My goal was to get the youth in my church to step out into the culture we live in AND be inquisitive thinkers.
The Incentive: Read Genesis 6,7, & 8 before the movie and you got $5 towards your ticket.
1/2 of my Group did this 🙂 …Success right there. 1/2 of my Sunday School kids actually engaged with Bible outside of church!
Questions they had to keep in mind while watching the movie –
How is God portrayed portrayed in the story?
How is the Bible as the Word of God portrayed?
2 & 1/2 hrs later and alot of popcorn…
We had a brief discussion after the movie –
What was something in the movie that was like the story in the Bible?
– An 11 year old boy said, “The dude’s name was ‘Noah’! and the Pastor chimed in with, “There was a flood.”
Other than those 2 humorous and true statement, not much else is “Biblical”. However, this was not surprising to us because Darren Arinofsky is a well known humanist. He wrote, produced, and directed this story of Noah. With that in mind it shouldn’t surprise anyone that it is a story inspired by the Bible!
– We all agreed that the overall theme of our need for God to redeem us was clear. WE – aLL of us – are sinners and only God, the “Creator” as He is always referred to in the film, can forgive us.
What was something they liked about it? What was an element of creativity that could be but we don’t know for sure?
Unanimous decision – “Rock Monsters”
Some things we agreed were important to make note of –
1 – We don’t know very much about the man, Noah. We do know that he was righteous and obedient to God and WANTED people to come on the ark. Noah of the Bible would never try to kill his family or keep people out of the ark.
2 – GOD closed the door of the ark.
3 – Shem, Ham, and Japheth all had wives!!! (This would have saved much of the turmoil and unnecessarily awkward and yucky 2nd half of the film.)
Keep these thoughts and go… or don’t.
Just don’t go expecting the Bible to leap off the screen in digital technicolor.
Maybe listen to the New York Times ad below… Read the story for yourself!