We hope the Hollywood movie on Noah will get people to read the Biblical text

I have not seen the Noah film yet.  Here is an interesting critique of it.  Ben Shapiro saw the film Noah, and criticizes it for leaving out the main issue (Gen. 6:5, 6:11-12 –  sin and corruption in the heart) from the Biblical text. (see the video and article here)   The “radical modern environmental agenda” was there, but, according to some, not as prominent as some people say it is.

The main issue of the Noah narrative is the sinfulness of mankind deep in the thoughts and motives of the heart- Genesis 6:5-12; and that God is faithful to judge sin; and also merciful to some to not judge them for their sin.  Noah first found grace in eyes of the Lord, and then Noah was able to do good and live righteously and walk before God in fear and truth.  Good works don’t save, but they are the necessary fruit and result of true faith.

5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 The Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

9 These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God. 10 Noah became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

11 Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.

In the future, God is going to judge the earth again, not by water, but by fire. After that, it will be too late. There is still to repent, until the second coming of Christ. 2 Peter 3:1-18

The film, according to many, portrays the main sins of mankind as environmental issues, like, not taking care of the environment, pollution, eating animals, and building cities, etc. (obviously the makers of this film are motivated by the modern Environmental movement and issues like “Global Warning”, etc.)   There is also protrayal of massive violence and corruption.  Obviously to Bible believing Christians, we do believe we should take care and manage the environment properly, for that is what God means in Genesis 1:26-28, when He says, “have dominion over the earth”.  But that is not obvious to many outside the church.   But the modern environmental movement, the “Global Warming”/”Climate Change” histeria, Al Gore’s massive hypocrisy, and the whole green energy agenda to try and completely get rid of all crude oil, coal, and nuclear- based industry, is unbalanced.  The film seems to have a subtle political agenda.  But from someone close to me who has seen the film (my brother); he said it also protrayed the seed of sin in the heart of man accurately also.  But I don’t think my brother could recognize the Gnostic elements that Alan Kurshner discerned.

The Biblical emphasis is on the evil thoughts and imaginations in the heart of man (Genesis 6:5; 8:21), – the lust, pride, selfishness, jealousies, anger, violence, greed, corruptions all start in the heart of men and woman and come out in evil words and evil deeds. (see also Mark 7:20-23) Even after the flood Noah gets drunk, and his son Ham does something wrong regarding nakedness, lewdness, mocking his father, disrespect, etc. (It is unclear exactly what it was, only that is was sinful, negative and relates to the Jewish OT idea of “uncovering your father’s nakedness”). (see Genesis chapter 9)   After the flood, the seed of sin is still in man from childhood (Genesis 8:21), even from conception in the womb. (Psalm 51:5, 58:3, Romans 5:12) The point of the Biblical narrative is to show that even those 8 people on the arc still had the seed of human lust and selfishness and pride deep in their hearts. Only Christ the Lord and Savior can give us a new heart. (Ezekiel 36:26-27; John 3:1-21; 2 Corinthians 5:17) We must realize this sinfulness and guilt before God (Romans 3:9-23) and repent (Mark 1:15; Luke 13:1-5; Acts 17:30-31), and turn to Christ and His atonement and resurrection to save us from our sins. (Romans 3:24-26; John 3:16-18; 5:24; Romans 10:9-10; John 20:30-31)

Hopefully, more people who see the movie will also go to the text of Scripture and see the emphasis on sin in the heart, and that it was still in the heart even after the flood, and how consistent that is with the New Testament teachings on sin, repentance, and the need for the Savior, Jesus Christ.

About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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