'Noah' movie will get more people reading Genesis

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  • Stormwalker Cleveland , OH
    March 30, 2014 9:02 p.m.

    If only this movie would get people to actually read the Old Testament, word for word, not just the proof-texts that are so often passed as "Biblical Knowledge." Modern people seeing the contradictory commandments and superstitions in detail might actually benefit by turning to reason.

  • KellyWSmith Sparks, NV
    March 29, 2014 8:33 a.m.

    The premise of this movie is that the reason the Lord wiped out civilization in Noah's time was because of crimes against the environment: cutting down trees, mining, eating animals, etc. In the end of the movie, Noah is then tempted to kill his own grandchildren because he doesn't want humanity to do the same as before and sin against the earth.

    We have a totally backwards society today. What was evil is now good, what was good is now evil. Our society is immoral (like Noah's day) but we create movies that assuage that guilt and change the story by claiming that the sins we are committing are against the earth, yet the earth was given to us to use and take care of including forestry, mining and raising cattle. The great sin that surrounds us is an immoral and violent culture that refuses to turn to God and relies on moral relativism to determine what is right and wrong.

    The Lord has warned that he will sweep the earth with fire in the last days, and movies like this make me think those days are closer than we realize.

    We saw Peabody and Sherman instead.

  • Creaver Sandy, UT
    March 28, 2014 9:31 p.m.

    If Glenn Beck hates it, I'm sure to love it.

  • Pendergast Salt Lake City, UT
    March 28, 2014 2:24 p.m.

    to Jamescmeyer

    "2. The Spirit of God resides in a [world tree]...,"

    You obviously are familiar with Norse mythology & [Yggdrasil]

  • Let it Go! Omaha, NE
    March 28, 2014 8:51 a.m.

    One of my uncles always told me that movies are alternate realities because they always don't depict everything, like the way a certain person walked or the exact positions of each person in a battle scene. Just because somebody took the story of Noah and morphed it into something comparable to LOTR doesn't exactly means that is what actually happened. I personally think this is a 'what if...' movie, like "What if Noah fought with Cain's son?"
    Even if I were to watch this film, I'll acknowledge it as another cool story, not as a depiction of the actual Biblical account.
    Keep that in mind as you watch...

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    March 28, 2014 8:33 a.m.

    This is not an 'adaptation' or an 'interpretation' of the Genesis account of the world flood. It is a largely different story with an entireley different spirit and ridiculous additions. There is enough in the biblical five chapters alone to make an excellent movie without doing that. This cinematic muck will imo do great harm.

    I agree with Glen Beck on this one; most people, or a great many, will think the stupid Hollywood movie represents actually what the Bible "says" and most, I feel pretty sure, will never read the Bible account to check. Then the cinema audiences will listen and agree when the Bible is attacked as an evil book and prophets are misrepresented as evil people, based on cinematic slanders of holy prophets such as Noah.

    A great many People do actually think that Hollywood "history" is largely true and will never seek out original sources. Look what happened with "Braveheart": How many people studied the source materials of Scottish history as a result of seeing Braveheart. Millions seem to have assumed Hollywood "integrity" in that case, a fictitious assumption as insidious in its effects as the perversion of historical events of which Hollywood is guilty.

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    March 28, 2014 7:17 a.m.

    I've seen a lot of people discussing concern over liberties taken with the film, and some people downplaying them... But I don't even know what those liberties are. Take these two scenarios:

    1. The mocking intolerant bad guys try to assassinate Noah before completion of the ark by sending ninjas into his family's house, and then try to tear the ark down when the rains come.

    2. The Spirit of God resides in a world tree, and tells Noah that He's flooding the earth because people keep burning coal and digging up metal.

    "artistic license" could mean either sort of event, but the impact and concern it would raise to me is very, very different between the two.

  • johnklds UK, 00
    March 28, 2014 3:28 a.m.

    I remind my friends who say well the book says this or describes it this way or that way, that the movie is based on the book not an accurate account from the book and that movie makers are making their version of it, so watch the movie if you like and read the book and enjoy both for what they are.

  • GameTheory Salt Lake City, UT
    March 27, 2014 4:23 p.m.

    I am also in favor of people reading the book of Genesis and the Old Testament, because that way they may begin to see the contradictions of modern day religion.
    They will realize that the hollywood depictions are actually much less violent, sexist, racist than the Bible, and that the God of the Old Testament was actually very awful. If a movie actually and literally depicted the Old Testament from Genesis - Judges; the movie would likely not be shown because of the severity of violent acts from the likes of Moses and his followers.
    I wonder which statement is more true:

    People do not read the Old "Dusty" Testament because it is boring,
    People do not read the Old Testament because they are in denial of the extreme violence and acts of hate from God.

    Hopefully people will read it, and their new reason for not reading it would be: i don't read the Old Testament because it is purely a representation of a small historical group of people in the middle east that had a terrible sense of morality and reason.