Hollywood’s Noah vs. What the Bible says about the Flood

The FloodNoah, the Hollywood blockbuster disaster flick starring the surly Russel Crowe, is due to hit movie multiplexes in 5 days.

Crowe is infamous for throwing a phone at a New York hotel staffer in 2005, for which he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault to avoid jail time.

An early review from The Hollywood Reporter confirms previous descriptions of the movie as a gross reinterpretation of the biblical story, one that attributes the cause of the great flood to man’s abuse of the environment and global warming. In the words of the reviewer, Noah is “the original disaster story,” pushes “aggressive environmentalism” and “heavy-handed ecological doomsday messages,” has a “complete omission of the name ‘God’ from the dialogue,” and distorts the opening line of Genesis from “In the beginning God created heaven and earth” into “In the beginning there was nothing.”

Even worse than omitting God entirely from the dialogue is the movie’s depiction of the fallen angels, that is, DEMONS, as good-guy helpers of Noah. In the words of the review:

“But by far the most startling apparition in this context are the Watchers, the so-called Nephilim, or fallen angels only glancingly mentioned in the Bible. Here they take the form of giant, ferocious-looking rock people … who not only come to Noah’s aid by doing the heavy lifting in building the ark but cut down, stomp on and otherwise decimate the hordes who eventually besiege the ark in hopes of climbing aboard at the last minute.”

Physicist Dr. Hugh Ross of Reasons to Believe has made a trio of videos about the Great Flood. This is Part One:

Here’s what the Bible says about the Flood:

Genesis 6:5-14

Yahweh saw that human wickedness was great on earth and that human hearts contrived nothing but wicked schemes all day long. Yahweh regretted having made human beings on earth and was grieved at heart. And Yahweh said, ‘I shall rid the surface of the earth of the human beings whom I created — human and animal, the creeping things and the birds of heaven — for I regret having made them.’

But Noah won Yahweh’s favor.

This is the story of Noah: Noah was a good man, an upright man among his contemporaries, and he walked with God. Noah fathered three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth.

God saw that the earth was corrupt and full of lawlessness. God looked at the earth: it was corrupt, for corrupt were the ways of all living things on earth.

God said to Noah, “I have decided that the end has come for all living things, for the earth is full of lawlessness because of human beings. So I am now about to destroy them and the earth. Make yourself an ark out of resinous wood. Make it of reeds and caulk it with pitch inside and out. This is how to make it: the length of the ark is to be three hundred cubits, its breadth fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. Make a roof to the ark, building it up to a cubit higher. Put the entrance in the side of the ark, which is to be made with lower, second and third decks. For my part I am going to send the flood, the waters, on earth, to destroy all living things having the breath of life under heaven; everything on earth is to perish. But with you I shall establish my covenant and you will go aboard the ark, yourself, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives along with you. From all living creatures, from all living things, you must take two of each kind aboard the ark, to save their lives with yours; they must be a male and a female. Of every species of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that creeps along the ground, two must go with you so that their lives may be saved. For your part, provide yourself with eatables of all kinds, and lay in a store of them, to serve as food for yourself and them.”

Noah did this; exactly as God commanded him, he did.

Genesis 7

Yahweh said to Noah, “Go aboard the ark, you and all your household, for you alone of your contemporaries do I see before me as an upright man. Of every clean animal you must take seven pairs, a male and its female; of the unclean animals you must take one pair, a male and its female (and of the birds of heaven, seven pairs, a male and its female), to preserve their species throughout the earth. For in seven days’ time I shall make it rain on earth for forty days and forty nights, and I shall wipe every creature I have made off the face of the earth.”

Noah did exactly as Yahweh commanded him.

Noah was six hundred years old when the flood came, the waters over the earth. Noah with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives boarded the ark to escape the waters of the flood. (Of the clean animals and the animals that are not clean, of the birds and all that creeps along the ground, one pair boarded the ark with Noah, one male and one female, as God had commanded Noah.)

Seven days later the waters of the flood appeared on earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, and on the seventeenth day of the month, that very day all the springs of the great deep burst through, and the sluices of heaven opened. And heavy rain fell on earth for forty days and forty nights.

That very day Noah and his sons Shem, Ham and Japheth boarded the ark, with Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons, and with them every species of wild animal, every species of cattle, every species of creeping things that creep along the ground, every species of bird, everything that flies, everything with wings. One pair of all that was alive and had the breath of life boarded the ark with Noah, and those that went aboard were a male and female of all that was alive, as God had commanded him. Then Yahweh shut him in.

The flood lasted forty days on earth. The waters swelled, lifting the ark until it floated off the ground. The waters rose, swelling higher above the ground, and the ark drifted away over the waters. The waters rose higher and higher above the ground until all the highest mountains under the whole of heaven were submerged. The waters reached their peak fifteen cubits above the submerged mountains.

And all living things that stirred on earth perished; birds, cattle, wild animals, all the creatures swarming over the earth, and all human beings. Everything with the least breath of life in its nostrils, everything on dry land, died. Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out, people, animals, creeping things and birds; they were wiped off the earth and only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.

The waters maintained their level on earth for a hundred and fifty days.

Genesis 8

But God had Noah in mind, and all the wild animals and all the cattle that were with him in the ark. God sent a wind across the earth and the waters began to subside. The springs of the deep and the sluices of heaven were stopped up and the heavy rain from heaven was held back. Little by little, the waters ebbed from the earth. After a hundred and fifty days the waters fell, and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. The waters gradually fell until the tenth month when, on the first day of the tenth month, the mountain tops appeared.

At the end of forty days Noah opened the window he had made in the ark and released a raven, which flew back and forth as it waited for the waters to dry up on earth. He then released a dove, to see whether the waters were receding from the surface of the earth. But the dove, finding nowhere to perch, returned to him in the ark, for there was water over the whole surface of the earth; putting out his hand he took hold of it and brought it back into the ark with him.

After waiting seven more days, he again released the dove from the ark. In the evening, the dove came back to him and there in its beak was a freshly-picked olive leaf! So Noah realised that the waters were receding from the earth. After waiting seven more days, he released the dove, and now it returned to him no more.

It was in the six hundred and first year of Noah’s life, in the first month and on the first of the month, that the waters began drying out on earth. Noah lifted back the hatch of the ark and looked out. The surface of the ground was dry! In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry.

Then God said to Noah, “Come out of the ark, you, your wife, your sons, and your sons’ wives with you. Bring out all the animals with you, all living things, the birds, the cattle and all the creeping things that creep along the ground, for them to swarm on earth, for them to breed and multiply on earth.”

So Noah came out with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives. And all the wild animals, all the cattle, all the birds and all the creeping things that creep along the ground, came out of the ark, one species after another. Then Noah built an altar to Yahweh and, choosing from all the clean animals and all the clean birds he presented burnt offerings on the altar.

Yahweh smelt the pleasing smell and said to himself, “Never again will I curse the earth because of human beings, because their heart contrives evil from their infancy. Never again will I strike down every living thing as I have done. As long as earth endures: seed-time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”

Psalm 104:1, 5-9

Bless Yahweh, my soul, Yahweh, my God, how great you are! 

You fixed the earth on its foundations, for ever and ever it shall not be shaken; you covered it with the deep like a garment, the waters overtopping the mountains.

At your reproof the waters fled, at the voice of your thunder they sped away, flowing over mountains, down valleys, to the place you had fixed for them; you made a limit they were not to cross, they were not to return and cover the earth.

~Eowyn

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  1. Reblogged this on ABUNDANT LIFE LIVING and commented:
    Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)

    Hollywood, if you will, is a collective agent of Satan, used to propagate and seduce the unsuspecting with wickedness. Please, friends, be alert. Be sober. Be discerning. Know the truth from the lie by studying the Word of God and developing intimacy with the One True God.

     
  2. Great post. I don’t think this movie will do well because most people will reject the Hollywood version of the story. This is too bad because the movie could have been great and sent a good message.

     
  3. This is an excellent post, Dr. Eowyn! Talk about Hollywood propaganda!

     
  4. More blasphemy from Hollyweird. I had no idea about the volume of overt deception in this film. This is amazing considering that the upper most reason for the flood in the first place was in fact, the very presence of the
    nephilim themselves and their planned pollution of the bloodline that would eventually lead to the birth of the Messiah. You don’t have to be a Bible scholar to know what these beings were/are. If they were so good then why was God continually having the Jews in pursuit of them to try to wipe them off the face of the earth? Actually the nephilim are a hot topic at the moment. Even The History Channel has gotten into the act. The PTB may see a need to sanitize these beings since they will soon be up close and personal with us considering the fact that we are in the end times. IMHO they are already here en masse. Bet there is no mention of sodomy in this film either. God was quite po’ed about that wide spread practice too at the time of the flood.

     
  5. Thanks for the heads up! They won’t be getting a dime from me!
    Liberals think they can rewrite everything! History, human nature & now the Bible..

     
  6. I have to laugh… are we REALLY going to take Holllywerid’s word for the bible? …ya know? Great comments on here!

     
  7. the flood was global.if the ark rested on mount Ararat,which has a high elevation,then its fair to say all continents were under water. yes, Hollywood is evil but I think hugh ross is compromising plain text

     
  8. If they can’t be trusted to get greek mythology right, they sure won’t get anything else right (and indeed won’t)… hollywood’s job is to pervert and destroy. This is all just more gnostic/satanic rehashes of old lies, and frankly I have to say I’m surprised they’re still trying to push the whole “global warming flooding” thing when it has been so thoroughly debunked (how could people in noah’s time generate enough “greenhouse gases” to cause such a thing?).

    I don’t hold the same view others have of a global terminating flood, especially not for the killing of a bunch of hybrid beings, which makes no sense… but this one makes even less sense than that, not to mention the dishonesty when it comes to the text, trying to rewrite the whole thing for the purposes of pushing pop cult agendas. I did expect this to be something nasty though, unfortunately my expectations were correct.

     
  9. Wow! Thank you Dr. Eowyn, for this article. I knew the Hollywood Noah movie was bogus, but for them to cast the Nephilim as good guys is beyond the pale.

     
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  11. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this excellent post. I do not watch anything Russell Crowe is involved in; he is anti-Catholic and anti-Christian to an extreme. I have listened to him and he is full of hatred.

    And of course, he is grossly misrepresenting the real Noah with other crap that has been interjected not having any truth whatsoever, notwithstanding his absolutely inappropriate role of demons as Dr. Eowyn has set forth above. Crowe makes me ill.

     
    • Joan—THANKS for the “heads-up” on Crowe! That’s all you had to say. I was intrigued by the subject until reading this…..I’ll not be going to this show. Can’t abide his politics, acting, or ANY involvement in the enntertainment industry….or his social and religious stances. ( Not to mention—-he is his own biggest fan 🙂 Ugh! ).

       
  12. Remember the saying, “Consider the Source & Ignore It”?

    The writer/director/producer of Noah, Darren Aronofsky (age 45), is an “…American film director, screenwriter and film producer. He has received acclaim for his often surreal, disturbing films…”:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darren_Aronofsky
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noah_(film)

    I guess he likes to “disturb” people, & from your description, he’s certainly done it again by butchering the Biblical account of Noah & the Flood in favor of a political/environmental/New Age slant (ie, “Mother Gaia” a/k/a “Mother Earth” is going to revolt against the humans for messing up the planet, as if “she” had a will of her own to do so), not to mention making the Nephilim the “good guys.” That is even more scary. When the demons are let loose from the bottomless pit during the Tribulation, people will think they are the “good guys”/Nephilim/Watchers returned.

    “Secular people” have no regard for Biblical truth, even though wiki says Aronofsky was raised “Conservative Jewish,” it was void of “spirituality”:

    “I was raised culturally Jewish, but there was very little spiritual attendance in temple. It was a cultural thing – celebrating the holidays, knowing where you came from, knowing your history, having respect for what your people have been through.”
    –Darren Aronofsky (same first wiki link above)

    “Knowing your history” should include the Old Testament, including Genesis, the first book of the Torah, & written by their most famous prophet, Moses! :-/

    In a HuffPo article, Aronofsky is quoted as saying:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/11/darren-aronofsky-noah_n_4941318.html

    “I don’t give a (F-word) about the test scores. My films are outside the scores.” (By “test scores” he’s referring to audience-tests done by Paramount to try to gauge whether Christians would go see it).

    And at the movie’s world premier in Mexico City, he took the stage & said:
    “It’s a very, very different movie. Anything you’re expecting, you’re (F-word)ing wrong.” Oh well, then, thanks so much for warning us! (sarcasm)

    (The movie has been banned in several Muslim countries for defaming Noah, a sacred person in their eyes. Good for them! If only we had enough good sense.)

    I hope that guy never attempts annother “Biblical” movie, & shame on Paramount for this big fat lie, “While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide.” (Pfff! I hope it loses gobs of money! – Quote source, same HuffPo article)

    Grieved at all the people, especially the young & impressionable, who may see this Noah movie & think it is based on Biblical facts.

     
  13. Thanks for this. I was thinking I needed to do some research on this in case someone asked me about. I appreciate that you all did it for me. :~D

     
  14. It’s a story of how our loving god murdered the entire human race because he regretted making them. I think it did a fairly descent job at making it clear just how brutal this genocide was instead of the airbrushed kids version we feed our children from lovely coloured books. I thought the movie did a great job at being a movie.

     
    • The entire human race was corrupted and wicked at that time. You know….kinda how it is in Hollyweird at present. Noah and his family were the only people that were pure of heart and in obedience to God. The genocide was implemented by God to destroy those of His creation who decided to serve satan and not their true Father. Read your Bible you idiot!!!!!!!

       
    • “It’s a story of how our loving god murdered the entire human race because he regretted making them.”

      No. It’s a story of how our RIGHTEOUS and MORAL God exterminated utterly debauched and evil human beings, who chose evil of their own free will, EXCEPT for Noah, his family, and a pair — male and female (not two males, not two females) — of every species who are His creatures without sin.

      The story then ended with God vowing He would never destroy humanity again, which means FROM THEN ON, we can no longer blame “natural” disasters like flood on God. FROM THEN ON, whatever evil, destruction, and woe that befall on humanity is OUR OWN DOING.

      Your warped notion of God (and it’s God with a capital G, you anti-Christian bigot in Blackburn, UK) is an icky “luv luv luv” deity, who is amoral and makes no demands on humanity. SHAME ON YOU.

       
      • It’s in the book mate, you’re not arguing with me. “And the lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.” Genesis 6.6.

        He said it himself.

         
        • McKay,

          You have problems with reading comprehension.

          I wrote: “It’s a story of how our RIGHTEOUS and MORAL God exterminated utterly debauched and evil human beings, who chose evil of their own free will, EXCEPT for Noah, his family, and a pair — male and female (not two males, not two females) — of every species who are His creatures without sin.” And that is entirely consistent with the Genesis quote.

           
      • You are such loving people, I can totally see Jesus shining through in you. Capital J just so you don’t explode.

         
        • There you go again, twisting Christ and Christianity into all about just indulgent “luv luv luv.”

          Jesus the Christ said: “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.” (Matthew 10:34-35)

          I am glad I’m not your twisted idea of “loving.” God is Love and Truth and Good. Love without Truth is meaningless. Love that supports falsehood, lies, and evil is not love.

          Now, leave this site, which is a forum for the Fellowship of the Minds.

           
          • I think, to add to your bible quote Dr. Eowyn, many people today confuse satan’s transformation of “love” with God’s endearing love. One example is Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) who publicly reversed his stance on oxymoronic same-sex marriage after his son came out as homosexual. He said he did this change in his belief because he “loves” his son. What he should have said was, the bible condemns homosexuality and so do I, and I still love my son. Many people have fallen victim to falsely believing that “love” means accepting everything someone does. Love the sinner, not the sin. It takes strength of character and faith to love someone when they are wrong and tell them so, instead of changing your beliefs to be popular or PC. Mattew 10:37 “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”

             
        • Dear Chris,
          Unfortunately the good doctor saw fit to delete your response to me. But you were right in a way about what you said about me….. however…..I am NOT a horrible person, but for me to call you an idiot was horrible and there is a big difference. We all fall short and I had not yet had my morning coffee……I do humbly apologize and beg forgiveness. Having said that, YOU are a HORRIBLY deceived Christian and I don’t care what Christian background you possess. And if you indeed, do read your Bible as you attest, I have to ask what version it is that you are reading. There happens to be a new version on the market almost on a daily basis in this day and age and they are all compromised at this point. Anyone that would uphold ANYTHING that comes out of Hollyweird today has a big problem in discernment and I will pray for you to mature in this area.

           
    • Mr. McKay,

      It is true what you say about how God regretted making us but I believe you might be a bit confused… you see, this all started in a garden along with a choice.

      I would carefully go back to my bible first before taking anything Hollywood would state as *fact* or *truth*. 🙂

       
  15. You all do seem to angry at something, and extremely confrontational towards myself, someone who does not fit your mould. Im not a bad person, i spent most of my life following the Bible but i simply had too many questions that no one had answers for. No one. I simply came here wanting to discuss the explicit messages within the movie Noah, as your page was the first one that google brought up. Its a shame because i was hoping for so much more than i received.

    When i found your Facebook page and the first article you posted had the word “slut” in it, thats when i realised i am facing a far greater evil that i ever imagined. Simply disgusting. Verging on Westboro Baptist Church disgusting.

    Simply because you call yourselves Christians doesn’t make you morally right. What you do, and how you treat people speaks far louder than what you claim to believe.

    We are all in this life together, all you are doing is creating barriers and excluding anyone who doesn’t stand in line with your views. People like yourselves are the reason i have gladly turned my back on Christianity.

    This all makes me so sad.
    Chris.

     
    • Chris Mckay:

      You wrote: “I simply came here wanting to discuss the explicit messages within the movie Noah”

      This was your first comment: “It’s a story of how our loving god murdered the entire human race because he regretted making them. I think it did a fairly descent job at making it clear just how brutal this genocide was instead of the airbrushed kids version we feed our children from lovely coloured books. I thought the movie did a great job at being a movie.”

      Frankly, I was mystified by what your point was. So I responded by taking issue with your barbed depiction of the Flood as “a story of how our loving god murdered the entire human race” by pointing out that:
      1. It’s God with a G, not a g.
      2. He didn’t murder “the entire human race”: Noah and his family were spared.
      3. It’s simplistic and erroneous to portray God as only “loving” while omitting that He is also a God of Goodness, Justice and Truth.

      So you responded with “It’s in the book mate, you’re not arguing with me. “And the lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.” Genesis 6.6.” — which I never denied.

      Then you wrote sarcastically: “You are such loving people, I can totally see Jesus shining through in you. Capital J just so you don’t explode.”

      That is not the behavior and demeanor of someone who comes onto FOTM seeking a friendly discussion.

      Then you accuse me/us of being “very angry.”

      When I responded that I don’t appreciate your psychological projection and your insults, and that I have peace and am not in the least angry, you now call us “Westboro Baptist Church disgusting,” which is yet another gratuitous insult.

      Not once have I called you names. Not once have I called you “disgusting.” Not once have I accused you of being “a bad person.” These are all YOUR words, YOUR insults and YOUR psychological projection.

      It is sad indeed that you cannot own up to what YOU are doing and what YOU have done. Saddest of all is that you are using our exchange to scapegoat us — by blaming Christians “like” us as your excuse for why you “glady [sic] turned my back on Christianity.” To me, that says it all.

       
      • Dr. Eowyn, thank you for setting forth reality to CM and bringing to light his inconsistencies and psychological projections. It is CM who is angry with God, refusing to acknowledge that God gave us a free will, wherein we can choose to sin, or not sin. There is cause and effect. God did not create us to be irresponsible. And what is amusing with CM, is that he completely refuses to address GOD’S MERCY, FOR GOD IS LOVE AND MERCY ITSELF, AND HE FORGIVES US, by saving humankind through the just man, Noah, and his family, and also saving his creatures, who are creatures without sin unlike humanity, so that we could enjoy them and so that they can teach and sustain us. That is what must be proclaimed from Noah and the Flood. What is CM’s point? He refuses to communicate it, notwithstanding his continual anger and hatred. He used FOTM as his garbage basket, that is all.

         
    • Chris, you are a troll…please move on. If you had serious questions about ANYTHING all you had to do was ask respectfully, instead you tossed insults, insinuations, and, ultimately, portrayed yourself to be the victim. I’ve read all the comments and the only negative ones are from you. If you dropped Christianity, then you need to re-examine your relationship with God and come to a clearer understanding of what Jesus Christ has done and does for you. I will pray for you. Everyone here is respectful, if YOU can’t be respectful, then…float on.

       

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