Wednesday, April 2, 2014

I like movies... better when they move me.

One thing I do enjoy is a good movie... particularly when it gives me something to think about.

Consider the recent movie, Noah.  The director's comment that it would be "the least biblical biblical movie ever made.."  well, that is probably very true.  It likely IS the least biblical biblical movie every made.  In addition... well, it just was not a good movie.  Now, there were a few things that I remember that were scriptural... the six "days" of creation, Adam and Eve are created by God, the Fall was Adam and Eve eating forbidden fruit, humanity is exceptionally evil, the flood is global, two of each kind of animal, a raven and dove are released to search for dry land, after the flood Noah gets drunk/naked.... but can I say here that, "everything else is not scriptural."     Noah's three son's were all married and their wives are on the ark, Noah's father lived 590 years after Noah was born, a group of fallen angels helping out...(what is that all about?), and most of all, Noah being unsure about what God wanted him to do... could not be further from the truth.  God was crystal clear and very detailed in His instructions to Noah.  Interesting that God was very clear on these things and Noah would not have been conflicted about God's plan, including the truth that God intends for man to be fruitful and have dominion over the earth (Gen 1:26-28).

The Bible does not present Noah as having an emotional struggle, but it is conceivable, likely even, that Noah and his family would have some emotional turmoil.  In that, I can relate.  This world is not heaven and Satan enjoys bringing confusion into our daily lives here.

This one thing was clear for me, the Noah movie was a powerful reminder of God's wrath against sin and God's mercy in saving us. The one scene of the movie that I found to be powerful was Noah and his family huddling inside the ark hearing the screams of the dying people outside the ark. I had never really thought about what it must have been like to be the only survivors of a global catastrophe.

In contrast, the film I enjoyed was, "God's Not Dead." The idea that "God is dead" is primarily a challenge to God's authority over our lives. The notion that we can safely create our own rules was the lie that the serpent told Eve: "you shall be as gods." Peter warns us that,  "..there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, . . ."    

The "Noah" movie moved me to be mindful of the false teachings that invade us every day, the "God's Not Dead" movie moved me to personally be more active in sharing truth every day.

I like movies.. better when they move me.

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