Does God Care More For Animals Than Humans?
If Russell Crowe is to be our guide about how he will portray Noah to the world as an unloving evil man, God Himself is portrayed as even more evil than Noah. In the Noah movie, God is far more concerned with saving the earth and the animals (Noah even runs an animal hospital before the flood) than He is human beings. However, humans are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27) and Jesus revealed that even though the Father is concerned about each sparrow that falls to the ground, “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows” (Matthews 10:29-3)
Aronofsky’s and Crowe’s claim that Noah is portrayed as an uncaring, dark person ultimately serves to make God appear even worse. When I first saw that Noah would be portrayed as dark and uncaring, I surmised that this would be the opportunity that Aronofsky would seize upon to paint God as evil. I imagined that as dark as Noah would be portrayed, he would still be cast as more compassionate than God Himself and somewhat reluctant to carry out God’s supposed “evil plan.” However, the motif I imagined Aronofsky employing would turn out to be far darker than I even imagined. Incredibly, Noah is portrayed as a reluctant murderer of innocent babies on God’s behalf, whereas God has no problem having Noah performing the dastardly deed.
In fact, we are led to believe, contrary to the witness of scripture, that Noah understood that God intended to eliminate every human being from existence and not allow any human repopulation of the earth. Noah even understands that if he is to save the environment, that God’s command entails murdering the unborn twin daughters belonging to his eldest son’s wife. Thus, the Noah movie blasphemously teaches that one way to please God and help the environment is to engage in abortion or infanticide, a wicked tenet promoted by leading liberal academics today.
Hollywood is quite antichrist, but if millions of people cannot be dissuaded to turn from the true God to become wiccans, atheists or even Satanists, then Christians must be taught that God supports the same murderous agenda that is so eagerly promoted by liberals and in Hollywood! However, as noted, as dark and evil as Noah is portrayed, he is unable to muster the desire to fulfill God’s will to murder his own granddaughters, making him far less evil than God Himself. “God” even uses the animals to hold down Noah’s family members, as they try to intervene and stop Noah from murdering his granddaughters, the only thing that saves the baby girls from God in the end, is that evil Noah is more compassionate than God. Godawa writes:
“Most of the last half of the script is a family killer thriller like Sleeping With the Enemy, that asks the dark dramatic movie question ‘will Noah kill the child if it is a girl or not?’ Ancient sex-selection infanticide. The woman gives birth to twin girls, and Noah gets all the way up to killing not one but two female infants…. But in the end, he fails. He says to himself, to the Creator, ‘I can’t. I can’t do it. I am sorry. I am so sorry.’ He is just too compassionate to carry out God’s cruel plan. Noah is more loving than God.” (Source)
Portraying God as evil is an ancient ploy that Satan used in the very beginning, when he sought to get Eve to believe that God was withholding the forbidden fruit from her, because she would supposedly become God (Genesis 3:1-6). We also see this tactic used when Satan tried to get Job to curse God and commit suicide (Job 1 & 2).
Historically, Satan has used this stratagem in a more sophisticated way through the tenets of Gnosticism. Now he continues to promote this ruse in the present through avenues like neo-Gnosticism and Hollywood. In this respect, Darren Aronofsky was a perfect candidate to be the director of the Noah movie, as he has plenty of Satanic/Gnostic themes and diabolical inversions going on in his previous movies (as we shall see later). For an eye-popping treatment of Gnosticism in popular movies, see our documentary, Hollywood’s War on God!
Was God Unmerciful in the Days of Noah?
Since Aronofsky portrays Noah as a dark character and God Himself as even more evil than Noah, is this the way He’s portrayed in the biblical narrative? Absolutely not!
God’s Word not only reveals to us that Noah was a righteous man of faith who patiently and compassionately preached God’s Word to the lost, but we are also told that God’s heart was grieved over man’s sin and that His Spirit would not strive against humanity’s sin forever:
“Then the Lord said, ‘My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.’. …and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. The Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them” (Genesis 6:3-7).
We are further told that God’s striving against man’s sin was owing to God’s patience or “the longsuffering of God” toward the wicked, who were continually grieving His heart by their perverse and murderous behavior:
“When once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water” (1 Peter 1:20).
We are not only told that God “strove,” was “grieved,” and was “longsuffering” for a 120 more years while man carried on in unrepentant and unabated wickedness and violence toward one another, but that “Noah found favor [grace] in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:8). The Hebrew word translated “favor,” means kindness or grace. Since we know that “God does not show favoritism,” we know that He would have spared anyone who would have answered His call to repentance from the just wrath to come (Romans 2:4, 11; 10:13).
In fact, just after Peter warns about God destroying the wicked with a flood and that Jesus will return to judge the earth, he goes on to declare to highlight God’s incredible longsuffering and desire for all the wicked to repent and be saved:
“For this they willfully forget…. the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water…. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:5-6, 9).
One of the most repeated truths in all of scripture is the declaration that:
“The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness” (Psalm 103:8).
God makes it clear that He has no pleasure in the death of the wicked but gives the lost an opportunity to repent and live:
“Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, people of Israel?” (Ezekiel 33:11).
Will the Real Destroyers of the Earth Please Stand Up?
Thus, Aronofsky’s portrayal of God as evil serves a twofold, propaganda purpose. First, it adds to the militant atheistic lie that if there is a God, He is somehow evil and (2) it bolsters the lie that killing children for the betterment of the environment is God’s will. Such atrocities are apparently under the purview of God’s will for the planet, even if it’s one’s own family members who are the victims. Aronofsky’s Noah justifies his position, “We must weigh those [human] lives against all creation.”
So now we discover that in addition to Aronofsky’s lie through Noah, that not only good works/environmentalism save us, but sacrificing our children will also save the world. However, it is here that we see another crazy irony. God’s Word states that one of the main sins that destroys the environment or “pollutes the land,” is the horrific sin of shedding the innocent blood of our children (Psalm 106:37-42). In the United States alone, over 55 million innocent children have been murdered in the abortion mills around the country. If folks are really concerned about not polluting the environment, they will earnestly seek to put a stop to the mass murder of innocent children. Tragically, today many environmentalists will fight tooth and nail for the life of a frog or a disease-carrying rat, yet in the next breath fight for the right to murder precious children. Feminist Amanda Marcotte compared unborn babies to undesirable cavities and called them “time-sucking monsters” (Source)
Today, earth-worshipping environmentalists champion the mass human sacrifice of innocent children via abortion to appease their goddess mother earth. Historically, more people have been killed for territory, e.g., terra, (Latin for earth) than all the religious wars put together. While God did encourage humans to be good stewards of the earth and this in an important responsibility, protecting the environment did not make God’s big 10 list, while “thou shalt not murder” most certainly did (Exodus 20:13)! The problem with most pseudo environmentalists, is that they typically emphasize hugging trees while either championing or simply ignoring the wholesale murder of precious children.
To be sure, Christians, of all people, should be the best stewards of the earth, because they understand that God created humans as His image bearers and gave us stewardship over the earth (Genesis 1:26-30). However, wise Christians realize that the greatest environmental problem that humanity faces today is the issue of sin. We have already noted that it was due to human sin that the earth was cursed (Genesis 3:1-19). God makes it clear in His Word that sin is the greatest pollutant in the world and the reason He will judge the planet at Christ’s second coming:
“The earth is also polluted by its inhabitants, for they transgressed laws, violated statutes, broke the everlasting covenant. Therefore, a curse devours the earth, and those who live in it are held guilty. Therefore, the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left. The new wine mourns, the vine decays, all the merry-hearted sigh.… The earth reels to and fro like a drunkard and it totters like a shack, for its transgression is heavy upon it, and it will fall, never to rise again. So it will happen in that day, that the Lord will punish the host of heaven on high, and the kings of the earth on earth. They will be gathered together like prisoners in the dungeon, and will be confined in prison; and after many days they will be punished. Then the moon will be abashed and the sun ashamed, for the Lord of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and His glory will be before His elders” (Isaiah 24:5-6, 20-23).
The answer to the problem of sin is of course found in the Lord Jesus Christ, who through His atoning death on the cross to save us from the curse of the law and the wrath to come (Galatians 3:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:9). In the book of Revelation we read that when the last trumpet blasts, Jesus Christ will return and destroy those who are destroying the earth:
“Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.’ And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, “We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign. And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth” (Revelation 11:15-18).
Thankfully, the book of Revelation ends with two glorious chapters that describe the incredible new earth that God will create for those who have turned from sin and placed their faith in His Son” (Revelation 21 & 22).
Gnostic and Occult Elements in Aronofsky’s Films
Aronofsky’s movie Noah, by painting God and Noah as dark and unmerciful characters, continues the age long, satanically inspired theme of calling good evil and evil good. We are truly living in days like those described in Isaiah:
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness…” (Isaiah 5:20).
Aronofsky’s Gnostic tendency to invert that which is holy with glorifying death and evil in his previous movies helps us to understand why Noah would be depicted as a dark character in the movie Noah.
Christians who understand spiritual warfare from a historical perspective will remember that it was the Gnostics of the first three centuries of church history who were the greatest threat to Christianity. Gnostics attacked the gospel of Jesus Christ by twisting the narrative of biblical stories to make God look evil and the dark powers appear heroic, e.g. “The Judas Gospel.” The spirit of Antichrist that thrived in the early church period is alive and well today, with greater avenues of deception than ever. In our video documentary Hollywood’s War on God, we examine several big movies that promote Gnostic/Satanic themes.
After reviewing some of Aronofsky’s previous movies and observing the fact that his films are riddled with Gnostic elements, asking him to direct the movie Noah would be akin to enlisting Beelzebub himself.
In his movie The Fountain, Aronofsky begins with a loose paraphrase of the fall of humanity in Genesis 3:24, which speaks of God driving the first humans from Eden as one of the consequences of their rebellion. Like the ancient Gnostics who glorified the fall of humanity into sin and death and actually sided with Satan, Aronofsky claims that the fall of man was actually good. He claims that death and separation from God is what makes us humans special. Aronofsky stated:
“If they had drank from the Tree of Life [instead of the Tree of Knowledge] what would have separated them from their maker? So what makes us human is actually death. It’s what makes us special.” –Darren Aronofsky, “Interview: Darren Aronofsky director of The Fountain, Part 2," Peter Sciretta, FILM, November 21, 2006
Many Gnostics recast Satan, who used the serpent to seduce the first humans, into the hero of the fall. The fall itself was rewritten to be a cosmic step upward, where humanity is redeemed through separation from Yahweh. Thus, Satan is depicted as setting humanity free from God, allowing humans to realize their own divinity.
Aronofsky contradicts God’s Word not only by claiming the fall was a good thing, but by stating that the theme of death in The Fountain “is a movement from darkness into light, from black to white” –Darren Aronofsky, "Darren Aronofsky Talks About The Fountain," Rebecca Murray, About.com, Ocober 20, 2006
Even though God reveals that death is man’s enemy (1 Corinthians 15:26) and trillions of tears bare witness of this reality, Aronofsky’s central theme in The Fountain is that man can have victory over death and the consequences of sin, apart from God’s grace through the sacrificial death of Christ on the cross. Aronofsky has said, “The film’s about the fact that it’s OK that we die…”
Of course, this is more evidence that Hollywood has become a major catalyst for Gnostic propaganda, echoing Satan’s original lie down the corridors of time and contradicting the Creator who warned, “You shall surely die,” by telling Eve “You will not surely die” (Genesis 2:17; 3:1-6).
The Fountain explores the theme of Gnosticism, reincarnation and Mayan pantheism in its vain effort to extricate humanity from the original penalty of the fall and death itself.
Thankfully, God Himself has solved the problem of the fall and death through the incarnation, wherein God became a man and paid the sin debt of all humanity. Those who place their faith in Christ are promised a glorious resurrection and eternal citizenship in His kingdom.
Aronofsky’s Black Swan
In Aronofsky’s Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman, her ballet director tells the main character Nina that if she is to land the role of the Queen Swan, “she must achieve Transcendence.” And just how is Nina to transcend? Nina must tap into evil powers to be successful and basically sell her soul. Her director tells her “Very few have it in them,” and “I knew the White Swan wouldn’t be a problem. The real work would be your metamorphosis into her evil twin.”
The director says of the former Queen Swan, whom Nina is to replace after she suffered a horrific car accident, that “Everything Beth does comes from within, from some dark impulse. I guess that’s what makes her so thrilling to watch … so dangerous … even perfect at times. But also so damn destructive.”
Nina then proceeds to discover the demonic, evil twin within, by engaging in sexual promiscuity, including lesbianism and other destructive behavior. Aronofsky uses mirrors to introduce Nina to the dark, evil twin. The evil twin engages Nina as a distinct entity through the mirrors and she is eventually subsumed by it. It is through Nina’s convergence and possession by this demonic entity that she is now able to be a star. The movie is ultimately about selling your soul to Satan to find worldly fame and success, mirroring a reality that is endemic throughout Hollywood and the music industry.
Of course, Aronofsky’s telling of the Black Swan is filled with Gnostic elements, like Nina being trapped in her body, death bringing freedom, and Satan (the evil twin) ultimately being the spirit guide leading her to perfection through death.
Aronofsky has Nina’s ballet director tell Nina:
“We all know the story. Virginal girl, pure and sweet, trapped in the body of a swan (i.e. Gnosticism again). She desires freedom, but only true love can break the spell. Her wish is nearly granted in the form of a prince. But, before he can declare his love, the lustful twin, the Black Swan, tricks and seduces him. Devastated, the White Swan leaps off a cliff, killing herself and, in death, finds freedom.”
After Nina summons the evil twin to possess her body, she gives a perfect performance as the Black Swan. Nina is shown with black wings and declares “I was perfect” then she dies!
Aronofsky’s Pi: Faith in Chaos
Aronofsky first movie was Pi: Faith in Chaos which he both wrote and directed. Pi is certainly not about faith in the one true God but rather about faith in the occult/kabala and ultimately the Antichrist. The main character in Pi is Maximilian Cohen, which literally means “High Priest” (Maximillian=high + Cohen=Priest). Max Cohen is a mystic who uses a computer, numerology and kabalistic concepts in seeking to get rich from the stock market and ends up stumbling onto the “hidden name of God.”
After being introduced to the occult practice of Kabala by a mystic, Cohen applies his own theory to his computer, which then crashes. Cohen then discovers that the special number that his computer spits out, consequent to frying his main frame, is 216 digits long. The number 216 happens to be six cubed or 6x6x6, the number of the Antichrist.
Later, after rebuilding his computer and trying another experiment, his computer fries once again. Cohen then curiously examines a strange substance given off by his fried computer under a microscope and discovers three sixes. Each smaller six is embedded within a larger six. Twice now the computer has spit out three sixes as the special number and these spiraling sixes are suppose to contain the secret of the universe as the world is allegedly interconnected with such spiraling sixes.
This revelation represents a eureka-like moment for Maximillian. Max then calls the man who introduced him to Kabala and discovers that the special name of God is 216 letters long. This secret number he finds is the key to the identity of the coming messiah and the inauguration of his kingdom. Max then exclaims, “I saw God… I was chosen.”
If any of this sounds familiar, it is because the biblical book of Revelation reveals that the number 666 is the number of the coming Antichrist, the pseudo messiah. Chapter 13 of the biblical book of Revelation reveals that 666 is the number of the name of the Beast, who will lead countless millions to take his mark on their right hand or forehead, to buy or sell in the coming new world order:
“And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six” (Revelation 13:16-1).
Once again we see Aronofsky’s Gnosticism in promoting evil as though it is special and good. According to various occult and Kabalistic sources, 216 represents the name “Shemhamphorasch,” which is a corruption of the Hebrew term “Shem HaMephorash,” and can also refer to 72 angels or demons. The name has been used by occultists and Satanists including Eliphas Levi, Aleister Crowley and Anton LaVey. Shemhamphorasch is often used to invoke demonic powers.
In our video rockumentary, They Sold Their Souls for Rock and Roll, we show the former head of the church of Satan, Anton LaVey, pointing a sword to the satanic, goat headed baphomet and invoking Satan by using the term “Shemhamphorasch.” According to LaVey’s Satanic Bible, the term is used in various ways, including at the end of various rituals to invoke Satan. –Anton LaVey, The Satanic Bible. New York: Avon Books, 1969, pp. 134, 147–152.