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December 22, 2011

The Difference Between God and Santa

Cute movie, but a big mistake. I’m John Stonestreet and this is the Point.

A few weeks ago I caught the original Miracle on 34th Street on TV. While trying to convince a small girl to believe in Santa, her mom says, “Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to.” Ironically, the existence of Santa is finally legitimized by presenting evidence, however. Thousands of letters delivered to Kris Kringle at the courthouse by the authority of the U.S. Postal Service.

In the 1994 remake, they changed the final scene. Santa’s lawyer in his best attempt to defend his friend asks, “Which is worse? A lie that draws a smile or a truth that draws a tear?” And then the judge dismisses the case against him under the reasoning that if the U.S. Government could say God exists with no evidence, he could say Santa exists with no evidence too.

Cute movies, but don’t let these lines pass by. Use them to teach your kids how faith in God rests in truth, and how the evidence and common sense suggest He’s not just Santa. For, I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

Miracle on 34th Street Court Scene (1947)

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