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'Soul Surfer' opens after fights over depicting faith
"Soul Surfer" is a feature film about Bethany Hamilton being attacked by a shark and getting back in the water
April 12th, 2011
01:00 AM ET

'Soul Surfer' opens after fights over depicting faith

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

"Soul Surfer," the feature film based on the true story of surfer Bethany Hamilton being attacked by a shark and her journey back to surfing, opened last weekend in the fourth spot on the box office charts - partly a testament to its appealing family-friendly message and a marketing campaign that heavily targeted religious groups.

But even though Hamilton and her family's faith plays a key role in the film, many audiences would be surprised to learn that the question of how to show their religion in the film caused huge debate on set.

"I think to get anything in the film was a battle," said Sarah Hill, Hamilton's youth group leader at North Shore Christian Church, who was played by Carrie Underwood in the movie.

"Basically, what you're doing is you have all these people who want to make a movie about Bethany and they don't know the Lord and they don't have a personal relationship with Jesus. For what we have in the movie it was such a battle."

In one scene, Hill's character is shown counseling Hamilton as she struggles with living as an amputee. She reads from Jeremiah 29:11 " 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.' "

The morning they went to shoot that scene, said Hill, who was on set often, "Twelve producers, me and the director were all sitting at the table and they all are just adamant about the Scripture not being in the movie. And they were saying at least let's not have the reference in it."

"For me it was a hill worth dying on to keep God in the movie," she said.

Tom Hamilton, Bethany’s father, said, “In my heart of hearts I wanted as many Christians as we could get to play parts in the movie. They just have a different spirit about them. ... Craig T. Nelson, who is a really strong Christian and goes to our church in Kauai, I called him and begged him to be in the movie.

“A lot of the producers didn’t want to go too overboard because they thought Christianity doesn’t always sell well,” Tom Hamilton said.

Kevin Sorbo, who plays Holt Blanchard, the father of Hamilton's best friend, said, "Sony (Pictures, the film's producer) was afraid to throw in the word Jesus. They said you can have God but not Jesus. They were worried about that.

"The studios, you can't really fight them," he said. "Hollywood screams for freedom of speech but only if you agree with them. It's a very two-faced industry."

Sorbo said Sony wanted to take out another scene in which Bethany Hamilton wakes up in the hospital. Her father, played by Dennis Quaid, is shown reading a Bible. He reads to her from Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through him who gives me strength."

Tom Hamilton said the studio rented a house for the family during the filming so they could be on set every day.

“They changed the script a lot,” Hamilton said. “Dennis Quaid would come up to say, ‘Hey, this doesn’t sound right, we need a Scripture here.’ The script was in constant motion, it changed on the set even.”

“They listened to us. We had some pretty heated discussions. Everyone saw how passionate about it we were, getting the message we wanted out there,” he said.

Rich Peluso, the vice president of AFFIRM Films, a division of Sony Pictures, said the studio made no efforts to whitewash the Hamilton family's faith for the movie. He points out that Jesus is mentioned twice in the film and that the family's faith is central to the plot.

On set, he said, "There were certainly lots of discussions," specifically about the inclusion of Hill's character quoting Jeremiah.

"There were some that voiced the opinion that may have made it sound too faith-focused," Peluso said. "The counter-argument was, 'Well, if her character uses those words and doesn't attribute them to the Bible it seems like she's stealing them.' We came to the agreement the best thing to do was to use the Scripture there."

The biggest question the movie's producers were trying to determine was, "How do we have it come off (in a way) that is authentic to the family's faith and doesn't push it too far so that it appears to the viewer to be forced in?" he said. "We didn't want it to appear we were pushing in faith to appeal to the faith community."

The studio made a big push to attract faith leaders to the project, setting up screenings for pastors and ministry leaders. But it's hard to characterize "Soul Surfer" as a Christian movie.

Like the hit movie "The Blind Side," though, the characters in "Soul Surfer" are decidedly Christian.  The movie opens with Bethany Hamilton rushing into a beachside church service because the Sunday morning waves were just too good to pass up.

"It's not that it's a Christian movie, it's an American movie," Peluso said.

In 2003, when a tiger shark attacked the 14-year-old Hamilton near Kauai, Hawaii, the story gripped the nation. Just three weeks after the attack, Hamilton was back in the water learning how to surf with one arm. A year later, she won a national surfing title.

Battles over how to portray religious themes in movies are becoming more common, as Hollywood becomes more open to addressing faith and marketing movies to religious audiences but worries about alienating nonreligious audiences or viewers from other traditions.

“After all the back and forth - and there’s always back and forth - it’s always best to err on the side of authenticity,” said Michael Flaherty, the president of Walden Media, which has helped produced the Chronicles of Narnia franchise and other Christian-themes movies.

“It actually is not in your commercial interest to secularize something like that, people will reject it,” he said of “Soul Surfer.” “People think they are making these decisions to broaden their audience but what they end up doing is narrowing it.”

But Flaherty said he thought “Soul Surfer” struck the right balance. “To see a movie where she wasn’t talking about her faith … it would have flopped,” he said. “It’s silly to narrow (the family’s faith). It’s like someone saying, ‘Let’s make a movie about Bethany but not talk about surfing.’”

Today, Bethany Hamilton is a professional surfer. In 2010 she was ranked 23rd in the world. "The shy kid has gone on to have a legit pro surf career despite her massive physical impairment," Joel Patterson recently wrote in Surfer Magazine, "and, in the process, she's inspired uncountable people struggling against cruel twists of fate."

Hamilton has long been outspoken about her Christian faith and the positive role it played in her recovery.

"We work with a lot of films, but the Hamiltons have to live with this for the rest of their lives, so that balance was important to us," AFFIRM's Peluso said. "I think we threaded the needle after a lot of work."

Tom Hamilton said Peluso constantly went to bat for the family with the movie, adding, "There was some give and take, but everything that was very important for us to portray ended up in the movie. We were very happy over all with the movie. We just wanted the real story told.”

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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  1. johnborg

    If the producers want to put the women's faith into the movie, why not? If people don't like, then they can't see it. However, then the film will lose money (then again, it make more money because of this). I think this is the real issue. Americans with their capitalistic mentality don't really care if some women's faith is in a film, especially if the film is about her... because they just won't go see it. I think the problem is, how can this film make money. It's been about capital since the dawn of the system itself. What about the woman in the film? Is it not about her?

    April 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • Sal

      The founding fathers of capitalism or modern day economics were mostly christians; such Adam Smith and Thomas Malthus or had Jewish beliefs such as David Ricardo or Milton Friedman. Adam Smith's describing self-adjusting markets as an "invisible hand" was inspired by his belief in god. Capitalism is not centered around "making money" but on the most efficient use of scarce resources through a market economy aka Capitalism or the Free Entereprise System. "Making money" or creating wealth is only one aspect of "Capitalism."

      April 12, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • ArmsLength

      Keep this chick at arm's length.

      April 12, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • Kisser

      I'd like to kiss her stub.

      April 12, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      "Capitalism is not centered around "making money" but on the most efficient use of scarce resources through a market economy aka Capitalism or the Free Enterprise System. "Making money" or creating wealth is only one aspect of "Capitalism"

      WOW! ..... Either you are an ostridge with your head stuck for so long below the surface of reality, that it became natural to you and you don't even know you're with your head in the sand, or you've bought into the American ultra-Capitalist Mafia's propaganda!

      Capitalism, as we in this country know it , is BASED ON GREED AND THRIVES ON GREED, therefore is contrary to the principles of God. You can not tell me that this country is a pillar of justice and righteousness in the world. I have been here long enough to see the rottenness under the pretence on the surface.,... God's anger is kindled against this nation that has shut out the cries of the opressed in it's own land, and those who are wronged by your celebrated Capitalist system! Just remember: God is NOT American, nor is America His "favored pet!"
      BTW, I agree what johnborg said!

      April 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
    • Kyle

      Prism you are forgetting that income in a Capitalist system takes at least two forms, profit on the one hand and wages on the other. There is no consensus on the precise definition of capitalism, nor how the term should be used as an historical category.There is, however, little controversy that private ownership of the means of production, creation of goods or services for profit in a market, and prices and wages are elements of capitalism.

      What so funny Prism is you are in the system just like everyone else so you need to recognize you contribute to that greed. For example the computer you are using to write on this blog. LOL!

      April 12, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      @Kyle

      Actually I'm not forgetting ANYTHING. There is fine line between Capitalism and feudalism. And we are dangerously close to it. Because when capitalism unrestrained and without damper-ing greed of it, being checked in place, it is no more Capitalism but a system where few Feudal Lords rule over masses of Serfs. Communism is right the opposite, but both of the systems ar equaly evil , oppressing and making merchandise out of people, making servants out of them. Our very own system is the proof that every atempt of man to govern himself apart from God will ultimately become corrupt and fall from within!

      April 13, 2011 at 11:26 am |
  2. HawaiiWahine

    Movies about a true character should portray the character. Christianity is a part of Bethany's life and that should be portrayed just as it should be if she were a Buddhist or a Muslim. I believe that the movie should be based on the true characterizations of Bethany, her family and her community.That adds to it. I'm an aetheist and would not be offended at all, despite not sharing their belief system. What I hope is in the movie, is her acceptance that sharks are a part of ocean ecology and should not be hunted to extinction because they occassionally harm a human. By going back in to the water Bethany is a good role model for young environmentalists.

    April 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  3. Elias

    My imaginary friends can beat up your imaginary friends any day of the week!

    April 12, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  4. wmanelos

    It's ironic (and the point has been brought up before), but there has never been a case of a single amputee growing back an arm or a leg yet. But many have claimed to have had Cancer and other afflictions cured by God.

    April 12, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  5. Steve

    Wow, I was planning on seeing this movie, I'll pass now.

    April 12, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • Izzisgirl

      I'm sorry to hear that. It's a shame some people are so narrow-minded that they can't tolerate watching or listening to someone who believes differently than they do.

      April 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • Sir Craig

      It's a shame you put Steve's faded desire to see this film down as being "narrow-minded," izzizgirl. Maybe Steve doesn't want to support a movie where the studio tried so hard NOT to let the whole religious message come through. Might that have occurred to you, or are you such a knee-jerk reactionary that you automatically go into oppressed Christian victim mode anytime someone expresses a desire not to see a religious film?

      April 12, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  6. Cranky Athiests

    So many angry, anti-religious comments here! Funny how you people are so upset that "religious people" don't respect your right to believe as you choose, but you can't let other people believe what they choose. How have you personally and specifically been so wronged that you are so bitter? Better yet, how, as an athiest, have you made a more positive difference for others? Maybe try to be just a little bit positive sometimes.

    April 12, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • Sir Craig

      1. As an atheist I have made a positive impact on people's lives, simply by being a decent person who doesn't feel the need to guilt others into falling into line or using threats of a hellish afterlife to coerce them.

      2. As for all the "hateful atheistic comments," you might want to remember your own lesson plan, particularly Matthew 7:3-6, and take a look at some of these "christian" responses.

      April 12, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • Sir Craig

      Sorry, that should have been Matthew 7:3-5. Pearls before swine wasn't really part of the message I was going after.

      April 12, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • Lycidas

      The problem with the above comments is the confusion ppl get about being Christian. It's not about being good or evil. It's about being one with God. The good comes from him.

      April 12, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  7. Sir Craig

    I'm glad the movie was made with all the religious whatever in it, if for no other reason it should hopefully keep the loudmouth zealots quiet for a while (looking at you, Bozell). That said, I still won't be viewing it. Good luck with it.

    April 12, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  8. CM32

    "to air on the side of" ... are you kidding me? LOL Perhaps next time they could err on the side of proof reading.

    April 12, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • Izzisgirl

      Yeah . . . I sent them an email about that one.

      April 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  9. Godot

    Does everyone here realize that if you challenge anyones religion, or religous belief, then you are un-arguably a bigot by definition? You have a right to believe what you want to. Why not allow others to believe in whatever they wish? Don't be a bigot; don't be a hypocrit.

    April 12, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • kdawg

      This makes no sense. Just because someone voices disagreement, does not mean they are a bigot.

      April 12, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • Mohareb

      So if someone believes that God hates gay people, and I challenge this believe, then I'm a biggot? Or if someone believes that God has cursed dark skinned people because they believe that thay are descended from Cain, and I challenge their belief, then I'm a biggot? Or if someone believes that God wants adulterous women to be executed, and I challenge their belief, then I'm a biggot? Interesting philosophy you've got there.

      April 12, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  10. Nancy Shehata

    I'm a Muslim, not a Christian, but I can't for the life of my figure out why the producers wouldn't want to have an ACCURATE depiction of this family's religious beliefs. You can say all sorts of cuss words but not "the J word". Sheesh. This family's strength is a source of inspiration for all people. Another reason I hate H-wood.

    April 12, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • chris

      Well said, as a christian I appreciate your understanding. It makes perfect sense to want to show an accurate protrayl of any TRUE event. It's amazing to me that hollywood continues to dumb down their films and in turn dumbs down its viewers. If we all listened and accepted the truth we'd be much closer to acceptance.

      April 12, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  11. Ken

    I think it's very sad how many atheists are posting negative comments about a movie they have no clue about. They deride believers and bark for proof of God's existence, yet they have no proof he doesn't exist. I guess when they die and burn in eternal damnation, they will change their minds! Too bad it will be too late then...it's always better to believe in something and be wrong, at least you will be covered! 😉

    April 12, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • kdawg

      I have proof go-d does not exist.

      I prayed for her are to return. It did not. The bible promises that praying to go-d will deliver results. It did not. There are only two possibilities: 1) go-d does not exist. 2) The bible is a lie. Let's assume 2). Then we are told the bible is the word of go-d, we are also told go-d does not lie, therefore this contradicts that it is the word of go-d. If the bible is therefore a lie, and it is the only 'shred' of proof used to demonstrate existence, then we conclude again that 1) go-d does not exist. QED.

      April 12, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • pithymcgee

      You're promoting willful ignorance as a means to cover your backside from scary stories about bad things that happen when you don't do right by the imaginary man in the sky? Weak.

      April 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • FudgeMonkey

      First of all, Ken, a relationship with the Lord predicated on fear of "eternal damnation" is not a relationship. It is you doing something because you are afraid of the consequences of not doing it. (If I held a gun to your head, and demanded your money, you would give it to me. Same concept...do what I say, or suffer.)

      I don't think that worshipping a God, should be a fail-safe, "in case" sort of thing. I think any God worth worshipping, would see right through that kind of insincerity.

      April 12, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  12. IGNORANCE

    this is the reason why this nation will see times of trials as the months go by in this year... for abandoning their faith and relationship with God...there is no other way but to bring suffering so the eyes of this country can be placed back upon its creator!

    April 12, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • PraiseTheLard

      That's what I call true ignorance...

      April 12, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      "this is the reason why this nation will see times of trials ........"
      This nation SHALL see trials, because it has forsaken the God of it's fathers, and has loved the praise and flattery of men more then God!
      No nation has been blest By God as this one other then Israel of O.T.
      But just like they, this nation has forgotten who theLORD is! How can God reach this rebellious, ungrateful nation?....... when calamities and disasters happen then the proud will shut their arrogant mouths. Lord will get their attention! God will be glorified, even if it has to be thru tragedies!

      April 12, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  13. Dave

    In Hollywood, the only message most producers care to send are ones of profits to their investors.
    If making a Jesus-heavy Christian themed movie would guaranty at least $100 million in box office receipts, you better believe they would make it. In fact they would make two or three.
    It's all about appealing to the right amount potential movie goers who are perfectly free to choose which films to attend. Free market, plain and simple.
    I happen to be an atheist who is actually interested in seeing this film because I believe it's more about how she overcame adversity and got back in the water.

    April 12, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Cranky Athiests

      They wouldn't make The Passion of the Christ–Mel Gibson had to do it himself. I just wish he would have learned a better lesson from that experience...

      April 12, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  14. Stanky1

    Did god also guide the shark to her for its lunch?

    April 12, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • chris

      Yes he did. It is a part of her plan.

      April 12, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • kdawg

      Did you ever pull the legs of a spider when young and watch it try to walk around? You get the idea.

      April 12, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  15. Cubist Tut

    A good movie or book will provide information about the main character’s culture. Without it, people will not be able to understand the character or the story.

    April 12, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  16. Jack

    We need all religions to get along; Nothing can make this world better if we can't find equality of all religions. I help those who are hurt and I know that we are all the same no matter what we believe.

    April 12, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • kdawg

      Maybe we should all hold hands and sing songs around the camp fire. Come on, every deity based religion, by its very nature and definition is destined to want to eradicate all other religions that oppose or contradict it, no matter how small the contradiction.

      April 12, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  17. Buster Bloodvessel

    She was attacked by a shark. She went surfing again. Cool, but I don't see God protecting her or actually doing anything here. Doctors saved her life and sewed up the arm, and her determination got her back on the board. Get back to me when Jesus brings her arm back.

    April 12, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • Ken

      are you really that stupid?!?! all you ignorant atheists think that since God or jesus can't magically regenerate an arm that they don't exist??? I apologize that God didn't bless you with sufficient brain cells, but humans weren't designed to regrow appendages, idiot.

      April 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • Izzisgirl

      If you believe in a deity, you believe that that deity has a plan for you, not that your life will be perfect and you'll face no adversity. In Rabbi Kushner's book "When Bad Things Happen to Good People", he explains that G-d is weaving a tapestry and looking down at it, only G-d knows the what the final picture will look like. We can only see it from the back . . . the jumble of threads that don't make any sense to us.

      April 12, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • wrtrprod7

      Well, the point is God could regenerate an arm if He wanted to. But it's more of an expression of His glory if someone overcomes by faith in Christ. This young woman glorifies God by showing she doesn't necessarily need an arm. She just needs Him; he makes her whole spiritually. God provides everything. We need far less physically and far more spiritually in this life.

      That is the real message here.

      April 12, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • Sir Craig

      @Ken: "(H)umans weren't designed to regrow appendages..." Ignoring the FACT that lifeforms on this planet have not been designed, try asking yourself why your "god" holds humans in such low esteem that he didn't "design" them to regrow lost limbs, but feels that starfish, salamanders, flatworms, etc. ARE worthy of regeneration.

      Face it: Your "god" hates amputees, especially mammalian ones. Love your "christian" tone, by the way.

      April 12, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • Larry

      Faith and belief are strong healers, both emotionally and physically. Regardless of the existence or non-existence of a god to whom she prays, the mental notion of a higher being helped her deal with her tragedy and overcome the adversity of such a mentally crippling injury.

      Obviously, somebody as weak-minded as you could never understand these things. And just so you know, I do not believe in a god but do have strong faith in the power of will and emotional strength. However one chooses to channel these positive things is a personal choice and not one for you to deem appropriate.

      April 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Izzisgirl

      Gotta admit, he doesn't say he's christian ("c", not "C").

      April 12, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • kdawg

      wrtrprod7: I guess go-d figures it's more of a sport removing the arm and then sit back and 'watch what happens'. Sort of like when young kids pull of the legs of a spider to see if can still walk around after.

      April 12, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • @Ken

      Ken,

      First of all, God can restore her arm if He chooses to. By saying that He can't implies that He is unable to do so. That is incorrect.

      Secondly, as a fellow believer, I would hope that you would voice your opinion with love and compassion rather than contempt. Our Lord does not need you to attack His other children in defense of Him. I understand your strong passion and feelings, but vitriol will just push others away. There is not need for attacking.

      April 12, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • pithymcgee

      I think you mean we haven't yet evolved to regrow appendages. And, actually, we probably never will. Appendages that can be lost and regenerated are less structurally delicate and complex than those that are "perishable", so to speak. By the way, I always get a kick out of a Christian calling anyone else ignorant. Perhaps funnier, though, is your complaint about the logic employed. It was a joke. Satire, really.

      April 12, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • wrtrprod7

      Kdawg,
      I never said God pulled the arm off to watch what happens. You're obviously a bit immature and unformed intellectually. God may allow bad things to happen to good people to show people like you how to overcome.
      We're all going to have adversity, some more than others. It's how you deal with it.
      You can choose ant-God, secular nothingness. I choose to put my faith in a loving Creator and his Son.

      April 12, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  18. Mark

    I think you can see a lot about how the love of Christ molds you into a nicer happier more grace filled person just by reading through the comments of almost any article about Christ on CNN and comparing the tone of the comments from both sides...

    April 12, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • Sir Craig

      I absolutely agree with you, but not in the way you think. I've seen firsthand how the "love of Christ" has manifested itself in much of the faithful. I'll keep my atheism, thank you very much.

      April 12, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • kdawg

      It would have been a better movie if go-d had said 'sorry', and put her arm back on again. Seams sort of cruel to remove it just so she can make a sappy movie about the incident.

      April 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • kdawg

      Sir Craig: Right on. I would suggest most of the 'Real Americans' i.e. Aztecs and the like would also agree with you, as they died on the end of a Spanish sword as the Conquistadors gleefully speared them in the name of 'Christ'.

      April 12, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • Jon

      Mark, I hate to say it, but most people I have found that are intolerant and judgemental are christians. They have this feeling that they are better then everyone else because of the belief that they have someplace special to go to in the end and those that don't believe don't. Even christians that help in the community look down their noses at those they are helping. That's not graceful or nice, that's doing exactly the opposite of what the good book says. Judge not, less you are prepared to be judged. So, the real question is, are true christians being potrayed? Once you find one that is truly living God's word, point him/her out so I may meet one.

      April 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  19. Debbie

    wow, it never ceases to amaze me, that here, in America we have such intolerance still. I believe in God, but am not overly religous, I'm not even convinced Jesus was the son of God (I was raised to) but I believe in his teachings and philosophy. That being said, this movie is about this young surfer who has strong religous beliefs, whether you have the same beliefs or not, she does and she feels her faith pulled her through. If you don't want to see it, don't see it and shut up about it, she has as much right to her beliefs as anyone, and the movie is about HER. Case closed!!!

    April 12, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • Izzisgirl

      Go, Debbie!!

      April 12, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • FudgeMonkey

      I hope you are okay with people saying they did not enjoy the movie. I don't see that as an attack on Christianity. If the movie is not very good...it's not very good. There are alot of non-belief based movies that are lame, too.

      April 12, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Butch

      Religion has nothing to do with being a Christian and your walk and relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Religion is rules made by man, look it up, it's in your BIBLE.
      The scripture says put salt in it and make is palatable. If the Bible was written today it would not have a bunch of "Thous & Whomsoevers" it would be about people making mistakes, being forgiven and rising above to lead people in the right way of life. I think religion makes us forget that the people God used were not the "holier than thou" people that judge but the people that had actually been through the fire.

      April 12, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • Butch

      I agree FudgeMonkey...I believe that Jesus is my savior but he also gave us taste, in movies, music and food. If you have a Christian band you'd better bring it, it still has to be good music. I don't have to buy it or listen to is just because the singer are believers. Again, it goes back to the "Add salt" statement.
      If it is a good movie then so be it, we don't have to like it either if it is bad.

      April 12, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  20. Jesus

    THIS MOVIE IS ABOUT AS LAME AS ANY KIRK CAMERON MOVIE.

    April 12, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • mc

      Lame? The story of a beautiful 14-year-old girl who was attacked by a shark, lost her entire arm, but struggled back to become a champion surfer? This story is extraordinary. Now you want to talk about lame .... er, that would be your comment.

      April 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • Tom Cruise

      I agree, I read enough about this when it happened. Now, if in the movie she got back on her surfboard AND hunted down and killed the shark one-armed, I'd go see that.

      April 12, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • pithymcgee

      Christ, I thought you were down with the Kirkster... what gives? He's getting too clingy, isn't he?

      April 12, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
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