I am also in favor of people reading the book of Genesis and the Old Testament,
because that way they may begin to see the contradictions of modern day
religion. They will realize that the hollywood depictions are actually
much less violent, sexist, racist than the Bible, and that the God of the Old
Testament was actually very awful. If a movie actually and literally depicted
the Old Testament from Genesis - Judges; the movie would likely not be shown
because of the severity of violent acts from the likes of Moses and his
followers. I wonder which statement is more true:People do not
read the Old "Dusty" Testament because it is boring, OR, People do not read the Old Testament because they are in denial of the extreme
violence and acts of hate from God. Hopefully people will read it,
and their new reason for not reading it would be: i don't read the Old
Testament because it is purely a representation of a small historical group of
people in the middle east that had a terrible sense of morality and reason.
I remind my friends who say well the book says this or describes it this way or
that way, that the movie is based on the book not an accurate account from the
book and that movie makers are making their version of it, so watch the movie if
you like and read the book and enjoy both for what they are.
I've seen a lot of people discussing concern over liberties taken with the
film, and some people downplaying them... But I don't even know what those
liberties are. Take these two scenarios:1. The mocking intolerant
bad guys try to assassinate Noah before completion of the ark by sending ninjas
into his family's house, and then try to tear the ark down when the rains
come.2. The Spirit of God resides in a world tree, and tells Noah
that He's flooding the earth because people keep burning coal and digging
up metal."artistic license" could mean either sort of event,
but the impact and concern it would raise to me is very, very different between
This is not an 'adaptation' or an 'interpretation' of the
Genesis account of the world flood. It is a largely different story with an
entireley different spirit and ridiculous additions. There is enough in the
biblical five chapters alone to make an excellent movie without doing that. This
cinematic muck will imo do great harm.I agree with Glen Beck on this
one; most people, or a great many, will think the stupid Hollywood movie
represents actually what the Bible "says" and most, I feel pretty sure,
will never read the Bible account to check. Then the cinema audiences will
listen and agree when the Bible is attacked as an evil book and prophets are
misrepresented as evil people, based on cinematic slanders of holy prophets such
as Noah. A great many People do actually think that Hollywood
"history" is largely true and will never seek out original sources.
Look what happened with "Braveheart": How many people studied the
source materials of Scottish history as a result of seeing Braveheart. Millions
seem to have assumed Hollywood "integrity" in that case, a fictitious
assumption as insidious in its effects as the perversion of historical events of
which Hollywood is guilty.
One of my uncles always told me that movies are alternate realities because they
always don't depict everything, like the way a certain person walked or the
exact positions of each person in a battle scene. Just because somebody took the
story of Noah and morphed it into something comparable to LOTR doesn't
exactly means that is what actually happened. I personally think this is a
'what if...' movie, like "What if Noah fought with Cain's
son?" Even if I were to watch this film, I'll acknowledge it as
another cool story, not as a depiction of the actual Biblical account.Keep
that in mind as you watch...
to Jamescmeyer"2. The Spirit of God resides in a [world
tree]...,"You obviously are familiar with Norse mythology &
If Glenn Beck hates it, I'm sure to love it.
The premise of this movie is that the reason the Lord wiped out civilization in
Noah's time was because of crimes against the environment: cutting down
trees, mining, eating animals, etc. In the end of the movie, Noah is then
tempted to kill his own grandchildren because he doesn't want humanity to
do the same as before and sin against the earth. We have a totally
backwards society today. What was evil is now good, what was good is now evil.
Our society is immoral (like Noah's day) but we create movies that assuage
that guilt and change the story by claiming that the sins we are committing are
against the earth, yet the earth was given to us to use and take care of
including forestry, mining and raising cattle. The great sin that surrounds us
is an immoral and violent culture that refuses to turn to God and relies on
moral relativism to determine what is right and wrong. The Lord has
warned that he will sweep the earth with fire in the last days, and movies like
this make me think those days are closer than we realize. We saw
Peabody and Sherman instead.
If only this movie would get people to actually read the Old Testament, word for
word, not just the proof-texts that are so often passed as "Biblical
Knowledge." Modern people seeing the contradictory commandments and
superstitions in detail might actually benefit by turning to reason.