By America Lopez, Talon Staff Editor
I’ve been looking forward to Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ for a long while. He’s one of my favorite directors and is vastly talented. I know that a lot of Christians have been glacial towards this movie because they don’t think that it’s 100% accurate to the biblical text.
The film depicts the story of Noah, found in the Bible from Genesis 6 to Genesis 10, with Aronofsky’s embellishments, given that four chapters of the Bible probably couldn’t adequately fill up two hours of screen time. Everything from the Bible is there, but many additional things have been added. However, the many additions haven’t altered the main message found in the Bible, nor is it “blasphemous,” as many people are claiming.
At the core of the Noah story is the knowledge that God, while always being just and always being wrathful, is also always merciful. He could have easily wiped all mankind from the Earth and not have given us a second chance, but He graciously allowed us to begin again. We don’t fully understand God’s ways (Isaiah 55:8-11) and we can’t judge Him because He is almighty and our earthly minds cannot comprehend His omnipotent and sovereign workings.
Noah is portrayed in the movie as a faithful servant, willing to go to any length, even to die, in order to fulfill all that God commands him to do. A lot of people have been put off by Noah getting drunk and passing out in the movie…well, I hate to spoil the book, but that part of it is faithful to the text. Genesis 9:20-21, “Noah began to be a man of the soil, and he planted a vineyard. He drank of the wine and became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent.”
Jim Daly, president of Christian advice organisation Focus on the Family has said “Darren Aronofsky is not a theologian, nor does he claim to be. He is a filmmaker and a storyteller and in ‘Noah’ he has told a compelling story. It is a creative interpretation of the scriptural account that allows us to imagine the deep struggles Noah may have wrestled with as he answered God’s call on his life.This cinematic vision of Noah’s story gives Christians a great opportunity to engage our culture with the biblical Noah.”
Although some people may be put off my the idea of a beloved biblical story being presented in a Hollywood setting, we have to remember that whatever is going out is opening a lot of people’s minds to God. This could be the first time they are exposed to this sort of material. When I walked out of the movie, I heard someone say, “I haven’t read the Bible but I’m going to read it to see what that was all about.” If that one person being exposed to God’s word isn’t worth it, I don’t know what is.