The Bible says, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." The movie, "Noah," said, "In the beginning, there was nothing." Hollywood couldn't get it right even from the start.
What was right about the film? One person quipped, "It got the water right and the names right." I would add that the ark was made to look realistic, unlike the "bathtub" or "cartoon" arks.
Other than that, not much can be said about the accuracy of the movie to Scripture.
The makers of the film said that they used "artistic license." Artistic license? Try gross distortions. The Bible portrays Noah as righteous, blameless, and a preacher of righteousness. The movie mangled the character of Noah, depicting him as a sociopath scheming to rid humanity from the earth in order to save the planet and "the innocents" (animals).
The Bible gives the reason for the flood on account of man's wickedness and violence. The movie, however, cited man's poor caretaking habits of the earth. According to the Bible, judgment resulted from sin against God, not against nature as suggested by the movie. That difference is huge. Still, the makers of Noah had the audacity to say that "this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide." If that's integrity, then what's revisionism?
Noah was chosen of God to preserve the human race, but the film shows him threatening an abortion on his grandchild. That's like "spinning" the Nazi gas chambers into a preservation device for Jews while claiming integrity to what really happened.
The movie blended bizarre fantasy into actual history. How can the praiseworthy act of God's mercy toward man, though full of evil inclinations, be faithfully featured in a movie morphing environmentalism into God's covenant promising not to destroy the earth by water again and mandating humanity to replenish the earth?
Throughout the globe and many cultures, stories of the flood abound, but they deviate from the biblical record. Sure enough, Paramount did the same with Noah recognizing the flood, but distorting the account. Dr. Albert Mohler says it best: "The Bible is infinitely better at telling its own story than anyone or anything else, including and especially Hollywood. Perhaps the main lesson Christians are to learn from this movie is that if we do not tell the story, others will."
The Rev. Mel McGinnis is a Frewsburg resident.