Movie Review: The Way, The Truth, & The Life

On the Last Day of Unleavened Bread I heard about this movie from one of my friends at church, and ended up being able to borrow the movie from the family who had it.  In watching the movie, I was struck by the way that although the movie did not deal particularly with the denominational history of Christianity that I am involved in [1], it demonstrates the wider concerns which are a part of our church.  Why doesn’t Christianity follow the example of Christ with regards to the Sabbath?  Why do people claim to be Christian while following pagan traditions?  In addition to that, this video references the concern with sacred names–specifically Yeshua for Jesus Christ and Yahweh (or at least the tetragrammaton) for the name of the Eternal.  Over and over again the video, through interviews, the concern about truth, history, and worshiping God as He commands shows itself to be an issue, and the video shows people wrestling honestly or dishonestly with these concerns.

In watching this movie I was reminded of different contrary tendencies, including the flirtation of many people in the Church of God with various flavors of Messianic Judaism, some of which are hostile to the Renewed Covenant scriptures (or New Testament), as well as the way that people who take the Bible seriously tend to end up with a strikingly similar set of beliefs.  This is what I found out in my travels in Africa, for example, dealing with indigenous Sabbath-keepers there.  This film put me in a context where I was clearly on the side of many of the people being interviewed who sought to take God at His word, even if I found some of them a bit on the strident side.  I suppose the same would be true of me, in that I could very easily be found strident by others.  Since this film focuses on the big issue items–the Sabbath, Passover, clean and unclean meats, and so on, it paints a big tent view of fellow believers that I would consider brethren.  Whether they would consider me as brethren, I would consider them to be brethren.

The film itself is designed with a two-act structure.  The first act of the film presents the questions as to why people who claim to follow Christ don’t follow His example.  The second act then looks at the new identity people find, and the struggles with livelihood and getting along with their unconverted family that they face, upon committing to obeying and following God.  Overall, the film blends a mostly sound discussion of the Bible along with a confusing set of interviews that include some antinomian ministers, scattered groups of Messianic believers, and even a heathen shaman who shows herself very knowledgeable about pagan borrowing in mainstream Christianity.  If you know the truth, this documentary is a good one to demonstrate the presence of other believers not so unlike ourselves, but if you do not know God’s ways, this may be a confusing film because of the various perspectives and the fact that so much of the interview focuses on people’s opinions rather than the Word of God.  All in all, though, this is a worthwhile film and deserving of praise, and one that ought to motivate believers to pray for God to gather all of His believers together in worship.

[1] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2012/04/19/on-the-bi-directional-feedback-of-culture-and-membership-in-the-20th-and-21st-century-experience-of-the-church-of-god/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016/12/11/book-review-how-to-understand-the-bible/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016/07/03/book-review-in-his-service/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2015/11/26/book-review-early-writings-of-herbert-w-armstrong/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2015/09/27/back-on-track/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2015/04/11/leaving-20th-century-spiritual-egypt/

About nathanalbright

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