Posted by: biblestudyseattle | April 14, 2014

The Noah Movie

The Noah Movie is a loose account of the biblical story. That’s being generous. It’s clearly an attempt to twist the story. In it, the fallen angels help Noah build the ark. They are said to have tried to help Adam & Eve (how is not described), and were banished to earth by an angry, vengeful ‘creator’. “The Creator” is referred to numerous times. One is left with the impression that this impersonal God is capricious, angry, and mysterious. Noah has a very bad dream whereby he senses that ‘the creator’ is going to destroy the world. He’s not sure why. He even goes so far that near the end Noah thinks even he and his family are being punished! Only the animals are innocent. As the flood approaches, Tubal-Cain leads an army of people trying to rush the ark. Then the fallen angels (in the form of giant stone monsters) defend the ark. Tubal-Cain actually makes it onto the ark. Both Ham and Japheth do not have wives. Shem’s wife gets pregnant and gives birth on the ark. Then Noah is about to murder the babies! There is so much wrong with the movie, it’s hard to know where to start.

Clearly, God was not vague to Noah about what was to happen:

“Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch. This is how you shall make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its breadth fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. 16 You shall make a window for the ark, and finish it to a cubit from the top; and set the door of the ark in the side of it; you shall make it with lower, second, and third decks. Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish. 18 But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 19 And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. 20 Of the birds after their kind, and of the animals after their kind, of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive. As for you, take for yourself some of all food which is edible, and gather it to yourself; and it shall be for food for you and for them.” Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.” Genesis 6:13-21

God was not mad at Noah. Just the opposite:
“These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God.” Genesis 6:9

In the movie, Noah kills a lot. Although the bible is silent on this, we can infer that this was not the case.
“For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;” 2 Peter 2:4-5

Here we’re given the reason for the flood. This is not brought out in the movie. The movie has God and Tubal-Cain as bad guys. The fallen angels are good guys. Noah is both a good and bad guy. Such moral ambiguity is probably not an accident. And the serpent is a bad guy, yet there are several scenes with snake skin used in blessings! Apparently that’s a little luciferian.

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