I read The Matt Walsh Blog this afternoon and I think he had an accurate review of the new ‘Noah’ movie. I’m not trying to rehash what he said regarding the movie. By the way, I got the impression that he thought it was drek. I just heard some arguments in favor of viewing of the movie and I thought it needed to be addressed.
I have heard this argument repackaged many times for other movies, pastors, car salesmen, levitation machines, and pig wrestlers. Essentially, the argument should not be about whether the movie is biblical or not, or even if it completely misrepresents God. Or not. The Christian shouldn’t disparage the movie. As a matter of fact, he should watch the movie so that he will have opportunities to share the Gospel with people who have seen the movie.
Really? The Gospel is already a stumbling block for people. People think that they don’t need saving. People don’t want to repent of their sins. I cannot see how a misrepresentation of the Bible can bring people to Christ. Maybe I’m pessimistic, but if one believes he can use the movie, ‘Noah’ as a launching pad to share the Gospel, he should have even more success sharing the Gospel with people who have seen ‘Pulp Fiction.’ Afterall, Samuel L. Jackson quoted scripture.
In interviews, Russell Crowe reveals that he has no idea what the biblical story of Noah is about. Noah, the taskmaster? Is that why God chose to save him? Genesis 6:9 states, “Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. John MacArthur’s commentary explains, “‘righteous’ is to live by God’s righteous standards; ‘blameless’ sets him apart by a comparison with those of his day; and that he ‘walked with God’ puts him in a class with Enoch (p. 25). That is a strong assertion comparing Noah with Enoch. Remember, Enoch never tasted death. God brought him straight to heaven.
Some people (usually people outside the faith) think righteous means perfect. Does righteous and blameless mean Noah was perfect? Does that mean he was a swell guy? He certainly wasn’t perfect and some of his sins depicted in the Bible suggest he may not have been a swell guy. MacArthur explains that “God makes it clear the Noah was a man who believed in God as Creator, Sovereign, and the only Savior from sin.” That is what makes Noah righteous.
Most importantly, the story is a type, or illustration of Jesus. Jesus said, “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:9). There was only one door in the ark. That one door represents Jesus. Did Noah shut that door? No, God alone saves. God shut that door (Genesis 7:16).
If you want to lead people to Christ, you use the Bible. The Bible is truth. It makes no sense to try to lead people with a counterfeit. If you want to draw from unbiblical sources, good luck. At least use something moderately entertaining, like Dr. Who.