This is the way to truth

2014 Movie Noah
Shem:  “ I thought you were good.  I thought that was why He chose you.”
Noah:  “He chose me because He knew I would complete the task.  Nothing more.”
From The Bible: (Genesis 7:1) God to Noah: “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.”

2014 movie Noah
Noah to Ham: “ We broke the world.  We did this.  Everything that was good was shattered.  This time there will be no men.  If we were to enter the garden, we would only ruin it again.  Mankind must end.  Creation will be left alone, safe and beautiful.”
From The Bible: (Genesis 9:1) So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.”
Let’s get the story straight. The movie version may be more entertaining with wonderful visuals, technological creativity, powerful acting, epic scenes– but such dramatic license portrays a different adaptation of the real story. Reading the actual Book provides clarity regarding additions, omissions and misinterpretations from the movie. The cinema Noah intends to murder his family under the assumption that God wants no human alive, just the animals that are pure from the Garden. However, in the true story recorded in the Bible, God wants Noah and his sons to “be fruitful and multiply.”

Noah is not the only “religious” movie that has been brought before the public in a theater. These stories have been portrayed on a movie screen since 1903 with the silent version of Samson and Delilah, later remade in 1949 with sound, progressing to The Ten Commandments, which became a blockbuster in color in 1956. (Cited from “The Bible in Film” Although the Bible was the source for the films, each version made use of dramatic license in the retelling of the Biblical story.

We may conclude that, at least, the Bible was brought to the attention of the  public. However, the danger is that those who see these movies can retain the images from that version of the story in their minds, thus holding onto the memory of a false perspective, which may be passed on to others. The movie version of the story can become the “reality” in one’s perception of Biblical events and characters, when the only true reality is found in the Word of the Lord as told to us in scripture:
John 17:17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 

John 18:37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

The story is made straight in scripture through the voice of the Lord in His Word. “Religious” movies can serve a purpose, however, as the impetus for a discussion about the Bible and the truth that is only found in scripture. This follow-up responsibility is ours–to make sure the real truth is made known.

**From an English teacher and reading specialist: Always read the book. The movie version is inferior and incomplete. I think God intended for each of us to read His Word in mental conversation with Him, so we could fully know Him. To do so, we must READ the Bible.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 03/01/15)

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