Why Are We Surprised?

J. D. Conley
April 13, 2014

I have not seen the movie "Noah.” Nor after reading brother Brad Harrub's review in Focus Press, do I intend to. The reaction of audiences to the movie have run the emotional gamut. Many have praised it for its special effects, while others have applauded the flick for its entertainment value. These accolades have flooded in, (pun intended), from those out in the world. There have even been those of the world who have lauded the movie's story line claiming it to be more interesting than the Biblical account.

As disturbing as these opinions are they should not surprise and shock us. Disappoint us, yes. Offend us, absolutely. Nonetheless, to read comments about the movie from Christians on facebook, it seems they are in a state of complete dismay. Some brethren are flabbergasted that Hollywood would not only take liberties with the Sacred Text, but also go out of its way to deliberately misrepresent and add to the Genesis record. But should we not expect those of the world to ignore Biblical truth and details? Would we not be shocked and surprised if today's Hollywood produced a movie that was true to Scripture?

Darren Aronofsky, who directed the picture, is no Cecil B. DeMille. He is an incandescent atheist who makes no bones about it. He purposefully did not employ the name "God" in his movie, (that gives you an idea of how deep the currents of his atheism run). Needless to say, Hollywood has slid down a long slope since 1956 when DeMille directed, "The Ten Commandments," a movie that showed reverence for God and His Word. Its astounding that in an industry where facts, details, realism and authenticity are emphasized, and screenplays are written in accordance with its source, usually a book, that the most important Book in the world is virtually ignored!

But again, why are we surprised? What kind of movie would we expect to come out of such a godless, sin saturated and Bible hating town? As long as the film makes a profit, that's all that matters. As long as the studio, Paramount stays afloat, that's paramount to them. Again, why are we surprised?

"For the love of money is the root of all evil" (1Tim.6:10a).