HOLLYWOOD vs BIBLE: Was Noah most concerned about animals, or did he actively warn people of the coming flood for 100 years?
Commenting on his role as Noah in the new Paramount film, Hollywood actor Russell Crowe told Entertainment Tonight in 2013 that Noah "is not benevolent. He's not even nice. This is the dude that stood by and watched the entire population of the planet perish."
In the new film, Crowe appears to depict "a delusional, conflicted man, more concerned about the environment, animals, and even killing his own grandchild than he is with his family and his relationship with God", according to Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis.
A viewer unfamiliar with the Biblical account may not know that Noah was a "preacher of righteousness" (i.e the goodness, kindness and justice of God – see 2 Peter chapter 2, verse 5). Over the 100 years it took to build the ark, Noah warned the world of God's impending judgement for their sin against each other and against God.
The Bible says that the door of the ark stayed open until the day the flood came and that "God's patience waited in the days of Noah while the ark was being prepared" (1 Peter 3:20), only Noah, his wife, three sons and three daughters-in-law went in, because of mankind's unbelief about God's judgement
Why did no one else go in? In Genesis chapter 6, the Bible records that God sent the flood because every person thought of "only evil continually" and mankind had "filled the earth with violence". Unlike everyone else, Noah is described as "righteous", dependent on God, the most "blameless" or faultless man of his time, and he "walked with God" in close fellowship.
If the Bible's history is right, then the account of Noah is relevant to us today.
The Bible says we are in "the last days", when people will deliberately reject and ridicule the Genesis record of creation, the global flood of Noah's day and God's final judgement (see 2 Peter chapter 3, verses 3-7).
Jesus says in Matthew chapter 24, "The [second] coming of the Son of Man [Jesus] will be [sudden] just like the days of Noah. They were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away."
Noah's warnings of God's coming judgement is the same merciful message that Christians deliver today. Noah offered the world a door of physical salvation, but today it is a door of eternal salvation in Jesus, who said, "I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, they will be saved" (John 10:9).