NOAH and the Ark of Strife Caused On and Off Screen

I have heard so much about the movie, NOAH. It has amazed me what has transpired from this, but it also pretty impressive. I haven’t seen the movie, yet. I will see it though, because I feel any movie that would inspire people to look for scriptures in their Bible to refute it, or perhaps to pick their Bible up in general?  For the positive attention, the Bible sells to pick the movie apart, well I am all for it. This movie already has “blockbuster” potential, and it is unseen in many countries.

I have read the interviews from directors Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel about NOAH, in which both have said, “This is not a documentary; it is not anti-God, nor anti-Christian, nor does it fail to deliver on its central messages of love, mercy and compassion. NOAH, although a righteous man, is still flawed.” I understand NOAH is a righteous man from the Biblical perspective,  and in the movie he is depicted as drunk, naked and cursing everyone, but isn’t that what people do when they get upset? Wait, I forgot, not NOAH, because he was what, a man? A human man, capable of the same thoughts, feelings, and frailties as any one of us? What did you do when your maker, your father, your God, told you to kill everyone but two animals of each kind and your spouse and your children? How did you react to killing infant children, your best friend perhaps? Oh, that’s right, that wasn’t you, so you wouldn’t know. I wouldn’t either; maybe I would be drunk, cursing or for all our sakes since I don’t look like Russell Crow or Emma Watson, naked.

This movie promised viewers would see how different Creation was ten generations past Adam and Eve. This world of fallen men and women, and fallen angels as well, showed a time when NOAH lived where his grandfather was alive. Adam was alive! Can you fathom having Adam walking with God, communicating so closely with God that when God tells NOAH to prepare the ark for the strife that would come.  This is more direct than any other assignment. However, it is the matter at hand. Imagine NOAH, living in a time where his grandfather was alive, when Adam was alive. A time when Adam actually walked with God, so NOAH has no problem with believing that God is communicating with him. I know the content will be difficult to watch, but it wasn’t easy for NOAH. I believe that just like with NOAH, no matter how much you believe, when God gives you a task, when you are given the chore of killing people, be it old or young people or an infant child? You know he had to have thought about those things, and it had to have consumed him to the point of breaking. I mean, he killed some of those people, screaming and begging. He didn’t do it with a clear conscience.

In the Bible story, I saw a happy, bearded NOAH steering the ark into the clear blue yonder. I don’t believe, he was happy about what he did. It is this kind of movie that makes you begin to question everything about yourself. If it were me, could I do this, am I sure, am I sane? The plot was told from NOAH’s point of view, and the antagonist in the movie was there to give everyone a visual tormenter, to bring a sense of realism from the present age, as with the magic, etc.  People need to experience the internal struggles NOAH felt, saw in his mind, in his heart, spiritually; for believers and unbelievers alike. For all followers do not follow the Bible, this we know, some follow no faith, so this movie introduced questions such as what would you do? How would you feel? Would you follow without question, or would humanity compel you to question? For those of us who follow different faiths, it goes back to that one burning question for all who believe and do not believe.

Personally, I am a Christian. I have friends of other faiths, and I accept them as they are. It is not my place to judge them for how they feel, or how they believe. I would love to see all of my friends and family in the afterlife. I know that will not happen. I will love them and see them here, and somehow hope there will be a meeting point for all of us together one day. I was reared to believe there is a burning question everyone must consider when deciding their faith, and how they believe. The explanation given to me was, to consider this, “If you are wrong about what you believe, then are you willing to risk the fate.” So ask yourself, if I am THIS faith, and I am wrong about what I believe, then THAT is my faith. For me, if what I believe is true, then when the end comes, I go on to a place called Heaven. If not, then nothing. What does that mean for you? This may pose one of those questions that people don’t want to answer. It may force you to think about something you don’t want to consider. However, it reminds us that if we believe in a higher power, and this happens to you, as it did NOAH? How true of a believer are we to follow without question, because that is what NOAH did in both movie and Bible story.

This movie may make you look at the uncomfortable side, the things you don’t want to think about, but NOAH did. If it made him get drunk, walk naked and curse. So be it, in the end, he did as ordered. We know what happened afterwards. If you aren’t sure, read the Bible a little further. Maybe they will make a movie about JOB next. Now there is a story of discomfort, pain and I’m sure it would not be a documentary either. I bet you it would be painful to watch, painful to think about if it were you, but then again, what if you were JOB?