Let There Be Light

My first non-update post in almost a year, and it’s to write my first movie review in over two years. A couple days ago, I watched a movie on Prime Video called Let There Be Light. It’s a Kevin Sorbo film. Literally. He not only stars in it, but he also directed it. So during the opening credits it says “A Kevin Sorbo Film”.

The film is about an atheist author (Sorbo) having a near death experience and realising he was wrong. That sounds really simple, but I feel the film did a great job at portraying it. And didn’t at the same time.

Normally, when I review movies, I do it immediately after watching them. If you noticed, I said I watched this one a couple days ago. Yeah, I wasn’t going to review this one at all. Didn’t even cross my mind until an hour or two ago. But this movie has kind of stuck with me. There’s alot I liked about it, but also alot I didn’t like about it. So I thought I’d use this post as a chance to sort it out.

It starts off with Sorbo’s character, Sol Hawkins, debating a creationist. I’ve seen countless evolution vs creation debates and know how wild those can get. While in a way, Sorbo nails how arrogant and mocking the evolutionists tend to be, he overexaggerated a bit, almost to comical levels. But it was still a pretty decent scene. It established the character, his anger towards God, the fact that he had a son, Davy, pass away from cancer, etc.

The next scene introduces us to Sol’s ex-wife, Kate (played by Kevin Sorbo’s real life wife, Sam Sorbo), and two sons (played by their real world sons, Braeden and Shane Sorbo). There’s clearly tension between them, as Sol and Kate argue about the fact that he uses the death of their son to push his atheistic arguments. There’s also a scene after of he and his oldest son spending time together. His son clearly has some resentment against him.

The film continues and he’s drinking heavily at a party in his honour, celebrating the release of his new book, titled Aborting God. After drinking throughout the scene, and being clearly drunk, he drives and gets into a wreck.

Sol dies for four minutes and sees his dead son, Davy, who tells him, “Let there be light”. Sol is called back to Earth.

While I was expecting Sol to immediately convert to Christianity, he did not. Which is good, because that’d be a little cheesy and cliché. Instead, initially he tries to ignore it. His manager keeps telling him that he hallucinated the whole thing, so he just goes along with that. But eventually, while giving a speech, he publicly in front of an audience tells Kate he saw Davy.

Even then, he doesn’t convert right away. He still has questions and gets drunk trying to push them away. Eventually, he talks to Kate’s pastor, which is when the conversion happens.

This is where the film should have ended.

The reason I have been struggling with my thoughts on this film is that while the first half up to the third act was really good, at the beginning of the third act, they do something that just feels unnecessary. Kate randomly has a seizure, and in the next scene a doctor tells her that she has stage four brain cancer. Through most of the rest of the film, it’s mostly background. I assumed that they’d just do like an extra miracle, like she’d go, “Oh, I’ve been cured! It’s a miracle!”. Which would have been really corny.

Instead, the last shot of the film is her dying in Sol’s arms. It just…it just feels completely unneeded. They could have just had him convert to Christianity and ended the film there. Instead, they tried to make the film sad. But it didn’t have that effect. She dies and I’m left wondering what the point of that was. They randomly killed her off for no reason. I don’t know, maybe they were trying to have a message about cancer needlessly killing people?

It just felt unearned. Especially since she got the cancer so late in the film. If you’re introduced to her and she has it that’d be one thing. But it’s like they were trying to do whatever they could to pad out the runtime so they slapped on an extra half hour so they could do this.

But, as I always do in each of these reviews, none of that matters as long as the Christian message is good. For that I have to say…eh? Kind of? The pastor talks about Jesus and he baptised Sol (though admittedly he baptizes him by pouring water on his head, which is…not exactly how you baptize someone).

When he’s dead for four minutes, he only sees his son. I think they should have had Jesus there, just so Sol could actually see him. Several times in the film, he’s described as the world’s biggest atheist. I honestly think realistically he’d need more than just seeing his son to believe. There’s little things like that which have been bothering me.

But overall I think it was a great film! Kevin Sorbo is obviously amazing! In fact, I only found this movie because I searched his name on Prime Video. I’ll literally watch anything with Kevin Sorbo. He’s great in anything he’s in.

I give this movie a 7 out of 10.

If you have Prime Video (the streaming service which is part of Amazon Prime…you’d be surprised how many people don’t realise that it’s not just two day shipping), you can watch Let There Be Light here.

Update: September 2020

Hey all you cool cats and kittens! Can you imagine if someone slipped into a coma in 2019 and woke up now? “What’d I miss?”

But seriously, It’s been almost a year since I last posted on this site. Not that I didn’t want to, it’s just that I couldn’t for various reasons. Alot of it was me being busy with life and being an “essential worker” and everything. I mean, last time I posted was me starting a new series that only required short posts so I could still post from my phone, and I only did one entry in that series before not posting for ten months.

This is going to sound really weird, but I bought a brand new gaming PC back in February…then completely forgot I even had it until a couple days ago. It’s not like it was hidden in a closet or something. It was literally in front of me all this time. I’d just gotten so used to this massive black box being under my TV table and never gave it any thought. Then a friend of mine told me that I should get a gaming PC so I could game with her and I was like, “I can’t afford one at the mome….wait…oh…”.

Basically, I could have been posting on here all quarantine had I somehow not forgotten that I used most of my tax return on a $1,000 gaming PC. I’ve been known to be forgetful, but I think that’s a whole new level for me.

Not saying that I’ll be posting in here regularly like in 2014, but I do plan on posting in here more often than once a year. At least twice a year.

It Came From The Bible: Introduction

I’ve been wanting to post on this site like I used to, but I’m still just relying on my phone, so I can’t. But I had an idea recently that I’m finally doing. I’m always hearing about phrases and everyday sayings that originate from the Bible. So I’m starting a series on here based on that. The posts will be very short because I’m typing them on my phone, but it’ll be a way for me to continue posting new content on here. I hope you enjoy and are able to get something out of it.

“A little bird told me…”

When you want to let it be known that you know something, but don’t want to reveal how you found out, typically you will say, “A little bird told me…”. But did you know that the phrase is based on a verse in the Bible?

Ecclesiastes 10:20 (KJV)

Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.

Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy

Yesterday, I posted the Patterns of Evidence: Exodus. Today, I watched the sequel documentary, Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy.

Where the first one looked at proving that the Exodus was a historical event, this time filmmaker Timothy Mahoney set out to prove that Moses could have written the first five books of the Bible at all. Seeing if there was a form of writing at the time of Moses that he could have used to write.

Like in the first one, there were sceptics who denied evidence simply because it didn’t fit into their own narrative. At one point, someone referred to the evidence of a writing system created long before the traditional earliest writing as “fake science”.

The previous film ended teasing that the next film would cover the Red Sea crossing and Sinai, specifically the sites discovered by Ron Wyatt. This film once again teased that the next film would be about that. So hopefully we will someday get that documentary. The official Facebook page confirms that there is an upcoming film. Hopefully it doesn’t take another five years, but it’ll be understandable if it does, and I’ll be eager to see it when it does.

Again, if you would like to buy copies of the DVDs, or learn more about the subject, you can visit the website.

When I went to grab the url for the website, I saw that they already have a page on there for the next film. It’s called Patterns of Evidence: The Red Sea Miracle. So that’s exciting!

Patterns of Evidence: Exodus

There is a documentary that came out back in 2014 called Patterns of Evidence: Exodus. I came across it in 2016, and immediately fell in love with it. So much so that I actually bought the DVD (which was stolen along with everything else I owned back in 2017, but that’s a long story).

It is about a filmmaker, Timothy Mahoney, attempting to use archeological evidence to prove the historicity of the biblical Exodus. The film features interviews leading archeologists and scholars, as well as both the president and the prime minister of Israel.

One thing I loved about the film was that it was definitely not one-sided. You hear multiple viewpoints, some even flat-out denying the Exodus even occurred. The film also does a great job of showing fulfill ignorance, as found in scripture. At one point, they are presenting text describing the plagues from an Egyptian’s perspective, and the expert says something to the effect of, “This didn’t actually happen, they simply imagined it”. An eyewitness account of the plague that matches the Bible, but “they imagined it”.

If you want to see it for yourself, you can buy a copy of the DVD from their website. Or you can do like I just did a rent it on YouTube. However you choose to watch it, please go support these people. They’re doing an awesome job at what they do!

A sequel, Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy, was released earlier this year. I’ve yet to watch it, but I also rented that on YouTube. I will watch it and post my thoughts on it tomorrow night.

(I forgot about this until I was getting ready to post this, and didn’t know where to slide it in, so I’ll just add it to bottom. The film is narrated by Kevin Sorbo!)

Update: August 2019

I know I haven’t posted in a long time, but I’ve got alot going on personally. Maybe I’ll do a long post about it once this is over. Plus I’ve got major writer’s block. While I have a ton of ideas of posts to do, I can’t bring myself to word them coherently. However, I am doing a daily verse on Instagram if you want to follow along.

Currently I’m posting this from my phone via the WordPress app. If you follow this blog you know that I hate posting on here from my phone. But I have two bits of updates I wanted to share.

First, I’ve been wanting to get a personalised email address for this site, but it’s too expensive. But I found a site called Mail.com that lets you make a mostly personalised email address. “Mostly” because you have to choose a domain from a long list of choices. But it’s a very long list to choose from. I was bored a scrolled through the choices, and at the very bottom was “@reborn.com”. As you can imagine I was very excited.

So if you ever want to contact me about this site (questions, comments, post ideas, etc), send them to fig-tree@reborn.com.

The second update isn’t even really about me or this site. It’s some place I want to redirect you to while I’m currently unable to post as much as I would like. It’s a YouTube channel called The Ten Minute Bible Hour. It’s ran by a guy named Matt Whitman, and I wish I could teach the Bible as good as he does! He not only breaks it down and digs deep, he throws in pop culture references and humour to keep it entertaining. So he’s educational and entertaining, which is difficult to do. I’ve added his channel to my Further Resources page, and I highly recommend everyone check out it out.

In the meantime, I’m definitely going to be needing prayers until this current situation I’m in passes. Hopefully it’ll pass soon, then I’ll do a long update post about it.

I’ll end this with the following verse:

Isaiah 12:2-3 (KJV)

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

Weather in the Last Days

Revelation 11:19 (KJV)

And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. It’s a very long story as to why, but I’ll explain later. I’m posting this from the WordPress app on my phone, so I’m wanting to make this as quick as possible as I don’t posting on here from my phone. The WordPress app is terrible. But I felt this was important enough to deal with it to get this out…

I get news updates sent to my phone from the Google News app. A few minutes ago I received a notification for this article. If you don’t feel like tapping that link (or clicking. I can’t stress enough that literally everything has been done on my phone for months), here’s a screenshot:

Freak hailstorm in Mexico leaves five feet of ice. I saw that and immediately thought of the countless verses about bizarre weather in the last days.

To be fair, I’ve actually been thinking about it for awhile. I was in San Francisco a month ago, and as usual it was cold the whole time, and never got above 78°f. My bestfriend lives there (I was there visiting her) and she kept saying it was hot while I was shivering. But a couple weeks ago, San Francisco was hit with a heat wave and it was suddenly 101°f there for a few days. Meanwhile, here in Ohio it got up to 99°f and 100% humidity. Neither of us had much fun that week.

My point is that the weather has been crazy lately. When I saw the headline about Mexico, it’s what pushed me over the edge to writing this.

The signs are everywhere. We are in the last days.

Minecraft Bible: Solomon’s Temple

I finally did something other than Noah’s Ark. As a joke I was going to make a third Ark, but I doubt anyone would find it funny.

Anyway, I built Solomon’s Temple this time. It was much more complicated than the Ark, and as such mine isn’t very good. So while I will show you my Solomon’s Temple, I will also share with you the video I based mine on. It’s a better video, and I recommend everyone watch that one instead.

Here is my video.

Here is the superior video mine is based on.

Minecraft Bible: Noah’s Ark 2

A couple years ago, I build Noah’s Ark in Minecraft. But I’ve always been disappointed with it. I tried doing it to the specifications in the Bible, but I took way too many creative liberties. Plus, I didn’t have a way to record gameplay off my Xbox 360, so I set up my tripod and filmed the screen. Which looked awful. Not to mention that the draw distance on the 360 version of Minecraft was so small that you couldn’t see the entire boat.

Well, I have an Xbox One now, and I decided to rebuild Noah’s Ark in the Xbox One version of Minecraft. The draw distance is much greater, and the Xbox One has the ability to record gameplay. This time I stuck to the specifications in the Bible. The only real “creative liberty” I did was adding lights to the interior. Trust me, it was necessary. If I didn’t, the inside would be pitch black. Other than that, it’s pretty much exactly as described in Scripture. Here is the video: