RLT Cinema: Ricky Gervais

The RLT Cinema player is located in the widget sidebar to the right.  Simply scroll down and click the top video, which is the feature of today’s post.

Today’s RLT Cinema feature is an interview with British comedian Ricky Gervais.  This dude is hilarious.  He wrote, directed, and started in the original version of “The Office” in the UK (and is scheduled to make an appearance on the US version sometime soon).  In this interview, Gervais talks about his loss of faith.  There are two clips from the interview in particular that I found interesting:

2:14 – 2:28
Gervais wishes that there was a God that was all-powerful and all-loving, but he cannot bring himself to believe.

2:55 – 3:30
Gervais admits to borrowing his morals from Christianity, but his reasons for being a forgiving and loving person are different from those who follow Jesus.

Are Gervais’ reasons valid?  Why or why not?  How should we interact with people like Ricky Gervais who have a deep longing for God, but have been convinced that he does not exist?

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One Response to RLT Cinema: Ricky Gervais

  1. Michael says:

    Are his reasons valid? Not in my opinion, no. He believes that what his mother told him about God was a lie because she didn’t want his older brother’s non-believing commentary on the subject to be presented to an eight year old with a low level of discernment. He wasn’t (and isn’t) as intelligent as he believes himself to be.

    He states that the fact that there is no God is one of things he is sure about…then states that it is one of the only things he is sure about. Even if he knows 50% of everything that can be known, that would leave the other half that he knows nothing about (for the record, few of us know more than 1 or 2%…the overwhelming majority much less). The only “intelligent” way to approach the subject is to be agnostic (I simply don’t “know” that there is a God…there could be, but I see not signs).

    Which brings me to a final thought (well, actually it started in the mind of God, and was penned by Paul. The word of the cross is folly to those perishing. Unless and until God Himself removes the blindness from this man’s heart, he will die in his sins, and spend eternity in Hell.

    How should we interact? We should show him the love of Jesus Christ through our actions, and plant the seeds of the gospel and God’s love for us in providing a savior. It isn’t our job to “convince” him….it is our job to share with him. It is God’s job to open his heart and mind. He did it with me, and with countless thousands before me.

    By the way, I agree with his extreme distaste for the way in which “religions” (and Baptists are not necessarily immune to this to pick just one flavor) use God to serve their own purposes. Makes me sick too.

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