Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman says he is in search of the truth about God and he is looking at everywhere possible including churches, mosques and temples for “the truth.”
Freeman has played the white-suited God in Bruce Almighty and Evan Almighty, but then, does it qualify him to talk about God especially as he claims he is not a religious person? If not, who is qualified to talk about God?
He said “I have always been fascinated by God. Why do people all around the world worship their God or gods so differently?”
“The Story of God with Morgan Freeman” is a new film for which he’s host, narrator and executive producer. The film premieres April 3 on National Geographic and in Spanish on Nat Geo Mundo.
In this film, Freeman appears to have a lot of questions about how God actually works. Like where do we come from? What’s our purpose on earth? Why does evil exist? And where do we go when we die? As a result, Freeman visited the world’s holiest sites to produce the show.
He travels to religious landmarks in seven countries – including Jerusalem’s Western Wall, India’s Bodhi Tree, Guatemala’s Mayan temples, Egypt’s pyramids and a Neolithic settlement in Turkey that dates to 7500 B.C. – According to Freeman, this gave him the scoop on the similarities and differences among different faiths.
Freeman states: “I’ve sung the call to prayer at a mosque in Cairo, taken meditation lessons from the Buddhist leader of the oldest line of reincarnating Lamas, discussed Galileo with the head of the Papal Academy of Sciences and explored the first instructions for the afterlife rendered in hieroglyphs inside the pyramids… The constant … is that we’re all looking to be part of something bigger than us.”
The Hollywood megastar Morgan Freeman surprised worshipers who saw him at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church when he stopped by for a Sunday service last December. 78-year-old Oscar winner referring to his visit to Lakewood Church said “In the Houston megachurch I connected somewhat,” Freeman said “I was encouraged to think positive. You don’t just get some things just like that! You have to go do it to get it. God’s plan for us is to succeed.”
“Just hearing him(Joel Osteen) lift I don’t know how many thousands of people,” he explains. “He wasn’t preaching, he was merely saying, ‘God has given you everything you need to succeed in life, now it’s up to you’. Don’t get up in the morning saying, ‘Oh, I have an audition for a job but I know I’m not going to get it for whatever [reason]’. Negativity breeds failure. God has given you tools. God has given you talent, God has empowered you.”
As a child, “well, I think I’m like most people. You grow up with God. My grandmother was a studious believer and a church goer.” However, Freeman felt much less of a connection to God when attending church as a youth. “I went to churches only it never caught hold. At 13, I stopped.”
“We are all in search of our truth,” Freeman adds. “I found that a very unifying and surprising revelation as I was on this journey.”