My husband and I watched the movie the “The Invention of Lying” last night. As a christian, the movie as a whole rubbed me the wrong way. This morning I decided to confirm my suspicions: Ricky Gervais is an atheist.
Let me start by saying, I love that this country was founded on the idea of freedom from persecution of religion which most definitely gives people the freedom to have no religion. And freedom of speech and expression are important as well, so I understand his desire to make a movie that expresses his beliefs or lack of beliefs.
What bothers me, however, is that he presented religion as a lie. Not believing in something is one thing, but to call it a lie is bringing things to a whole new level.
I should pause here to talk about the word “truth” since the word “lie” is defined as an “untruth”. As a christian, I believe that Christ is my Lord and Savior and that is the TRUTH… the ONLY TRUTH.
I found a quote from Ricky Gervais where he said he thinks his movie should not be offensive to those who believe in God because he can watch and enjoy movies about Angels. That is probably the worst defense I have ever heard. If I could have a conversation with Ricky, this is what I would say:
“Ricky, you enjoy movies about Angels because, to you, they present an element of fantasy that makes for a fun ride. I can relate, I enjoy SciFi movies for the same reason. I, however, found your movie “The Invention of Lying” offensive because I do not believe God is fantasy, I believe he is reality. What if I told you that everything you believe as truth is actually a lie? That would probably bother you the same way. To have faith in God means believing to the core of your being that, that is the absolute truth, and everything else falls into place AFTER that truth. So please, don’t pretend you didn’t know what you were doing when you made that movie. I think you knew you would offend people but your PR representative told you to pretend to have respect for the rest of the population.”