The Movie, “Noah”

The Movie, “Noah”

“I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repented me that I have made them. But, Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” (Genesis 6:7-8)

There’s a lot of hype and differences of opinions regarding the newly released movie, “Noah,” starring Russell Crowe and Anthony Hopkins. My husband and I went to see the movie on yesterday, so I got an opportunity to see the movie for myself and form my own opinions.

I can think of at least two to three different ways to approach this movie with an open mind. I can think of one very critical matter that shuts all the others completely down. I guess it would come down to one’s own preference, understanding, and interpretation of a “Hollywood” movie.

For me, the only real “Biblical Truths” in the movie are the names of the characters and the fact that God did send a Great Flood to destroy the Earth. And, I understand that the producers and directors went to a lot of extensive hard work building the Ark as it is described and measured in the Bible. Good job on that point. Everything beyond that point is man’s imaginations, myths, suspense, drama, and action. Yes; there is a lot of “action” in this movie!

The story line adds a lot of artistic expression when developing the characters of Noah, his wife, his three sons, the little girl they rescued who eventually grows up to become Shem’s wife after Methuselah (played by Anthony Hopkins) gives her his blessings to bear children, and Tubal-Cain who manages somehow to sneak his way onto the Ark without Noah finding out. But, after Noah does find out a fight to life-or-death ensues until Noah triumphs over the evil Tubal-Cain. Then, there is the even more controversial matter of Shem’s wife delivering a set of twins while on the Ark and Noah believing to be led of God attempts to “kill” them to stop the spread of evil that plagued the Earth to begin with.

In the movie, Noah believes both he and his family will “die” in the new world to appease God’s anger over sinful, wicked mankind. It’s only through Noah’s compassion for the tiny infants that he “decides” to NOT kill the babies and allow mankind to “repopulate” the earth after the flood….Interesting imaginations wouldn’t you say?

Those of us who are learned in the Word of God know that God, himself, spared Noah and his family’s lives (minus Tubal-Cain). The Bible teaches us that there were eight souls on board the Ark: Noah, his wife, Shem and his wife, Ham and his wife, and Japheth and his wife. We also know that God commanded Noah that “he” and “his” family were to repopulate the Earth. It was NOT a decision or choice made by Noah. (Read Genesis 6 through Genesis 9.)

But, as far as the dynamics between Noah’s family members and all the action building up to the day of the Great Flood, it is left to one’s own speculations. And, that’s exactly what the writers of this movie did; speculate. Isn’t that what fiction “writers” do?

There are two main ways to view this artistic expression. One, you can agree that it is a historical fiction movie “based” upon a Biblical story. It is a “Hollywood” produced movie that you can watch with your kids and grandkids without fear of inappropriate words, vile gestures, or extreme nudity. It has plenty of action to capture a young boy’s imaginations and plenty of emotion to melt the heart of any girl. It is wholesome entertainment.

The second perspective is to “protect” the rightful passages of Scripture found within the book of Genesis and denounce any artistic expressions whatsoever. To take this very important four-chapter read in the Bible and do not add nor take away anything from it. After all, is that not what we, as Christians, are entrusted to do?

But, as far as I can tell artistic expression has been around for a number of centuries and it has not weakened God’s version of the Bible; in the least. God’s Word will always prevail over any artistic expression one may make. The heart of the matter is to READ, for yourself, what GOD does say and does not say within His own Book, The Bible. Therein lies the heart and soul of the matter.

As far as I can tell, the historical-fiction based movie, “Noah” just might get someone’s attention enough to read the true Word of God for the first time. Or, it could get a person to open the Bible again after having it shut for many years and reread it. The Bible is filled with many, many interesting stories of great men and women; triumphs and defeats; love and poetry, as well as historical and prophetic messages. Oh, the BIBLE; the blessed B-I-B-L-E…That’s the book for me. I stand alone on the Word of God; the B-I-B-L-E…

Go ahead, get your Bible out and READ it…Find within its pages the secrets to all of mankind’s needs, wants, and desires. I dare you. After all, how will you personally know what’s real and what’s not real the next time Hollywood indulges itself into another one of God’s most marvelous masterpieces? It’s your choice….You decide.

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

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Redistribution of Work and Service

Redistribution of Work and Service.

There’s a lot of talk these days about the redistribution of wealth in America. But, I have a better idea…How about a “redistribution of work and service?”

We’ve all heard the 80/20 rule: “20 percent of the people do “all” the work while 80 percent let them!” But, what if that rule was “redistributed” to 80% of the population doing all the work and service and 20% letting them! What a difference that would make within our nation, our work force, our homes, our families, and our churches.

Just think for a moment. What if 80% of our nation’s population was employed and earnestly worked a good day’s work for a good day’s pay? What if 80% of our churches all across our nation were filled every Sunday morning, Sunday evening and Wednesday night prayer meetings with at least 80% of their congregation? What if 80% of Christians witnessed each and every day to their lost and dying friends, neighbors, and co-workers? A “redistribution” of mindset towards placing “value” on hard work and service could actually turn our nation completely around!

I wonder what it would be like if only 20% of the population shopped at Wal-Mart on Sundays because the other 80% was at church. What if our sports arenas and stadiums were only filled at 20% on Sundays because 80% of the people within our nation would be attending church? What if on Monday mornings 80% of our nation’s population got up early, got dressed, and got to their place of employment on time with a mindset to put in a good day’s work? Do you get my point? We need to teach our nation’s children that it is an honor to be on the “good” side of the 80/20 rule; the side that works and provides services unto others. We need to teach our churches that it is an honor to be on the “good” side of the 80/20 rule in attendance, giving, tithing, and serving others.

For so many years now, many of us have been a part of the 20% who have plowed and worked ourselves like crazy to make up for the 80% who simply refuse to do their part. So, instead of marketing the philosophy of redistributing wealth, I propose we market the idea of “redistributing work and service!”

I firmly believe that IF this particular philosophy was accepted and practiced across our nation that the wealth factor would simply take care of itself! In closing, let me ask you this question…If you were asked today which side of the 80/20 rule do you belong what would your answer be? Then, ask yourself what answer would your friends, family, and co-workers say you’d be?

Remember, “Whatever you do, work heartily as for the Lord and not for men.” (Colossians 3:23).

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed., Author

Bearing One Another in Love…

“He That Loveth His Brother Abideth in the Light” (I John 2:10 KJV)

Bearing One Another in Love…” Ok, we all have to admit there are times when people simply get on our nerves. It can be a co-worker, neighbor, friend, family member, our own children, or even our spouse. Or, at times, it can be a combination of everyone we know and everyone around us!

Humans have a tendency of getting under one another’s skin from time to time; even with the best of intentions. It is important to recognize when we start having these irritated feelings. If we don’t, it can lead to our saying something in haste or acting in a manner that we might regret later on. I know I have certainly been guilty of “reacting” towards someone or something and later on greatly regretting it.

So, what can we do when we are feeling anxious, irritated, annoyed, frustrated, impatient, bothered, and put out by someone; or a group of someones? If you are like me, you may want to lock yourself in a closet until all these feelings of irritation have dissipated. But, if you are like me you simply cannot afford to lock yourself up in a closet or take a mini-vacation at a moment’s notice! So, you press onward in hopes of not blowing a gasket.

Did you know that God knows and understands the many issues of the human heart? Much of the New Testament is directed at relationships and how we are to “bear one another in Love” in rougher and more challenging times. Instead of telling the “world” when we are experiencing feelings of annoyance why not tell God? In the book of Ephesians, chapter four, Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus to, “Be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Being patient within our own strength often fails…We need God’s strength to get us through such times. The key is to remember how much God “bears” (tolerates and puts up) with us!

God is a Holy God, and every born-again believer falls short of His glory each and every day. But, God loves us unconditionally; therefore, he “bears” with us through our worse days; and even worse days. The Bible teaches, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” including going to Him in prayer asking for His strength to “bear” during unbearable times.

We’ve all failed miserably in this area in one way or another. But, the Lord wants to “teach” us how to “bear with one another in HIS love.” Don’t worry if you are still working on this area in your own life…Most of us do at one time or another. Just today as I was reflecting over a particular matter within my own life that is somewhat stressful God reminded me that He “bears” with my shortcomings every day. I immediately replied, “That’s right, Lord, you do.” And, His Peace came into my heart. I love when the Spirit shows up in a matter to give us His victory.

“Thank you, Lord, for teaching us how to “bear one another in love.” May we not forget how much YOU bear with us each and every day. Amen.”

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author

A Writer Is Never Loved…

A Writer Is Never Loved…

If you are a writer or one who automatically sees the need to dig deeper, research farther, leave no stone unturned, analyze the analyzed, and can never, never say anything in ten words or less then my heart goes out to you…For writers are never truly loved or understood….Unless, you learn how to channel all of your inward thoughts, passions, and emotions into a number one best seller with several sequences. Other than that, you may have to face the realistic truth that at times you aren’t very well received among your peers and/or closest relatives.

Writers are often teachers; whether professionally trained or naturally gifted. Some writers are “speakers” as well. That can make life even more challenging for the individual writer. Writers and speakers often challenge the status quo…They challenge people to think on a different level or even an advanced more sophisticated level at times…Some people don’t always enjoy that challenge or appreciate its results.

Writers are always seeking the truth, intentions, or motives behind someone’s actions or reactions…In the writer’s or speaker’s heart and mind there must always be a “reason.” Even if that reason lies within the absolute mysterious Sovereignty of God, there must be a reason. And, writers often can’t stop the search until that is their absolute last option; God’s Sovereignty.

So, we must ask ourselves this question, “What are people to do with writers and their quest to enlighten the world around them?” In many ways, writers are like “prophets of old” bringing messages and news that no one really wants to hear….”Off, off with their head!” The gathering crowd shouts!

So, in many ways the writer feels like a martyr waiting for the ax to fall. But, ask yourself this question as well, “Where would we be without devoted writers in our lives?” First, my answer would be that you would not be reading this blog…For a writer is writing it…Second, you would not enjoy your nightly entertainment shows, news broadcasts, or sitcoms because it takes an entire staff of writers to make it possible. Even the Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show is based upon good writing abilities. Writing, whether it be for entertainment or informative reasons, colors our world and showers our interests

So, the next time you get upset with the person who simply cannot tell the “shorter version” of the story, or who has to consider numerous points before settling on just one, or uses tons of analogies to make their point why not try thinking what life would be without that type of person….

In closing, the next time you curl up with your favorite novel, remember that the author is actually someone’s mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, or grandparent and the very fact that their words are entertaining you means they don’t do “simple” very well!! 🙂

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author