The Penitent Man movie

I watched a sci-fi movie, “The Penitent Man”.  It was about time travel and the associated problems of meeting yourself and coincidentally changing the future, etc. as are typical in time travel movies.  It elevated the typical “science” theories of athesism and evolution to basic truths.  One notable departure was a major theme that Mankind is weak, broken, and prone to evil, in deed and effect, irrespective of our good intentions.  In the movie the time traveler mentions that he went back to Jesus’ day and discovered the truth that “He was merely a man”, then commented that this fact “brought hopelessness even to the atheists”.  How absolutely ignorant are these concepts with respect to the Messiah.  God is Spirit and the Spirit of Jesus was evident to those filled with the Spirit, but even to Jesus’ disciples it was not clear that Jesus was God in the flesh, until He was raised from the dead and sent the Holy Spirit to those who believed.  Consider Peter’s confession in Matt. 16:16-17.   Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.”  So, were we to observe Jesus life in the flesh, we would have a lot of explaining to do regarding His miracles and whether His statements were true, but I have little doubt that worldly men could explain it all away with no more difficulty than they do today.  The writer of Hebrews explains and illustrates Faith in chapter 11 and states very succinctly in verse 6, “…anyone who comes to him [God] must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”   The movie acknowledged the hope contained in Jesus’ life and message, yet the irony of atheist having any hope whatsoever is beyond my ability to articulate.  I know this is just a silly science fiction movie, but for me it portrayed the contrast between Existentialism and Faith, Ignorance and Wisdom, Despair and Hope.

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