The 12 Biggest Lies

DVD Release: October 25, 2010
The 12 Biggest Lies
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Synopsis

Every person on the planet walks around with opinions based on what they think they know, and those opinions direct how all of us act and react. But very few ever question the substance that forms those crucial opinions.

Follow popular actor Kevin Sorbo (“Hercules,” “Andromeda,” “Soul Surfer”) as he introduces some of the world’s leading scientists, historians, theologians, philosophers and authors, as they tackle the world’s “12 Biggest Lies.”

Dove Review

“The 12 Biggest Lies” focuses on the topic of truth, and the logic of the experts who exhort viewers is hard to argue with. Hosted by Kevin Sorbo, this documentary makes it crystal clear that some things are true whether a person agrees or not. The film opens with the example that kids are often devastated when they learn they have been lied to. We are also given a Francis Bacon quote: “People prefer to believe what they prefer to be true.” Another powerful quote is by Winston Churchill: “Truth is precious.” Or, as Michael Spence, Dean of Students at the School of Biblical Evangelism, says, “Truth is telling it like it is.”

The topic of truth is examined in the light of biblical truth. Truth is powerful for, as Andrei Sakharov said, “I once believed the bomb was the most powerful weapon on Earth but I discovered that truth is the most powerful weapon.” And as author Michael Coren is quoted, “Truth offends people.” But if it offends people, does that prevent it from being the truth?

The documentary makes nice use of humor. When people tell author Michael Curen that there is no such thing as absolute truth, he asks, “Are you absolutely sure?” Simple but profound truths are included as well. When Mark Spence is told, “You shouldn’t judge,” he asks, “Isn’t that a judgment?”

The film focuses on the truth, its consequences, the depravity of man and his need for a savior. If no laws are required in the world, what would a lawless soccer game look like (as an example)? Yet those who follow God’s laws find “truth” in them. The theme seems to be what Brent Thompson, UP Legal Services for Insight for Living, says: “Respect other people’s opinion—but somebody’s right and somebody isn’t.” This documentary covers a dozen lies, including the idea that the world is over populated so abortion is not a bad thing, that Americans are greedy and self-centered, that Jesus was just a good man, and nine others.

We are delighted to award “The 12 Biggest Lies” our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages 12+. It is a powerful look at today’s world, its lies, but the constant truth of the Bible.

Content Description

Sex: Two men are seen holding hands in a photo.
Language: H (as a biblical place)-1 (seen on a sign).
Violence: Blood is seen on doctor's hand during surgery; photo of skulls; photo of dead bodies on the ground; talk of Anti-Semitism and both Jews and Christians being killed; soldiers seen with rifles; animated blood is seen on an image of Gaza.
Drugs: Cocaine is seen being prepared for use or sale; image of a needle in a person's arm.
Nudity: Cleavage in a scene and a photo; shirtless man seen in a photo; shirtless man in a painting; computer image of the famous thinker and he is shirtless, thighs seen; photo of nude baby girl gazing into mother's eyes; pregnant woman's stomach seen; Time magazine cover features painting with woman from a foreign country with breasts seen.
Other: It's mentioned that one person can often stop a Nativity scene from being displayed; comments about various issues and how some people call an unborn child a "fetus;" woman comments that she got over a date rape but not the abortion she had; it's stated a man almost committed suicide but became a Christian.

Info

Company: Cloud Ten Pictures
Writer: Andre Van Heerden
Director: Andre Van Heerden
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 90 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter