The new Russell Crowe movie NOAH was certainly entertaining, but I found it very difficult to recognize the original biblical narrative because of all the speculative and fanciful material that had been mixed in with it. It reminded me of the movie “Abraham Lincoln – Vampire Hunter” which made out that the president of the USA hunted vampires in his spare time.
Few people believe that the story of NOAH is based on real events, and yet, there are hundreds of flood stories from around the world that share many details with the Bible account – including the theme of God’s judgment. The biblical NOAH was a man who walked with God and dedicated 120 years of his life to building a boat and warning the people about what was coming. He was not the confused and conflicted man of the movie, who seemed to think that the world would be a better place without any humans.
The Bible says that God came to regret having created humanity because they had turned the world into a place of violence and wickedness. He chose NOAH – a man of faith – to warn them of the judgement that would come if they did not change. I am convinced that this ancient disaster could have been averted if most had listened to NOAH, turned away from evil and turned back to God.
In Matthew 24:37, Jesus referred to NOAH when talking about His return in the Last Days. Just like in the days of Noah, people will be getting married, having children, going to work, and doing whatever seemed right in their own eyes.
Back in the 70’s (when Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspel, and the Jesus People made Jesus cool), a book called “The Late Great Planet Earth” by Hal Lindsey – which sold millions of copies – warned of the coming judgment and urged people to make their peace with God before it was too late. Forty years later, Jesus has not returned and many are no longer taking such warnings seriously – just like they did in NOAH’S day. But, it’s a mistake to interpret the long delay as proof that God’s judgment is a hoax. Rather, interpret it as a reflection of God’s desire to give us as much time as possible to turn around or repent. Remember, it is not His desire that any should perish.
The fact is, for the first time in history, that we have become so numerous and so powerful that we now threaten our very existence and the viability of our planet. If JESUS doesn’t come back soon, we may well inflict an extinction event on ourselves.
The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
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