Bruce Almighty challenges the popular perception of God as
an almighty being who oversees the universe, yet who
mystifies us by not intervening to stop bad things happening
in people’s lives. It is hardly surprising that many people
have already rejected the notion of such a perverse deity.
The sad thing is that such an image of God is remote from
the reality. God is not some sort of divine puppet-master.
Instead God loves mankind unconditionally and calls people
into a relationship. This is seen most clearly in and through
the person of Jesus Christ through whom God entered into
humanity. God longs for mankind to respond in love, yet
never forces mankind to do so. Each person is free to
accept or reject God’s love.
1. Why is Bruce upset with his life, and in particular God?
2. What signs did Bruce see that might have been from God?
3. Describe any of the Biblical references made in the movie.
4. How does Bruce use his newfound powers?
5. What happens when Bruce gives everyone what he or she wants?
6. What does Bruce realize about the powers and role of God (once he has
been given these powers and role)?
7. What lesson does Bruce learn about free will? How is this an issue for
God as well?
8. Bruce’s initial image of God seemed to be one of an almighty, all-powerful
being who could intervene to make the world a different place. How does
this perception change by the end of the movie? How did Bruce change?
9. Did you find Bruce Almighty offensive in any way ~ if so, how and why?
1. The address for Omni Presents is 77526 23rd St. Can you find the hidden
Biblical or religious reference in those numbers? Hint: #’s on a phone
2. God (played by Morgan Freeman) plays three roles in the movie. What
are they and what do they symbolize?
Do you think God sends us signs? How?
Have you ever been through a time in your life when you think you ignored signs, but
recognized them later?
Why doesn't God just come out and tell us stuff?
How do you think the world would be different if there were no free will or if God directed
every detail of life? How would your faith be different?
What do you think about the comment, "it was God's will," in response to things that
happen in life? What's the relationship between God's will and our free will (a gift from
Have you ever prayed for something and not received it? Have you ever discovered later
that it was good you didn't get what you wanted?
How do you recognize an answer to a prayer?
God also says, "People too often ask me to do things for them that they can do
themselves." Do you think this is true? Have you ever prayed to do well on a test? What
other prayers might be about things that people could or need to do for themselves?