Will the real Noah stand up, please

Prov. 30:5-6, “Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.  Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.”  As I read this verse, I remembered something that happened a few years ago.  A friend told me a movie called “Noah” was available for rent.  I did not pay much attention to it because I know they are always factually inaccurate, but a few days later, he called and told me it was a “terrific” movie.  I was surprised because I had read online that it was simply horrific.  Intrigued, I decided to watch it after all.  Now, I was not expecting much, honestly, but to say that I was appalled is an understatement.  It was a Hollywood adaption of a Bible story, so I expected a fair amount of creative liberty.  However, nothing could have prepared me for what they did to one of the most beloved Old Testament stories.

God had become upset with the people He had so lovingly created.  Gen. 6:12, “…And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.”  In the next verse, He tells Moses the following, “…I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth.”  We all know the rest of the story, but there is one more verse I want to quote.  Gen. 7:13, “On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark.  It is a relatively simple story that could be impactfully retold on the big screen with all the available technology used in moviemaking presently.  But, nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to this incredibly inaccurate “version” of the story.  To say the plot was lost in the making is a gross understatement.

Not once in the movie is the word “God” ever used.  Instead, they use the word “Creator.”  I assume that was to give the film a broader appeal and inclusiveness to increase viewership, but that is not where it ends.  Noah wants to kill his family after entering the ark because he is convinced the “Creator” only wants the animals to survive.  True to the modern trend, the woman (his wife) assumes the leadership role and prevents him from destroying the only humans left.  Also, only one of his sons had a partner when they entered the ark, and the king of that time was a stowaway on the ark.  This nonsense takes “based on a true story” to a never-seen-before level of ludicrousness.  That king would actually try to kill Noah at the movie’s end.  Oh, and let’s not forget that the king convinced one of Noah’s sons to help him kill his father.

Also, there are fallen angels called “watchers,” who are fantastical creatures that look like walking rocks, apparently “loosely” based on imagery from the book of Enoch.  As if all that is not weird enough, Methuselah blesses the one son’s partner so that she could have a baby after being convinced by Noah’s wife to intervene.   Absolutely nothing is the same as the Bible story other than the name Noah, an ark, and animals.  BTW, in the movie, the animals are put to sleep with some magic smoke potion, and a huge furnace rages in a confined space on this wooden ark.   It is said that people think stories that are so far from the truth are good.  They are not.

Here is the problem with this story (other than the inconsistencies).  Like with the movie series “Left Behind,” many people will look at this movie and assume it is factual, leaving the viewer with a completely incorrect view of a powerful story of humankind and our undeserved second chance.  The damage these movies cause in the name of Hollywood’s politically correct, financially driven films is incalculable.  Not that they care, but there will come a day of reckoning.  Save your money and read the story for the only reliable source, the Word of God.

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