It was a Tuesday night and it was arranged that we go to the movies and see ‘Noah’. Nothing wrong with that! Biblical movie? Can’t be any harm in going to see a ‘religious’ movie, can there? Never mind this statement… “Among the most dangerous resorts for pleasure is the theatre! Testimonies Vol 4, p.652
Or this one, “…and attending theatres, all of which have a tendency to evil…and are directly contrary to the teachings of Christ…” Testimonies Vol 1, p.490
What about this? “The blessing of God would not be invoked upon the hour spent at the theatre or in the dance. No Christian would wish to meet death in such a place. No one would wish to be found there when Christ shall come.” Messages to Young People p.398
Still not convinced? “…the frequenters of the theatre…put eternity out of their reckoning.” Testimonies Vol 6, p.406
Still not convinced? “And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” Luke 16:31
How about this statement… “(Satan) does not wish people to have a knowledge of their Maker, and he is well pleased if he can set in operation games and theatrical performances that will so confuse the senses of the youth (and older ones) that God and heaven will be forgotten.” Messages to Young People p.213
My dear friends, please think and act upon these warnings, because your eternal life is at stake.
So what did I learn from disregarding the counsels and warnings, and attending a place God did not want me to be in? Well, to begin with, I learnt not to disobey him again. I learnt this too: “I saw that Satan is a vigilant foe intent upon his purpose of leading the youth to a course of action entirely contrary to that which God would approve.” Testimonies Vol 1, p.511
I could fill pages and pages with statements like these.
But let me tell you what I got out of the movie ‘Noah’. Noah’s name comes from two Hebrew words ‘Noach’, which means ‘rest,’ and ‘Nacham,’ which means ‘comfort’. I can assure you that the Noah portrayed in the film did not portray any of these attributes. I will not go into detail of the movie, as it would take too long, as there is so much error. Suffice to say that as I departed out of the theatre, I felt an overwhelming feeling that I had let God down. That is a terrible feeling. As I reflected on what I had just seen, I realised that if I was weak in my beliefs, they had just been weakened more; if I was in any doubt about the flood, I had more doubts; and if I was an atheist, I would be a stronger one now!
Our loving heavenly Father was portrayed as a vindictive, people-hating tyrant who took delight in punishing people. Noah was portrayed as a weak, mentally challenged, heartless being who constantly accused God of murdering millions of ‘innocent’ people. He also suggested that God hated humans and built the ark for the saving of the animals! Methuselah was a cave-dwelling spiritualist, whose whole aim in life was the foraging all day long for a ‘berry’ which he desired to eat. Sorry to have to tell you this, but according to the movie, there were only 6 people on board the ark, except when Tubal-Cain managed to break in to escape the flood. Not to mention the rock people built the ark. Who were the rock people? They were the fallen angels that God turned into rock people. So according to the film, fallen angels built Noah’s ark. These are just a few of the disgusting lies that Satan has produced to destroy the faith of people everywhere. “Be not deceived.” Think about the words Jesus spoke to His disciples when asked what would be the signs of his return. The warning Jesus gave them was “Take heed that no man deceive you.” Matthew 24:4
We are living in the last seconds of this world’s history. Now is when we need to show our faith by obedience to God’s commands. “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 Now you have been warned; stay away from the theatre, especially so-called ‘Christian movies.’ Don’t keep this to yourself; warn also others who might be deceived by any form of theatrical performances such as you can find, not only at the movies but also on the internet. “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes…” says the Psalmist. Will you be at the movies when Jesus’ returns? You better not be! Oh, and another thing you might like to think about… what about the movie screen in your lounge room or bedroom at home? What’s the difference?
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
My young friends in Christ, think on these words: “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world” James 1:27
May God bless you in your decision making.
Br Trevor Holmes.