Although mankind may be divided by location, language and culture, one common thread knits the races together: a belief in God.
That’s the premise of the upcoming six-part NatGeo docu-series “The Story of God,” hosted and produced in-part by Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman, which attempts to shed light on how cultures around the world view the Divine.
Freeman says he had preconceived notions about the world’s religions before beginning the documentary.
“Of course … I had preconceived ideas [about religion],” the actor told The Christian Post at a preview screening for the documentary earlier this month. “I didn’t change them … I just learned a lot about different cultural approaches [to religion].”
The series will carry viewers to 20 different cities across seven countries, including Egypt, Mexico, Israel, India and the United States.
Freeman, whose admitted fascination with God led him to portray Him in movies like the 2003 hit “Bruce Almighty” and its sequel “Evan Almighty,” told CP that he hopes audiences will see “the positive aspects of religion. How much [similarity] there is, as opposed to difference[s].”
One such similarity that’s highlighted early in the documentary is a belief in the afterlife, which is seen as a universal concept spanning many of the major religions.
A fisherman at sea who goes overboard and loses consciousness while submerged claims to glimpse the afterlife, and recalls seeing “millions of fragments of light.” Light is a common theme in near-death experiences. He also hears a voice tell him, “This is not your time.”
While the fisherman remained in the land of the living, in Egypt, where Freeman makes his first stop, the living and the dead coexist — separated only by the Nile River.
Accompanied by a guide, the 78-year-old actor tunnels through the ancient tomb of Egyptian Pharaoh Rameses III. As was the tradition of the pharaohs, they documented their actions and achievements through deep carvings in stone — the deeper the carvings the greater likelihood that future generations could read them and speak a pharaoh’s name, adding to his sense of immortality.
Freeman touches these ancient incriptions, likening them to how information seemingly lasts forever on the Internet. The walls of royal pyramids and tombs were also inscribed with spells meant to enable a king to join gods like Ra, the sun god, among others, in the afterlife.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post