Brief Overview
I actually thought this was a pretty decent and somewhat original movie.  The premise is a world in which no one can lie, so no matter how difficult the brutal facts might be for someone to take people can’t help but tell them the truth.  Mark Bellison, the main character in the movie, somehow figures out how to lie and siezes the opportunity to use this new “gift” to his advantage.  After a few humorous lies that Mark tells to test the waters of his new ability he ends up using his ability to lie to create a whole new reality and paints the picture of a wonderful and enjoyable afterlife in which people can look forward to after they had believed for so long that upon death you entered into a dark nothingness.  He explains his insight into these new truths that no one else knows about because he has direct and exclusive access to the Big Man in the Sky.

Spiritual Themes:
There are a number of spiritual truths to choose from in this movie but my focus keeps coming back to the concept of Heaven and how to get there.  I certainly have my own ideas of what Heaven will be like but I think I enjoy my son, Christian’s, view and expectation of Heaven as well.  My son is excited about Heaven because apparently it will be a huge toy store that has every toy ever invented and you won’ t have to pay for them or return them, ever.  There is candy galore, no bedtimes, and he will be able to watch PG-13 movies.  I love his imagination and I’m glad that he views Heaven as something to look forward to.

What I am more thankful for is that Christian understands how to get there, by faith alone in Christ alone.  In the movie, Mark explains that if you are good enough you can get to heaven.  What qualifies as being good enough?  Committing less than 3 really bad things in life like murdering someone.  As someone in the movie said, “Just like baseball!”  The reality is we can enjoy this amazing paradise of an afterlife by having a relationship with Jesus Christ who has reconciled us to God the Father and we don’t have to be dependent on our good deeds.

Supporting Passages

  • Philippians 3:9-11 
  • Hebrews 8:1-6
  • Revelation 21

ALT-ernative Questions:

  1. If you could determine what Heaven would be like, how would you design it?
  2. If it were your decision, how would you determine who got into Heaven and who was left out?
  3. What do you truly think it takes to get into Heaven?
  4. How do these passages describe Heaven?
  5. Why is it so difficult for people to believe what that the Bible says about getting to Heaven – that it  isn’t dependent upon our good deeds but our faith in Jesus Christ?

Gospel Segue
God loves you and created you to have a relationship with Him.  Our sins separate us from God, whether we commit one, three (like Mark stated in this movie) or a countless number of sins in our lifetimes (which is probably more accurate anyway).  Those sins cannot be removed by our good deeds.   But paying the price for our sins, Jesus Christ died and rose on third day claiming victory over our sins, death, and the devil so that we could have a restored relationship with God!  We don’t need someone interceding on our behalf to tell us what God is thinking or wants from us.  We are now able to have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  Everyone who trusts in Him alone has eternal life in Heaven and all its wonderful glory.  That life with Jesus starts now and lasts forever!

One thought on “Spiritual Truths in the movie “The Invention of Lying”

  1. I saw that movie too…good post man. One big thing that rocked me awhile ago was realizing that it wasn’t just my ‘bad deeds’ that separated me from God but even my ‘righteous acts’ outside of His Spirit’s work are disgusting to God (Rom 3). It’s definitely easy to (even after becoming a Christian) fall into the trap of ‘earning’ God’s love through our behavior.

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