Mr. Sexy and I rented the new movie, Noah, over the weekend. It was different than I expected in some ways. It was better in others. I'm glad I knew to start the movie with an open mind of someone else's interpretation of the Noah's Ark story. I understand the need/desire to change details or fill in the gaps in order to make a film a blockbuster.
There are three main things I walked away with after watching.
1. Some of the details were obviously not in line with the original story. Other details, well, who knows? It's sometimes fun to let our imaginations put the pieces together.
2. Noah and his family were human. Disgustingly human, even. You will have to see the movie yourself to see why I use the term, "disgustingly human."
3. Hollywood's version of Bible stories will generally not be shown to my kids until they know the true story well enough to know the difference between truth and imagination.
This then begs the question, is the story of Noah true at all? If not, what about the rest of the stories? Can we decided that some stories are too far fetched but the others could possibly have happened?
I grew up with all the famous Bible stories and characters. Eventually I got to a point when I had to decide if it was true or not. Jonah being swallowed by a whale and surviving? Two of every single animal on a boat with the one "perfect" family left while everyone else was essentially murdered? A father ready to murder his own son? Incest? Even now, as I make this list, I am thinking of how much the world hasn't changed. The problems, at their core, remain the same.
I have decided that the Bible is true from beginning to end with everything in the middle. I have not yet been able to justify that Noah's story would be made up and Jesus' story was not. I have to believe all of it or none of it. When I tried to pick what I wanted to believe as truth, I tried to disregard what I didn't want to hear. But in the end, I couldn't justify that kind of faith. In fact, that wasn't faith at all.
The Bible is complicated. The stories are difficult to understand. I still struggle with the "why's." Some of the stories I would rather not know because I can't imagine what it would have been like. But it's all part of history. It's God's story to us, for us and about us.
I have been enjoying Hollywood's portrayal of the stories I grew up with and I hope the trend continues. As imperfect as their portrayals might be, I enjoy seeing "perfect" Bible story characters I have heard about my whole life becoming human and therefore, more relate-able.