Paramount to Embrace ‘Explanatory Message’ after the ‘Noah‘ movie‘s Bible Controversy
By Boaz Wadel
There has been a "flood" of ongoing controversy over the theological themes depicted in Darren Aronofsky's upcoming film "Noah," and now Paramount Pictures has decided to add an "explanatory message" to future marketing materials letting prospective viewers know that "artistic license has been taken."
According to a story written by Billy Hallowell for The Blaze (www.theblaze.com), an upcoming online trailer, the movie's official website and all print and radio spots, among other advertisements, will contain the following caveat:
"The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis."
This language can already be found on the film's official website (www.noahmovie.com).
Dr. Jerry A. Johnson
Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, CEO of the National Religious Broadcasters, called for such language during a panel discussion on Sunday night (February 23, 2014) at the NRB International Christian Media Convention, in Nashville, Tennessee.
Johnson stated that explanatory language would help "audiences better understand that the feature film is a dramatization of the major scriptural themes and not a line-by-line retelling of the Bible story."
The much debated movie, that stars actor Russell Crowe, will be released to theaters on March 28, 2014, and has been received with skepticism by the Christian audience regarding the historical accuracy of the film.
"But more critical to the film are the prophetic clues found in the story of Noah and the Ark that reveal we are living in the last days," said Ben Laurro of Pure Publicity (www.purepublicity.com), in a message to the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net).
In his new book, "As It Was in the Days of Noah: Warnings from Bible Prophecy About the Coming Global Storm" (Harvest House), Jeff Kinley analyzes the eerie parallels of God's judgment on humanity during Noah's time, and the alarming similarities of today's culture which, as in Noah's day, has abandoned its faith in God.
"As It Was in the Days of Noah", reminds that in the days of Noah and today, it grieved God to see the depravity of mankind who abandoned all respect for Him. That it was because of God's righteous character, He was forced to administer judgment by sending a catastrophic flood that would make all things new. God used 480 year-old obedient man named Noah, who was ridiculed by others, to build an ark for 120 years, to teach a hard lesson to humanity about sin and redemption.
For those who doubt the validity of the Bible, or refuse to take an honest look at our culture's standards and beliefs, Kinley reveals clues that note the world is heading toward global judgment including:
* Rapid Economic Decline
* Increase in Bloodshed and Violence
* Identity Theft/Compromised Personal Information
* Uninhibited Sexuality
* The Persecution of Believers
* Growing Departure of People from Church/Faith
Rather that inciting fear and anxiety in the lives of Christians, Kinley encourages Christians to utilize the prophetic unfolding as motivation to share their faith to others and demonstrate their spiritual strength in the promise of eternal security. While Christians anticipate Christ's return they, like Noah, need to build a life that invites others to salvation through their words, example, and relationships.
"Scripture reveals that God will once again bring worldwide judgment on mankind. But unlike the Flood, it won't be a single event, but rather a series of happenings that occur all over the world," says Kinley. "The Flood demonstrates that God is patient but has set a limit on what He will endure, and though devastating and deadly, His is nevertheless a just and righteous judgment and offers refuge."