Saturday, March 29, 2014

Not Offended

While many Christians, Muslims and Jews have violently objected to the Russell Crowe/Darren Aronofsky Biblical-Action Epic, I'd like to just say that, regardless of what the movie ends up being when I see it, I'm not offended.

Even if it ends up departing so far from the story that I feel it is largely a story that has only borrowed character names and an overall theme from the Bible, I won't feel slandered or violated.

Why? Because I didn't write the original story and wasn't there to witness what really went on.

I think of it this way: When you're at an event, or witnessed something that ends up on the news, how often do you notice that they get a few details wrong. It's like that old game of password where the phrase that started the game morphs into something crazy by the end. It's funny. But if you notice that they got so much wrong and it affects you, it's irritating.

In this case, departing from the story of Noah doesn't affect me. It might be disappointing, as when someone tells a lewd joke. Or it might be funny, as in "how did you get THAT from what I whispered in your ear?" But it won't affect my life.

Some say the movie makes God to be an angry, capricious mass murderer.

That's been said before. It's been commented on with the story of the Flood, as well as countless other parts of the Bible. If someone reads into the fact that the Creator decided to wipe evil men off the planet as Him being a "mass murderer" it says more about the person that it does about God. In specific, it says that person thinks they are above God.

I don't know yet if the movie conveys that message. Actually, I suspect it doesn't matter. People already think the Bible conveys that message, so there you go.

A movie will not change the foundation of my faith, which is God as Creator and His word, The Bible. I seek to understand His word in my relationship with Christ through obedience to what it teaches and prayer. I don't do a great job at that all the time. But, it's a process. Seeing a movie that grasps at understanding absent faith (Darren admits to being an atheist) will not pierce my faith. If anything, it shows the need for more people to turn from self to repentance and faith in Christ.

The story of Noah is, after all, about a world in rebellion against God. It's about God providing a way for the salvation of humanity when it deserved wholesale destruction. In His mercy, he rescued one man and his family, allowing them to start over, populating the earth. He provided the design and materials for the ark. He brought Noah and his family into the ark along with representatives from every kind of animal. Then God shut the door.

There was no action sequence of rain falling and spear throwing. God shut the door 7 days before the rains and floods came.

I hope that Darren, Russell, Jennifer, and the rest of those who worked on the movie will, like Herod in the days of Jesus, after hearing the words of John The Baptist, be pricked with the truth of this story and realize that Christ is our ark. He's the one that, in him, we'll be safe from the judgment of God that will rightly come on a wicked world.

I love the line in the trailer where Tubal Cain asks Noah if he thinks he can be safe from him in the ark. Noah's response, "It's not protection from you."

It seems this is timely. So many people attack and kill Christians throughout the world. Arrogantly, people think Christians need protection from the world. No, we don't. But we offer the path of protection that the world needs from God's ultimate judgment that will come one day.

It's not too late. Jesus is holding back that judgment today, allowing all to enter the ark if they only repent and believe.

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