If you haven’t gone to see it, don’t waste your money — unless you want to see why the director called “the most unbiblical Biblical story ever produced.”
Darrren Aronofsky’s assessment of “Noah” is certainly an accurate one. In most movies — even those that spring from a best-selling novel — there’s usually some poetic license taken, i.e., a deviating from the original script. But, in the case of “Noah,” there’s hardly a resemblance between the Biblical account and this Hollywood version.
I’d read reviews on the movie and most Christian critiques were quite critical. In fact, Ken Ham, a leading creationist, said the new blockbuster, starring Russell Crowe, is an insult to Christians: “Ultimately, there is barely a hint of Biblical fidelity in this film. It is an unbiblical, pagan film from its start.”
And, boy, was he right.
My wife and I went to see it primarily because I wanted to see for myself how much it deviated from the Genesis account. It didn’t take very long to find out, for right at the outset there’s a scene where Noah’s father, Lamech, is killed by Tubal-cain, an eighth-generation descendant of Cain, who killed his brother, Abel. There’s nothing in the Bible about this; in fact, it says Lamech died at the ripe old age of 777 (Gen. 5:31).
From Lamech’s death until the end of the movie, the film distorts the Biblical story in a variety of way. It depicts Noah as a dark, foreboding individual whose vision of building the ark comes after drinking some type of magical potion. Later on in the film, he leaves the girlfriend of his son, Ham, to die by being trampled on by an advancing army. Consequently, Ham began to hate his father and ultimately leaves the family without having been cursed by Noah after seeing his nakedness after getting drunk (Gen. 9:20-27).
It’s clear in Gen. 6:1-7 that the reason God destroyed everything on the earth with the great Flood was because of man’s rebellion against God and inhumanity to man; yet, Aronofsky’s version blames it on man’s sin against the environment.
The Bible also clearly states the only ones aboard the Ark were Noah, his wife, three sons and their wives (Gen. 7:7). But, in Tinseltown’s version Tubal-cain breaks into the Ark as the Flood waters rose and later attempts to kill Noah after killing several of the animals aboard the Ark. And, there was only one other female on the boat—a young girl Noah and his family saved from death, who fell in love with Japeth — even though the Bible said there were three daughters-in-law aboard.
No wonder someone once wrote “Hollywood making a movie about the Bible is like the mafia writing a book on crime prevention.” And, in Aronofsky’s case, he definitely (and intentionally) missed the boat with “Noah.”
From the outset — with the ominous words “In the beginning there was nothing,” while the Bible says “In the beginning God” (Gen. 1:1) — the movie distorts and blatantly contradicts Biblical truth. Noah “found Grace in the eyes of the Lord” and “was a just, spiritually-mature man who walked with God” (Gen. 6:8-9), not the dark, wanting-to-destroy-the-world psychopath depicted in the film.
Likewise, Aronofsky chose to depict the “sons of God” (Gen. 6:2), the “nephilim,” as fallen angels, who became rock creatures named “Watchers” and helped protect the ark as the Flood waters rose. When finally overcome by Tubal-cain’s army, their spirits were whisked back to Heaven, even though the Bible describes the fallen angels as satan’s cohorts who staged a rebellion against God in Heaven.
Needless to say, “Noah” makes a mockery of the Word of God and its true account of Noah, the Flood and the Ark. So, save your money and go see “God’s Not Dead” instead — for it’s a wonderful story of Christian courage under fire and how God uses us to make a difference when we let Him
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