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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio


ARE CHRISTIANS TO VIEW ANY FILM IN ANY FORM THAT IS PRESENTED AS A BIBLICAL NARRATIVES AND IS DISTORTED There is a difference between Noah and God's Not Dead Researched by Charles e. Whisnant Noah film Are we as Christians to take time to watch a film or movie on the TV or Theaters, or DVD a film that is presented as a Biblical movie that has distorted  the text i.e.  has been pulled or twisted out of shape, or giving a misleading or false account t for impression,  or misrepresented.  Albert Molher said this “But the odd elements are not the problem, the movie’s message is. Furthermore, the way that message distorts the Genesis account is a far larger problem when it becomes clear that the misrepresentation extends to the master narrative of the Bible – including the character of God.” Write his article  http://www.albertmohler.com/2014/03/31/drowning-in-distortion-darren-aronofskys-noah/ This not only misses the point of the Genesis narrative, it corrupts it. Aronofsky is telling a truly fascinating story in these segments of the film, but it is not the story of Noah as found in the Bible. Totally missing from the movie is the understanding that God is simultaneously judging and saving, ready to make a covenant with Noah that will turn the biblical narrative toward Abraham and the founding of Israel. God is spoken of in the movie, but he does not speak. He is identified only as “The Creator,” and he appears to be driven by an essentially ecological fervor. The entire context of covenant is completely absent. What does God say about this issue set before us? What principles are in scripture that will give us the answer? What is the God Biblical Answer to the films that have a Biblical Narratives ? Let's look at Second Corinthians 4:2 Second Corinthians 4:2But (Paul) have (has) {made sure that he has}
  1. renounced the hidden things of dishonesty,
  2. not walking in craftiness,
  3. not handling the word of God deceitfully;
  4. but by manifestation of the truth, commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.'
The term “renounce” means..... RENOUNCE: (550) to literally speak off or to speak out against. to refuse to follow, to disown, to disclaim, to rject. We have renounced disgraceful ways (secret thoughts, feelings, desires and underhandedness, the methods and arts that men hide through shame); we refuse to deal craftily (to practice trickery and cunning) or to adulterate or handle dishonestly the Word of God, but we state the truth openly (clearly and candidly). And so we commend ourselves in the sight and presence of God to every man’s conscience.  Amplified. CRAFITINESS: (3834) Here the word takes on a negative meaning and conveys the ideas of trickery involving evil cunning, or cleverness, craftiness. Here Paul is saying that he has avoided the clever manipulations of words so that error is made to look like truth. Ephesians 4:14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming. I would say this verse say we are to be careful about falling for the tricky of men. If we are reading right Darren Aronofskey's purpose in the film “NOAH” then we must come to the conclusion that we should be tricky. Second Corinthians 11:3 Paul said “But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be lead astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. http://biblia.com/bible/nasb95/2Corinthians%2011.3 Paul is saying that he scrupulously avoids clever manipulation of words so that error is made to look like truth. Paul was careful to made sure that he would not lead people wrong in what he preached. Satan's modus operandi, the nature of sinful men, has not changed, we as believers need to say on “high alert” as we see in First Peter 5:8. And we are to be as in Second Corinthians 2:11, ….so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.” Then Paul said he would not change the Word (or the narratives of a Biblical story to cause it be be false (even while it appears to be true.) He would not handle the Word of God in a deceitfully way. The term “adulterating or handle: 1389 dishonestly the Word of God. Paul was not going to change the Word to please people. He was not going to falsify the Word. That is what false teachers do: they can present the truth as Peter said in Second Peter 2:1 They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, they well tell the truth but with a different slant There is some indication that the writers of NOAH made a deliberate attempt to mislead the truth of the truth about the reason the Flood was in the Bible in the first place. Way too often Christians as well as Unbelievers are unwary consumer and are lured in by what looks like a good story. I am sure that the producers and writers gave a lot of attention to the making of this film. They did there best to make this film look more “authentic.” Footnote: Many sermons are like this, they use introductions and illustrations so as to make the message and the Word more “authentic.” Can I say the Word is authentic. I know that in making a film like Noah they want to make it appealing for someone to watch I get that. Much like sermons we give the true gospel, but then we add to it things of human ingenuity and wisdom. Many believe if they make the gospel more effective or give it a greater hearing that they will get better results. They are doing what Paul said he would not do, “handling the word of God deceitfully. You know the “seeker friendly” or hip or culturally relevant kind of preaching of the Word of God. So how as the film NOAH tamper with the word of God? You ask? Which is always the question that most people ask? noah-film-still-noahs-ark-darren-aronofsky1 Let me give you what I read about how preachers tamper with the word of God Well much like some preachers do in their preaching:
  1. By taking the text out of context. Al Moher talks about this in his article.
  2. By moralizing the text. You can see many times in the film this is done.
  3. By taking the text or for this article the film to make your own point, or to promote your own hobbyhorses
  4. By making clear that the text or the film is saying things that the text is not saying, nor is it even implied in the story.
  5. By make making the story more acceptable, or said more clever and popular.
THE WORD OF GOD: A footnote: 1 Samuel 9;27; 2 Samuel 16:23; 1 Kings 12:22; 1 Chronicles 17:3; Proverbs 30:5; Matthew 15:6; Mark 7:13; Luke 3:2; 5:1; 8:11, 21; 11:28; John 10:35; Acts 4:31; 6:2; 8:14; 11:1; 13:5 & 7 & 46; 17:13; 18:11; Romans 9:6; I Corinthians 14:38; 2 Corinthians 2:17; 4:2; Ephesians 6:17; Philippians 1:14; Colossians 1:25, First Thessalonian 2:13, First Timothy 4:5; Second Timothy 2:9; Titus 2:5; Hebrews 4:12; 6:5; 11:3; 13:7; First Peter 1:23; Second Peter 3:5; First John 2:14, Revelation 1:2, 9 and 6:9; 19:13 and 20:4 Let me give you what Albert Mohler said with a few personal comments.
  1. Added a very great deal to the Bible's account of Noah in Genesis: In itself that is not a problem.
  2. “The film completely accepts the text, the four chapter in Genesis as truth.”
  3. Dramatically dramatize it. (Much like some sermon we hear.)
  4. Simply adding to the narrative is not necessarily wrong, since there is so little in the narrative account. That is not the real problem.
  5. What they did is distort it to the uttermost, even may not intending to do so.
  6. The problem is how they expand the narrative, even when we accept the fact that a film make has to invent dialogue and embellish the narrative.
  7. They clearly decided to change key elements, rejecting the Bible's account in some respects.
  8. Methuselah would give Noah a hallucinogenic potion so that he can hallucinate God's will, is a little strange.
  9. But the odd elements are not the problem??? the movie's message is.
  10. The way that message distorts the Genesis account is a far larger problem when it become clear that the misrepresentation extends to the master narrative of the Bible – including the character of God.
  11. One example: Noah is introduced as a kind and caring family man, but his divine assignment truths the movie's Noah into a sociopathic monster. There is no scripture that presented Noah as a murderous sociopathic.
  12. Here the movie veers into a radical distortion of the biblical account. Noah is now depicted as a madman ready to murder his own grandchildren I order to end humanity.
  13. To missed the point is one thing but to corrupt it is really mad.
  14. Then to leave out some of the points of the narrative. Like the covenant.
  15. The shaping of the story to fit the theory of evolution, right down to the animation is not subtle.
  16. The bible by the way presents God as the central actor in the story not Noah.
So should we go to movies or watch them on the TV that have a bible story? Personally I believe there are a lot of preaching that I would not go to hear. Many are not as strong as Paul was in his conviction as in 2 Corinthians 4:1-2 Just be remained that the Bible is still the best way of telling the story. If the Lord wanted us to know more he would have written more. The best way of telling the story is not Hollywood’s way but should be in a way that is true to the story, and should be told in that way by the Preachers and Teachers of the Word.