The Facebook posting was simple but it was shared over and over again.
"Monday, we are having a FREE show for 'GODS NOT DEAD' at 4 o'clock ... A local business man bought out the theatre so everyone gets a chance to watch the movie. This is for anyone, none believers and believers!"
With that, more than 280 residents were in attendance at Shelby Theatres in Coshocton to see "God's Not Dead" last Monday.
"Anyone who wanted to see it, got to watch it for free," said owner Kim Lowe of Shelby Theatres.
A local businessman, who wants to remain anonymous, said he felt that God wanted him to do this, Lowe said. The businessman wanted everyone to watch it.
The movie, "God's Not Dead," is based on a college student's belief in Christianity where he challenges his professor's curriculum.
Present-day college freshman and devout Christian, Josh Wheaton, finds his faith challenged on his first day of philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson. Radisson begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on that first day, or face a failing grade. As other students in the class begin scribbling the words "God Is Dead" on pieces of paper as instructed, Josh find himself at a crossroads, having to choose between his faith and his future. Josh offers a nervous refusal, provoking an irate reaction from his smug professor. Radisson assigns him a daunting task: if Josh will not admit that "God Is Dead," he must prove God's existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments and evidence over the course of the semester, and engage Radisson in a head-to-head debate in front of the class. If Josh fails to convince his classmates of God's existence, he will fail the course and hinder his lofty academic goals. With almost no one in his corner, Josh wonders if he can really fight for what he believes.
"God's Not Dead" was released March 21 and is still available in select movie theaters.