The famous actor grew up in a conservative Baptist family, but at some point he turned to apostasy (fall away from faith). In an interview he said:
“There’s a point where you’re un-tethered from the beliefs of your childhood. That point came for me when it was finally clear my religion didn’t work for me.”
This is a common pathway for people who turn away from faith. Their conclusion portrays a misunderstanding of the gospel, of faith and of God. They believe that the aforementioned concepts are religion. But religion is merely a man-made system and not to be confused with a saving relationship with God.
So they become angry with the religious establishment, and project that anger on God. Here is how Brad Pitt does not understand God:
“I didn’t understand this idea of a God who says, ‘You have to acknowledge me. You have to say that I’m the best, and then I’ll give you eternal happiness. If you won’t, then you don’t get it!’ It seemed to be about ego. I can’t see God operating from ego, so it made no sense to me.”
Clearly, Brad Pitt does not understand the gospel. He thinks that he has to do something like satisfying God’s “ego” to get salvation. There is no mention in there about the suffering and death of Jesus in the place of sinners. He conveniently left that part out, because surely he heard it hundreds of times in church while he was growing up.
Does the God who actually dies for his creation sound like the egotistical god portrayed by Pitt? Among His last words, Jesus said: Father, forgive them because they do not know what they are doing.
The ultimate act of love and unselfishness toward humanity is what illustrates the character of the biblical God.
But we must remember that God’s attributes of love and mercy cannot be separated from his divine wrath toward unrighteousness.
Ah, but it is this aspect that irks people like Brad Pitt. They would love a god without the standards of holiness and therefore without consequence to sin. But this is not the God revealed in the Bible.
The biblical God became shame and died for humanity in order to save believers. But at the same time the evil born in the fall of creation must be punished, otherwise God would not be consistent in his attributes.
And yes Brad Pitt, God is the best.