After a high profile spit with his wife and
a battle with the bottle, Ben Affleck has opened up on the role his faith in God
plays in his life.
Affleck spoke with ErwinMcManus at Mosaic
Church in Los Angeles ahead of the release of his latest movie, “The Way Back”.
He shared how he still goes to church on Sundays with his ex-wife, Hollywood
actress Jennifer Garner.
Affleck’s battles with alcohol became public when a video of the star heavily inebriated went viral. From there, Garner checked him into rehab. But his children are put first, and he and Garner are working together to ensure that their loves are as normal as possible.
“Faith is something I have, and it’s also
something that has been a struggle for me,” he told McManus on stage. “Going to
church: I really find Christian teaching beautiful and moving. The hard thing
for me, when I struggle, when I suffer, when I see things that are painful, I
have doubts. How is there a God that allows this to happen?
“The idea that God, Jesus, loves us and forgives us, all of us, everybody — all the people that you know and think are great and all the people that you wanna judge and be angry at. So if God loves all of us and encourages us all to love one another and not to judge one another, to forgive one another, I find that incredibly moving, because that’s really God setting an example for us for how we might be.”
In “The Way Back”, Affleck plays a widowed, former basketball all-star struggling with addiction and attempts to comeback by becoming the coach of a disparate, ethnically mixed high school basketball team at his alma mater.