For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah…
I walked in late to the media premiere for the movie Noah. I had no idea that they were waiting on me to start the movie. Opppsssss. They checked with Paramount and ok’d my entrance to the movie. I sat with my new Co-host of Power Talk Rick and we talked with a nervous energy excited to see what all the fuss was about.
There is nothing I love more than seeing the power of my amazing God on display. I couldn’t wait to see His glory fill the movie theatre in theatrical effects that only the money from Hollywood can bring. I was particularly interested in the movie Noah because I studied at length his life in the fall as Noah and the flood is the first account of faith recorded in the Bible. I studied it backwards and forwards and knew little details that only comes with hours of searching for the answers that are hidden between the words of the most precious Bible. Last fall, I sat amazed at the details that had been omitted from the story that I have heard for almost thirty – four years. Details that if truly revealed would leave you speechless as it did me for almost an entire day in October.
The lights dimmed almost immediately as I took my seat. And it began…the first scene was a picture with text running through it as if to set you up for the story you were getting ready to watch. I knew then, I was gonna have a tough time with this movie. Why, you ask? It clearly communicates that demons were cast out of heaven and become rock monsters. That’s right, rock monsters… I had to take a deep breath as I was only 3.5 minutes deep in the 2 hour action packed thriller. The story unfolded as if man was the great enemy, which might I say, is true.
Here it is in scripture:
5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 The Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
In the days of Noah, “Every intent of the thoughts of his heart was ONLY evil continually.” This to me is an incredible statement. I might say that the movie did give a good depiction of the wickedness of man kind throughout. The movie portrayed Noah as having a dream that God was going to destroy the earth with water, the text in the Bible says that God spoke to Him and told Him…things I notice due to my study. I began to understand that this movie was gonna make me mad when Noah enlisted the demon rock monsters for help in making the ark. Yep – the demons helped Noah and his family build the ark, because of course there was a good demon. From that point on, almost nothing matched the biblical description of the account of Noah except for there was rain, and ark and at the end there is a scene where Noah was drunk. The movie even puts Cain on the ark, there is a huge blood bath and of course Noah, the hero kills him.
If you are going to this movie and know and have studied the scriptural account of the story of Noah found in Genesis, you will leave mad. The name of my great God was never mentioned…He is referred to as the “Creator”. Only His wrath is portrayed, not His love.
If you are going for pure entertainment and really don’t care about the Bible, you might like the movie…BUT here is where I have the problem. Hollywood has drawn conclusions and added in details to an account that is most sacred to my faith. This was the first act of faith mentioned in the pages of the Bible. One that if thought about will leave someone speechless. A man believed God so entirely that he built a HUGE boat to save every living type of thing. The act of faith is tremendous, but not more tremendous that a merciful God that could have destroyed everything and decided to save some. Unfortunately, people will believe that there were rock demons that help build the ark and that Cain was actually on the ark. Don’t forget the fact the Noah almost killed his own grandchildren on the ark…oh my, I could go on and on.
Let me end with this, Gods word is the most exciting book written. I am not surprised Hollywood wanted to do a movie over the story of Noah, because it is mind blowing, but let me challenge you there are thousands of other stories that are just as exciting in the pages of the Word. Not only that, there are answers to every need you have. The Bible changed my life and if read, will change yours too. I have rarely heard someone complain after truly digging in to pages of scripture, more often then not, they are transformed.