, that level of power is dependent on what we allow.
Ephesians 6:12-13 (NIV) reads: "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand."
"The entire foundation of human law depends on the existence of free will." – God
And finally: God makes a statement about "human law" in the movie that is worth exploring. While free will (definition: the ability for individuals to make decisions of their own volition) is debated in theological circles, the character of God in the movie makes this proclamation (watch for the full context) — one that will certainly get viewers thinking about the ways in which the Lord has structured His creation.
This brings us to the end of our "An Interview With God" quotes list. For more of the powerful exchange between Paul and God, be sure to stream the movie right now on Pure Flix. Now a member? No problem! Get a free Pure Flix trial right now to stream thousands of faith and family-friendly movies.