Noah, the Movie, Revisited

Submitted April 4, 2014

The recent movie Noah has generated a lot of buzz. We have given it a fair amount of coverage this week on Beyond Today . Frankly, I had decided I was done commenting on the subject. But I have changed my mind.

I read again this morning what Jesus Christ had to say about Noah. Reading the passage from Matthew 24 reminded me this is the key lesson and perhaps the “final word” on the subject. Listen to what Christ said about Noah in his major prophetic statement. Speaking of the timing of His coming He said:

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” (Matthew:24:36-39).

In one short phrase Jesus confirmed Noah, the flood and the great ark that carried eight people safely through a terrible time of judgement. Christ is speaking to our time and world today. That is the major lesson from the story of Noah.

Our life today is full of warnings. Warnings that life can change quickly. That this life is not as stable and comfortable as it might seem. Things won’t always be the same. The question is whether we will act on those warnings and change our life and prepare for a time of prophesied upheaval.

The movie Noah was a missed opportunity. It was an opportunity to tell today’s world that grace, God’s grace, can still be found. It was an opportunity to give a message of hope to people who live hopeless lives. It was an opportunity to show that God’s hand is strong to save. But the opportunity has passed. But you can read and understand the true story of Noah. The story speaks to us today and it is the dual message of warning and hope that God always gives to a world about to change.

If we can focus on the Biblical story of Noah it still offers us a rich lesson in the power of God to save us from sin. For having watched this move and been drawn back to the true story that indeed is something worthwhile to salvage from the moment.



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jmparkhill

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Loved your comment! Amen




Larry Wunderlin

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My wife and I went to the movie, and if I could sum it up in one word, it would be heresy. My wife is not a member of the church, and even she disliked the movie.




Lincoln Beck

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Almost every nation has some form of legend or story concerning a cataclysmic flood, so no matter what anyone can say, it must have happened.....




ibizzy

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I feel that Christians should avoid this movie as it is not biblically based, and portrays Noah as brash and not in control, but totally not a true representation of him. If you research its creator and producer Aronofsky, his arrogance and brashness about changing the storyline to include Noah about to kill family members, and his outward not caring about what was being represented. To include to the actor who plays Noah seems to think that Noah was some sort of mad, uncaring, brute who could care less about humanity let alone family. Do not patronize this movie.




Mavis Stucci

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I saw the movie, not expecting it to be consistent with truth but thinking that the special effects, CG and animal elements would be watchable. They weren't. The movie was gloomy and boring, the musical score was blaring and forgetable, the script was mundane and political, sometimes laughable (eg, getting rid of the animal scripting problem with drugged smoke that could knock out an elephant for the duration but didn't affect humans) and the CG was lazy, ho-hum and very cheap. And there was a lot of screaming and shouting – which is not good acting. As a movie it's probably the worst one I've ever seen. The writers took a few names from scripture and remembered to put in some fountains (applying physics illogically in the process) and that was it; everything else was totally misrepresented or made up. A friend had it right when she said, "The day they make a Noah movie and do their research and stick to the truth is the day they'll have a blockbuster."




andersjam

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My Wife and I saw the movie I thought it was entertaining, But not all true, after seeing it I read about it in my Bible and the only thing that was true is the flood and the place were the Ark came to rest, and the rain and water lasted




Bob Gv

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Hello,

Does the UCG considere the flood to be global or local?




Malachi 3_16-18

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Hi Bob Gv

I believe the Flood was a worldwide and catastrophic event, and this is what UCG teaches. Going to the Bible as the source of our information, Genesis:7:25-23 shows that "all flesh" on the earth perished. (See also Genesis:9:15). The only humans to survive were Noah and his wife, and his sons and their wives - eight people in all (1 Pet:3:20). The waters covered the earth (Isa:54:9). Only by destroying the earth and the life on it in this way could God start over again with a righteous man and his family.

For more evidence on a worldwide flood, you may want be interested in this article on our website:

www.ucg.org/christian-living/evidence-worldwide-flood/



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