Did you know, according to Hollywood, that the main reason God destroyed the ancient world with a flood was because of a lack of environmental activism and overpopulation? Did you know that Noah was a liberal eco-terrorist and the world’s “first environmentalist”? Did you know that Noah was really a callous, dark person? Did you know that Noah was a drunken, axe-wielding murderer? Did you know that Noah threatened to kill his eldest son’s wife and her unborn daughter, because he didn’t want the earth to be repopulated? Did you know that Noah’s old pal Methuselah (really old pal) was a witch doctor who guided Noah spiritually? Did you know that Noah enlisted the help of Satan’s fallen angels to protect him while building the ark?
What? You didn’t know these things? Weren’t you listening in Sunday school as a child? Did you miss all of this when you first read the biblical account of Noah and the great flood in the book of Genesis? Of course you didn’t miss these things, because they never happened! The Noah movie, released by Paramount Pictures on March 28th, 2014, will not be the first film used by the liberal Hollywood elite to target Christians and exploit, politicize and twist biblical truth. Nor will it be the last time Hollywood engages in a colossal effort, to the tune of a $160 million, to deceive and make a buck off the faithful. (Source)
The reason I have entitled this article “The Noah Movie Deception and the Last Days” is because Christians are being herded like lost sheep to see a movie which does not reflect its biblical billing. Many, after viewing Paramount’s misleading trailer and reading their bogus claim that the movie “is inspired by the story of Noah” and “is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide,” (Source) are in for a very rude awakening!
Who are you to believe? Paramount, who wants to make big money off of unsuspecting Christians on their whopping investment, or Noah director, Darren Aronofsky, who blatantly admits about the movie “Anything you’re expecting, you’re f**king wrong,” and “Noah is the LEAST BIBLICAL film ever made.” (Source)
The truth is, reviews of screenings of the movie Noah reveal that it is an utter corruption of the Word of God and actually turns the bible inside out. It is especially telling that Paramount ended up in a huge conundrum after press reviews of the initial screenings found that many Christians were upset because the Noah film was not true to the biblical narrative. This should not be a great surprise, as Noah director Darren Aronofsky, promotes Antichrist, occult and Gnostic elements by the boat load in his other movies (more on that later in this article). Add to this the fact that Aronofsky approaches the Noah story as a “great fable,” and has no reason to approach the sacred story with any sense of sanctity or reverence for God. Aronofsky admitted:
“I don’t think it’s a very religious story…I think it’s a great fable that’s part of so many different religions and spiritual practices.” –Darren Aronofsky, Variety 2012
However, there are many Scientists who believe there was a worldwide flood and that Noah was a real person. If there had been a worldwide flood, we would expect to see evidence that the highest mountains were once under water, and so we do. We would expect to see evidence of mass fossil graveyards throughout the earth, with millions of creatures suddenly buried in flood sediments, and so we do. We would expect to have extra biblical accounts of a worldwide flood from other cultures around the world and again, so we do! Most importantly, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself confirmed the historical event of Noah and the flood by repeatedly warning that the end of days, before His glorious return, would in fact be like the days of Noah, before the flood (Matthew 24:37-38, Luke 17:26-30).
Making things even worse for Paramount was the FDC’s (Faith Driven Consumers) revelation that the result of a 5,000-person survey found that 98 percent of Christian consumers would have no interest in seeing a movie about Noah, if it was not biblically based. To which the very arrogant Aronofsky responds "I don’t give a f*** about the test scores. My films are outside the scores." (Source)
Aronofsky seems to have no qualms about alienating Christians who might have otherwise been bamboozled to see the film by Paramount’s bogus, biblically based claim. His penchant for repeatedly dropping F-bombs and telling believers how “f**king wrong" they are to expect Noah to be biblical and “I don’t give a f*** about the test scores,” further admitting that “Noah is the LEAST BIBLICAL film ever made," will not go over well with sincere Christians.
Paramount sought to do damage control by cutting a more biblically-based edition of the movie, which the New Yorker characterized as “an 86-minute beatitude that began with a montage of religious imagery and ended with a Christian rock song.” (Source)
However, Aronofsky’s perverse version will be the one that hits theatres March 28, 2014. The Los Angeles Times reported that Paramount wanted “to make a more biblically-accurate film, while filmmaker Aronofsky had different ideas.” However, unfortunately for Christians, Aronofsky boasted, “My version of the film…was greenlighted,” and the Hollywood Reporter revealed that “Paramount is fully supporting his version,” of the Noah story. (Source)
No wonder Paramount posted a “disclaimer” on their website referencing “artistic license,” allowing the movie plenty of unbiblical and diabolical wiggle room. Perhaps it would have been more accurate if Paramount used the disclaimer “narcissistic license,” as Aronofsky appears to be using the movie to tell us more about his own story and his liberal views, rather than God’s version of Noah’s story!
Should we expect more from a director who has made a slew of Gnostic themed movies and who praises the Nephilim (“fallen ones”)? When Aronofsky tweeted that Nick Nolte would be playing the role of the fallen angel Samyaza (another name for Satan) who, according to the extra-biblical book of Enoch, is the one who led a revolt where the “sons of God” took for themselves the “daughters of men,” begetting Nephilim, Aronofsky praised the evil Nephiim, tweeting, "just added the legend in #noah . long live the nephilim! it was an honor." (Source)
Obviously, Aronofsky’s triumphant praise of God’s enemies, “long live the nephilim!” is something no God-fearing man or woman could ever utter.
Was Noah the First Environmentalist?
Sadly, the Noah movie, rather than pointing people to the need to repent of the wickedness that was so prevalent in Noah’s day, and for which the world was then destroyed, Aronofsky chose to use the film to blaspheme God’s righteous and loving character and to propagate the leftist global agenda of environmentalism. In fact, Aronofsky tells us what the Noah story is really about:
“It’s about environmental apocalypse which is the biggest theme, for me, right now for what’s going on this planet. So I think it’s got these big, big themes that connect with us. Noah was the first environmentalist.” (Source)
Aronofsky’s propaganda is seen in a script of Noah that was released online. According to the script, Noah’s wife Naameh asks him why God is about to destroy the world. Noah is then given a vision by God of the original pristine creation, before man destroyed the environment. Noah replies to his wife, “Because it [the creation] is dying already. At our hand, all he created is dying…If we work to save it, perhaps he will too.” Hence, according to the Noah movie, the way to be saved is not though the grace and forgiveness of sin that comes through repentant faith, but by doing enough works to save planet earth and by becoming a good little environmentalist. Indeed, later in the movie, Noah says, “We must change. We must treat the world with mercy so that the Creator will show us mercy…We must respect the ground, respect the rivers and seas. Respect the other beasts of the Earth.”
However, when we read the biblical narrative the environment is not even at issue! Rather, humanity’s wicked defiance of God’s moral law, including perpetual violence and rampant sexual perversion, are the reasons that God gives in His Word for flooding planet earth:
“The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, 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.”… Noah became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth” (Genesis 6:4-7, 10-11).
Who Deserves to be Worshipped?
Ironically, God reveals to us in the biblical book of Romans, that the root problem in the antediluvian period (just before the flood), was that people sought to engage in the vain worship of God’s creation, rather than the worship of God Himself:
“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them" (Romans 1:18-32).
We see mass creation worship taking place today in the worship of “Gaia” or "Mother Earth," by many of those who are on the far left. In their quest to revive paganism they have largely jettisoned the moral law of God as they seek to institute a global religion based on the worship of creation.
The incredible irony is that Aronofsky’s ploy of bait and switch, in making the Noah narrative about environmentalism rather than the consequences of breaking God’s expressed moral law, is encouraging the very conditions that invited God’s wrath, in the form of the flood, in the first place. Moreover, Aronofsky is seducing the biblically illiterate and emboldening environmentalists with a lie, by pretending that God flooded the earth because of over population and environmental concerns. The truth is, human beings need to learn that sin (how we mistreat God and one another) is at the heart of what is wrong with the world and the environment. It was sin against God’s moral edict that turned the beautiful paradise of Eden, which once teemed with vibrant life, into a desert filled with thorns, thistles and death (Genesis 3:1-19). Simply stated, putting God’s creation above God is idolatry and will be the central reason that God will judge planet earth again, at Christ’s Second Coming (Revelation 9:19-21).
Sadly, we would hope that most Christians would be discerning enough to avoid the money grubbing hands of Hollywood in their handling of something as sacred as the biblical account of Noah. Didn’t Jesus warn us “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces” (Matthew 7:6)?
“It is a trap… to say rashly, ‘It is holy!’”
Unfortunately, some professing Christian leaders and organizations are endorsing the movie, including the National Religious Broadcasters and movie critic Ted Baeher of Movieguide. Ted Baeher said in an interview that he believed that Noah would be "incredibly redemptive" and "God-centered."
After Paramount was advised by National Religious Broadcasters to provide a disclaimer, NRB president, Jerry Johnson, stated that Christians should simply separate truth from fiction and “pass the popcorn.” (Source)
However, the problem is when “artistic license” cancels out biblical truth and an allegedly “biblically based” movie becomes a two hour infomercial – full of blatant Hollywood propaganda!
This is not to discount any of the good that Johnson or Baeher have done in the past, but simply to bring a needed contrarian perspective on the Noah movie. Indeed, top Christian movie critic Ted Baaher (Movieguide.org), dubbed our documentary The Kinsey Syndrome as "…one of the most important productions of the 21st century."
However, because of the nature of deception and the fact that the Noah movie has the potential to adversely influence millions of people (Christians included), I believe it is irresponsible to christen a movie that the director is calling the “least biblical film ever,” as “incredibly redemptive,” and “God centered.” After all, God’s Word warns us “It is a trap for a man to say rashly, ‘It is holy!’ and after the vows to make inquiry” (Proverbs 20:25).
Was Noah an Evil Man?
While the bible makes it clear that Noah was a righteous man, director Darren Aronofsky would have us believe, as he told the Guardian, “He’s a dark, complicated character." (Source)
When Paramount’s concern grew even greater because of their financial investment of $160 million, they conducted test screenings of the Noah movie, against the protests of their “upset” director. The result was that screeners “questioned the film’s adherence to the Bible story and reacted negatively to the intensity and darkness of the lead character.” (Source)
Subverting Christianity is hip in Hollywood, but not if your director looses your $160 million investment in the process. The Hollywood Reported revealed that viewers of screenings were concerned with the way Noah was being portrayed, with one man describing Noah being depicted as a "crazy, irrational, religious nut.” Hollywood screenwriter Brian Godawa condemned the Noah script under a post entitled "Darren Aronofsky’s Noah: Environmentalist Wacko." Godawa wrote, "If you were expecting a Biblically faithful retelling of the story of the greatest mariner in history and a tale of redemption and obedience to God you’ll be sorely disappointed.” (Source)
According to Aronofsky, he didn’t want his version of Noah to be based on grandma’s “Bible school." He said, "We wanted to smash expectations of who Noah is." If early screenings of the movie are indicative, it seems that Aronofsky has achieved his goal in substituting his evil, mythological Noah for the historical man of God described in the book of Genesis.
If anyone would know how Aronofsky is truly portraying Noah in the final cut of the film, it would be Russell Crowe, who plays the lead character. Unfortunately, according to Crowe, Noah, rather than being portrayed as the most righteous man on earth as he is in the bible, Aronofsky’s Noah is portrayed as a callous, uncaring person who has no love for humanity and couldn’t care less if the world perished. Incredibly, Crowe sounds like a militant, God hating atheist or even a Satanist who seems to gleefully relish in his opportunity to portray Noah to millions around the world as an evil, uncaring man. Crowe declared:
“The funny thing with people, they consider Noah to be a benevolent figure because he looked after the animals: ‘Awww, Noah. Noah and the animals.’ It’s like, are you kidding me? This is the dude that stood by and watched the entire population of the planet perish. He’s not benevolent. He’s not even nice. You know what I mean? At one point in the story his son says, ‘I thought you were chosen because you were good?’ And he goes, ‘I was chosen because I can get the job done, mate.’ So I think people are gonna be…judging from where their questions come from, I think they’re gonna be quite surprised what Noah actually means, what it means to be in that position." (Source)
Will the Real Noah Please Stand Up?
Was Noah really an evil, uncaring man? Absolutely not! When we look at the biblical evidence, which is the only viable ancient account we have of Noah’s character, nothing could be further from the truth! God’s Word makes it quite clear to us that Noah was a righteous man:
“But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord…. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God” (Genesis 6:8-9).
God’s Word reveals to us that Noah was a loving man. Galatians 5:6 declares, “faith works through love” and Hebrews 11 tells us that Noah was a man of faith:
“By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith” (Hebrews 11:7).
Did Noah sit idly by without warning the wicked or caring if they perished? Again, totally untrue! God’s Word tells us that Noah was “a preacher of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5). Preachers of God’s Word warn people to repent, even when the message isn’t popular, because they care about the lost and are concerned about their eternal destiny. However, like a huge pack of ravenous dogs, consumed by rabies and bent on destruction, the unrepentant wicked in Noah’s time were incorrigibly hell bent on evil, rejecting God’s Word, and thus justly condemned by God in the end. The scripture tells us that God gave humanity 120 years between His warning and the actual flood event (Genesis 6:3). Noah would have to have been an incredibly patient and loving man to preach to the same wicked unrepentant people for 120 years. How many of us would have given up after only 120 days, or even 120 minutes? When God chose Noah, He chose the one man who best represented His own heart and character. Though Noah was not perfect, he was God’s man for the hour.