Why Christianity? is the title of the sixth episode from season three of The Way of the Master.
(0:00 - 1:06)
Ray is shown skydiving (green screen) with his back to the Earth, facing the camera. He retells a story that a man went skydiving and was so overwhelmed by the free fall he forgot to open his parachute. He landed on a soft spot, breaking several bones. His response to his friends was "Boy, did I blow it." Ray says do not blow it with your soul and eternal salvation.
The Intro to this program shows Ray and Kirk asking several questions in line with the are you a good person? routine.
(1:07 - 3:02)
Shows Ray collecting his parachute at an airport.
- Kirk says "To some people, all religions are the same and it does not matter which one you choose, but to others it is an agonizing choice." He goes on to say that the Bible says there is a Hell, but most people say they will not go there because God is good."
- Ray follows that up with a story. If a small girl is kidnapped, raped and buried alive, you would feel anger at the murderer and you would seek justice. If you are not angry, says Ray, that shows something is wrong with your character.
- Kirk takes over and says God cares about evil acts, and you can "bet your precious soul that he does." Because of this, God created a hell. Kirk says that his anger at evil is evidence of his goodness.
(3:03 - 5:01)
Ray and Kirk interview several people and their thoughts of where people go when they die. They believe that most people go to Heaven because God is all good (omnibenevolent). Some say there is no devil or Hell, one said that life here on Earth is Hell (we have sorrow, strife, grief, etc.)
(5:03 - 6:04)
- Ray says that most people think God is all good and will forgive people, but they misunderstand the nature of God. When Moses asked to see God's glory, God said he couldn't see him and live (quoting Exodus 33:19-22). Ray notes that it said all of God's glory is displayed in his goodness, and Moses would not be able to stand before God because of his sinful nature. He then quotes Jesus who said bless those who are few in heart for they shall see god.
(6:05 - 6:17)
- Kirk "So the issue is unspeakably important. If God is good there is not only a place called Heaven, there is a place called Hell. And when it comes where you will spend eternity, you do not want to blow it."
(6:23 - 8:55) Ray interviews a person on their thoughts on where people go when they die. The man, a Methodist, thinks the spirit does not die. When Ray asks does the spirit go to Heaven or Hell, the man replies it may reincarnate. Ray in a whiny voice asks "how do you know that?" The man says we will find out later. Ray asks if he could be wrong, and the man says he will find out later. Ray then tries to test the man by asking him to spell "shop" followed by asking him "what do you do at a green light." The man says stop, suddenly Ray jumps onto that and says that you were wrong here you may be wrong about the afterlife. The man says its all about philosophy, whether he is to live this life in misery, but Ray jumps in with a whiny voice saying "No that is Monkism, do I look miserable? I have everlasting life, I am not miserable." Ray then takes the man down the are you a good person? routine.
(8:56 - 10:15)
Kirk uses the parachute argument. Imagine if Kirk gave you the option of the original Mona Lisa, ten million dollars, keys to a new car, or a parachute, which would you choose. the scene switches to this question being asked to an individual on the street. He chose the Mona Lisa, just to later sell it. Then then switch the analogy saying, what if you were on an airplane going down? The man switches his choice to the parachute. Kirk says the other gifts become useless against the law of gravity, and that knowledge puts a fear in us to make us pick the right choice in picking the parachute.
(10:16 - 10:29) Ray asks to think about the four major religions of the world: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity. Which one do you choose? Ray says before you choose, here is some information that will help you. He reminds us that we all die and we should choose.
(10:30 - 11:11)
- Kirk enters and says "Remember how your knowledge of violating the law of gravity at 10,000 feet put a fear in your heart and that fear helped you make the right choice in picking the parachute. Now we are going to look at another law of God, the Moral Law (the Ten Commandments)." The Moral law will put fear into your heart because you have violated them and that fear will drive you to the Savior.
(11:12 - 13:58)
The scene switches to Kirk and Ray standing on the wing of a airplane. Ray and Kirk take the audience through the are you a good person? routine. Kirk says we all know the law because it is written on our hearts, and we know we are guilty. He then asks the audience to ask themselves, based on the Ten Commandments, if they would go to Heaven or Hell.
(13:59 - 17:44)
Ray interviews a person on his thoughts of where people go when they die. The man says he hopes everyone goes to Heaven. When Ray asks does he fear death, the man says no. Ray responds is in a surprising way "You do not mind giving up life?" When he says no, Ray responds with "so you do not value your life?" The man says he does, but Ray cuts him off by asking "So you do not want to die?" The man says he does want to die, but it happens to everyone sometime. When the person says he believes in Heaven and Hell, and thinks he will go to Heaven, Ray does not waste the opportunity to use the are you a good person? tactic.
(17:45 - 18:02)
Ray hammers the point to let fear of being guilty drive you to finding the Savior. Ray says fear of the lord is the healthiest feeling you can have, while quoting the Bible "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom."
Inside the plane
(18:03 - 25:48)
Kirk says that death could come at anytime, perhaps before the program is finished. But which religion do you choose? There are so many. Kirk examines the four religions mentioned earlier and which one can help you. Hinduism says when you die you will be reincarnated, and depending how good you have been determines what you come back as. Kirk says that is like jumping out of this plane and getting sucked back, "well that is an interesting concept, but it does you no good with your real problem of sinning against God and the reality of Hell." Ray walks in and talks about Buddhism, saying that it teaches that life and death is sort of an illusion. He says that is like him sitting in that plane seat saying to himself "I am not really here and the law of gravity does not exist. But that does not help you with your real problem of sinning against God and the reality of Hell." Kirk talks about Islam, that it does acknowledge sin and Hell and God's justice, but the hope Islam offers is that people can skip Judgment by doing good deeds and winning God's mercy. Ray takes over by saying Islam says that you can win God's mercy for good efforts, but that is like jumping out of the plane and flapping your arms is going to save you from a 10,000 foot drop. But Ray does not stop there, he says that good and righteous works will be nothing compared to the perfect being of God and saying our good works should redeem us is a form of bribery.
Kirk then moves on to Christianity and it is unique because God came to earth as a man to pay for our sins as a parachute can save us from the law of gravity. They then put on a show alongside an analogy: Imagine you are on a plane, and suddenly it is going down. You fear for your life and want to be saved. Someone hands you the Mona Lisa, you push it away. Someone offers you keys to a Ferrari, you reject it. Someone offers you a million dollars, you reject it too. Suddenly someone offers you a parachute that can save you. This parachute provided to you from Ray Comfort is faith in Jesus Christ that will save you from a terrible fate. They use the scary imagery of a failing plane and the quick assertions and promises of Christ saving you and cleansing you of your sins as an appeal to emotion. Finally, using cinematic software, it shows them jumping out of a plane and their parachutes opening.
(25:50 - 27:39)
Returning to the man from the previous interview. After being through the are you a good person? routine, the man does not want to go to hell so he plans to get right with god. It ends with the man doing the Lord's Prayer.
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