Published On: Wed, Sep 25th, 2013

‘Unstoppable’ Review: Kirk Cameron discusses Faith, Hope and Love to understand God’s nature

Kirk Cameron introduced his latest live event through Fathom, Unstoppable, at Liberty University to a massive crowd, 700 movie theaters and over 100,000 viewers. Cameron’s message was very personal, motivated by the death of a close friend’s teenage son, and challenged even the strongest Christians to answer “Where is God when you are in the middle of the tragedy?”

Kirk Cameron film UnstoppableConfessing that the suffering in the world, the loss of life and death of children all bring us to our knees to ask God: “Where are you?”

Not answering this question is one that can destroy the bond with God, drive people to atheism or worst.

Cameron’s intro included tear-jerking testimonies from Vietnam vet Tim Lee, who lost both of his legs when we stepped on a landmine. Lee recounts his surgeries, feeling distant from God, but said “Life is stronger than death and life won out.”

“How can you stop a man who won’t quit?” Lee asked, describing the message from some Georgia teens, as he now travels America as a evangelist, preaching the gospel. (Tim Lee Ministries)

It was Charles Woods next.

The proud father of Tyrone Woods, one of the fallen heroes from the Benghazi attack, quoted scriptures of encouragement and stories centered on a God of love and his sovereign power over everything.

Mandisa performed her hit song “You’re an Overcomer” and Warren Barfield sang his song from Unstoppable: “The Time is Now.”

Audiences may have been content and happy to have left after the pre-show, but that was just the introduction.

Cameron’s Unstoppable recounts the Bible, the Creation story, the fall of Adam, the murder of Abel and the flood to question the audience member’s understanding of God.

The question “Why doesn’t God heal if He’s good…where is He?” still resonated through the film as Cameron explores this “Faith wrecking question” (if left unaddressed.)

Moved by the death of Matthew Sandgren, Cameron journeys to the funeral, hugs the family and expresses his pain through his story.

“People don’t want to hear about death,” Cameron stated while discussing the flood story, yet the audience was not invested in this exploration.

Unlike the response to a child in the Christian film Courageous, Unstoppable doesn’t seek out survival skills or a reason to carry on, but rather an understanding of an omnipotent God who works through horrible and tragic events, as documented in the Bible, to deliver mercy, grace, love and everlasting hope.

HuffPo described the film as a “One Hour Sermon” and that isn’t unfair.

The film’s target audience is Bible believing Christians who will ask these questions as tragedy lands on their doorstep.

Unstoppable doesn’t offer much appeal to the atheist or the skeptic as it relies on the truths of scripture to connect with Cameron’s earnest faith and emotions.

While some may come away discussing the rib scene at Eve’s creation, the brutal murder of Abel or the hysterical movie pitch of “The Flood,” the audience will likely seek out Unstoppable for a viewing when tragedy knocks on their door.

Overall Unstoppable receives 2 ½ stars out of 5

For Bible believing Christians, add one star and if you are seeking comfort or battling some tragedy in your life, add 1 ½.

The official website for Unstoppable: http://unstoppablethemovie.com/

Response was so strong for the early showing, an encore screening is schedule for October 3, so get tickets through Fathom HERE

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  2. Matthew Ajoseh says:

    “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?”

    Why do bad things happen to good people? The biblical answer is there are no “good” people. The Bible makes it abundantly clear that all of us are tainted by and infected with sin (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8). Romans 3:10-18 could not be clearer about the non-existence of “good” people: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Every human being on this planet deserves to be thrown into hell at this very moment. Every second we spend alive is only by the grace and mercy of God. Even the most terrible misery we could experience on this planet is merciful compared to what we deserve, eternal hell in the lake of fire.

    A better question would be “Why does God allow good things to happen to bad people?” Romans 5:8 declares, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Despite the evil, wicked, sinful nature of the people of this world, God still loves us, and is patient with us. Just because he permits evil for a season doesn’t mean he will tolerate it forever, in His sovereignty God is just and will use all things to happen for a purpose. He loved us enough to die to take the penalty for our sins (Romans 6:23). If we receive Jesus Christ as Savior (John 3:16; Romans 10:9), we will be forgiven and promised an eternal life (Romans 8:1). What we deserve is hell. What we are given is eternal life in heaven if we come to Christ in faith.

    Yes, sometimes bad things happen to people who seem undeserving of them. But God allows things to happen for His reasons, whether or not we understand them. Above all, however, we must remember that God is good, just, loving, and merciful. Often things happen to us that we simply cannot understand. However, instead of doubting God’s goodness, our reaction should be to trust Him. ” God Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

    This is one of the most difficult questions in all of theology. God is eternal, infinite, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. Why should human beings (not eternal, infinite, omniscient, omnipresent, or omnipotent) expect to be able to fully understand God’s ways? The book of Job deals with this issue. God had allowed Satan to do everything he wanted to Job except kill him. What was Job’s reaction? “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him” (Job 13:15). “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised” (Job 1:21). Job did not understand why God had allowed the things He did, but he knew God was good and therefore continued to trust in Him. Ultimately, that should be our reaction as well.

    Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/bad-things-good-people.html#ixzz2fy4PG1lx

    • David W Geier says:

      Bravo!! Well done, you did a better job explaining the answer to the question, than Kirk did. I was left somewhat disappointed and felt the film left out a lot a about sin an the devils roll in our suffering and the message was somewhat of a mishmash than a carefully thought out and coherent.

    • David Kennedy says:

      Why do bad things happen to people who have been redeemed through Jesus Christ? Jesus told us what to do. “Ask anything in my name and I will do it.” Will do it!!!!! Job nailed it in the end. Absolute trust and fearless in God! The movie was not clear. The sound track was distracting at times. I like Kirk Cameron. The movie was “sold” as something other then what it was.

  3. Cesar Jouvin says:

    I think you said on Bill O’really why does GOD let things happen if he is a good GOD right? the best way to answer your your question is were all sinners in this world and no one is a saint. It all started with Adam and Eve becasue they disobeyed him that’s why were in hell today. In time GOD will explain why their is so much suffining,killing,sadenss,and so on…..think about that for a moment.

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