[noah: remembering the story]
Everyone – at least in Christian circles – seems to be talking about the latest movie called Noah.
Sam and I watched it last Friday with our friends.
I walked away, feeling quite content because I didn’t expect it to be a documentary or an evangelization tool. One of my friends, however, raved how unbiblical it was.
My own opinion?
There certainly are many things that were not mentioned directly in the Bible account. However, instead of them being wrong, perhaps they were not mentioned? (Take into account that the story is over than 5,000 years old, if not older recorded and re-recorded.)
If anything, this movie made me wake up on Saturday morning and re-read the Flood story in the Bible to see what I forgot.
Another friend of mine reminded on his Facebook that our minds, most of the time, are “polluted” by knowledge. We have heard the story of Noah so many times (especially if you went to kids’ Sunday School or camps) that it is hard to remember what was in the actual Bible story and what was simply taught to us by our teachers. (Kinda like when everyone is convinced there were 3 magi who visited Jesus in the stable.)
I wish we could block the “context” as we read the stories.
To read what is written and not what we think is written.
My friend Yevgen Shatalov compiled a mini-list of “Biblical Noah” myths:
1. “Everyone laughed when Noah built the Ark” – nowhere in the Bible it says that. It was added to make the story more challenging. (As if building such an enormous boat wasn’t a challenge enough.)
2. “Noah tried to call others into the Ark, but they declined.” Another improvisation. Bible only says that Noah and his family entered the boat along with the animals.
3. “Noah is a righteous man and the movie describes him as someone who killed.” Righteousness in the Bible is not sinlessness. David, Moses, Abraham – they all were righteous people, yet they fought with others and killed people.
4. “Biblical Noah built the Ark on his own and in the movie, golems have helped him.” First, we don’t know whether he built it on his own or not (again, Bible does not say anything about it), and second, golems are characters we don’t know much about. Could they exist in the days of Noah? Perhaps.