The story of Noah and the ark is coming to life in a new way as Hollywood presents “Noah” in theaters. The movie is about Noah from the Bible, taking place in 2348 B.C. The historical significance of this classic “children’s story” is of epic proportions for the world today. The great flood changed not only the landscape, the people and animals, but it also significantly changed the laws of the land. What once was a vegetarian world (both people and animals) was now changed to allow the consumption of flesh.
In Noah’s day, the people were evil, vile creatures breaking all of the laws and rules of God’s earth and having no moral compass. Of them all, only Noah was chosen by God to be saved from total destruction. He and his family as well as the land animals that came to him, were the only ones spared from the crushing powers of the waters (Hebrews 11:7). Many marine life sea creatures were killed during the flood, but many survived, and makeup the ancestors of the living creatures today.
While the movie does a great job displaying the huge ark Noah built, and the amazing powers of the waters, it is extremely historically inaccurate. Simple things like Noah’s children were inaccurately portrayed. Japheth in the movie is said to be Noah’s youngest son, but Ham is actually his youngest. But the most troubling aspect of the movie (being so gravely historically inaccurate) is the depiction of Noah as being this great animal rights activist; placing the life of animals above that of fellow human beings. In the movie Noah murders 3 men in order to save an animal. This cannot be found anywhere in history as ever having taken place.
Historically, Noah is a man who was righteous in the eyes of God. He was not a perfect man, but he was not a murderer nor was he an activist out to save animals and destroy mankind. Noah’s job was great, but simple. Build an ark, store food and water, gather the animals, and take your family and go inside. God did the rest. The earth was flooded with waters from both below and above for 40 day and 40 nights. Because the inhabitants of the land were so evil, God decided He had to essentially start over, and repopulate the earth with Noah’s descendants.
The movie in deep contrast to history portrays God as a vengeful God, who wants Noah only to save the animals so they can populate the earth and wipe out mankind. While I feel filmmakers are allowed, and should be allowed artistic freedom in portraying a historical event (like adding dialogue that is not written in history and building the scene to make a 2 hour movie) I think they totally overstepped the artistic freedom argument and did a grave injustice to not only our history as a race, but to Christian’s as a whole in misrepresenting our God and Creator.
King James Bible
Noah – the movie