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Jumping on the Bandwagon: My Take on the Movie ‘Noah’

Everywhere you turn there’s commentary on the movie Noah.  Some think it deserves a 4-star rating, others not so much.

Thoughts on the film Noah

I was going to stay away from the subject but hey, might as well jump on the bandwagon.

I have given the movie several hours of my time. Okay, maybe not hours but I’ve spent time pondering why someone would want to see this movie and why someone would not and how God is working in this.  (After all, He isn’t sitting in Heaven going “Gee, what do I do about this here fimly thingy?“)

The Obvious

If you’re a non-believer than going to see Noah is no different from going to see American Pie, Something’s Gotta Give or the newest greatest horror movie.  You go see it because it sounds interesting, the digital effects sound amazing and you just love the actors and actress.  It’s just another movie.

Non-believers can’t see what the big deal is about it.  And from a non-biblical word-view, there is no big deal.  If you have watched every movie Russel Crowe has ever made, it’s a must see.

Where Should Christians Stand

And now the not-so-obvious.

Should Christians see Noah?  If you’re looking for a biblical account of who Noah was, probably not.  We know “‘Noah’ is the least biblical biblical film ever made, by admission of the director.  Why are we surprised about how unbiblical it is?  Let’s not forget it came out of Hollywood from an atheist director who had no desire to make an attempt at creating an biblically accurate film.  No one gets up in arms about how unbiblical almost every single romantic comedy is. Well, some people do but not the masses as we have with Noah.

It wasn’t meant to be a biblical representation of Noah and therefore Christians looking for a godly movie aren’t going to find it.

Is There Really A Difference?

If you really think about it there is no movie, past, present or future, that will be a perfect biblical representation of the Bible.

Mel Gibson didn’t get it all right in The Passion of the Christ.  Harold Cronk didn’t get it all right in God’s Not Dead and Christopher Spenser didn’t get it all right in Son of God.   No human is going to have a perfect representation of what happened because the Bible does not give us full-out moment by moment accounts of life.  Even when the Holy Spirit reveals things to us we still only see through the glass dimly (1 Cor 13:12).

There is a difference, however.  The movies above were attempting to make films that were godly, uplifting and biblically accurate.  Give me the liberty to say their hearts were in the right place.  They wanted a film that gave a good representation.  I don’t believe the same is true with Noah.

Switching Gears

I cannot discuss this film without pointing out one area that I feel many Christians are wrong about.

Nephilim.

Nephilim are mentioned in the bible.  Nephilim are real and they not something to shrug off as Hollywood special effects.  I don’t believe they were rock monsters but they were giants.

The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.
~ Genesis 6:4

And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.
~ Numbers 13:33

And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day—
 ~ Jude 1:6

And there was again war at Gath, where there was a man of great stature, who had six fingers on each hand, and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number, and he also was descended from the giants.
~ 2 Samuel 21:20

I encourage you to research Nephilim and gain an understanding of why they are mentioned, how they operate and what they mean to us today.  I point this out because many Christians, me included until about 2 months ago, had never heard the term Nephilim.

Back to the movie……

A Silver Lining

Is there anything good about this movie?  Is there a silver lining anywhere? Can God use this movie to touch lives?

Absolutely!

He can use whatever He wants to speak to and touch whomever He chooses.  

Let me illustrate with something in my life.

Not only have I seen The Green Mile more times than I can count, I read the novel. Twice.  The Green Mile, if you’re unfamiliar, is a flashback story of Paul Edgecomb, a prison officer in 1935 who has an encounter with prisoner John Coffey who is a special man to say the least.

In my research I could not find anything concrete as to why King wrote the Green Mile Series (it was originally several smaller books).  I see Christ and Christ’s character through this movie.  I see His compassion and mercy for sinful man played out through Paul.  I see his misunderstood life and suffering through John Coffey.

The Green Mile is certainly not a Christian film but it speaks to me and the symbolism of the life of Christ, to me, is glaringly obvious.

While those of us who have been redeemed and restored, may see Noah as a blasphemy, we must always, always remember that God can use anything in this world to speak to others.

Who knows. Someone may watch it and think, “I don’t remember being told this in Sunday school.”  She may go home and pick up her Bible and read the real Noah for the first time in 25 years.

I don’t think Noah is a Christian film.

I think it’s an “epic” Hollywood movie.

I also think God is bigger.

What are your thoughts on Noah?

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Comments

  1. I would just say–treat it like any other movie. If it looks interesting–go see it. But understand what you are seeing. If it doesn’t, then don’t. But don’t purposely go because it’s a Christian movie (its not) or boycott it because it’s not. AND, you might want to revisit the REAL Noah story so you know what the truth is when the unchurched believe the misconceptions.

  2. My daughter went to see Noah, a gentleman on FB went to see it also, both had negative attitudes. But, the other night I watched the Noah movie from years ago, it was funny, had some things that were man’s interpretation, and ‘license to add’, but the whole while, Noah listened to God and his wife was coy and she listened also.

    All of these movies are money making for the person making them, they are an attempt to touch those who do not know God, I read that after the Passion, one young gentleman repented of making his girlfriend have an abortion, and there will be more stores and testimonies from these movies. Praise God for all the tools HE puts in our baskets.

    I think you did the greatest testimony for these movies from Hollywood, and I applaud your work. Thank you for posting this truth. :-)

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