What is your reaction to the Noah Movie?
After discussing it with my family over a dinner, we concluded that there are likely 3 main reactions from the world of Christians to the Noah movie.
Two of them will be useless for the kingdom of God.
Christians should seize the opportunity to talk about a biblical story and contrast it with Noah movie, which is not based on the bible story but other sacred texts (read this researched article).
I’m one of those Christians who emptied my wallet this weekend to take my family to see this butt-numbingly long movie that was a little darker in its outlook than I expected.
I didn’t expect to see a biblically faithful retelling of the story, so I wasn’t disappointed that it wasn’t. I’d rather have an intelligent conversation my friends them because I SAW THE MOVIE rather than parrot what critics and supporters say.
The Noah Movie is not 100% faithful to the Biblical story line.
Some of the details were done in accordance with the Bible:
- A man named Noah built an ark.
- His family was in it.
- The flood came.
- He got drunk when it was over and two of his sons walked backwards to cover him.
But some of the details are changed for the story:
- Scripture tell us Noah was a righteous man, but in the movie, he’s ready to commit the murder of his grandchildren.
- Scripture tells us God was angered at the wickedness in the human heart, but the Noah movie portrays God’s judgment for how humans misused the earth.
- Scripture tells us that the wives of his sons were on board the ark, but the movie left them out to create a story line.
- Scripture tells us that God judged the earth, but God is never mentioned as God in the film, just “the Creator.”
- Scripture tells us that fallen angels are Satan and his demons, but in the movie, fallen angels are walking rock creatures, like Transformers, who help build the ark.
Hollywood almost always takes liberty with a story.
- Hollywood took the basic plot of the Titanic sinking and created a love story.
- Hollywood regularly retells Greek and Roman Mythology.
- Hollywood retells the story of Pearl Harbor.
Based on historical events, but the story lines are created by Hollywood for dramatic tension and plot development.
Others who are familiar with the director and Gnostic sources have pointed out the multiple connections to the Kaballah and the book of 1 Enoch (read here).
3 Reactions to the Noah Movie- and 2 of them are useless.
So based on the liberty with the main story line and use of non biblical sources for film elemets, here are three types of Christian reaction:
1. Some Christians will complain that Hollywood is forcing an evil film upon the culture.
Critics have come out of the wood-work and claim that Hollywood has messed up a Biblical epic. They holler and whine that the film is not faithful to the biblical story line.
I would agree with them. The movie bears very little similarity to the biblical story.
But it’s pointless to boycott and whine about the Noah movie because of the liberty the directors take with the movie.
In fact, I’d argue that whining and complaining about this movie makes Christians look pretty foolish.
Calling the movie a blasphemy is harsh and dumb.
Some of that criticism makes the Noah movie seem like a satanic plot to deceive Christians, force a competing worldview on a gullible culture, and an evil Hollywood attack on people of the Christian faith – it’s persecution. . .
In several Linked In groups I’m a part of, people who haven’t even seen the movie are throwing stones at the director, the movie, and people who do see it, descending into name calling – calling a Christian like me “deceived” or “stupid” to spend money.
I won’t agree with their claim that the Bible is under attack.
I won’t agree with their claim that the movie equates to blasphemy.
2. Some Christians don’t read the Scriptures and will believe the story is pretty true.
I recognize there are a lot of church goers who call themselves Christians, but have never read the story of Noah.
This is a gullible group that will take the movie telling of the Noah story as the possible truth of what really happened.
They’ll believe it like the retelling of Apollo 13: “Based on a true story.”
Many individuals not familiar with the Bible might could believe that Watchers (rock creatures who were fallen angels) built the Arc and then fought off the people of the land as they tried to enter the Arc when the flood came.
Having no desire to read the Word of God, they will accept the story as told by the directors as the truth.
As such, the movie will not have an impact on their life, only their wallet.
This ignorant reaction is pointless as well.
It shows lack of discernment or even care about the actual story.
3. Some Christians will seize the opportunity to help others turn to Scripture and read the Noah story.
This is where I come down.
I chose to watch the movie so I could talk about it first hand.
We went home after seeing the movie and read the story as a family.
We talked about what the Word of God had to reveal about the story of Noah and our kids made comparisons to the movie version.
This will give all of us the chance over the next few days to participate in conversations with our friends about the Noah movie.
Rather than complain about persecution, deception, and the evils of Hollywood, we can
- Encourage our friends to read the Word of God themselves.
- Talk with our friends about the wickedness of the human heart.
- Talk about what was missing from the telling of the Noah story – the grace of God.
- Talk about God’s plan for reconciliation in Christ because the ongoing impact of sin.
It is true that the movie Noah doesn’t present a biblical worldview on its view of God, of sin, of deprivation, nor of Sons of God.
Rather, I can use the movie to open conversational doors to biblical truth.
It comes down to discernment
Your own approach to the movie will vary.
I have chosen the way that will allow me to participate in spiritual conversations with my peers who will go and see the movie.
My faith in Jesus is not shattered because of the artistic license.
My faith in Jesus is not shattered because the story in the Noah Movie has little basis in Scripture.
My faith in Jesus is not weakened or harmed because of the Gnostic religious elements in the Noah movie.
If you have discernment because you read the Scripture, you’ll see that the movie of Noah is not a faithful bible telling.
If you have discernment, you’ll hear the spiritual conversation opportunities around you.
If you have discernment, you’ll realize that this film will allow you those conversational opportunities to talk with people about the Scriptural truth.
With discernment, you’ll know that your faith is based on Jesus, not on a film directors interesting interpretation of a small but significant Bible story.
5 Reasons Every Christian should see the Noah Movie
I’ll close with this. Fellow blogger James Nored gives these 5 Reasons Christians Should View the Noah Movie as a Great Opportunity (and are Foolish to Go on the Attack) I would agree with him.
- In our secular world, getting people thinking about God is a good thing.
- Attacking the director for being an atheist is just plain dumb.
- A movie, by the nature of the genre, must fill in gaps in the biblical story.
- This movie can spur people to actually read the Bible for the first time or to read it again to compare the movie version and the biblical text.
- There are enough biblical elements in the film for a great spiritual dialogue, and it may even cause some to examine their lives.
In fact, some reporting from online sources indicates an tremendous surge to bible sites looking at the Noah passage.
It may be helpful to notice the film’s use of other sacred texts.
But if you know the Bible story, you can talk about the truth of Scripture in your conversations.
Image Credit: Noah Movie Wallpaper found online in various forms. Can’t trace original source other than a screen grab.
Let me ask you this
What is your reaction to the Noah movie? Add your comments below.
Hi Chris, I haven’t seen the Noah movie yet but am looking forward to seeing it. I’m glad I read this review first, which is by no means a spoiler, I mean, how can you spoil a movie that is based on a story that’s already been told anyway??? Hahaha! Anyway, thanks for the review and God bless!
My first reaction was whoa what liberties they have taken, this could lead someone astray. I slowly began to realize what a wonderful tool for evangelism.
What we failed to realize was that this written not adapted. This was someone’s view not their experience. Nowhere in the credits, commercials, trailers, or any other way did it state or claim that it was adapted or that it was a screenplay of anything.
We must be informed before we speak. We must use obstacles as opportunities always.
On the comments regarding leading people astray, I feel the job of the church and individual believer is to understand their Bible enough at a level where they no the true stories. I was a magician as a young man, and many people believe Houdini died while in the water torture escape due to the movie written in the 50’s. Any real magician knows that is not the case. He was punched in the stomach, not bumped by a magic prop and died after successfully performing the illusion. How could every REAL magician amateur and pro know the fact about Houdini, yet as Christians it is acceptable to not have a deep knowledge of God’s life affirming Word?
If a piece of entertainment would make Christians or potential Christians believe in some of the silly stuff this movie added for dramatic purposes and to create special effects we as the church are NOT doing our job in my opinion. Great article, had not planned to see the movie, but will give it a try when it hits the second run theaters. I loved your well thought out article, Chris.
There is a wing in the church that feels the need to defend God, defend the Bible, and holler blasphemy at stuff.
There is a time to stand up for your faith in Christ. There is a time to discuss the influence of media on the culture.
But attacking a fictional Hollywood movie inspired by a bible story is a waste of energy. I remember the protests over “The Last Temptation of Christ.”
My parents likely remember the protesting of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
My approach is to use it for evangelism conversation starter. I can’t prevent people from “going astray” but I can at least talk to people in my sphere of influence about this movie. Since I’ve seen it, compared it to scripture, I can talk intelligibly about the movie.