John Lennon: Genius

“Genius” is a new and chilling movie based on the life and tragic murder of John Lennon, legendary pop star and founder of The Beatles. Ray Comfort, “Genius” producer and author of The Beatles, God and The Bible, states: “Many think that John Lennon was a musical genius. His music has crossed cultures and even generations–the Beatles have sold more than 2,303,500,000 record albums, and in June of 2012 they hit number one on iTunes.” The Beatles aren’t simply a rock group from a by-gone era, but they are appealing to a whole new generation. Comfort adds, “That’s what John Lennon did. He pushed the musical envelope of creativity.”

In September 1980, just before he was murdered, John Lennon said in an interview: “Everyone always talks about a good thing coming to an end, as if life was over. But I’ll be 40 when this interview comes out. Paul is 38 — we’re all relatively young people. The game isn’t over yet. Everyone talks in terms of the last record or the last Beatle concert — but, God willing, there are another 40 years of productivity to go.”

Ironically, the famous singer was shot outside his New York apartment, The Dakota, on December 8, 1980 – at the age of 40. The gunman, Mark David Chapman, was a psychologically disturbed individual who claimed to be a Christian (i.e., “Thou shall not kill.”) and was obsessed with The Catcher in the Rye. Chapman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. As of 2012, Chapman remains in prison, having been denied parole seven times.

Today marks 32 years since John Lennon was murdered. His death was one of the greatest wastes of talent ever. He had recently written the song “Starting Over,” which sounded like a wish for a change in his life and a promise for a new tomorrow. It’s sad, too, because he was returning home with his wife Yoko Ono that night and the two obviously loved each other dearly. It would have been great to have heard what John Lennon came up with next, and to see how his views matured. Perhaps he was even on the verge of becoming a born-again Christian; now we’ll never know.

A lot of people hated his liberal philosophy, but not too many people know that John Lennon met Paul McCartney while at a church function, or that John was a choirboy. At the height of their fame in 1967, the only “religion” The Beatles were seen practicing was  the Transcendental Meditation technique they learned from their spiritual advisor, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Yet in 1980 John had moved from proudly stating that they were more popular than Jesus, to humbly saying “I was brought up a Christian and I only now understand some of the things that Christ was saying in those parables.”

In an article titled “John Lennon: Republican? Theist? Anti-Evolutionist?,” conservative Christian theologian Gary DeMar of American Vision wrote: “Recently we’ve come to learn that Lennon was embarrassed by his early political and social radicalism. Fred Seaman, who worked with Lennon from 1979 to his death on December 8, 1980, claims that the music legend “was a Ronald Reagan fan who enjoyed arguing with left-wing radicals who reminded him of his former self.'”

In a series of interviews published after his death, “[t]he man who famously called for imagining a world with ‘No religion’ also jettisoned his anti-theism,” Jordan Michael Smithof The American Conservative writes. “‘People got the image I was anti-Christ or antireligion,’ he said. ‘I’m not at all. I’m a most religious fellow. I’m religious in the sense of admitting there is more to it than meets the eye. I’m certainly not an atheist.’”

The Beatles, God and The Bible by evangelist Ray Comfort offers fascinating insight into the spirituality of the Fab Four. Ken Mansfield, who is an executive at Capitol Records and was the first U.S. manager of the Beatles’ Apple Records, wrote the forward to Comfort’s book.

Ray Comfort’s newly released documentary film “Genius” takes a look at the spiritual side of John Lennon, and offers another perspective on why he thought the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ. Like the “180” movie, which has received millions of views on YouTube, “Genius” features video footage of Comfort approaching people on the street with his unique evangelism style. The 34-minute movie was released just in time for the 32-year anniversary of the day Lennon was shot. Watch it for free online:

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