I am aware that certain Christians are incensed by the unbiblical liberties taken by this movie.
I’m aware that the producer, Aronofsky, is familiar with the ancient Jewish Zohar and other non-canonical mystical traditions.
I’m aware that this movie could be interpreted in terms of a presentation of Gnostic doctrine.
But – I saw the movie anyway, because so many people were asking me what I thought; and because I was curious about the special effects. (I do love worldwide disaster movies.) I was prepared to hate the presentation of a “murderous, drunken” Noah, and I was prepared to laugh at the “volcanic rock Transformer monsters.” I was prepared to dislike the movie because of its inaccuracies, when compared to Genesis 6 – 9.
I wasn’t prepared to like the movie! I may have painted the world a little differently, if I were producing the movie, different stage settings, a different kind of culture and technology, maybe. I may have put slightly different words in the mouths of the characters. But there were many good things, many true and important things presented in this movie.
Noah preaching before the Ark:
In the movie, there is a general and common acknowledgement of the existence of God among all people. There is knowledge of God as Creator. There is knowledge of the first humans, of the event that caused Original sin, of the first murder, of sin, of rebellion against God, but also of Oral Tradition that kept the knowledge of God alive through the line of Seth, all the way down to Noah.
There is a presentation of the Fallen Angels who were swept out of Heaven, into the universe, some of them coming to earth. These beings of light were then entrapped in the dark, heavy stuff of matter. It must have felt like that for them, that they were heavy, dull creatures, feeling the loss of light, the loss of the ability to move freely and easily, the loss of so much . . . except their intelligence, their power, and the memory of free will.
That the humans of this world had become incorrigibly wicked and evil and could only, always hurt each other and everything around them, exploiting and killing living things and the whole earth – that was certainly portrayed well.
There comes a point when God must act to save the possibility of life and goodness. God, in His infinite knowledge and righteous judgment knew that these people were not going to “reform” themselves. Evil was made manifest by the human race.
And so the
The second part of the movie was a bit long and drawn-out – only one issue laboriously treated: From Noah’s point of view, and not being all-knowing and all-wise, if God has now chosen to destroy the human race because they were doing only evil continually — and, yes, “harming” the planet and the animals, then didn’t God mean for ALL humans to be destroyed? If he, Noah, was to arrange to have the animals saved, does that mean that he, Noah, should see to it that no human beings should be saved, because eventually all would become wicked again? Did the Ark mean only animals, no more human beings?
I think the “long, drawn-out” second half ended rather well. There is a saying that every newborn baby is God’s desire that the human race is worth saving….
No, this question isn’t biblical, it is right out of ancient Jewish and Babylonian mystical traditions, but I understand the question, and it’s a very important question for us today. It becomes an acute question for us living today. Acute and urgent. What’s to become of the human race that is capable of doing such evil to each other – continually?
If your information about the state of the world comes from the news-entertainment sources on television, then you might not have this urgency. If your religious-type beliefs come from the modernist idea that man is “reformable” and “transformable,” if only we had a strong enough government to keep us “good,” then Noah’s questioning about the worth of the human race must seem out of place and mystifying.
But all of us would do well to remember the words of Jesus: As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be at the time of the Coming of the Son of Man. And this quotation speaks to our sense that “the world can’t go on like this forever.” Something is going to break. Something is going to give. We are heading for trouble, and we can’t stop it. Peter, in the New Testament, acknowledges the reality of the worldwide Flood; he acknowledges that God said there won’t be another one.
But he also writes to us that next time – the world will be destroyed by Fire.
These are Christian issues. Biblical issues. Human issues.