Noah is the Ultimate Anti-Environmentalist Story

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And by that I mean the actual story of Noah, not the bad movie currently playing in theaters.

Noah reflects the same message as that of Creation itself. It places man first in the universe. Creation culminated with man. The undoing of man, undoes Creation.

Hollywood liberals have launched two big budget “Noah” movies recently (Evan Almighty with Steve Carrell and Noah with Russell Crowe) and attempted to market them to religious audiences. The former bombed and the latter is getting ready to bomb. Both movies were an environmentalist misreading of the place of ecology relative to man.

Man does not exist for the sake of the world. The world exists for the sake of man.

In the Biblical worldview, man is the purpose of Creation because the knowledge of G-d is the purpose of all life. And so G-d sweeps away all life on the surface because of human corruption.

Noah’s ark repopulates the world, but it does not do so for the sake of the world, but for the sake of man. The first thing that Noah does on leaving the ark is bring sacrifices from the animals he just saved to G-d.

G-d’s command to Noah is a collection of anti-environmentalist messages. (Genesis 9:1-7)

And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them: ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth.’

And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, and upon all wherewith the ground teemeth, and upon all the fishes of the sea: into your hand are they delivered.

Every moving thing that liveth shall be for food for you; as the green herb have I given you all.

Only flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it; and at the hand of man, even at the hand of every man’s brother, will I require the life of man.

Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God made He man.

And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; swarm in the earth, and multiply therein.’

It’s a succinct refutation of the entire moral viewpoint of the current Noah movie. The world exists for man. Animals exist for the purpose of man. Man is meant to fill up the world. The world exists for him.

Noah’s message is not about the environment. It’s about the guardianship of the earth through character. It’s not the physical environment that the Bible is concerned with, but the moral environment of the mind, heart and soul of man.

  • Texas Patriot

    Well and truly said, Daniel.

  • mendezjb

    Will Hollywood ever attempt to turn a story from the Koran entirely upon its head, inverting every lesson Muslims had taken from the plain meaning of the text since its founding?

    Somehow I doubt it

    • Odin

      They might do just that if you think about it. I could see a movie protraying Islam as the religion of peace, equality for women, and tolerance toward Christians, Jews, other religions, gays and lesbians. In fact it may be coming to a theater near you sooner than you think!

      • tagalog

        Oh, a sci-fi fantasy, eh? I’m looking forward to that one!

    • 1stworlder

      I guess you didn’t see the movie Non Stop with the good muslim and bad 911 survivor.

  • truebearing

    Brilliantly stated, Daniel.

    It is a damning contradiction on the part of the humanists that they have worked feverishly for centuries to champion humanity, while attempting to refute the very idea of God, yet now have proven themselves to be virulently anti-human as well. The rabid misanthropes of the environmental Left would be overjoyed to see a flood that wiped out all but a few of the “righteous,” but not if God initiated it. They have an evil need to see man destroy himself.

  • Judahlevi

    In a way, everyone worships something. Aronosky, being an atheist, worships the environment (Mother Earth) or a type of pantheism. He replaces G-d with his own idol in the movie “Noah.” I guess directors can do that.

    Daniel is right that the story of Noah is not about saving the earth, but about saving mankind. Contemporary Hollywood will always interpret any religious story in their own image. They used to respect religion, but now they are judgmental and intolerant of any Judeo-Christian view because it conflicts with their own idols.

  • tagalog

    Wow, that was a fast switcheroo! Did you write the two stories together in case the one about what a dog the movie Noah turned out to be in the theaters turned out to be incorrect?

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Both stories could have been written just from reading the script.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      It wasn’t incorrect. You just didn’t read it all the way through.

      It said the movie would do well in its opening weekend due to promotional spending, but was already unpopular with audiences.

  • notme123

    when i saw the ad for the movie with the water gushing straight up out of the ground, that was enough for me.

  • joba

    the gays, who run Hollywood, cynically gave a well known Biblical story to an atheist…they hate religion but since they have failed to bring people into the theaters with their bizarre left wing movies they thought they might as well announce a religious movie and make a buck off of something they have been at war with… they can ridicule the Book at the same time…crazy, evil people have taken over the pens and the cameras of this country…