In a new documentary timed to coincide with Hollywood’s epic “Noah” film, the ever-engaging evangelist Ray Comfort asks one of the most provocative questions of our time.

Why do people use Jesus’ name when they curse?

In his entertaining and informative style, Comfort, the author of dozens of books, co-host of a TV show with actor Kirk Cameron and a guerrilla filmmaker, asks Americans on the street if they ever use the name of Jesus in this way.

Most do – or have.

Some are atheists. Others are non-Christians. Some even claim to be believers.

The follow-up question is why – why Jesus’ name?

Almost always the respondents are stumped. They don’t know.

He then asks if they ever use any other name in this way. Do they ever utter the name Muhammad as curse? How about Buddha? Or Allah? Or any other name considered holy by others?

The answer is always no.

He sometimes follows up with this: “What would happen if Hollywood used the name of Muhammad or Allah in such a way? Would filmmakers dare to do that? Would they get away with it? Would there be consequences for them?”

I don’t think I have to tell you the answers to that one.

Comfort’s latest movie is called “Noah and the Last Days.” I recommend it to everyone – believer or not. It raises some very thoughtful questions – not the least of them being this very thoughtful issue of why people so often profane the name of Jesus.

Think about it.

If you don’t believe Jesus was someone very special, the Son of God, the Messiah, the Lord, the Redeemer of mankind, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, Savior, why use His name this way?

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If you do, it makes even less sense.

If you don’t believe Jesus was someone very special, it makes no sense, either.

Why almost 2,000 years after the death of an itinerant rabbi in Israel would people take His name in vain so frequently and so universally?

It’s profound really. A question for the ages.

Jesus must have been someone very special, indeed – love Him or not, worship Him or not, acknowledge Him or not.

And, of course, He was. His historical significance cannot be denied. It was his birth, death and resurrection that divided time for all of mankind. The whole world sets its watch, or more precisely, its calendar, around His 30-something-year earthly human lifetime. History is divided into epochs of B.C. (before Christ) and A.D. (anno Domini, or year of the Lord). Almost no one seriously denies His historicity – a life more chronicled than any other.

And what does all this have to do with Noah?

I won’t even try to explain the connection. One never wants to ruin a good movie. And “Noah and the Last Days” is a good movie – fast-paced, thought-provoking, strong point of view. It will challenge anyone – believer or not.

It raises a question that deserves a thoughtful answer – or, at least, thoughtful contemplation. Honestly, I’ve never seen or heard anyone else do it before.

As we approach Passover and the time that Jesus suffered unspeakable torture and gave up His life as an atoning sacrifice for humanity before rising from the dead three days later, it’s good time to consider the possibilities.

Jesus’ life divides humanity today. We either accept Him for who He claimed to be or we reject Him.

He told us that would be the dividing line for where we spend eternity.

He was the One about whom the prophets spoke – proclamations that often resulted in their own deaths by stoning.

But how much do we really consider all this? How frequently do we ponder Jesus’ life and death? For how many of our lives is He really the Lord?

And if it’s not Him, who or what is it that we live for?

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