The Noah Opinion. . .

For those of you that follow the show, you obviously know that I did a show on "Noah Untold".  The 2014 movie "Noah" starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly was a great start into the telling of Noah.  I am not here to judge Darren Aronofsky who is the writer and director of this movie, but only giving my opinion.  Many people began to judge this movie before they even saw the film.  Of course the only kind of people that would do this.  .  . would be Judeo Christians.  I even watched a clip from Sean Hannity, and watched him struggle with a film he had not even seen.  In my opinion, this is called, "closed-mindedness".  Christians and other faiths pushed for Paramount to put disclaimers on the film so that the public would know that the 2014 movie "Noah" was not a true biblical account.  What surrounds this movie and the actions of all the faiths are more disturbing than the movie itself.  Was the movie "Noah" a biblical account?  Reading from the Genesis text, it missed the mark.  Reading from the Jasher text, it also missed the mark.  But to say that the movie was wrong because it did not mention God, but used the word Creator is the judgment of a third grader.  Some of the faiths are so judgmental and so childish, that they're missing the element in which to see.  Here's a question:  Did the Creator (God) stop creating?  I heard a guest on the Sean Hannity show bring up the director's non-belief.  Supposedly he's an atheist.  All I will tell you, is from my perspective, if Darren Aronofsky is an atheist, God is truly speaking to him in many ways.  I believe we should carry a policy to not judge unless we want to be judged.  They must have missed this somewhere in church.  There have been many "true" story films that have not filmed the true story.  Why is no-one throwing a fit over these movies?  Why are the film studios not forced to put disclaimers on these movies?  Maybe Noah really rocked the boat.

     So here's my opinion.  Did I like the movie?  Yes.  Did Mr. Aronofsky follow the biblical gist? Yes and no.  He got the names right.  He built the ark right.  And I even like his additive of the watchers.  If the director can get you thinking how the ark was built, he's doing a good job.  If he can show you the brutality of the world, he's doing a good job.  If he can show you the burden of Noah and his family, he's doing a good job.  I even liked the part where the animals slept in the boat.  According to our scriptures, this is not a true account.  The issue of Ham being so distant from the family is not even remotely close to any of the stories told.  This makes me wonder about Mr. Aronofsky's private life.  Sometimes when we create, we tell a story from our own past.  A stow away on the ark, missed the mark by far.  And the snakeskin for power was a bit weird.  But Noah's heart and his seriousness to follow God, was a wonderful sight to see on the big screen.  In my opinion, a very realistic ark and a true telling of the animals coming to the ark.  (This was biblical) I wish the director could have shown how the animals fought off the intruders to the ark.  I do not believe that this was willingly excluded, but maybe Mr. Aronofsky did not know about the Jasher account. 

     Watching "Noah" can bring a heaviness to your heart.  Noah, believing that his family's life would be ended, and even bringing into account the idea of killing two young, innocent babies; it was almost as if the director was trying to bring in a bit of Abraham.  But what I felt as I watched, was the fact that mankind is out of balance.  Man is out of balance when he turns from God and man is out of balance when he believes he hears God for every movement of his life.  I believe the director wanted to show that Noah, inside of his soul, knew he missed the mark.  Maybe he wasn't mature enough to apologize to his family.  But when we are challenged, with a conviction of our heart that we have heard God himself, it is hard to see failure.  Every man fails.  Every prophet fails.  Every being fails.  Just as we need to have balance in the soil for our plant to grow, such is the same with mankind.  If we could pride ourselves to accept others for who they are.  To love them when they don't deserve it and to know that watching a mistake, we could be the next one making the mistake.  There is one perfect element that most people don't understand.  That perfect element is the Creator, God, Source, however you define Him.  He is the perfect One.  Everything else misses the mark.  And in the Greek, to miss the mark, is considered sin.  I believe the faiths sometimes miss the boats because they concentrate on hierarchy and the fact that they can judge others.  If they would use their internal soul to love and accept, I believe this earth would come into balance.  To focus and nitpick and split hairs is to err.  To reach out to someone who has no-one. . . is to love.  Noah is a story and a truth of the power of love.  When God shut the door on the ark, I believe that was Noah's best day and also his worst.  Yes, the people had lost their way through wickedness.  And wickedness is not wrongs and rights.  Wickedness is violence and hatred.  Noah's worst day was listening to the screams.  Noah's best day was doing what God asked.  What a huge amount of emotion Noah must have carried.  I applaud Mr. Aronofsky for trying to tell the story of Noah.  But I ask you a question before you judge him.  If Mr. Aronofsky is truly an atheist, wouldn't this be a beautiful way for God to speak to a Hollywood director and reach out in love and let the director know, how real God is.  Miracles, miracles, miracles. . . that is the story of Noah.

        Ronnie McMullen

        Author and Radio Talk Show Host