The Story of God

ORGAN Freeman played the part of God in the 2007 movie featuring Steve Carell as Evan Almighty. But for the last three seasons Freeman’s been content to serve as host on National Geographic’s documentary series, “The Story of God.” The show overviews humanity’s fascination with the divine.

One thing seems clear, for all the secular banter about the decline of religion, God doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. One need not look far to find research that demonstrates that around the world religious belief is far from in decline. Even in our modern western piece of the globe, where skepticism rules the day, it seems interest in God isn’t really waning, though denominational loyalties might be. It’s almost as if humans were created with a religious impulse, a longing to know the Creator:

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11, ESV)

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. (Psalm 19:1, ESV)

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. (Romans 1:18-23, ESV)