The Movie “Noah” – Assaulting God’s Children For Fun and Profit

English: A photo I personally took of Darren A...

English: A photo I personally took of Darren Aronofsky when he visited San Diego to talk about his upcoming movie “The Wrestler.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is official. We live in a world where “tolerance” for just about anything is heralded like it is the national motto. Almost everyone goes out of their way to be careful not to offend anyone about anything. That is, unless the group of people you are offending is Christians. Christians, it seems, are fair game for any sort of denigration, disrespect, ridicule – whatever suits you. Darren Aronofsky (director and co-writer) and company are shamelessly making a fortune at the expense of the sensibilities of Christians of today, and of Christians of days gone by. If he had made a comedy about all of the Christians that were murdered and even made into human torches in the time of the great persecution of the first century, I suppose that would have been worse. But not by much.

Never before can I remember being conscious of frowning so much during a movie. Never before can I remember becoming so angry at the makers of a film while watching it. I wanted to leave before it ended many times. But I forced myself to stay until the closing credits.

I wanted to like this film – truly I did. From the day when I first saw the previews, I had high hopes that at last a film was being made that might do justice to the story of the second biggest event since creation. Don’t get me wrong, I knew that it probably wouldn’t be true to God’s word. But I was willing to overlook a lot of that in hopes of seeing something besides a small fishing boat with a giraffe’s head poking out of  the top. What I got instead was about two hours of disregard for the truth, disrespect for God, and ridicule for believers of His word. It is unimaginable to me that Aronofsky’s intention was not to offend me, my brothers, and my sisters.

English: God's conversation with Noah. Series ...

English: God’s conversation with Noah. Series History of Noah. Français : Conversation de Dieu avec Noë. Série Histoire de Noë. Polski: Rozmowa Boga Ojca z Noem. Seria Dzieje Noego. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In fairness, there are some things that they did get right, whether by accident or just for the sake of good film segments. I would give them a “B-” on the animals making their way to the ark. There were far too many that appeared to be the same “kind,” in my opinion. But their appearance and entrance to the ark was spectacular. I would give a “C+” also on the size of the ark. Estimates are from the measurements in the bible that it was equal in volume to about 520 railroad cars. This one seemed much smaller, but it was quite massive nonetheless.

I would have to give them an “A” on many aspects of the flood, including an attempt at portraying the opening of the “fountains of the great deep” (Genesis 7:11). In fact, that was one of the things that had attracted me to the movie in the previews. And they get extra points for recognizing the flood as a global event (something that some of our own brethren cannot get right, believe it or not).

I perhaps could have gotten past the Nephilim. There is so much misunderstanding of this term (largely because of the bad translation of the King James version) that I suppose getting that part right would have been too much to ask in any case. But these guys appeared to be the product of J.R.R. Tolkien. At several points, I really thought the Hobbits might make an appearance.

For 120 years, Noah built the great ark, as God had commanded. Noah was an example of obedience (Genesis 6:14-22).

For 120 years, Noah built the great ark, as God had commanded. Noah was an example of obedience (Genesis 6:14-22).

Unfortunately, those creatures are not the worst of the errors and distortions of this movie. “The Creator” uses the big bang to create everything, and man’s presence is explained with the unscriptural viewpoint that we know as “theistic evolution.” But is the movie “Noah” as bad on the level of distortion and blasphemy as “The DaVinci Code?” Absolutely. God (who is only referred to as “the Creator” throughout the film) is depicted as being cruel and viscous.

And He doesn’t even give Noah the instructions he needs about what he is supposed to do or how he is supposed to do it.  Instead, Noah has to rely on his grandfather (Methuselah), who is represented as some sort of sorcerer (as if God would allow a practice He condemns to be used in such a purpose). And incredibly, the serpent’s shed skin is kept by Adam and Eve, and handed down through the generations as some sort of magic juju that they use to “bless” their families.

Noah is depicted as a murderous psychopath even at the beginning of the film, and it got worse (Genesis 6:9 says that “Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God“). And he purposely allows a girl who may have otherwise become his daughter-in-law to be brutally murdered. Noah himself comes very close to murdering his own infant grandchildren in their mother’s arms while on the ark. When he stops himself at the last minute, he declares that he has failed “the Creator” by not completing the task.

You see, Noah had figured out that “the Creator” was destroying man because of what they had done to the earth (not because of sin), and that he intended for the innocents (the animals) to be the only ones to ultimately survive. He and his family were to die off without reproducing. In the end, Noah decides to further “defy” the Creator, and it is his idea to tell his family to “be fruitful and replenish the earth.” The only time Noah prays is when he decides that he must murder his unborn grandchild if it is a girl. But who can blame him? Every time he looks up into the heavens asking “the Creator” what he is supposed to do, he gets no help at all.

After the flood ended Noah sent out a raven, then a dove, to search for dry land (Genesis 8:6-12).

After the flood ended Noah sent out a raven, then a dove, to search for dry land (Genesis 8:6-12).

There is much more that I could say about the distortion of scripture and the blasphemous nature of this film. In the end, one might say “what is the harm? It’s only a movie.” There is much harm. Anyone who does not know the truth, as well as those who have always thought of the Bible as a book of fairy tales, will from this Tolkien-esque abomination, see nothing but reinforcement of that opinion. Those Christians who themselves have never been taught the reality of the great flood will have every reason to have doubt cast on the scripture’s account, in light of this depiction.

I am not advocating a boycott of the film. For one thing, as is the case with most boycotts, it would be ineffective. But should a Christian go ahead and see this movie simply for its entertainment value? I do not believe so, and must recommend against doing so. We are expected to be “a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people” (1 Peter 2:9) – not conformed to this world (Romans 12:2). I cannot see any justification for throwing financial support for something that openly contradicts God’s word and even His righteousness itself. There are better ways to entertain one’s self. And as far as Noah is concerned, I recommend the book. It’s much better.

I also recommend a secular book for anyone interested in some good analysis of the ark itself and the time Noah and his family spent with it – “Noah’s Ark: A Feasibility Study” by John Woodmorappe.

(This year’s reading plan for Luke, Acts, and 1 and 2 Chronicles averages just 15 verses per day – 5 days per week!)
Schedule for this week

/Bob’s boy
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Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Bible Reading Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com.

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Genesis 9 – God’s Covenant With Noah

God blesses Noah and his sons, and where he had previously given man the plants to eat, now God has also “given” man the fish and creeping things to eat. But man is forbidden to eat meat with its blood because life is in the blood. There will be more on that from God and from Moses later.

God establishes a covenant with Noah, his offspring, and with every living creature. He will never again destroy all life on the earth with a flood. Note that He does not promise there will never be ANY floods, but that the earth will never again be destroyed with one – even more proof against the suggestion that it could have been a “local” flood. Note also that in verse 13, God does not say that he just now set his bow in the sky – that rainbows didn’t exist before. We do not know whether the scientific properties for such had been already created or not.  He is simply saying that now it shall be sign of this covenant.

Ham’s sin against his father Noah was disrespect and humiliation. Noah’s curse of Ham’s son Canaan foretells the judgment that will later befall the Canaanites. We will read much more of Canaan’s line.

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Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com.  For questions and help, please see the “FAQ” and “Summaries” pages there.
/Robert

Genesis 8 – The Flood Subsides

When we compare beginning in 8:13 with chapter 7, we can see that Noah and his family were in the Ark for a year before the waters subsided enough that God sent them out. A log time indeed. We know that every creature, man or beast, that was not on the Ark had died. But imagine the force and destruction of a flood of that magnitude for that many months. Such a disaster would leave permanent marks on the earth, and in fact it did. It is pretty easy to find them when you look at the world through your Christian eyes.

God makes lots of promises in this chapter and in chapter 9, and He always keeps His promises. One promise not often discussed is made in verse 22 – that we can expect the world to behave in a consistent manner. There will be seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night. God holds the universe together, as he reminds Job in Job 38, and as is stated in many passages such as in Heb 1:3 and Col 1:16-17. Even scientific experiments themselves are only possible because God made the world to behave in ways that we can depend on to be consistent!

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Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com.  For questions and help, please see the “FAQ” and “Summaries” pages there.
/Robert

Genesis 7 – Global Flood!

The day has finally arrived. God commands Noah to go into the Ark with the other 7 members of his family and shuts them in with the animals. Then he opened up the “fountains of the great deep” and “the windows of the heavens” (v 11) for 40 days. The waters prevailed on the face of the earth 150 days (v 24), but that was not the end of it, as we will see in chapter 8.

Many have tried to say that this was just a local flood, but that simply is not the case. Note in verse 20 that the mountains were covered 15 cubits deep. Secondly, if it was not a global flood, why would God have Noah build this massive Ark at all? Just tell him where to travel to for safety! Also, there would be no need to include the birds. If it was just a local flood, the birds could fly and land on dry ground or trees in another location. No, this was a global flood of catastrophic proportions that we can see evidence of even today when we look at it honestly.  Note again that “Noah did all that the Lord had commanded him”.

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Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com.  For questions and help, please see the “FAQ” and “Summaries” pages there.
/Robert

Genesis 6 – Increasing Corruption On Earth

This chapter’s reference to the “sons of God” marrying the “daughters of man” is the subject of much confusion to some.  It is simply a reference to Seth’s line of people that were “calling on the name of the Lord” inter-marrying with Cain’s line of evil.  The world was full of violence and evil and God had decided to start over.  That brings us to concentrate on Noah.  Noah found favor with God.

We go to bible class as children and we see the cute little pictures of the Ark – some refer to it as the “bathtub Ark.”  Scholars much smarter than I am say that the truth is that if you take the measurements of Genesis 6 that God told Noah to build, and apply the smallest known length for a cubit (usually about 18 inches), the size of the Ark is about the equivalent of 522 railroad cars in volume!  I’m not sure how accurate that is, but it is much closer than the cartoon pictures are. Ships have been built on the model of the ratio of dimensions of the Ark (see article at Apologetics Press website).

We do not know what a “kind” means, as far as the animals are concerned. The classification system we have today for genus, species, etc. did not get defined by man until a couple of centuries ago. We just know that two of everything listed of the beasts of the field and birds needed to re-populate came to the ark by God’s instruction.  We note here Noah’s complete obedience and “walking with God”, and how God takes care to deliver on his promises.

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Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com.  For questions and help, please see the “FAQ” and “Summaries” pages there.
/Robert