Aronofsky reduces Noah to myth. He treats it like a story. Like it some kind of fairy tale. Like he has the right to re-interpret it for modern audiences. He puts it on equal footing with a long line of films like the recent “Pompeii” or the upcoming “Hercules”.
Noah is not a myth and cannot be reduced to a myth. It is an historical account of God’s revelation to humanity. It is the account of God’s word to mankind. Therefore, for Aronofsky to open his movie with “In the beginning there was nothing”, and to go on to imply that God needed to learn mercy – or whatever other kinds of heinous crimes he commits against God in telling this story – is for him to put his own soul and the souls of those who watch the movie in grave and eternal danger. He takes on the role of a false teacher.
The only proper response to this movie by Christians is to see this movie as an opportunity. It is an opportunity for us to boldly and clearly state our position. We do not follow cunningly devised myths, but a sure and prophetic word to which the world will do well to pay attention, knowing that prophecy did not come by the individual creativity of men like Aronofsky, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:16-21).
In other words, we have the rare opportunity to shock the world into paying attention to our true message:
We are not like Muslims.
We are not like Hindus.
We are not like the Greeks of old.
We are not like Liberals.
We are not like Greens.
We are not like the Pantheists of old.
We serve the Maker of the earth, the sea, and everything in them. We serve the Creator of every Muslim, every Hindu, every Liberal. We serve the Ruler of every nation. (Psalm 146). We serve the one who sustains the world and the weather. (Psalm 93).
We are those with whom the true and living God has condescended to make himself known – in truth – and he has done so in the person of his Son, Jesus Christ, who will return again to judge the living and the dead. As such people, we are guardians of the truth (1 Timothy 3:15). What is truth? God commands everyone everywhere to repent and believe the gospel! This God has boldly commanded every living human being – young and old, rich and poor, movie-goers and fundamentalists, black and white (Acts 17:30).
Well, now, as for Noah, you see then, it is a foretaste of what is to come. It is a foreshadow of the future. For when Christ returns he will not hesitate to cataclysmically destroy the world again. He did it once before in the flood, he will do it again in the fire. He will execute those who have not repented of their sins against God, while saving those who believe his word.
As for you and I, brother and sister, we can say the following confidently about Aronofsky, and those who take sides with him:
They deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and the earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. (2 Peter 3:5-7)
And we can be encouraged because Peter then says to those who have faith in God through Christ:
But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise [to return], as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. (2 Peter 3:8-9)
So the true story of Noah has nothing to do with the clever ideas of Aronofsky. But it is the assurance that God’s Son will return again to judge mankind once again. It is the assurance, that just as he saved Noah, so he will save those who repent and trust in him.
So may the Lord grant Aronofsky true repentance through the grace of Christ, and, meanwhile, may he use this opportunity to strengthen his people for his glory. Amen.