e film opens with a text from the Bible – Ecclesiastes 7:13 “Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what He has made crooked?”

If you’re looking for a typical sci-fi film then this is certainly NOT the film to see! There are no aliens, none of the typical sci-fi weaponry like laser guns and transporter beams and no extraterrestrial, super human powers. However, if you like films that are futuristic then this is must see. Set in the future, where humans are genetically engineered to be perfect, a two tier level of humanity has been produced where “faith children” (also called “God-children”) who are not engineered are treated as subservient to the genetically engineered children. So much so, that in the film women take swabs of their lips to catch the saliva from a potential husband’s kiss in order to have the DNA analysed, to assess their positive and negative attributes; pianists are engineered so that they can play pieces “that can only be played with 12 fingers”. Of course these leads to discrimination. I found this film somewhat unsettling because it was too close to home – there is the potential reality of such a world. I think the start of such a development may be found in the Human & Embryo Bill that is up before Parliament as I write this. This is a Bill that has ethical framework built into it, allows inter-species embryos to be created, would allow the cultivation of tissue for use in donor transplants, allows for sex selection in unborn children, does require the need for a father and opens up the possibility of sperm distributing internet companies.

All that aside how did I tackle this film in a film & theology “service” at church? I usually break the group up into smaller groups and give each group different questions. Here are my questions:


Should the Christian hold a high view of human life, even at the embryo stage? At what point is a cell a living soul? By taking a high view of life do we affirm the worth of each individual—no matter how small—to God? How important is that when discussing Christ with un-believers?

· Read Ephesians 2:10; Matthew 13:44-46


An increasingly popular idea is that humans are “programmed” to behave a certain way. A common argument of a homosexual person is that they can’t help how they feel because they were born like it. What happens when this takes places and is accepted as the norm? How should the Christian respond?

· Some verses to ponder: Psalm 51:5; Psalm 58:3; Ephesians 2:3; Genesis 8:21; Proverbs 22:2; Acts 10:28;


To what extent are we controlled by our genes? What choices do we really have? What would you say to a friend who believed themselves to be solely a product of their DNA and with no true freedom?

· Consider these verses about freedom: Psalm 19:13 John 8:32; Romans 6:18; Romans 8:2



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