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Felt a similar feeling of conviction when I saw Noah as I did when watching Yeezus live. Nitpick all you like; truth that I’ve come to know in my mere 25 years is you can’t teach someone without first showing them the way. Faith is a personal, unique experience. What is tangible is how one’s life evolves once committed to an idea. What is their outlook on life and how has it transformed their actions? I found this analysis intriguing:
The Great Controversy is real, and it is being fought every day. It’s a war against Gods government and Gods character. Satan has artfully and cunningly perpetuated a God-story that is nothing short of a meta-deceit. Millions of Aronofsky’s go through life hating a God that does not even exist, never truly coming to know the love and intimacy he has with humanity. And the worst part is that the medium by which Satan works most effectively to tell his lies is the church. Better said, it is the life of the individual Christian. What are you doing to help? How does your life reflect the truth about God to those who do not know him? Do sinners feel loved in your presence as they did in the presence of Jesus? Do the broken find healing, hope, and joy in your company? Do they see the love of God in your words and actions? Equally important is the question, what does your religion consist of? Rules? Regulations? Or does it consist of an intimate relationship with Jesus? A daily coming closer to him and reflecting the rays of his mercy and love for a world inundated by sin.
Really, it’s just nice to see glimpses of God (and the subsequent conversations/”controversies”) in the mainstream consciousness.
What we want the film to make you think about is the core question of Genesis: The nature of goodness and wickedness in men’s heart, and whether that should be responded to with justice or mercy, the relationship between mankind and the world around him to the sacred. Those are the questions we grappled with.
Q: What question would you like audiences to leave your film thinking about?
A: There are two. The story says that we all have goodness and wickedness in us, and it’s up to us to pursue goodness and resist temptation. That’s a personal choice that we all have. We can’t fall into the trap of thinking “those ones” are wicked and “we’re good.” That’s an easy way out.
The second question is, the Noah story is about a second chance. It’s a second chance for the world and a second chance for mankind. One of the questions we hope people come out of the film with is, to remember that we’re living in a second chance. And to ask ourselves, “What are we doing with that second chance? Are we doing well with it?”