Friday, March 28, 2014

AS 'NOAH' DEBUTS

How fitting! As "Noah," starring Russell Crowe, debuts today, one of the biggest controversies surrounding the "epic" film is that there is found no mention of God at any time in the movie. That was exactly how the world was back then, according to Genesis 6. The world had so totally abandoned God that no mention of Him was to be found anywhere. The people of that time were following after Satan and his fallen comrades, and following hard. They had abandoned any sense of decency or goodness or wholesomeness, and most certainly holiness.

Except for Noah.

Noah chose to remain true to Jehovah, and thus, he became isolated in a sense. Genesis 6:9 makes mention that Noah was "perfect in his generations," meaning his family had not participated in the abundant sexual sins that Satan and his rebel angels had thrust upon mankind. Noah's DNA was not intermingled with the DNA of the "sons of God," thus his offspring were not giants nor demigods.

As I was looking up Genesis 6 at Bible Gateway, this ad was at the top of the page.


What timing, right?

And don't you like the accompanying disclaimer? "This is not Noah 101 from the book of Genesis . . . "

Indeed, the two Noah's are not the same.

"Noah 101," according to 2 Peter 2:5, was a "preacher of righteousness."

And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

Crowe's Noah, according to the Arkansas vernacular that I am used to, "ain't anything of the kind."

Instead, Crowe's Noah has been remade to what the people of today want him to be -- an environmentalist who receives premonitions of a coming catastrophic flood who seeks to save as many animals as possible.

Or something like that.

It doesn't really matter what Noah does in the movie, just as long as no one brings in "that guy," you know, "God."

This American-made movie reflects wholeheartedly what today's Americans value -- freedom! The ultimate freedom, which is freedom from God.

America began in earnest to remove God from society in 1962, when the Supreme Court ruled against prayer in public school. Madeleine Murray O'Hair pushed the rebellion further when she filed a lawsuit in 1963, to cause schools to no longer allow children to read aloud from the Bible. The Supreme Court agreed with her, thus, God was expelled from school for being too morally straitlaced, and public schools have never been the same since. Now the only kind of "praying" in schools is the "preying" of teachers upon students. A week doesn't go by without hearing of some teacher some where in the U.S. who is caught having sex with a student, or students, either in his or her car, or even his or her classroom.  Or a broom closet.  And it's not just male teachers, it's also female teachers. It has become unbelievable!

Since 1963, teenage pregnancies, not to mention abortions, have skyrocketed. Drug and alcohol addictions among our school-age children is heartbreaking. And if it isn't teachers preying upon students, it's other students preying upon other students -- bullying has become so commonplace that there are often reports of young people in the news because of unrelenting attacks from other students, especially on social media. Some of these students are forced to move to different cities, or states. Some students file lawsuits. Some just kill themselves. Parents often vent their frustrations to news reporters because they believe school administrators turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to their child's plight.

And some of America's most infamous mass shootings have occurred at schools, such as Columbine and Sandy Hook.

The true irony is that O'Hair's lawsuit alleged that reading the Bible in school was tantamount to "bullying" to her son William, and the Supreme Court agreed. Now, bullying is one of the biggest problems our school students face. Daily. And William went on to become an evangelist. Our family went to hear him speak when he came to Oklahoma back in the late 1990s.

Removal of God from schools is just the tip of the iceberg, but it is a tip that has impacted millions of families across these United States. Just like the Titanic and her fateful iceberg, millions of families have sunk since 1963. Very few families have escaped being impacted by events at their public schools.

God and His Ten Commandments are not allowed in our courtrooms. Our Supreme Court does not fear Him; in fact, He appears to be of no interest to the justices. They have made (and still make) many decisions thru the years as though they would never have to give account of themselves.

The government wants nothing to do with Him. It doesn't matter how many government officials claim that they have a "personal faith" in God; if they don't live their lives to reflect His Holiness then they have succeeded in only fooling themselves into thinking they are something they are not. The laws they pass reflect more of where their faith lies than any words they may say on the campaign trail or in funding-raising letters to the yokels back home. If they support laws that protect the killing of the unborn and the tearing down of the traditional family that God established early on (as Kirk Cameron once said, marriage is as old as the Garden of Eden, it's as old as dirt), then they've totally missed the point -- it takes more than saying someone believes in God, they have to live lives that show the fear of God.

No, Americans today do not want anything as old school as God. And that's why we've come to the place we are at -- a Noah who isn't the Noah of the Bible because no one wants a preacher of righteousness any more. Today's America does not fear God, therefore, they do not fear rewriting His Word so that it says what they want it to say.

Revelation 22: 18 and 19 tells us that it is a dangerous thing to change the Word of God to mean something other than what it says.

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

As "Noah" opens in theaters tonight, Cindy by the Sea's post is very timely.

Take warning, take warning!

In 1995, Madeleine Murray O'Hair, along with one son and a granddaughter, went missing. In 2001, their bodies, or at least their body parts, were found severely mutilated in Texas. Her death was confirmed by an implant number on a prosthetic hip found among the remains. She and her son and granddaughter had been apparently tortured and cut to pieces with a saw.

Take from that what you will.

O'Hair wanted God out of school. "Noah" shows that today's Americans want God out of the Bible.

You decide which is more frightening.

We may truly be at the place where little more can be done, at least on a national level. On an individual level, as long as there is breath in your body and the Rapture has not occurred, you can still repent from your sins, which are those acts, deeds, thoughts, that separate you from God, and call out to Jesus to be saved. Like the door that closed on the ark belonging to "Noah 101," the door to this age is closing. Which side will you be on? Where will you find yourself? Inside or out? With Him or without Him?

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. --Roman 10:13

Behold, I (Jesus) stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. --Revelation 3:20

Past posts on Noah, Russell Crowe, nephilim and Genesis 6.