We can share all that we have learned and studied from the Word of God . We can also admit the things that we aren't sure about in scripture that the movie discusses like the descendents of Cain and what happened to them? Where did they go? We can talk about how Cain actually had a son named Enoch in his line too (You can find his lineage in Genesis 4), who he names a city for, and how there was also a descendent named Lamech, just like Noah's father's name. We can then talk about how interesting it is that the line of Seth (found in Genesis 5) has an Enoch as well, the father of Methusaleh, but how Noah's Great, Great Grandfather Enoch walked with the Lord so closely that the Lord translated him to Heaven. We can then discuss how the enemy tries to always mirror & imitate God's plan for His gain, but IT NEVER WORKS!
We can discuss with folks the amazing scenes that are powerful and accurate. We can discuss the things that aren't in line with scripture, and offer corrections found clearly in Genesis 6-8. We can discuss a beautiful scene & conversation at the end of the movie between Noah and Shem's wife that speaks of love, redemption, and hope.
We can discuss Genesis 6:4 with people and the things that are beyond our understanding about the days of Noah. We can freely admit that there are things that are grey and we won't fully understand till we get to Heaven, but we can also stand maturely on those things that are crystal clear both about the story of Noah and the foundational truths of God's Word. We can also discuss with first hand knowledge, why things were interpreted the way that the were possibly in the movie by this atheist producer. What does it identify in him, what he may be searching for, and talk about the ancient struggle between our sinful flesh and the choice to obey God at His Word and receive His free gift of salvation.
We can discuss, again with first hand knowledge, how in the movie Noah was portrayed under tremendous pressure, the moment where Noah saw his doppelganger and the effects of sin in himself and his family, and why the movie may have interpreted it that way. Then we can discuss the horrible effects of sin both in the movie and in our own lives. We can freely admit our own struggles with sin, the way we handle our failures, and how because of grace and the cross we found forgiveness & salvation. Then we can pray that the atheist director as well as the actors can find salvation through Christ too. We can then talk about the horrible screams of those that were not on the Ark that we heard in the movie, and discuss how another judgement day is coming.
We can go to scripture & clearly show people who was actually on the Ark and who wasn't. We can make clear what is true and what is false. We can have intelligent discussions about this powerful story with the culture & our family. We can watch our children's & other believers faith become solidified even more and discuss the difference between religious isolationism and walking confidently in the power of the Spirit armed with the truth of God's Word, and the power of God's Grace into the culture to make a difference for the cause of Christ.
I'm thankful that we are learning to make our decisions based on the power & presence of the Holy Spirit instead of allowing powerful media and other personalities to make our decisions for us. These same people will spend their money in Atheist owned restaurants, brush their teeth and fill their house with products owned by "godless" people, and plop their children down in front of the Disney Channel as they "come out from among them and be separate."
I'm not angry. I'm indignant. I'm sad. My heart aches. Not 10 minutes after I saw the movie I was able to have a great conversation with someone about it. I hate that so many "believers" won't be able to have those conversations because they are "standing for what they believe." I so badly want Darren Aronofsky, Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, and these influential people to see believers reaching out to them and not shunning them. I want to see them come to Christ. If they wanted me to do something illegal I wouldn't do it. If they wanted me to participate in something that would hurt me or damage my testimony, I wouldn't do it. But all they asked was that I watch a movie. Geez...I guess that's why Jesus was called "a friend of sinners," "a drunkard," and even operating in the power of "Beelzebub." Because He didn't adhere to the "religious way" of doing things. Sigh.....I guess I can be OK with watching a movie made by an atheist.