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'Noah' Stirs Debate

Tuesday, 01 Apr 2014 09:34 AM

By Dr. Alveda C. King

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I recently had the pleasure of receiving thoughts from a reader, and I decided to share a few of my own. The conversation was with a young woman whom I will call "CC."

She was expressing her concern regarding the pro-life versus pro-choice philosophies. He comments are regarding the newly released film, "Noah."

Dear Dr. King,
I really enjoy your blogs but I would just like to mention that many conservatives seem to be in an uproar about the movie "Noah" and I feel that they may be missing a perfect opportunity to witness to a generation of people who have never heard a clear presentation of the Gospel.

My question is this, did the author, producer or directors ever say this was a biblical account of the life and trials of Noah? If not, why then are Christians upset? Instead of criticizing the film for inaccuracy, why not celebrate as a symbol of how God still inspires?

Who knows, maybe this idea came to the writers following a dream had while sleeping in church. While not accurate, God's word is powerful enough to take even the loose interpretations and lead to salvation. If Christians would stop putting God in a box, maybe more people would actually live Christian lives
. . . I'm just saying. If they stop hating, and thank God that people still find his word relevant, maybe then, they could be in a position to fill in the historical gaps that the movie left void.
Blessings, CC.

Even though I've seen the film, I wasn't going to blog about it. My response follows:

I am glad that Hollywood didn't fudge to say the film is a Bible story. So, no CC, the producers, directors, etc. never said this "Noah" is a Bible story. The atheist creator of the story decided to make the film, which is "inspired by the Bible."

I hadn't read any of the commentaries when I slipped away to view the film all by myself last week. I was surprised that many of the seats were filled at the noon matinee on a week day. The presence of so many others led me to believe that many people still believe there is a God in Heaven, and that many are trying to seek God while God may be found.
There were blatant Bible fallacies in the movie. Two of Noah's sons didn't have wives when Noah shut the doors of the ark. The Nephilim like fallen angels in the film suggested that they were in their pitiful volcano rock bodies, misshapen and gruesome because they disobeyed the "Creator" and came to earth to help save the humans, when obviously the "Creator" didn't care about humanity. Of course this representation flies in the face of the truth of John 3:16 that God so loved humanity that he gave his son Jesus to redeem us.

Yes, in spite of all of this, CC has a point. People are going to go and see movies like "Noah," because people are hungry for truth. What we Christians need to do is to overcome off point movies with so many powerful and truthful films that people will begin to discern truth from fiction, and start reading the Bible for themselves.

Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She is a pastoral associate and director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read more reports from Dr. Alveda C. King — Click Here Now
 

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