If there’s a movie with Kevin Spacey in it, I’m sure to want to see it. I’m also a sucker for any movie advertised as “based on a true story“. It’s an interesting movie. The plot revolves around one student’s desire to raise money to attend Harvard Medical School, and he is driven into a world of cold ambition and treacherous addiction for a “just cause.”
2 lines from the movie (and the reaction it got from the audience) were quite alarming to me as a Christian.
When the main character asks his professor (Kevin Spacey) when the counting cards group usually meet, he said, “We meet on weekends and on Christian holidays.” There was a big laugh through the theatre. I was wondering why people found that funny.
Another anti-Christian line was when one student was stealing things from the Las Vegas hotelroom and Kevin Spacey’s character says, “Don’t you know that people go to hell for stealing Bibles?” The man retorts, “We already know I’m going there.” Again, the audience roared in laughter.
The idea of hell is a big joke to most of the world. There is absolutely no fear of God as the Bible stated would be the case. It is only through the grace of God that one realizes the coming judgment is not something to casually laugh about and discard as nonsense. Like the most famous Christian hymn reads, “It was grace that taught my heart to fear and grace my fears release.” One of the main roles of The Holy Spirit is to “reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment”. (John 16:8)
“Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.” (Luke 6:25)
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Romans 3:10)
“People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.” (1 Timothy 6:9)