By Mochen, United States
This is a heart-shaking documentary, and infinite mysteries are hidden inside it, which we need to experience and understand with our heart. In connection with the facts, the documentary reveals the mysteries that have always bothered mankind, such as the origin of all things, who is in control of the fate of mankind, who has driven the progress of human history, etc., and leads us to search for the origin of all things and of mankind.
Is mankind really in control of its own fate?
The documentary gives the answer to this question. Starting with the six junctures that a person must pass through in life—birth, growing up, independence, marriage, bearing and raising children, and death—it presents man’s whole life before us, which allows us to clearly know the mysteries of life. Although the birth of a new life brings a family boundless hopes and the process of one’s growth is replete with joy and happiness, life is not always happy, and quarrels and fights are an indispensable part of it. In this documentary, the scene of the family fighting with each other for the property title which reads “an everlasting possession” makes us feel overwhelmed with emotion. The greed in their eyes actually once appeared in the eyes of each of us, so we can surely imagine how enticing this “everlasting possession” is. However, have we ever considered this question: Even if we get it, then what? Life is so short, can we really be in possession of the property forever? We surely know this reasoning, but one generation after the other, we humans still strive against one another endlessly. Although in the documentary, what those people fight for is material possessions, in life there are many other things that we pursue, such as fame and fortune, position, and wealth, etc. Those who have experience will tell us that there is actually no eternal interest, and that all material things are temporary; nevertheless, generation after generation of people still strive tirelessly to gain them and pursue them, painful yet powerless to break free.
The little path and the tree in the documentary are profoundly meaningful. Just like spectators, they witness the lives of people throughout the ages, bidding farewell to one generation and then welcoming another. Young people leave home to attend school or make a living elsewhere, and after running to and fro for half a lifetime, they become someone who stands by the tree seeing off their children and then welcoming them. What mixed feelings do they have when they see the younger generation repeating their stories? When watching this, do you also remember the path and tree in your memory? And did you ever make great wishes under the tree? Time zipped by, and now they are still there. It’s just that the one to be bidden farewell and welcomed has become someone else and we have gone far away. But in their eyes, this world has never changed.
The lyrics say, “Those who die take with them the stories of the living, and those who are living repeat the same tragic history of those who have died. And so mankind can’t help but ask itself: Why do we live? And why do we have to die? Who is in command of this world? And who created this mankind? Was mankind really created by Mother Nature? Is mankind really in control of its own fate?” These words reveal the mysteries of life, and meanwhile, each of these questions strikes our heart and provokes us into thinking deeply. After watching the microcosm of the six junctures in a human life, will we still have no answers to these questions?
Whom do humankind and all things depend on for survival?
The documentary shows us the answer. All things and living beings—from the vast heavens of the universe, the paths along which celestial bodies travel, and the formation and disappearance of planets to all living beings in the natural world, majestic natural landscapes, and the changing seasons—and the laws of them, which mankind has explored for so long, communicate an important message: There is a Creator whom we have never beheld or known; He created all things in the universe and also controls and manages everything. Regardless of whether it is human beings or other living beings and all things, whether it is the visible world or the unseen world, all this has been developing methodically under the guidance of this Ruler.
Corrupted by atheist thoughts and viewpoints, perhaps many people have a lot of theories to refute the fact of God’s universal creation. In fact, the argument between theism and atheism has lasted for a long time. There is no need for us to find evidence to prove there is a God, nor is there any need to prove that God doesn’t exist, for whether or not God exists cannot be explained clearly by these theories. When we observe nature carefully, when we experience our everyday life with our heart, we will naturally be able to see and feel there is indeed a Mighty One commanding and calling upon everything. Just as the lyrics say, “He is the One who has never been beheld by man, the One whom mankind has never known, in whose existence mankind has never believed, yet He is the One who breathed the breath into mankind’s ancestors and gave life to mankind. He is the One who supplies and nourishes mankind for its existence, and guides mankind up to the present day. Moreover, He and He alone is whom mankind depends on for its survival.” And this One is the Lord who created the heavens and the earth and all things—Almighty God.
Who has driven the progress of human history?
I once read a passage of words: “The development of mankind, social progress, the development of natural sciences—each is inseparable from the arrangements of the Creator….” At that time I did not understand what these words meant. It was not until I finished watching this documentary that I gained some knowledge of them. Most people might think mankind follows a natural progression and has developed to today generation after generation. But in fact, the development of all mankind is intimately connected to God’s work.
Through studying ancient books, we can see that the ancient Roman Empire was once so prosperous and then fell so oddly. For many young people of today, it is full of mystery. Little do they know that the ancient Roman Empire rose up and was founded for the spread of Christianity, that its golden age was ushered in by establishing Christianity as its national religion, and that it was destroyed due to its persecution of Christians. The foundation, prosperity, and destruction of this vast empire, which spanned Europe, Asia, and Africa, dominated the Mediterranean, and ruled over about one fifth of the global population of the time, are actually all closely connected with God’s management plan. It was the same with the rise and fall of the British Empire, an empire “on which the sun never set.” By the early 20th century, England had conquered one quarter of the earth’s territory and its people, successfully and effectively driving the development of mankind. Then, after completing its mission in history, England headed into decline. The USA is a superpower in the world, and both in economy and military, it is a world leader. So what makes it so powerful? And why has it continued to interfere with world trends? Just as this documentary tells us: On the basis of adhering to its founding principles of freedom, democracy, and equality, God bestowed upon the US the role of the “global police.” The rise and fall of the ancient Roman Empire and British Empire and the rise of the USA make us clearly see the roles these superpowers play in history. All of these show forth God’s authority and sovereignty. Through this documentary, the history is unfolded before our eyes, which allows us to see the truth of history.
The Christian musical documentary The One Who Holds Sovereignty Over Everything shows us what work God has carried out among mankind from the creation of the world until now, allows us to see where exactly mankind comes from and where we are ultimately going, as well as what is behind the ups and downs of a country or nation. Though what the documentary presents is only a microcosm of human development, it’s sufficient to make us see that everything is ruled over by the great hands of God. This documentary, which reveals the truth of the history to the utmost limit, not only widens our knowledge but also allows us to have a deeper knowledge and understanding of God’s actions. From both the pictures and captions, we can feel God’s sincere feelings toward humanity. Of course, the messages this documentary wants to convey are far more than our perceptual understanding of it, and there are still a lot of information that we need more time to digest. But no matter what and how much we have gained from it, to us it is precious.
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