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What should we make of the film?
Should we view it and how close is it to the Biblical account of Genesis Ch 5-9?
Many people will be pleased that Hollywood is making a 'movie' about the Bible. Others have been analysing the film to see how it compares with the Biblical story.
We provide links for several reviews below.
In essence, the film does talk about Noah. But MANY aspects of the story are NOT Biblical.
Tas Walker, who works for Creation Ministries and whose field is geology, notes that, although many aspects are not Biblical, the film will get people asking questions about the Bible, in particular, about Biblical geology - he says the film shows a BIG ark and also shows a WORLD-WIDE flood.
The review by Creation Ministries analyses the areas where the film is not Biblical...
Cameron has posted a 19 minute video review of the film on our Resistance Thinking website.
Bill Muehlenberg's review reveals some insightful information:
"... when we knew ahead of time that the director is an atheist; that God is never once mentioned in the film; and that a main theme of this film is loopy environmentalism, then you know this thing is going to be a loser."
Bill continues, "And it gets even worse. Director Darren Aronofsky said he is proud of the fact that he’s taken a story inspired by God’s word and turned it into something so secular. He even called his movie “the least biblical biblical film ever made”. Yet clueless Christians are still defending the film to the hilt. You know we are in big trouble when atheists have more biblical discernment than those claiming to be Christians.... There has been one Christian after another defending the film, telling us we must use it to dialogue with others and to reach people. I have been utterly shocked and saddened to see that biblical discernment is at such an all time low amongst the church today, and amongst so many of our so-called Christian leaders."
Bill also commends a review by Barbara Nicolosi, a Christian and a Hollywood insider.
Movieguide, who critique films according to their Christian worldview, notes that the film has a lot of extra-Biblical material and advise caution - but they say it ends up with portraying a Christian worldview at the end...
So caution and discernment are advised!
If you do see the film. remember that it doesn't tell the Biblical story!
Check out these reviews to help you discern the truth about what is portrayed!
Or, as the graphic says, 'Read the book (the Bible), Skip the movie'!
Creation Ministries review
Noah movie making waves - How does it stack up to the biblical account?
Tas Walker’s review
Aronofsky’s Noah will stimulate biblical geology
RT TV - Noah Movie Review
"A VIDEO review – 19 minutes. “RT reviews the Darren Aronofsky directed movie about the flood. Cameron discusses the liberties taken, and why they matter."
Bill Muehlenberg's review
Noah and Christian Discrernment
Barbara Nicolosi's review
Noah – The Emperor’s New Movie
Answers in Genesis review
Noah Movie Review: An Unbiblical Film
We had a great chat on Vision Radio today – discussing Salt Shakers, Christianity and politics, religious education, same-sex ‘marriage’ and the theme of ‘Legislating Morality’.
If you’d like to listen to – or DOWNLOAD – the podcast of the program, it is posted on the Vision Radio 20 Twenty page – click here. Scroll down to the recorded programs.
To download, click on the icon on the right of the program line.
Christians are often accused of trying to legislate their morality. This complaint is often used in an attempt to shut us down and stop debate…
But is it a valid complaint?
In effect, all law is legislated morality. We have laws against stealing and murder because everyone knows they are ‘wrong’. And we have punishments for people who infringe these laws.
The question we should actually ask is, “WHOSE morality is being legislated?’
Labor’s preferences in the WA Senate election – whose morality?
As an example, Bernard Gaynor has analysed the ‘allocated preferences’ for Labor’s ‘Group Voting Ticket’ in the WA Senate election – the top ten include the Secular Party, Animal Justice, Sex Party, Euthanasia Party… the eleventh preference goes to the Socialist Alliance, the group behind many of the protests on our streets.
'Whose morality?' is indeed the question!
Click here for Bernard’s article – click here for GREAT graphic – click here for the official Labor Group Voting Ticket (see Group F).
When it comes to the issue of marriage, all societies have had a position of marriage between a man and a woman – it is not just a ‘Christian’ position.
We discussed the topic of 'Legislating Morality' on our radio interview on Vision Radio today…
Here are some articles on the subject of ‘legislating morality’ from a Christian perspective. . .
* Should Christians try to legislate their morality?
Video discussion (9 minutes) and short overview, Kevin DeYoung, Trevin Wax and Collin Hansen, Gospel Coalition, 10/6/2013.
“As Trevin Wax observes in this video discussion with Kevin DeYoung and Collin Hansen, legislation is always, inescapably moral. The real question, therefore, is not whether we should legislate morality but rather whose morality we should legislate… Further, DeYoung points out, the purpose of the law is not only to protect rights, but to teach. . .”
- You Can’t Not Legislate Morality, Tom Gilson, Thinking Christian, 30/6/2013.
- The Truth about Legislating Morality, Trevor Thomas, American Thinker, March 10, 2013.
- You Can (Not) Legislate Morality?, Michael Brown, Townhall, 19/6/2012.
- Legislating Morality: Why Everyone is Doing it - By Frank Turek, Article adapted from the following book, Midwest Outreach.
- Book: Legislating Morality: Is It Wise? Is It Legal? Is It Possible?, Norman Geisler and Frank Turek, 2003.
Citizen Link, part of Focus on the Family, writes, "In a letter to its constituents, the organization said the board has chosen to “revert to our longstanding conduct policy requiring sexual abstinence for all single employees and faithfulness within the Biblical covenant of marriage between a man and a woman.”
We congratulate the Board of World Vision USA for responding to the concerns expressed by evangelical Christians about their recent decision regarding the employment of Christians who are in a same-sex 'marriage'.
In the past few days, a number of evangelical Christian leaders had published a draft letter to World Vision, which criticised their decision to employ Christians who were in same-sex 'marriages'. They had asked church and Christian leaders to sign the letter to World Vision. Others had written about withdrawing support from World Vision programs.
It seems that World Vision has responded to the furore by reversing their decision. Other Christian leaders, such as Peter Jones and Franklin Graham, had also spoken out on the issue (see below).
We provide various documents for your information, PLUS a COMMENT on World Vision, the law and theology and the Australian connection...
Some relevant documents:The letter from the World Vision USA Board - click here.
The announcement of the retraction:
World Vision Retracts Policy Change Regarding Same-Sex Marriage, Citizen Link, 26/3/2014.
World Vision Reverses Decision on Gay Married Employees: We Made a Mistake, Christian Post, 26/3/2014.
Original article at Christianity Today - includes interview with Richard Stearns:
World Vision: Why We're Hiring Gay Christians in Same-Sex Marriages, Christianity Today, 24/3/2014.
Article by Peter Jones: WORLDly reVISIONing
Article by Franklin Graham: Franklin Graham Statement on World Vision, BGEA, 24/3/2014.
Draft Letter to World Vision from Christian leaders - click here.
Some comments about World Vision USA (and Australia) - and laws and theology
World Vision in the USA only employs Christians (source) and had a policy of requiring employees to follow a code of abstinence for singles and faithfulness within heterosexual marriage. Thus World Vision USA required particular conduct as defined by the Bible.
World Vision tried to escape the controversy by claiming they were not a church and didn't have to make a theological decision. When Richard Stearns was interviewed by Christianity Today he said it was because World Vision now has staff from more than 50 denominations — a handful of which have sanctioned same-sex marriages or unions in recent years - that they faced the question, "What do we do about someone who applies for a job at World Vision who is in a legal same-sex marriage that may have been sanctioned and performed by their church? Do we deny them employment? Under our old conduct policy, that would have been a violation. The new policy will not exclude someone from employment if they are in a legal same-sex marriage."
As well as the theological issue, there is the legal predicament. Washington State, where World Vision USA headquarters is located, has legalised same-sex 'marriage' - as have 17 states in the USA.
That raises the question, "Are the practices of Christian organisations influenced by the LAWS being passed?" We've seen many Christians in the UK brought to court because of that country's Equality Law.
We're not immune from those pressures in Australia. In Victoria, the previous Labor government REMOVED exemptions for religious schools and organisations relating to employment - including the attribute of sexual orientation - thankfully, they were RESTORED by the current Liberal government. In the end, we have to be prepared to stand against laws that oppose Biblical teaching.
Mr Stearns said the policy decision was not made on legal grounds - "We're not doing this for any legal reasons," he said. "If we wanted to, we would fight another battle on this all the way to the Supreme Court."
[Note - they had previously fought a legal case on faith-based hiring practices.]
Some of you have asked about World Vision Australia and their position on this issue.
Our response is that we don't know what it is. They operate separately to the other branches of World Vision.
Some of you have said you have now written to them to ask.
But it didn't take homosexual activist Rodney Croome long to call on the Australian branch of World Vision to adopt 'non-discriminatory employment practices' and recognise same-sex 'marriages'! (source)
We are extremely concerned about this compromise that is against Scripture. As Peter LaBarbera said (see last article below), this is "a distinctly anti-Biblical position for an organization that professes “Jesus is Lord” and “We desire him to be central in our individual and corporate life.”
The decision was reported in an article in Christianity Today:
"World Vision’s American branch will no longer require its more than 1,100 employees to restrict their sexual activity to marriage between one man and one woman.
Abstinence outside of marriage remains a rule. But a policy change announced Monday [March 24] will now permit gay Christians in legal same-sex marriages to be employed at one of America’s largest Christian charities. “In an exclusive interview, World Vision U.S. president Richard Stearns explained to Christianity Today the rationale behind changing this ‘condition of employment,’ whether financial or legal pressures were involved, and whether other Christian organizations with faith-based hiring rules should follow World Vision’s lead. Stearns asserts that the ‘very narrow policy change’ should be viewed by others as ‘symbolic not of compromise but of [Christian] unity.’ He even hopes it will inspire unity elsewhere among Christians...."
Click here to read this article.
Many Christian commentators have expressed serious concerns about this move, which is indeed a compromise - it is NOT a symbol of unity since true unity MUST be based on God's Word, the Bible.
Cameron has quoted from some of them on the Resistance Thinking website -
Kevin de Young, Albert Mohler, Bill Muehlenberg, Russell Moore and John Piper.
Click here to read Cameron's article - with LINKS to all the articles by these men.
Here are two more forthright articles criticising this move by World Vision in America:
Joe Dallas, a former homosexual, responded:
"Non-essential? Sexual sin is mentioned and condemned in virtually every book of the New Testament (see for yourself); Paul placed it in its own severe category of consequence (I Corinthians 6:18); the first case of church discipline was ignited by immorality. (I Corinthians 5) Sexual sin thus takes you seriously outside God’s will, and if you’re outside God’s will you will be chastened in this life (Hebrews 12:8) and at the judgment seat of Christ in the next. (II Corinthians 5:10)
"Yeah, right. Non-essential. Just a little something to jump over as we come together in error, belittling the truth but getting along just swell."
Joe went on to remind us that we must ensure that our PRACTICE is in line with what we SAY and with the BIBLE.
Article: World Vision: And the Hits (To Integrity) Just Keep On Comin’
Peter LaBarbera from 'Americans for Truth about Homosexuality' has also written an insightful piece on the World Vision decision:
AFTAH Condemns World Vision Capitulation on Homosexual ‘Marriage’ – Latest Christian Organization to Unilaterally Surrender in the Culture War
The election for half the Senate places in Western Australia (six places) will be held on Saturday 5 April, 2014. As you know, the High Court recently ruled that another election needs to be held, due to the disputed results after the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) lost 1,370 votes during the re-counting after the 2013 federal election.