Father of Lights is just over the top good. I'll give that a five star and give this one a four star. Finger of God starts with some of the more weird manifestations like gold teeth, gold dust, jewels, manna... After about the first hour or so, you start getting into more Biblically recognizable miracles of the Holy Spirit. I call the former weird because I still don't know what to make of everything. I personally saw the gold pouring off Sylvia Machado at Calvary Campground and I just know the place and the people and it was not some simplistic hucksterism like glitter or whatever natural explanations people might offer. The gold teeth? Set right next to ugly fillings? Ay caramba! I'm sure they are legit but boy, does that offend the mind?
Now, when you get into healing the sick, evangelism, words of knowledge and all the rest...Biblically, that's what I expect of God. And, that's much of the film. Even at four stars I can hardly imagine anyone not benefitting from this film.
I am a Christian and one of my Pastors talked about this in a way that made me want to watch it... as if I was missing out on something. I was a movie buff for a while but had never heard of this film. Also, I particularly love movies based on true stories as well as real documentaries. I have mixed feelings about this movie that I'll succinctly put this way. 1. If you are a "mature" Christian in that you have a deep and well rounded objective understanding of real life and scripture, you should be able to discern for yourself whatever you want to take away from this. There are wonderful and beautiful nuggets of miracles, selflessness, obedience, sacrifice, and true faith. However, I personally found some aspects of this film very disturbing. 2. If you are a new and young Christian, it is quite possible you could be grossly turned off or completely misled. I fear this might be the case for many who view and that saddens me. 3. If you are agnostic, have atheistic tendencies, or are from a completely other religion, I wonder what you think. Finally, all I can say is this. I'm no expert and everyone will have an opinion. I'll just say that I believe much of this film misrepresents TRUE Christian faith. The confusing part is that much of the film is a great representation of good solid Christian teachings as well. Christ came to love not to condemn. He came to forgive sins and to show his people love. His miracles consisted of healing, befriending the unfriend-worthy, the wretched, the wicked. He shared, gave, sacrificed and humbled himself. He did not flash jewels, flaunt strength to the weak, oppress, give gold dust or money. That's not what he was or is about.
I really enjoyed the movie and I believe in Divine Healing. I encourage you to listen to Curry Blake's teachings on Divine Healing Technician. I have stepped out and started praying for people and have seen miracles. I have seen a short leg grow about an inch that was shortened by scoliosis. I have seen pain leave people's bodies every time I have prayed. I have seen Jesus heal a woman who was in pain and could barely lift her arm and Jesus healed it and she was able to lift her arm all the way up. As far as the gems,gold dust and manna I have never seen and it's hard to fathom but That's part of faith and who am I to doubt my Savior.
I've been watching this documentary for over 10 years now. It still gives me chills and makes me cry, because it so beautifully depicts God's heart for working restoration in the lives of his humanity, his children.
If you love encouraging, uplifting stories that reveal the true nature of God toward people, get this movie.
Overall, the video was okay... but I would have loved to see more of the testimonies covered in the second half. That, to me, was amazing. It's good to hear about the gold teeth and gold dust and such, as I do believe in all kinds of miracles... but the latter part of this DVD is what makes it great. For the believer, you will be charged with passion for Christ... and moved to continue acting or moving forward on His behalf.
Would I recommend this particular video to someone else for purchase? Well, if it was on sale for half-price yes I would. But at full price I'd have to say know. I've read some of the other raving reviews.... and I guess, the decision to purchase is purely based on what you like. Again, I just think too much time was spent on the gold dust/teeth part...
When lending the video to others, I mention that they might want to skip this part...
The Finger of God was a wake-up presentation for me. I have been a lifelong Christian and even had a 'Shekhinah' experience with the Holy Spirit back in 1985. It was a wake up call for me because I came away from the documentary thinking that God doesn't change and the power that was wielded by the early Christians to heal, cast out demons, change lives and plug into the limitless power of God is still here. I came away thinking one clear statement. I came away from it saying to myself; 'We're not doing what we should be doing and what we can be doing'.
There are some parts of the DVD that I find just too weird to be true however, like people in church supposedly spontaneously receiving gold crowns on their teeth from out of the wild blue yonder. But coming from my perspective of having actually had a shekhinah experience with God myself, the things that God is doing around the world, both outside of the United States as well as inside, are eye-opening. The director of the documentary Darren Wilson did an interview online about the documentary itself that is a must watch if you buy it.
Generally speaking, the Finger of God chronicles miracles and the workings of God around the world that just do not make the evening news with Katie Couric. I would encourage you to get it and let your family and friends view it as well as your youth group at church.