Noah The Movie

Well, there sure has been a whole lot of buzz about the new “Noah” movie. I’ve heard both positive and negative things about it. And from what I’ve seen and heard the movie is nothing like the real story found in the Bible.

In the movie, Noah is presented as a demented individual who cannot figure out what God (or the Creator) wants from him. He looks like (and his family considers him) to be a madman.

In the Bible, Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD (Gen. 6:8), and is described to us as “a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God” (Gen. 6:9). Also the Bible presents Noah as someone that understood exactly what God expected of him, and so “Noah did according to all that the LORD commanded him” (Gen. 7:5).

In the movie, Shem gets a wife. Noah abandons Ham’s prospective wife. Shem’s wife conceives and gives birth to twin girls while on the ark. In fact, as disturbing and troubling as it may sound, Noah seems to think his mandate is to murder his granddaughters in order to cause all of mankind to cease.

In the Bible, we simply read – “On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark” (Gen. 7:13). Furthermore, we read of no babies being born during their entire time on the ark (Gen. 7-8).

In the movie, as one critic described: “they avoided using the word “God” and instead used the word “Creator” and demonstrated a very aggressive agnostic and environmentalist agenda. The movie clearly presents the fact that God destroyed the world because of man…but it seems to be because of physical, environmental pollution.”

In the Bible, the world that then existed was destroyed because of the wickedness and corruption of mankind (Gen. 6:1-7, 11-13). The fact of the flood and a few of the names are about all the story line has in common with Scripture.

Let us always rely on the Bible for the truth (John 17:17). Let us use this as a teaching opportunity in our conversations with others (I Peter 3:15). And let us all be reminded that “the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men” (2 Peter 3:7).