Imagine walking up to a large Box on a street corner. On the side it reads, “God In The Box.” Inside the Box is a drawing tablet, a pencil and two questions: What does God look like to you? What does God mean to you? How would you answer?
God In The Box is a documentary that follows filmmaker Nathan Lang and his crew, as they travel the country, exploring the diverse and curious ways we see God, in our mind’s eye — through the lens of their amazing Box.
Here’s the trailer:
Overall, I find that this is a good movie, as it offers a balanced mix of views from various people from all walks of life and cultures and belief systems (including no belief system). I understand from the end notes of the movie that the film is meant to bridge understanding among people of different cultures and belief systems, in order to wipe out hatred, “religions” and persecution, and appreciate that diversity is our gift and strength, and I agree with this worthy goal of the movie.
As noted in the film, the question about God is a source of curiosity, conflict and hope, and ultimately the “God in the box” project is a conversation (among peoples) about what God means to each individual. Each person’s view is different (and unique), and each person is precious.
The director and producer of the movie concluded that by the end of making the movie, he came no closer to an answer with certainty on what God is like than when he first started making the movie. After all, there has been a wide range of answers given by many people who were interviewed in the designated box, such as:
- God is reflected in nature.
- God is indescribable.
- He means to me life, love, happiness, pain, sorrow. He has no colour, no race, no creed. If it wasn’t for God, I would be dead.
- God is Spirit.
- God is energy – universe, inspiration.
- God is love.
- God is people helping other people.
- God is a woman.
It is noteworthy that archeology has shown that long before male-dominated religions such as Judaism, Christianity and Islam came into existence, ancient people worshipped god as a woman (such as mother nature being represented by a woman statue). D.M. Murdock shared that there is hope when the (divine) feminine is restored and recognised among people. She also believed if we all really take care of the environment and ourselves, instead of worshipping some god in the sky, we can take better care of our world.
The director concluded for himself that God remains a mystery and there is no specific answer with certainty and he believes God doesn’t belong to one people or one belief system. I can agree with that as my own take is that God is love and love transcends all boundaries and belief systems.
- Some thoughts on the historical Jesus and the archetypal Christ (themysteryofchrist.wordpress.com)
- Do we need to label ourselves based on our belief system? (themysteryofchrist.wordpress.com)
- What Is Natureology (natureology101.wordpress.com)
- God in the Box documentary will get your group talking (buffalochristian.wordpress.com)