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Biblical Critique of 'Noah' movie 2014

Noah Movie 2014


Genesis 6:5-8

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

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Paramount Pictures
Russell Crowe as Noah
Paramount Pictures

The word has gone out that this latest Hollywood movie about the Biblical story of Noah had been diverted from the actual account in the Book of Genesis. Of course, this is not the first time that Hollywood has not remained true to the Biblical narrative. While there might be room for some literary license, when it comes to the Biblical narrative it is always best to remain as true as possible. After watching the official movie trailer, this writer found it fascinating to think of the mighty fountains of water erupting from the reservoirs of water within the earth. So this writer has been waiting for the release date of March 28, 2014 to arrive to see exactly how Hollywood would handle this particular narrative in the Holy Writ.

Well, after seeing 'Noah' was interesting. They certainly departed from the Biblical narrative in many ways. The plot opens up with Noah having a vision of the events in the garden of Eden and the subsequent fall of man and how wickedness spread across the face of the earth through Cain's lineage. They picked up the imagery of the 'Watchers' from the 'Book of Enoch' but turned them into rock-like transformer-type creatures, who at one time were angelic beings.

Genesis 6:17-19

And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee. And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.

Noah has another vision; this time he is under water and all of the animals are swimming upwards towards the ark. Some of the biggest departures from the Scriptures is that there are only 6 people on the ark, instead of 8 which would include wives for Ham and Japheth. Plus Tubalcain, an evil man has somehow managed to climb onto the ark and later tries to kill Noah. This is the same man who killed Noah's father many years prior when he was still a boy. Plus, Noah's grandfather, Methuselah, seems to be able to practice some sort of magic or miracles and touches Shem's wife's abdomen and heals her barren womb. When Noah finds this out he tells Shem that he must kill the baby because Methuselah was attempting to undermine the Creator's judgments upon mankind. Noah believes that even they are being judged and will someday die without being able to replenish the earth with new children.

Genesis 7:2-4

Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.

However, if you can look past some of the blatant departures from the biblical narrative, the cinematography is awesome and does bring new ideas to light as to how the Lord Almighty brought forth the waters from the deep. This writer has long thought that God put the animals into some sort of stasis or hibernation for the duration of the judgment upon the earth. It was interesting that Hollywood chose to think this as well and depicts the animals coming onto the ark and immediately laying down and going to sleep. The flood scenes are well worth seeing this movie, if only for those. The 'Watchers' were really far-fetched and thus unbelievable. They did include Adam and Eve in one brief scene; and because God said that He had made them in His image, they were depicted as beings that had light emanating from within which was an interesting tidbit.

It's still worth viewing this movie even if you have to overlook Hollywood's transgressions against the Written Word of God.

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