I came across an article today that listed more specifics about the content of the new Noah movie scheduled for release on March 28th. The article was written by Ken Ham, one of the top experts on creation science and the founder of a ministry called Answers in Genesis. Some of his staff attended one of the advanced rough-cut showings that Paramount put on, hoping to satisfy religious leaders. They apparently did not walk out satisfied, but rather they were terrified of what was being represented on the screen as the story of Noah. This is the first time I’ve seen descriptions of specific scenes and characters from the movie, and I must admit that I’m alot more concerned than I was when I wrote my earlier post on February 25th. Read Ken Ham’s full article here. Even a non-believer should be shocked at the ridiculous additions and rewriting of this beautiful story from the book of Genesis.
Almost every point on the list bothered me at least a little, but there were a couple of points that were game changers for me. As in, there is no way I will support this movie if these issues are still true when the final version comes across our movie screens.
Noah’s Character – Point 8 on Mr. Ham’s list states that Noah is portrayed as being “almost crazy” in his obsession. Point 9 says Noah repeatedly tells his family that they are the last generation and they must not procreate. When his daughter-in-law becomes pregnant he threatens to kill the baby. Point 10 states that Noah does not have a relationship with God but rather with circumstances.
This is what the Bible says about Noah, (Gen. 6:9)”Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on the earth at the time, and he walked with God. (verse 18, God says,…) “I will establish my covenant with you. (verse 22) “So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him“.
Noah’s Purpose – Point 8 also says, “…he believes the only purpose to his family’s existence was to help build the Ark for the “innocent” animals (this is a worship of creation).” Again, point 9 makes it clear that Noah believes humans are to become extinct because we have ruined the earth. Only the innocent animals will live.
This is a complete white washing of the real reason behind the Ark. The Bible makes it clear that it was God’s chosen vessel to save his people from destruction. Only those who were righteous were allowed to get on. These were the ones who had chosen by their own free will to follow God. Everyone else perished because of their rejection of God. The story of the Ark is actually a beautiful picture of Jesus and the reason he came to earth, and how he saved his followers.
I understand that Hollywood has to take certain liberties with a true story in order to build suspense and have character development. Even a story from the Bible will have to be fleshed out a little in order to make it play better as a movie. However, there is a line that can be crossed with changes to any true story that can change the “truth” of that story. If that line is crossed the integrity of the “true” story is ruined and the story really shouldn’t be called “true” anymore. That’s probably why “based on a true story” has become the appropriate thing to say. When we’re talking about a story from the Bible, that line comes up very quickly when someone starts tampering with the story. The “truths” in the bible were established by the God of the Universe and he laid out clear warnings against changing the meaning of His “truths”. Don’t believe me? Read Revelation 22:18&19. I also know that movies, above any other medium, can paint very convincing pictures and call them “accurate” or even “true” and many people will ignorantly believe what they’ve seen with their own eyes. These are the reasons that I will not support a movie that questions the character of Noah, or changes the purpose of the Ark.