The Noah Movie Deception and the Last Days (Pg 2)
H/t Good Fight Ministries
Who Deserves to be Worshipped?
Ironically, God reveals to us in the biblical book of Romans, that the root problem in the antediluvian period (just before the flood), was that people sought to engage in the vain worship of God’s creation, rather than the worship of God Himself:
“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and bandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them” (Romans 1:18-32). exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them“ (Romans 1:18-32).
We see mass creation worship taking place today in the worship of “Gaia” or “Mother Earth,” by many of those who are on the far left. In their quest to revive paganism they have largely jettisoned the moral law of God as they seek to institute a global religion based on the worship of creation.
The incredible irony is that Aronofsky’s ploy of bait and switch, in making the Noah narrative about environmentalism rather than the consequences of breaking God’s expressed moral law, is encouraging the very conditions that invited God’s wrath, in the form of the flood, in the first place. Moreover, Aronofsky is seducing the biblically illiterate and emboldening environmentalists with a lie, by pretending that God flooded the earth because of over population and environmental concerns. The truth is, human beings need to learn that sin (how we mistreat God and one another) is at the heart of what is wrong with the world and the environment. It was sin against God’s moral edict that turned the beautiful paradise of Eden, which once teemed with vibrant life, into a desert filled with thorns, thistles and death (Genesis 3:1-19). Simply stated, putting God’s creation above God is idolatry and will be the central reason that God will judge planet earth again, at Christ’s Second Coming (Revelation 9:19-21).
Sadly, we would hope that most Christians would be discerning enough to avoid the money grubbing hands of Hollywood in their handling of something as sacred as the biblical account of Noah. Didn’t Jesus warn us “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces” (Matthew 7:6)?
“It is a trap…. to say rashly, ‘It is holy!’”
Unfortunately, some professing Christian leaders and organizations are endorsing the movie, including the National Religious Broadcasters and movie critic Ted Baeher of Movieguide. Ted Baeher said in an interview that he believed that Noah would be “incredibly redemptive” and “God-centered.”
After Paramount was advised by National Religious Broadcasters to provide a disclaimer, NRB president, Jerry Johnson, stated that Christians should simply separate truth from fiction and “pass the popcorn.” (Source)
However, the problem is when “artistic license” cancels out biblical truth and an allegedly “biblically based” movie becomes a two hour infomercial – full of blatant Hollywood propaganda!
This is not to discount any of the good that Johnson or Baeher have done in the past, but simply to bring a needed contrarian perspective on the Noah movie. Indeed, top Christian movie critic Ted Baaher (Movieguide.org), dubbed our documentary The Kinsey Syndrome as “…one of the most important productions of the 21st century.”
However, because of the nature of deception and the fact that the Noah movie has the potential to adversely influence millions of people (Christians included), I believe it is irresponsible to christen a movie that the director is calling the “least biblical film ever,” as “incredibly redemptive,” and “God centered.” After all, God’s Word warns us “It is a trap for a man to say rashly, ‘It is holy!’ and after the vows to make inquiry” (Proverbs 20:25).
Was Noah an Evil Man?
While the bible makes it clear that Noah was a righteous man, director Darren Aronofsky would have us believe, as he told the Guardian, “He’s a dark, complicated character.” (Source) When Paramount’s concern grew even greater because of their financial investment of $160 million, they conducted test screenings of the Noah movie, against the protests of their “upset” director. The result was that screeners “questioned the film’s adherence to the Bible story and reacted negatively to the intensity and darkness of the character.
Subverting Christianity is hip in Hollywood, but not if your director looses your $160 million investment in the process. The Hollywood Reported revealed that viewers of screenings were concerned with the way Noah was being portrayed, with one man describing Noah being depicted as a “crazy, irrational, religious nut.” Hollywood screenwriter Brian Godawa condemned the Noah script under a post entitled “Darren Aronofsky’s Noah: Environmentalist Wacko.” Godawa wrote, “If you were expecting a Biblically faithful retelling of the story of the greatest mariner in history and a tale of redemption and obedience to God you’ll be sorely disappointed.” (Source)
According to Aronofsky, he didn’t want his version of Noah to be based on grandma’s “Bible school.” He said, “We wanted to smash expectations of who Noah is.” If early screenings of the movie are indicative, it seems that Aronofsky has achieved his goal in substituting his evil, mythological Noah for the historical man of God described in the book of Genesis.
If anyone would know how Aronofsky is truly portraying Noah in the final cut of the film, it would be Russell Crowe, who plays the lead character. Unfortunately, according to Crowe, Noah, rather than being portrayed as the most righteous man on earth as he is in the bible, Aronofsky’s Noah is portrayed as a callous, uncaring person who has no love for humanity and couldn’t care less if the world perished. Incredibly, Crowe sounds like a militant, God hating atheist or even a Satanist who seems to gleefully relish in his opportunity to portray Noah to millions around the world as an evil, uncaring man. Crowe declared:
“The funny thing with people, they consider Noah to be a benevolent figure because he looked after the animals: ‘Awww, Noah. Noah and the animals.’ It’s like, are you kidding me? This is the dude that stood by and watched the entire population of the planet perish. He’s not benevolent. He’s not even nice. You know what I mean? At one point in the story his son says, ‘I thought you were chosen because you were good?’ And he goes, ‘I was chosen because I can get the job done, mate.’ So I think people are gonna be…judging from where their questions come from, I think they’re gonna be quite surprised what Noah actually means, what it means to be in that position.” (Source)
Will the Real Noah Please Stand Up?
Was Noah really an evil, uncaring man? Absolutely not! When we look at the biblical evidence, which is the only viable ancient account we have of Noah’s character, nothing could be further from the truth! God’s Word makes it quite clear to us that Noah was a righteous man:
“But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord…. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God” (Genesis 6:8-9).
God’s Word reveals to us that Noah was a loving man. Galatians 5:6 declares, “faith works through love” and Hebrews 11 tells us that Noah was a man of faith:
“By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith” (Hebrews 11:7).
Did Noah sit idly by without warning the wicked or caring if they perished? Again, totally untrue! God’s Word tells us that Noah was “a preacher of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5). Preachers of God’s Word warn people to repent, even when the message isn’t popular, because they care about the lost and are concerned about their eternal destiny. However, like a huge pack of ravenous dogs, consumed by rabies and bent on destruction, the unrepentant wicked in Noah’s time were incorrigibly hell bent on evil, rejecting God’s Word, and thus justly condemned by God in the end. The scripture tells us that God gave humanity 120 years between His warning and the actual flood event (Genesis 6:3). Noah would have to have been an incredibly patient and loving man to preach to the same wicked unrepentant people for 120 years. How many of us would have given up after only 120 days, or even 120 minutes? When God chose Noah, He chose the one man who best represented His own heart and character. Though Noah was not perfect, he was God’s man for the hour. [emphasis added]*