It has been an interesting road for me on whether I was going to pay to see this movie or not. It came up on my radar a year or so ago when I heard the guy who made The Wrestler was going to take on the story of Noah. I then read a script review from Brian Godawa that made me even less excited about the film. You see, Hollywood has yet to get that they aren’t really trusted to handle the material that is held as sacred Scripture by Christians around the world. Outside of more recent releases like The Passion of the Christ and to some extent The Prince of Egypt, Hollywood doesn’t really have a love for the true God and His followers. How can they take anything like the Bible seriously when they hate it, its follows and its Author? From what I have read in the last few days, I cannot justify spending the money to see a movie that will make me sinfully angry.
What solidified it for me was not only Godawa’s review of the film, but also Dr. Brain Mattson’s review , entitled ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ and the breakdown of the pagan nature of the film he gave:
“Darren Aronofsky has produced a retelling of the Noah story without reference to the Bible at all. This was not, as he claimed, just a storied tradition of run-of-the-mill Jewish “Midrash.” This was a thoroughly pagan retelling of the Noah story direct from Kabbalist and Gnostic sources. To my mind, there is simply no doubt about this.”
Read the whole review to get an incredible insight into what happens when someone who hates the biblical God like Aronofsky does, tells a story from Scripture. This is a person who thinks God, if He exists, is an uninvolved murderous evil tyrant, that eating meat is one of the great evils, that man needed to be destroyed by a flood because his carbon footprint was too big and that man knows better than God and is morally superior to him. That’s just ridiculous liberal self and earth worship that’s been around for quite some time. From Godawa:
“But as Aronofsky said in an interview Noah’s journey is God’s journey of being so judgmental that he has to learn mercy. Because you see, Aronofsky has said he is a humanist. Humanists believe man is the measure of all things and man is not created in God’s image, God is created in man’s image. So it makes sense within his atheism to portray God as learning to be more merciful since God is merely an extension of man’s own imagination.”
That’s not only wrong, it’s evil.
Both reviewers mentioned above and others have also helped point out how certain Christian “leaders” were duped into endorsing the movie:
“Some readers may think I’m being hard on people for not noticing the Gnosticism at the heart of this film. I am not expecting rank-and-file viewers to notice these things. I would expect exactly what we’ve seen: head-scratching confusion. I’ve got a whole different standard for Christian leaders: college and seminary professors, pastors, and Ph.Ds. If a serpent skin wrapped around the arm of a godly Bible character doesn’t set off any alarms… I don’t know what to say.”
“Christians, you are tools being played if you think that this movie is anything BUT a subversion of the Biblical God and an exaltation of environmentalism and animal rights against humans. Those who say that hurting the earth is just part of the sins of mankind in the story are missing the deeper point. No matter what “sins” of man that are portrayed in this story, they are only expressions of the ultimate sin, which is to sin against the earth. Every time it talks about man’s sin and God’s intent, the context is always “creation” not God, and not man as God’s image. The guy who preaches “man as God’s image” is the villain. “Creation” as in “Nature” is the metanarrative here, NOT God.”
Russell Crowe and others who participated in the film tried to even get the Pope’s blessing, for whatever that’s worth. Even to the point of lying that they got it. Okay, par for the course for a lib, but when it came to Christian “leaders” giving the movie their blessings and then reading what the film portrays and how it portrays it, I was saddened. Even though I knew I should not be because so much of the American Christian today looks like your average moral relativist who believes in a social gospel more than the true one, it still stinks. Those who stand up for Truth are not the ones who get the attention unfortunately. It is the fakes who fit the picture liberals think Christian’s are, for example the Westboro church, Joel Osteen, pedophilic priests and others who claim Christ but do not know Him. The “good” Christians are the ones who claim to be but have no signs of working faith in their life and have abandoned the Truth for a lie like Nancy Pelosi, Rob Bell, Kristin Chenoweth and so many others.
It’s a sad state and the controversy that made the movie a hit over it’s opening weekend will give courage to more Hollywood types, like Aronofsky, to make fun of Christianity or in the case of this movie, give a narrative that twists and perverts the character of God to push an agenda that man is the ultimate good. They’ve done it before and they will do it again. When the film is free I will review it, until then, nope.