Noah and Other Movies


bill-wilson-2012Noah and Other MoviesThere are a lot of so-called “Biblical” movies coming out. Beware. They are likely attempts to rewrite the Bible or to deceive you for the sake of entertainment or some other diabolical and devious intent. Ken Ham, a leading creationist, says that the box office blockbuster “Noah” starring Russell Crowe is an insult to Christians. He said that he agrees with atheist Darren Aronofsky’s statement about the film he produced: It is the least biblical of Bible-themed films. Ham then states: “Any other agreement I have with the filmmaker’s take on the book of Genesis and its account of Noah ends right there.” There are other films less insulting to Christians that contain some amount of truth that are just as dangerous.

Ham writes in Time, “Except for some of the names in the movie, like Noah, his sons’ names, and Methuselah, hardly any remnant of the Bible’s account of the Flood in Genesis 6-9 is recognizable. Yes, there is an Ark in the film that is true to the massive biblical proportions, but it did not look like a seaworthy vessel. There were many animals that came to Noah and went on board the Ark, but there were far too many creatures crammed inside and certainly many more than were needed. Also, while the extreme wickedness of man was depicted, the real sin displayed in the film was the people’s destruction of the earth. Lost within the film’s extreme environmentalist message is that the actual sins of the pre-Flood people were a rebellion against God and also man’s inhumanity to man.”

The Bible Miniseries is another disturbing take. With all the hype of The Bible miniseries on the History Channel, many Christians had hope that there would finally be a film about the Bible worthy of the ages. Produced by the husband and wife team of Survivor’s Mark Burnett and former star of the new-agey Touched by an Angel’s Roma Downey, endorsed by Rick Warren, Joel Osteen and Cardinal Donald Wuerl, The Bible’s 2013 debut was a reflection of seeker sensitive, watered down condition of much of the church. The Bible was high on adventure, drama, fairly graphic violence, but low on truth and accuracy. It is a shame that this miniseries will be reproduced and distributed as educational curriculum for churches.

I have heard from those who believe that any depiction of the Bible by the film industry is good because it brings attention to God, and that everyone knows that Hollywood takes license with facts to weave a more entertaining story. If there is one thing where the facts should never be modified, it is the Bible. These filmmakers, whether it is a film designed to insult Christians or one designed to teach them, are out to write their own versions of the Bible–their own interpretation. Revelation 22:18-19 gives this warning: , “If any shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

By Bill Wilson