The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


April 2, 2014

Your View: No, no, ‘Noah’

JOPLIN, Mo. — Some guy named Noah, a lot of water and a bunch of animals on a boat are the only similarities between the movie “Noah” and the account in Genesis 6:9.

“Noah” is a spectacular movie, with great casting and special effects (the animals boarding the ark is sensational). The addition to the biblical story of rebellious fallen angels (think Lucifer) who look something like Stone Age Transformers is a bit quirky but forgivable.

However, one aspect of the movie greatly offends against the biblical account.

The Bible is clear that Noah’s three sons and their wives were on the ark and that God commands them “to be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.” In the movie, only Shem has a wife and she is supposedly barren. The film represents this as God’s plan — that only the innocent animals are to “be fruitful and multiply,” while the family of zookeepers will be a dead end for humankind.  

When the supposedly barren daughter-in-law turns up pregnant, Noah (well, Russell Crowe) presents it as God’s will that he kill any female daughter so the human race will indeed die out. God’s intended purpose in the flood, according to the movie, is to go back to the antediluvian Garden of Eden, before Adam and Eve.  

That is absolutely contrary to the biblical story and message of the flood and makes God appear bloodily anti-human, a misanthropic hyper-Malthusian. People who know the Bible will understand this is a perverse reading, some sort of PETA-ized heresy.  

Other than that one (BIG) thing, it’s a fun two-plus hours.

 Ronald L. Cansler


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