John Safran vs. God (2004– )

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In his most ludicrously ambitious project yet, world-famous media hooligan John Safran scours the world in search of God... AND FINDS HIM.... Or, at least, a lot of folk who believe they have.

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In his most ludicrously ambitious project yet, world-famous media hooligan John Safran scours the world in search of God... AND FINDS HIM.... Or, at least, a lot of folk who believe they have.

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John Safran maintains he has little to no recollection of the exorcism that was performed on him for the final episode of the series, and that his reactions during the ceremony were completely involuntary. See more »


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John Safran, this is the most amazing and honest journey!
18 October 2004 | by (Alice Springs, Australia) – See all my reviews

A Jewish boy from Australia with a sharp attitude gives many surprising twists as he savors the smorgasbord of religious diversity available to the curious and the committed.

John Safran has been spoiling to debunk just about every sacred cow in religion throughout this series. He dabbles with many different religious ceremonies, and usually ends up being involved in them, sometimes out of curiosity, sometimes out of pure rebellion.

At times John is willing to have a scoffing attitude, but when you REALLY end up taking on God, who will win? Scoffers beware!

John ends up providing the viewer with a fantastic spiritual journey that keeps you wondering, "What next, John?"

After seven episodes of 'travelogue' journalism, where John generally enjoys himself in his role of entertainer and humorist, we find the last episode to be the most provocative and personally honest experience in John's career and life.

He must have decided to leave the episode with the exorcist until last, knowing that there would definitely be some demons that needed exorcising. The truly amazing part of this episode is that with what seems like total honesty and trust, Mr. Safran gives himself over to be exorcised. He then goes through an incredible deliverance from demonic spirits that were inhabiting his person.

This final episode must be the most remarkable piece of experiential, expose or investigative journalism that has come out of Australia for a long time! For those who doubt the supernatural, the paranormal or just whether God or demons exist, John Safran can now no longer doubt! He has gone through an experience that has liberated his soul from all the demonic and idolatrous spirits in a most public way, embracing Jesus as his Messiah, and deliverer.

Not since Bob Dylan made the public aware that he had become a Messianic Jew (a Jew who believes Jesus as his Messiah or Christ) has a Jew in the entertainment industry been so honest and public about faith fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

Jewish people as well as followers of all other religious streams of thought will be confronted with the demonic and religious prostitution that is considered tolerable and acceptable throughout the world.

The exorcism John Safran goes through tears down the facades that cover the host of spiritual darkness found in the idolatrous religions that do not give Jesus Christ his rightful place as the One and Only Lord God. It is only through submission to Jesus Christ and repenting of spiritual unfaithfulness that John Safran, you, or I, could ever be truly set free and delivered from the enemy of our souls, Satan.

Like Bob Dylan, after publicly declaring Jesus Christ as his Saviour, John Safran may also find himself a pariah in the media and entertainment industry. This will not occur due to the quality of his work, but because of the industry's generally idolatrous infatuation with itself and because it promotes the embracing of any form of religion other than the personal life-changing Christianity as experienced by John Safran.

If no other work becomes available, the man who exorcised the demons has at least offered John a job as an evangelist when he tours Australia in the future. Now THAT could be some genuine reality TV!

Bravo, John Safran and the ABC.

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