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Hollywood vs the Bible

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Noah is the biggest Biblical tale since The Passion of the Christ to make a huge impact on the box office. Let’s be honest here. Even if you don’t think the Bible is true, it has a plethora of juicy stories that can easily make money for Hollywood. It has all the elements of a great story: love, betrayal, death, deceit, redemption, war, political intrigue and so many “Oh my holy cow, they did that!” moments.

It’s hard to be biased about this article because I come from a church-going family and still attend occasionally because I like it. Contrary to the stereotype of a sweaty man preaching about hellfire and brimstone and the stain on the Baptist name thanks to Westboro, church can actually be pretty fun and low key. No one has picketed gay pride parades or told another person that God hates them. I know. Shocking. A few weeks ago my pastor said that with movies such as Noah, Christians should really lower their expectations in going to see it. Afterward, he asked my opinion on it, which made me feel super cool. It was kind of like if the principal singled you out and gave you an ice cream cone because you made valedictorian. Anyway, I completely agreed with his statement.

Hollywood has never been a fan of the Bible and therefore it doesn’t take the content seriously. Even actual fairytales get better treatment than the #1 book of all time. Why in the name of Caesar’s ghost would someone who is a believer go in thinking that Hollywood will make a two-hour movie based on the Bible and have it come out correct? When have they ever done a true story right? Or even a fictional one for that matter? For every Passion of the Christ, there will be a hundred Noahs. That doesn’t mean you should boycott it. After all, you can still appreciate the effort of the cast and crew making a visually stunning movie without losing your faith – and if you do question your faith based on a Hollywood version of events, then perhaps you need to re-examine your life choices because no one should be basing their opinion on anything this industry puts out. Should Christians be offended at there being no mention of God? Of course. This is a Biblical tale where God kind of plays a pretty important part. It would be like leaving out the resurrection scene in Passion. Without it, the movie doesn’t make much of an impression. The story of Noah is about a man’s faith in God; Hollywood’s faith is put into box office numbers.

And this is where the core problem of Hollywood flirting with such Biblical stories lies. Hollywood is not religious. It’s the place where you sell your soul for fifteen minutes of fame. They don’t care about whom the movie offends; they only want the ones who are willing to pay the price to see it. Having a story about a flood that wipes out everything is a prime opportunity for an environmental message rather a spiritual one. But what else would you expect from an industry that thrives on shock value rather than content? Hollywood is a whore. It separates truth from its natural habitat and manipulates it for the price of admission. You might as well try to mix fire with water.

People may laugh at the idea of God and you know what? That is their right. Just like it is my right to believe. In an age where disagreeing with something means you hate it, Hollywood stokes the flames of discord by turning Biblical stories into their versions of what happened (perhaps it’s the lack of originality that has made these stories ripe for the plucking). The movie has caused splits down the factions of not just Christians but other faiths. That is when you need to step back and say, “Did I really think they would do it right?” The answer is always an “LOL. Nope.”

What I’m trying to say is that Christians and any other faiths should never let Hollywood divide them. It’s a movie. The end. If you really want to a proper showing of it, then make one yourself because Hollywood will never do it for you. And if you ever think they can, just remember: this is the same industry that thought Prometheus was worth releasing.

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