Hollywood produces many films in a variety of genres and subject areas: comedies, dramas, thrillers, cop films, movies depicting historical events, and many others as well. One area that directors sometimes tackle is Biblical films. The most famous of these is Passion of the Christ by Mel Gibson. The problem with these films as in many other movies is the lack of concern for accuracy and sticking to a storyline throughout the film. Such is the case with the latest film about Noah. The characters aren’t represented accurately and are changed to reflect an environmentalist agenda. Noah is a good man who is an herbivore. The evil men are meat eaters who want destroy Noah and his family as well as his flocks and herds from off the face of the earth. God, according to this film, is angry with these meat eaters and sends a flood to destroy them, while Noah and his family wait it out in the ark. The actual story of course, concerns an earth that had grown great with wickedness and “was filled with violence” (Genesis 6:11). The evil is so great that God becomes angry with man for disobeying His laws and following in their own ways. But in contrast to these men, “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:8). At this point God commanded him to preach to the people for 120 years about a worldwide flood that would come about partly as the result of a massive amount rain. As we have previously seen, this type of precipitation did not occur before the flood. After the year and ten days that Noah and his family spent in the ark, the flood waters receded enough so that they were able to leave the ark on Mount Ararat and start lives in the brand new world that God had made for them. This story is ignored by filmmakers bent on an agenda and a knack for never letting the facts get in the way of a good story. This movie also has elements of the Kaballah cult in it. This group believes in magic and mysticism and has no place in biblical belief. The problem with the environmentalist slant to the movie is that it condemns those who wish to use God’s creation by mining minerals, hunting animals, chopping down trees to build houses, and any other use of the creation that they don’t approve of. As Christians we may wisely and thankfully use the resources God has placed on this earth for our benefit. “For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving” (1 Timothy 4:4). The second problem with the environmentalist agenda is that it promotes a worship of nature. God condemns those “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen” (Romans 1:25). Should we as young people and young adults spend our money seeing such a production? I don’t think it’s a good idea to see this movie because it treats the word of God the way man wants it to be dealt with. Furthermore, an actor plays God and that is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Because no one can see God, Hollywood also has only a vague, earthly conception of who He is and therefore does not accurately represent Him. “No man hath seen God at any time”(1 John 4:12). This was also the case in Passion of the Christ. In light of this, we should be skeptical of Hollywood’s treatment the Bible and its themes and characters. When we have a proper respect and reverence for God’s word, then we can be assured of being greatly edified and blessed by it, as we seek to live according to it by His grace and Holy Spirit.

Kevin Rau

Earth . . . a dust mote

Let’s get a perspective of how small Earth is compared to the rest of the universe. This quotation is from Karl Gibberson, The Wonder of the Universe, pp 40, 41:

In terms of size, our planet is nothing of consequence – a dust mote suspended in light rays from a distant and unremarkable star . . . The earth, in the context of our solar system, is indeed a dot – less than the period at the end of a sentence. But it gets worse. Our solar system, in its larger context, is also a dot.

Our sun is but one of some 200 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy – 200 billion, not million. That vast sphere centered on the sun and reaching to the Oort cloud(a hypothetical area containing comets in the outer reaches of our solar system, RJK) is just one solar system. The Milky Way is a flattened assemblage of stars with spiral arms spinning slowly. To the naked eye it can appear like a glowing white smear across the night sky – Hiawatha’s “broad white road.”

The Milky Way galaxy presents us with an unimaginably greater set of distances . . . Those vast distances within our solar system that we can never traverse are all contained within a tiny speck within our galaxy. Each star, to the best of our knowledge, may have its own system of satellites (planets, RJK) orbiting about it, a system that may be more or less like our solar system – we just don’t know, except in rare cases.

Imagining two hundred billion stars is impossible. I once brought a two-pound box of salt to my astronomy class and dumped it all over the floor in spiral swaths, shaped vaguely like the spiral arms of the Milky Way. In this demonstration each individual grain of salt represents a star, with a possible system of satellites around it. Every single grain of salt is a star and the distance between adjacent grains is measured in trillions of miles. It is mindboggling to envision so much salt and think of each grain as a huge solar system . . .

The nearest star to us, in our part of the Milky Way, has the exciting name Proxima Centauri and is over 25 trillion miles away.

God, who formed the seemingly infinite expanse of the universe, also created blood to clot, and the microscopic embryo in the mother’s womb to form. How amazing!