If you're like me, you have people you care about (whether classmates, coworkers, neighbors, or family members) who might be open to talk about faith & spiritual issues when a movie like the "Noah" movie comes out.
We are encouraging people to invite a friend like this to see the "Noah" movie with us tomorrow (Friday) April 4, 7:00-9:30p. This is a great opportunity to begin a converstation.
Here are the key verses about Noah. I'd recommend reading them both before AND after you watch the movie!
- Old Testament: Genesis 5:29–10:1 Isaiah 54:4-10 Ezekiel 14:12-23
- The Gospels: Matthew 24:35-44 Luke 17:20-37
- New Testament: Hebrews 11:6-7 1 Peter 3:18-22 2 Peter 2:4-5
Here's what Craig Gross recently wrote about the movie:
“The movie doesn’t come with a study guide for small group discussions, posters to download for your church to go buy out theaters with all your Christian friends or a companion guide to the movie. The movie is smarter than that. I believe most of my Christian friends are smarter than that as well and don’t need all those things.
“Don’t listen to people on twitter or people behind a pulpit that haven’t seen this movie. Next weekend, the movie comes out and I would highly encourage you to go see it with some friends. Find some friends who wouldn’t go to church with you but I am sure if you buy the popcorn and the ticket and offer to cover babysitting they will be there with you. We are going Saturday with 153 of our friends and family and can’t wait for the conversations to follow.”
Here are Ken Ham's 12 "Problem Areas" he observes about the movie:
- In the film, Noah was robbed of his birthright by Tubal-Cain. The serpent’s body (i.e., Satan), which was shed in Eden, was their “birthright reminder.” It also doubled with magical power that they would wrap around their arm. So weird!
- Noah’s family only consists of his wife, three sons, and one daughter-in-law, contrary to the Bible.
- It appears as if every species was crammed in the Ark instead of just the kinds of animals, thus mocking the Ark account the same way secularists do today.
- “Rocks” (that seem to be fallen angels) build the Ark with Noah!
- Methuselah (Noah’s grandfather) is a type of witch-doctor, whose mental health is questionable.
- Tubal-Cain defeats the Rocks who were protecting the finished Ark.
- A wounded Tubal-Cain axes his way inside the Ark in only about ten minutes and then hides inside. Tubal-Cain then convinces the middle son to lure Noah to the bottom of the Ark in order to murder him (because he was not allowed a wife in the Ark). Tubal-Cain stays alive by eating hibernating lizards. The middle son of Noah has a change of heart and helps kill Tubal-Cain instead.
- Noah becomes almost crazy as he believes the only purpose to his family’s existence was to help build the Ark for the “innocent” animals (this is a worship of creation).
- Noah repeatedly tells his family that they were the last generation and were never to procreate. So when his daughter-in-law becomes pregnant, he vows to murder his own grandchild. But he finally has a change of heart.
- Noah does not have a relationship with God but rather with circumstances and has deadly visions of the Flood.
- The Ark lands on a cliff next to a beach.
- After the Flood Noah becomes so distant from his family that he lives in a cave, getting drunk by the beach.
Here's a other takes on the movie:
So pray for someone by name, read the Biblical passages, see the movie with a friend, & start a conversation.