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The Demonic intent in Noah the movie

Aronofsky challenges the biblical nature of God at every turn in his film. Among the many heresies, his presentation of justice may prove most offensive.

Noah adopts the conviction that all mankind must perish. Noah sees it as a matter of justice. “We broke the world,” he tells his wife in reference to original sin and the “darkness” which possesses men to rape creation.

Noah becomes so convinced that all mankind must perish that he reacts to news of his barren daughter-in-law’s miraculous pregnancy by pledging to murder the child upon its birth. The third act deals primarily with Noah stalking around the ark like Jack Nicholson’s crazed novelist in The Shining, plotting the death of his own family.

In the end, an appeal to love breaks through Noah’s resolve. He mercifully relents from his conviction to kill.

In the aftermath, he abandons his family and becomes a drunken deadbeat possessed by the sense that he failed the creator’s assigned task. Resolution comes when his daughter-in-law convinces him that the creator gave Noah the choice to save humanity or not. “He let you decide whether there was anything left worth saving.”

From a Christian theological standpoint, this completely upends the gravity of sin and the sovereignty of God in his redemptive plan. First, it imagines that justice can be sated by simply choosing mercy. That notion collapses as soon as we apply it to any real-world example. If someone murdered your loved one and got away with it because the judge decided to be “merciful,” you would hardly feel as though justice had been served. Equally offensive, placing Noah in a position to choose whether or not mankind survives presents a creator who makes things up as he goes and doesn’t really care whether we’re redeemed or not.

All told, and as reactionary as it may seem to unbelievers, Noah proves truly demonic. It brims over with lies from the pit of hell regarding the natures of God, sin, man, and redemption. Time calls the film “better than the book,” as I am sure many secular viewers will agree, because it neatly substitutes the Gospel with humanistic nature worship. It will offend only those who take the biblical narrative seriously, and provide false theological comfort to everyone else.

The unbiblical aspects of Noah are by no means fully documented here. Indeed, a thoroughly unbiblical film would seem to have been Aronofsky’s goal from the start. View it with discernment, or not at all.


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