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People have been asking questions about God since the dawn of humankind and humanity's disagreements about the nature of God have often led to ethnic and religious warfare, the suppression of women, and the debasing of human dignity. Many religions have created rituals and dogmas that separate one from the other and cling to the belief that only they have the "one truth." But are any of them actually right? Can the true essence of God ever truly be understood or explained?
iGod traces how the various belief systems about God have evolved into what exists in the present day, and then delves into the many questions about God that so many people have asked throughout history. Perhaps through this exploration we can finally begin to understand what God really is, what God wants, why we are here and how we can create a better world both for ourselves and future generations.
About the Director
Jonathan Friedman attended James Madison University, graduating with a degree in Mass Communications. Over the years he has made use of his talents as a musician, writer, graphic designer, and filmmaker. In the graphics world, he is best known for his design of the bestselling Conversations with God books, which have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.
In 2002 Jonathan co-wrote, produced, directed, and edited the independent feature film Moving, an irreverent comedy that has drawn great critical praise for its craftsmanship and ingenuity on a budget of under $9000. It was called one of the funniest independent films of the year by FilmThreat Magazine, won Best Screenplay at the Digital Visions Film Festival, and was picked up for national distribution.
Jonathan was recently awarded one million dollars in the Doritos "Crash the Super Bowl" commercial competition, winning out against over 6,000 other submissions. His commercial, "Man's Best Friend," was aired during the game and placed #1 on the USA Today ad meter.
Jonathan currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and is working on several creative projects, including an independent feature film with his brother Matthew.
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Why a must-see for all? Humanity rarely questions or examines, if at all, that all societal structures on this planet today, regardless geographic regions, history, culture, traditions, belief systems - are built and operate on the infrastructure of a millennia old principles and understandings of the world theologies combined. That is, the way our ancestors conceptualized the entity called GOD and what they thought God is, wants or demands - is reflected in our laws, political structures, value systems and behavior, even when we engage in warfare. Correction: Especially when we go to war.
In other words: Our planet is in the shape it is in today, as a direct result of how we conceptualize and define God, whether we believe in one, or not. The movie does not make that statement, nor statements about war. I did, having arrived to that personal conclusion after seeing it. You may arrive at another.
The documentary places a mirror before us, by illuminating who we are as a species through the exploration of where we have been spiritually, how hard we tried, where we are now, and where we say we want to go.
But most importantly, it made me beg the question: Why haven't we arrived there yet?
The whole film kept me thinking about one simple question: What is it about God (or the idea thereof, that we insist on) that we didn't, can't, or wouldn't quite get, the understanding of which will fix everything we strive so hard for, but keep braking into pieces since the dawn of man?
I feel the film came out at a time when our planet is undergoing an extremely critical cycle of radical change. A time of subtle undercurrent of increasing social unrest, political changes across the globe and the ever present human frustration that Happiness, Security, Peace and the Holy Experience prove to be more elusive for our species than ever. We now simply know too much about the physical world through the power of science to reconcile in our minds and hearts the discrepancies in our millennia old theologies, and yet we cling to them for dear life, regardless our war ridden history, for perhaps part of the Human Experience demands knowing God or die trying.
Or does it?
Again: What is it about God we love, must have, but don't understand - which if grasped, will produce the world we say we want to create?
The exploration in this film brought into focus for me, through my own individual prism as a viewer, why all the systems we have in place to improve life on earth continue to fail us on a massive level by producing the exact opposite effect.
I will let you reach your own conclusions. For me - this movie made one thing clear: As long as we continue to misplace the notion of God, an authentic God-experience will remain elusive, we will continue to maintain a certain level of confusion about the answers to questions asked in the film, we'll continue to drift further away from everything that is dear to us, including the quest to know thyself, for we will continue to look for God where God can not be found - outside ourselves, while killing "thy neighbor" in the process. And as long as we refuse to explore and refuse to update our ancient understanding of God to match this otherwise spectacular age of technology, science and human endeavor - we will continue to go against our own Maker, until we meet him collectively (that is, annihilate ourselves).
The good news: Real solutions are interwoven in the gently asked questions in the film, should we find the courage to acknowledge our blind spots about who or what God is, what (if anything) God wants, and who or what we are in relation to that, which God is.
One last thing - this movie greatly complimented Mr Walsch's latest book I recently purchased: "God's Message to the World: You've Got Me All Wrong". If you get both of these together - you have a tremendous, highly recommended duo, which, if implemented by Humanity, can truly change the world. And that is: Overnight.
Or continue killing each other trying.
The choice is ours.
The main folks who appear in this movie (Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, Neale Donald Walsch, Alan Cohen, Barbara Marx Hubbard, and Michael Lerner), talked only briefly and with the exception of Marianne Williamson, didn't have anything particularly interesting or new to say. The movie, by the way, was written by and co-produced by Neale Donald Walsch, and I expected something more thought-provoking than what was presented.