Saturday, August 2, 2014

Noah – 2014: Satan’s Side of the Story

Noah – 2014

Satan’s Side of the Story

In almost every conflict, there are two sides who think they are justified in their actions. For those of us who are Christians, God’s side of the story can be found in the Bible. Have you ever wondered what Lucifer, the Arch Angel, that Old Dragon, Satan himself, would say about what occurred in the Garden of Eden and the years following? Wonder no longer. Hollywood brings to you Satan’s side of the story in the 2014 movie Noah.

A certain amount of discrepancy can be expected when Hollywood puts out a movie that is based on a book. I went to the show on opening weekend expecting it not to be biblically accurate. I was not disappointed. Of course there were changes to the storyline to make it more suitable for the big screen:

Noah's family as the ark leaves

  • It took 10 years to build the ark – In the Bible it was 100.
  • Noah’s father died when he was a young boy – According to Genesis, Lamech lived 595 years after Noah was born.
  • Noah’s children were still kids when the ark was built – Weren’t they grown men with wives (yes, the wives went on the ark, too)?
  • No one, not Noah nor Cain’s descendants, could talk to God – He was an absentee parent. The Bible tells us that Noah walked with and fellowshipped with God.
  • Noah didn’t gather food for his family and the animals for the journey. Instead he used incense to put the animals into a deep sleep…for nine months! (I’d like to know how they survived without an IV!)

I could see that changing these things helped make the movie more relatable to a modern day audience and it also increased the drama. What surprised me was that I could list the things that were Biblically accurate on one hand:

  1. Adam and Eve ate from a forbidden tree causing the ground to be cursed as they were kicked out of the garden.
  2. Noah and his wife with their three sons built an ark to hold two of every creature.
  3. God flooded the Earth because of the wickedness of man – only Noah, his family, and the animals survived.
  4. Noah made wine and got drunk when the ark landed.

That’s it. Nothing else was according to the Word of God. Leave it to Hollywood to let someone write the screenplay that had only heard Bible stories as a kid and didn’t know anything else about God. What added fuel to the flames were the other things added to the story.

I can clearly picture that Old Dragon whispering in someone’s ear, dictating how the story should be told.
Watcher - Fallen Angel

Satan’s Side of the Story:

When God threw man out of the garden and cursed the ground, it was a cruel fate. A group of angels took
pity on man and came to earth to help. Because these angels acted against God’s will, they were cursed (they looked like giant rock monsters). These fallen angels were called Watchers. These Watchers tried to help man, but because of man’s greedy, evil nature, we destroyed the earth.

The Truth:

This is a joke, right? Fallen angels are here to help man? The Bible tells us that when God created man, Lucifer, the most beautiful of all God’s angels, was not happy. Because we were called God’s children, it put us above the angels in the chain of command. Angles are servants, we are heirs. That means they would have to bow to us as they did to God.

“What is man that you are mindful of him?” Satan asked. “I could be as a god to him!” According to scripture, Satan rallied angels to him and headed for Earth to prove his point:

“When men began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were fair, and they took wives of all they desired and chose...  There were giants on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God (angels) lived with the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. (Genesis 6:6)

Do these creatures look like something that could "mate" with a woman? Fallen angels are demons. They are not here to help us. They are here to prove they should rule us.

The Snake shedding it's skin in the Garden.
Satan’s side of the story:

Knowledge is passed down from the descendants of Adam and Eve by wrapping the skin of the snake
around the hand and up the arm to the bicep. The skin glows as the elder taps the younger on the forehead. The movie is very clear: this is the very same snake that convinced Eve to bite that apple.

The Truth:

Talk about vain! That crafty Old Dragon is trying to take credit for knowledge handed down through the ages. The skin of the snake that caused man to be cursed is being portrayed as the ultimate blessing!

The only skins mentioned in connection with Adam and Eve are from the sacrificed animal that God used to cover them. This is the first animal sacrifice. Later, through the story of Cain and Able, we learn that God has instructed mankind to offer an animal sacrifice so that He can fellowship with us. This is a foreshadowing of the last sacrifice, Jesus.
Barren Girl

Satan’s side of the story:

Witnessing the corruption of man, Noah decides that man is too sinful to exist in the new world God is building. Since the only girl, besides his wife, that God is sending on the ark is barren, surely He intends for Noah and his descendants to be the last men on Earth. After mankind is destroyed and they are living on the ark, Noah discovers that Seth’s girlfriend has been blessed by Methuselah; she is with child.

Noah pronounces that if the child is a girl, he will kill it – that is God’s will.

The Truth:

Since when does God condone child sacrifice? God loves children. They even made up a song about it:

Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world,
Red, yellow, black and white,
They are precious in his sight,
Jesus loves the little children of the world.

Jesus was God on Earth; we know God loves children. He would never ask that one be sacrificed!

People actually got up and left the theater at this point. Is it any wonder that the Pope wouldn't see Russel
Crow? This movie wasn’t just inaccurate, it was downright blasphemous.

Yes, this is for entertainment, but it is about someone we love. I do hope you will help spread the word about this film so that it will leave the theaters in record time. DO NOT PROTEST! That just gives them the attention they want! Instead, let others know what this movie is really about.

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