History Channel

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History Channel 
history channel type media piece - serious but upbeat!

Should not sound too polished or advertising like.

The series will be called "unanswered" and will try to shine light on people's religious beliefs.

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“Unanswered…smoke, mirrors and God” The title of this project reflects the confusion that many of us have about God. The definition of smoke and mirrors is, “Cover-up: something that is intended to draw attention away from something else that somebody would prefer to remain unnoticed.” (Bing dictionary) It is the intention of this study to free people from religious demands and from performing for God and others in hopes of being “good enough for God”. We think that by working through the entire study, you will get a fresh, perhaps new perspective, as to how God loves and equips us to make a difference in this world beginning with our own families at home, in the church or at the workplace. 
2014-02-28 00:48:31 GMT
2014-03-06 21:00:00 (GMT -08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) 
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Student or Non-for-profit student project - USD 200
Via TV, Internet: USA
4 Minutes
English - USA and Canada
Young Adult Male OR Middle Age Male
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There are no special pre-, post-, or production requirements for this project.
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This is a non-union project

Script Details

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One of the consistent answers we have heard from those whom we have interviewed about religion and say that they are exhausted. The inability to measure up to others expectations is certainly not an exclusive issue related to matters of religion but religion has historically done a better job at identifying what is wrong about each of us as opposed to what is right, healthy and OK even with our imperfections. Calling this inability to measure up a scandal might seem far-fetched because it is far more subtle than what we typically identify as major scandals. Scandals usually infer to the BIG SINS like affairs, abuse, fraud, or some form of an expose’ of public failure. Our research indicates that there is a much more subtle but just as dangerous scandal that has been gaining momentum in nearly every culture of the worlds religions. This is a much more penetrating subject when we measure our findings as to why people would rather not participate in a system that constantly points out their inability to meet the lofty standards of goodness, holiness, spiritual health and even love from others. At the core of this issue is a common theme that is running through nearly every religion. Yes, indeed all of the world’s religions do have many characteristics in common. This subtle scandal is the notion that achieving and maintaining good behavior means a less angry god. It’s a logical way to think, especially for those of us who have felt the pain of failing people that we look up to for acceptance. Religion for some people is the appropriate pathway to acceptance and favor while others it’s nothing more than a handed down tradition that feels right and looks good. Then there are those that believe religion is the building block to different forms of eternal rewards. It’s easy for most us to conclude that every religion is an invention by humans to control and manage behavior. That’s the common ground for nearly every person that has either had a bad taste of the god they thought they know or even worse there are those that have spent most of their life in a belief structure but don’t know why they really believe what they profess to be truth. So is there more to God and spirituality than picking the right belief pathway to bet your eternity on. The weight of this is gamble is overwhelming especially when you have tasted or experienced a form of religion that in the deepest part of your soul you know is either a lie or filled with cracks. Even worse is those that have taken the challenge to speak up and ask their respective faith leaders how they can be sure that what they teach to be absolute truth – only to be given answers that are nothing more than conjecture, tradition and without any form of proof. From our research it appears that every religion shares two common themes:
First that good behavior and good performance equal a happy god and a reward when we die, but only if our good behavior outweighs our bad behavior. Others would simplify this theology by saying it is about “living a good and moral life”
Secondly that from the top of the religious food chain all the way down to the ordinary participant – the vast majority of those whom are convinced that their religion and god is absolute truth cannot explain why. They just believe what they believe and can’t defend how they have arrived at their eternal lottery pick.
So, have we all have become performance addicts? It makes sense. We’ve been trained from an early age to be drawn close to those people or things that gives us approval and satisfaction. From our parents melting with smiles and applause at our first steps or the loud cheers of acclimation when we score a goal – we earn some form of affirmation. From the beginning every culture and human being has shaped by the presence and approval of others. We live to seek the affirmation of people and long term this approval-driven performance often comes with a price tag that is more expensive than we first understood. Our research “Screams” that this is most people’s view of religion and god. The pressure is on from the moment we first learn that our performance is tied to receiving something - especially love. It’s only natural to believe that this is the character of a higher power that is either pleased or dis-pleased with our behavior and achievements.
So what happens when individuals bring this attitude of approval-driven performance their faith exploration? Is it possible that good performance doesn’t equal religious or eternal nirvana?. We set out to explore these tough questions that were outlined in the previous segments only to find this common thread of performance as a basis for earning things – especially love – as the one true god people have been taught to look to. “If we are a better person our God of choice will have to love us more. – right?”
What if there is a God and his love for us had nothing to do how well we live life? Is this ludicrous? How can the only thing that all religions promote and agree on - is that performance is the master to our destiny? Is it really all up to us?
What if the truth is that every religion is no more than a system for those at the top to control those who seek approval and love while lining their own pockets or at the very least feeding their own need to be known and appreciated? While this might sound too far-reaching, it’s not so easy to dismiss. Until it can be dismissed or affirmed we are pressing on in our search for the answers to our toughest questions about all major religions claims. 
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