Movie Study Guide

Every film maker is guided by a worldview that informs his or her work.  We believe the Bible is the only source that coherently answers the major questions of life… Where did we come from? Where are we going? What’s the meaning and purpose of life? Who defines morality?

Charmed By Darkness touches on all these questions through the dramatic true story of Roger Morneau, a demon worshiper who became a Christian author and prayer warrior.  As a young lad, Roger couldn’t reconcile the teachings of his church with those of the Bible.  He decided that God was a tyrant and walked away from religion for the same reasons many others have.  Fortunately, he found the truth about God and the Bible.  The companion program – Beware of Angels – is titled after Roger’s final book.  Through sobering true accounts, the film exposes many “faces” of the original lie (“You will not surely die.” Genesis 3:4).  This free 14-page Movie Study Guide (PDF) provides an in-depth study on death, afterlife and archangels.  The following provides some of the details from the Movie Study Guide.  We pray it provides you with the same clarity and hope that it gave Roger in 1946.

The Truth about Death, Heaven & Hell

Ask 10 people what happens when you die, and you will probably get 10 different answers. But the Bible gives solid, rational answers revealing not only what happens when you die but also how to face death with hope and confidence. Jesus Himself holds the keys to Death and Hades (Revelation 1:18). And He says: “Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power” (Revelation 20:6). The first resurrection is the resurrection of the righteous. The second death refers to final death, eternal death. In John 5:28, 29 Jesus describes these two resurrections. To the righteous, Jesus promises “There will be no more death” (Revelation 21:4). God will bring about a final and permanent solution. That’s the great hope Jesus offers to whoever accepts Him as Savior and Lord. But what is the nature of death exactly?

After a stressful day, how comforting is it to know that you can sleep tonight, resting from your labors? Isn’t it strange and beautiful to wake up and not know about the passing of the night? The Bible teaches that death is but a dreamless sleep that lasts until Christ’s second coming. More than fifty times, Bible writers consistently describe death as a sleep. Death is not the end of the road – it’s a dreamless sleep in the arms of Jesus.

“So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David”
– 1 Kings 2:10

“Consider and hear me, O LORD my God; enlighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death.”
– Psalm 13:3

“…’Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.’…Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking of taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.’”
– John 11:11-14

You may think, “Ok, but they go to heaven or hell after death, right?” Well, let’s look at some often misunderstood words and concepts about the nature of man, and then study for yourself and pray about it. It really is a crucial issue. Remember the first lie? — “…Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die” (Genesis 3:2-4).

The concept of mind-body dualism (soul/spirit separate from the body) is not a Biblical teaching, but came from Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle. The Bible presents a holistic view of a person, beginning at creation:

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”
– Genesis 2:7

That word “being” comes from the Hebrew word “nephesh” and literally means soul, creature, living being, individual, etc. Wherever the word “soul” is used in the Bible, it refers to a person or the life of that person, but they are never separate entities. The New Testament writers carry this same view that a life or a person is the same thing as a soul. In Matthew 16:25, 26, the same Greek word “psuche” is used for a person’s life and soul. Put simply: I don’t have a soul, I am a soul! In this life, souls live and then souls die.

“The soul [nephesh] who sins shall die.
– Ezekiel 18:4 (repeated again for emphasis in verse 20)

“And they struck all the people [nephesh] that were therein with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them.”
– Joshua 11:11

“Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.
– Acts 2:41

“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”
– Matthew 16:25, 26

When God made Adam, He breathed the spirit or breath of life into his nostrils, and he became a living soul (Genesis 2:7). In Ecclesiastes 12:7, Soloman says the exact opposite occurs at death: “Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.” What goes back to God? The spirit or breath. The Bible never says a conscious soul goes back to God. When a man dies, the breath of God, or the power of God—that spark of life—returns to Him.

“As long as my breath is in me, and the breath of God in my nostrils.”
– Job 27:3

“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead.”
– James 2:26

The actual root word in the Greek is “pneuma,” a word which means “breath” or “air.” We take our English word “pneumonia” from pneuma because it is a disease of the lungs, or of breathing. We have pneumatic tires, also derived from pneuma, because they have air in them. But that same Greek word “pneuma” also has another meaning. It means “spirit.” For example, the Greek term for “Holy Spirit” is “Hagios pneumatos,” “Holy Breath” or “Holy Spirit.”

This brings us to a very interesting conclusion. The words “breath” and “spirit” are often used interchangeably in the Bible. Job said, “All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils” (Job 27:3 – KJV). Job was describing the same thing by the words “breath” and “spirit.” Man has only breath in his nostrils. In fact, that is what God breathed into man’s nostrils at the time of creation. “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man BECAME a living soul” (Genesis 2:7).