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The beginnings of the one true Faith explained,
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As a Christian* I approached this DVD with some caution. Well, knock me down with a feather but Ricky Gervais has masterfully translated the beginnings of Christianity into a heart-warming film. Ricky lives in a horrible faithless World where everything is black and white and filthy and sordid sin is rampant - independent, powerful and foul mouthed women are, unbelievably, socially equal to their male counterparts and openly talk about their sexuality in graphic and vulgar detail. This is all shocking and some of the jokes are very offensive but thankfully Ricky then has a religious epiphany whilst drawing money out from the bank. God connects directly with his soul and he is instantly reborn as a nice man of Faith. Like the beginnings of the one true faith 2,000 years ago in bronze age Rome he becomes instantly popular as he reveals the truth about the wonderful afterlife that awaits us all and this brings welcome comfort to his mother in her dying hour. I shed a tear at this point in the film, knowing that his mother would now be going to a far better place where all people live in mansions - stirring stuff. People all over the US flock to his new Christian faith, some being simple minded doubters, but the increasingly generous promises of riches in the afterlife win them over in the end.
Thankfully Ricky has steered clear of cheap shots at the wrong faiths. He could have used his new God Given male super powers as a 'genuine' man of faith to fleece the poor of their hard earned cash by earning 'indulgences' in the after life, to marginalise and control women, to bang on about abortion and sin, to fantasise about gorging on the human living flesh of the sky God and to drink his blood, require sensitive parts of the body to be chopped off as a covenant with the sky God, to enforce odd dietary or restrictive and demeaning clothing requirements on 'his' people or to persecute the homosexual community and so on (stuff like killing, intolerance, war, hatred, genocide) but, like the C of E in the new millenium, he simply focuses on the positive TRUTH and messages of the one true faith - eternal life after death, being nice to your fellow heterosexuals and eternity with untold wealth and joyful happiness (and obviously an eternity in hell run by an evil baddie for the unbelievers and people who don't follow the irrational and impossible rules). Incredibly at one point he actually appears to look exactly like the rock star Jesus born in Suffolk that we all revere and worship on our knees, complete with all his all-male beer swilling disciples! The one thing I didn't get, though, was the title of the film, but this is a mere detail. It was probably ironic.
So if you want to see exactly how the Christian faith took off as a popular faith in ancient Rome and continues to garner dwindling support, watch this great film. I laughed so much I actually fell off my pulpit.
Anyhow, in writing this I've come up with a sequel called 'The Invention of Irony'......now that would be a great film if I could get my head round the concept. I just hope it gets released soon, as I can't wait to get the keys to my own mansion - I am just praying that I'm next door to Richard Dawkins for all eternity rather than Anne Atkins or Ann Widdecombe.
Irony aside - this is a great, thought provoking, but blunt film, which actually really takes off when the religious aspect of it is explored. In this respect Gervais could have made it more sinister but has deliberately kept it light for comedic value. Ultimately, however, the joke is that it's all made up and for that reason it won't be popular with everybody.
* This is technically correct as I was sprinkled with the magic water when I was a baby and a priest muttered some magical words from the big book of magic stuff and waved his hands. I am not sure how you undo the magical qualities of this dousing and, if it is of life shattering importance, I certainly didn't give my informed consent. And people just think it's a good excuse for a drunken get together...
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Initial post: 26 Aug 2013 17:16:07 BDT
Mr. P. A. Mountford says:
Praise the Lord, King Jesus, for your review! As another Christian, I whole heartedly agree with your joy at the ex-atheist Ricky Gervais renouncing Satan and embracing the Lord Jesus Christ as his saviour! I myself was a believer in atheism until I saw the light and this film shows in no uncertain terms that the world is a sorry place without an unquestioning acceptance of salvation by Our Lord! I hope that all atheists turn unto him and renounce Darwin's proof that life is the product of Natural Selection and instead accept that the world is indeed six thousand years old and that we don't need any proof to prove that. Evidence is not everything as true believers know. I shall now go and pray that Richard Dawkins will see the light also and reject science and its tried and tested methods of deducting truth form fiction and instead embrace faith, a much simpler explanation of why we are here. Great film too!
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I agree - I can't believe now that we forced our children to go to an exclusive atheist school where they had to pretend there were no Gods to get in, where they had to say atheist chants during assembly or be excluded ('There is no God, there is no God'), they had to wear anything they wanted and eat what they liked. Amazing now to think that my daughter was treated as an equal to my son in the school and we even had Gay friends! I will definitely miss the children's forced re enactment of the Birth of Brian every Wintermas and I have even taken the big 'A' sign and Darwin fish off the back of my Vauxhall Meriva that tells everybody who is driving behind me that I am an ATHEIST (because I simply couldn't keep my atheism to myself).
Our lives are much better now that we have found out that everything was created just for ME - I used to do a lot of charity stuff, as it felt good as a human being to serve my fellow man, but now I know that I will be personally rewarded with eternal riches in the next much, much better life just for worshipping the sky god I don't bother any more. I've also discovered a whole raft of new and wonderful and irrational feelings - like dislike of other people with different sky gods, mistrust of these people, self loathing about sexual matters and my own revolting inadequacies as a useless flawed human being, fawning to the sky god and, amazingly, these feelings are getting stronger by the day - where will it end?!
Best of all I've discovered the MORAL COMPASS! Yes, prior to the sky god telling me not to, I suppose I used to want to kill everything, steal stuff and worship Richard Dawkins (the false prophet). I don't actually recall wanting to do these things, as most other animal species have figured out that cooperating and not killing within the species is a GOOD thing, but I guess I must have been a homicidal maniac before the rule 'Thou shall not kill' was written on a rock by the sky god. Worst of all, one Santamas we actually boiled a goat in it's own mother's milk, a crime thankfully now punishable by death!! I've confessed to my donkey about it, chatted to the evil talking snake, had dinner with a cockatrice (which thankfully didn't look at me), ridden a real dragon, danced with a seven eyed lamb, kissed the whore of babylon and argued with a burning bush - life doesn't get better than this.
My only regret since my conversion to faith is that I only got 100 foreskins when I sold my daughter instead of the going rate of 200. Naturally I have had my own gentleman's parts chopped up to show my love to the sky god, who is rightly interested in such matters to prove my love for him.
Best of all, like Noah, I now have the chance to live until I am 500 years old, although this delays me getting the keys to my own mansion. I suppose it's like having an all expenses golden ticket for an eternal holiday to the Seychelles but literally praying to stay in a card board box in the snow under a bridge at King's Cross Station - sounds crazy but I believe the golden ticket is genuine, yes, it must be - hang on that doesn't make sense.........Oh my God, it's all made up.....
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