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Sunday Dialogue: The real story behind the epic film ‘Noah’

Russell Crowe as Noah
Russell Crowe as Noah

Other than money and acclaim, why do you suppose Darren Aronofsky made a film about a story found in the Bible? It apparently was not to enlighten people about the flood and the reason for it as found in the Genesis of the Bible.

It apparently was not intended to be a warning of times to come; or an incentive to live better lives or to lead a person to God.

Critics of the film say that people must remember that this is a fictional account of what is broadly misinterpreted from the scriptures.

Back in the day (1951) when the film, David and Bathsheba, came out there was also controversy surrounding such a film based on a story from the Bible. It was said anytime you combine the Bible with sex and sin in a movie; it is apt to be a box office success.

While the Bible covers many aspects of the man, David and his relationship with God, the movie tends to reflect on the human/man side of David. The movie, Noah, seems to do the same thing – it is more about man than about God.

With two blockbuster actors playing the lead parts in, David and Bathsheba - Gregory Peck and Susan Hayward - a large attendance would be assured on the mere premise of their popularity; so is the movie, Noah, with the starring role played by actor Russell Crowe.

What works in Hollywood and brings in the dollars will continue to be produced. And that will be no exception in the case of the new (2014) movie, Noah.

Movies have always been used to plant subliminal messages in the minds of the viewers – hidden messages that are not the main thrust of the story; but nevertheless affect the thoughts of those watching.

The director of Noah, Darren Aronofsky, did not set out to make a movie teaching the Biblical account of the story found in Genesis; nor about God. But in doing so, he has brought to the forefront the idea of the story; and the real message from God to man.

You can read his biography on Wikipedia to get an insight into the types of movies he has produced and perhaps the story behind his life that would encourage him to undertake such an adventure as Noah.

According to Wikipedia he is described as an American film director, of Jewish descent, and has received acclaim for his often surreal, disturbing films that have generated controversy and are well known for their often violent, bleak subject matter. He was in a “partnership” with Rachel Weisz, an actress, (2001-2010) and together they have one child.

The critique of the movie will vary according to who is doing the critiquing. While this movie is of epic proportions, it should be noted that it is not all that Biblical; but entertaining if you like extreme action and conflict.

While the Bible is about God, this movie seems to be more about the environment, other progressive thoughts, and is centered on the depiction of Russell Crowe’s Noah.

Christians will want to know what benefits this film might have for them. Hope103.2 offers the following as part of their critique.

“Once again, though, the value of a film like 'Noah' will rest in who it identifies as the key character. The Genesis account clearly makes the flood, God’s story: it is God who decides that the world has become too evil to be tolerated; God who selects Noah; God who instructs him on building an ark; God who brings the creatures; God who shuts the door; and God who sees humanity’s life raft to a safe destination.

Noah never speaks; God gets all the best lines. Noah the film preserves some of these elements but in the end – despite Russell’s assertion, “I’m not alone!” It’s hard to see it as something other than one man’s triumph over an evil world. The real god in this scenario is the human spirit. But as the lights come up we would do well to remember that Jesus directed our minds back to Noah in order to point them forward.”

Forward to what? The Cross! The Cross is the Ark that will ultimately save all those who enter in.

While it only takes God about fifteen minutes to tell the story in Genesis, it takes Hollywood two hours and eighteen minutes to tell a slightly different version of the true Biblical account. Can we say that is stretching a point?

The Guardian critique gives an in-depth scenario comparing it to other epic-type of movies by saying that Noah has more in common with the traditions of sci-fi and fantasy than with the Ten Commandments.

The movie brought in an estimated 44 million dollars at opening and will continue to rake in those Hollywood dollars as people go to see it more out of curiosity than for a Sunday School lesson.

For those of you who would like to understand a more Biblical based account of what the Bible depicts as true and with a purpose to teach, admonish, and warn the world about the consequences of sin, you will find a great article at

Whether you have seen or intend to see the movie, you would do yourself a favor to have a better understanding of what the real story is all about; while learning the purpose of the story and why it is part of the Holy Bible. If not, you may be allowing yourself to be brainwashed with subliminal fabrications.

Excerpts from Bible.Org:

“The familiarity with the story is the greatest obstacle to our benefiting from a study of it in Genesis. We come to the text with our minds made up, thinking that there is little or nothing new about it that should change our thinking or behavior.”

Apparently, this study was written prior to the movie.

“For example, we would suppose that the theme of the story is that of judgment and destruction and, to a degree, this is true. Hollywood would make much of this event. We would see all kinds of sinful acts graphically portrayed on the screen. When the plot could no longer sustain lust producing scenes, the focus would turn to destruction and violence. Families would be severed by raging torrents. Mothers would be torn apart from their babies. Buildings would shatter and collapse in the deluge.”

This study is divided into four parts:

Preparation (Genesis 6:9 thru 7:5)

“While the flood was intended for the destruction of mankind, the ark was designed to save Noah and his family and to ensure the fulfillment of the divine purpose for the creation and the divine promise of salvation of Genesis 3:15.

The Preservation of Man and Animals (Genesis 7:6 thru 8:19)

The ark, now complete, having been constructed over many years, according to the divine design, is entered at God’s command by both man and animals. Before the flood began, God shut the door.

I would imagine that had God not done so, Noah would have opened it to those who later wanted in, but the day of salvation must come to an end.

The Promise (Genesis 8:20 thru 8:22)

Noah’s first act upon setting foot on the earth was to offer sacrifices to God. It was a further evidence of his faith, and surely an expression of his gratitude for the salvation that God had provided.

In response to the sacrifice of Noah, God made a solemn promise. I want you to understand, however, that this was a commitment made within the Godhead—it is a promise God resolved to Himself.

The Meaning of the Flood for Mankind through all the ages:

First of all, the flood is a reminder to us of the matchless grace of God. While unbelievers found judgment, Noah found grace.

The difference between Noah and those who perished was their response to God’s grace. Those who perished interpreted God’s grace as divine indifference. They concluded that God neither cared nor troubled Himself at the occasion of man’s sin.

Here is the irony of our day. As in the days of Noah, the perishing unbeliever looks at life as it is and asks “How could God be there at all and not do anything to right things—to set things in order?”

“He concludes that God is either dead, apathetic, or incapable of dealing with the world as it is, disregarding the warning of II Peter 3:8 -9.”

“But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow about His promises, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” II Peter 3:8-9

This would be an excellent time for ministers, missionaries, and Sunday School teachers to teach the real meaning of the flood and the ark that God instructed Noah to build.

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PS: Christians and Muslims unite as they condemn the multi-million dollar epic according to MailOnline

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