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12 reasons not to fall for the Noah Movie hype

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If you’re hoping that next April’s release of the “Noah” film is the next Christian blockbuster that will inspire people to seek God, you might want to hold your wallet – not your breath.

A rough cut of the movie, starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Emma “Hermoine Granger” Watson, has been held up to the light of Scripture and has been found to be grossly different.

Even the trailer makes it obvious that the producers took many liberties, playing fast and loose with the biblical text.

Listen to what Crowe himself had to say about Noah being “not even very nice,”for letting humans perish, even though as Todd Friel points out, the real Noah was a preacher of righteousness:

In his article titled “Don’t Be Taken In By The Noah Movie’s Promotion, Ken Ham over at Answers in Genesis suggests that this movie might just be another Hollywood con:

I believe the trailer was put together very carefully and cleverly to attract Christians and Jews—those who might be inclined to pay to see the film and not speak out against it. In fact, many Christians and Christian organizations have already come out publicly to say they can’t wait to see this movie.

Ham offers 12 “problem areas” that discerning Christians should be aware of:

  1. In the film, Noah was robbed of his birthright by Tubal-Cain. The serpent’s body (i.e., Satan), which was shed in Eden, was their “birthright reminder.” It also doubled with magical power that they would wrap around their arm. So weird!
  2. Noah’s family only consists of his wife, three sons, and one daughter-in-law, contrary to the Bible.
  3. It appears as if every species was crammed in the Ark instead of just the kinds of animals, thus mocking the Ark account the same way secularists do today.
  4. “Rocks” (that seem to be fallen angels) build the Ark with Noah!
  5. Methuselah (Noah’s grandfather) is a type of witch-doctor, whose mental health is questionable.
  6. Tubal-Cain defeats the Rocks who were protecting the finished Ark.
  7. A wounded Tubal-Cain axes his way inside the Ark in only about ten minutes and then hides inside. Tubal-Cain then convinces the middle son to lure Noah to the bottom of the Ark in order to murder him (because he was not allowed a wife in the Ark). Tubal-Cain stays alive by eating hibernating lizards. The middle son of Noah has a change of heart and helps kill Tubal-Cain instead.
  8. Noah becomes almost crazy as he believes the only purpose to his family’s existence was to help build the Ark for the “innocent” animals (this is a worship of creation).
  9. Noah repeatedly tells his family that they were the last generation and were never to procreate. So when his daughter-in-law becomes pregnant, he vows to murder his own grandchild. But he finally has a change of heart.
  10. Noah does not have a relationship with God but rather with circumstances and has deadly visions of the Flood.
  11. The Ark lands on a cliff next to a beach.
  12. After the Flood Noah becomes so distant from his family that he lives in a cave, getting drunk by the beach.

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99 Responses to “12 reasons not to fall for the Noah Movie hype”

  1. Richard #

    The only thing one can say is the movie is "inspired" by the biblical story. Inspired can mean basically anything hence why its used. I for one have no interest in seeing anything that perverts a real account in the Bible for that reason alone.

    November 20, 2013 at 5:47 PM Reply
  2. The only 'good' thing that we as Christians can say about movies such as this — movies that completely distort Biblical accounts — is that they give us opportunities to share with family, friends, and co-workers what the Bible really says happened. The Noah movie will give us opportunities to share with others about man's sinfulness and God's redemptive plan. Let's not allow any chance we get to pass us by!

    November 21, 2013 at 2:32 AM Reply
  3. Daryl #

    As with most 'true stories' that Hollywood tackles that end up bearing only a slight resemblance to the truth, anything Biblical is going to be laughable. Hollywood is not known for it's pursuit of the truth, only it's pursuit of entertainment to fill the coffers. The one thing this movie does allow us to pursue, is a discussion of the real story in the Bible. This movie is not a 'true story' but 'inspired by real events'. I used the work 'inspired' very loosely. How strange that a film, that is inspired by true events, is taken from a book entirely inspired by God. As with all films, the book is usually better!

    November 21, 2013 at 3:39 PM Reply
  4. If movies like this crash & burn for lack of interest then it may dissuade others from investing in biblically related stories, which may not be in the church's best interest.
    Who cares what Russell Crowe personally makes of who Noah was, the flood story is apparently present in many early writings of different cultures but they wouldn't all have the biblical keys to interpret those events.
    My feeling is to support it.

    November 22, 2013 at 2:27 AM Reply
  5. Lilac de Nubia #

    Sounds like it's supposed to be satire

    November 22, 2013 at 4:44 AM Reply
  6. Brenda #

    First of all, I am a Child of God in every sense of the word. I have only seen one clip advertising the movie in question and immediately realized the only thing taken from the Word was the name, Noah. It is obviously like every other "Biblical" movie out there has ever been. I am not surprised.

    I go to church and various fellowship gatherings to strengthen my walk with God, to be fed as only He can feed me and to worship God with my fellow Christians.

    I read books and watch movies to be entertained. I like any type of historical fiction and have never had a problem differentiating between fiction and non-fiction. Seeing Noah will not influence my faith in any way.

    November 22, 2013 at 11:27 AM Reply
  7. Steve Miller #

    If any of those 12 statements are accurate then this is one of the silliest movies ever made. Why would they feel the need to make a movie which alienates the intended audience? Sounds like rather than making a Noah movie they made Nino (Noah in name only)

    November 22, 2013 at 1:43 PM Reply
  8. Lauren #

    Well, Noah did get drunk and naked. That's in the Bible…

    November 25, 2013 at 10:12 AM Reply
  9. TheGrowingLight #

    Noah wasn't benevolent?? Noah wasn't nice??

    "Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God" (Gen.6:9/ Ezek.14:14)

    Too bad, Russ. Seems satan beguiled you through bad info as he did Eve. Unfortunately, Russ is being used as another brainwashed Hollywood puppet out to taint GOD's Word. Just watching the preview, you see unbiblical issues.

    Russ is one to talk about "being nice". Isn't this the same guy that interfered with Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan's marriage? Hmmm?

    November 29, 2013 at 4:49 PM Reply
  10. Niriel #

    So, the movie is different from the book. One can say that from pretty much every movie made after a book. I don't see how that's a big deal or how the fact that the book is the bible makes it a special case. It's ok to like the books better, I often do. Although I don't actually feel the need to choose which one is superior to the other, books and movies are two different media with their own strength and weaknesses.

    The story in that movie/book is in complete opposition with everything we know about biology, physics and common sense and I don't take any offense with that. So what? It's a fantasy/scifi story, like Lord of the Rings or Star Trek. I don't expect any truth from it.

    December 11, 2013 at 5:14 AM Reply
  11. Matthew #

    Thank you, Niriel, for such a reasonable and logical response.

    There is no mention of brainwashing, indoctrination, or the one world government….you are not browbeating anyone with scripture, or pointing out that everyone else is a blind and dirty sinner (but not admitting your own sin).

    Expect to see some calling out in your direction soon.

    December 11, 2013 at 11:11 AM Reply
  12. yawnagain #

    We should be trying to stamp out the ignorance of religion, not encouraging and glorifying it with movies. The claim that Noah is based on a true story is a complete lie, and because of this deliberate false advertising, no-one should have to pay for their ticket.

    So few Christians are aware of the fact that the story of "Noah" is just a re-tell of an older story from a different religion. Look up "The Epic of Galgamesh (Tablet XI)" to read the story Noah is based on.

    Even if the story of the Noah wasn't clearly copied, it IS completely impossible. For example, the fresh water required by all those animals for 150 days would not have fit on the Ark! (Just the two elephants require 12600 gallons of water!) Not to mention all the plant matter for vegetarian animals. And spare animals to provide fresh meat for the carnivores. There's just not enough room for all the required supplies! (Let alone the actual animals that Noah was trying to rescue.)

    And ofcourse, if a flood covered the entire surface of the earth for 150 days, all land plants would have be wiped out. Thus, when the water subsided – there would have been absolutely no food – anywhere. Game Ovah, Noah!

    The whole concept of "kinds" of animals has even been dis-proven. In fact, anyone can go and see live examples of "one kind changing into another" even though the Bible claims this is impossible. Just study any "ring species", like Salamanders.

    And are we really expected to believe that the Kangaroos walked all the way to Australia from where-ever the Ark landed? How did all the marsupials know to come to the same place? Did the Kangaroos have to carry the Koalas since Koalas walk so slowly on land? And why did the penguins waddle all the way to the South Pole given that the North Pole was so much closer? Crossing the equator must have been dreadful for animals designed for arctic conditions.

    The only question remaining is : Is there any part of the story of Noah that makes any sense at all?

    December 12, 2013 at 12:42 AM Reply
  13. Believer #

    God is restarted his human game it seems, by wiping out unimportant, random npc-like people, save a huge ark as game backup. Luckily the data format was incomplete, Asia and Africa was left untouched.

    Moral of the story: Never allow a single person to hold all authority to make judgements. Setup a council as counterweight measure so the actions can be held accountable.

    December 12, 2013 at 7:30 PM Reply
  14. Don #

    The Biblical account was inspired by the Epic of Gilgamesh. It's a wonderful morality story about sin and salvation.

    February 3, 2014 at 2:06 PM Reply
  15. Sylvia J. Parker #

    I'm sorry to see that yet another director feels he/she has the right to change or alter the word od GOD. I Corithians 4:6 says "not to think beyond what is written" so anytime you add or change a story that is in the bible you are guilty of perverting the word of GOD. The bible is not a book of fables but is a book of eyewitness accounts of events orchestrated by GOD. You are entitled to believe whatever you want but when you try to impose your beliefs on others that is a form of religion. Just know that whatever you do and whatever you believe you will have to answer to GOD for your actions. The bible states that everyone is going to heaven but not everyone is going to stay II Corithians 5:10. All of GOD'S people need to pray for everyone involved in the making of the film Noah. We need to pray for their salvation, that GOD would change their heart of stone to a heart of flesh. We also need to pray for everyone who sees this film that they will not be lost or lead astray.

    February 19, 2014 at 8:23 PM Reply
  16. THNK! #

    Looks like a fun and creepy fictional movie. Kind of like the Avengers-although the Avengers story does not wipe out humanity and all living things. Not sure there are going to be many "converts" to Christianity after this happy story.

    February 25, 2014 at 9:58 AM Reply
  17. Yeah #

    Next up, Hollywood takes parts of the Quran and twits them into a inaccurate action packed film! Oh,wait… that will never happen.

    February 25, 2014 at 1:22 PM Reply
  18. Jesus #

    The book is always better than the movie! God will not be mocked. Hollywood can have its fun but just like Noah's day their is another judgement day coming! You have been warned

    February 25, 2014 at 8:43 PM Reply
  19. K Lewis #

    Here's the thing. The bible is filled with numerous stories including that of Noah. What we find though is generally a shortened version and a lot of imagination to fill in the blanks. I'm almost certain that Hollywood will take their liberties and create a version that isn't true. At the same time, there are Christians who do the same if given the chance to do so. In the end, just sort it out. If you don't like it, don't go see it. If you go see it, enjoy it but don't sit and believe everything you see. We don't do that with superman or batman or spiderman or any other movie we watch. This movie was certainly inspired by the biblical account of Noah, but at the same time, the biblical account of Noah leaves a lot out as I'm sure more went on than just what is mentioned on a couple of pages… After all it took Noah years to build the thing. He was a man and don't think for one second he didn't go through challenges and doubt and anger and humiliation and all the above. People need to quit being so religious about their faith. This movie shouldn't change your faith or even threaten your faith at all. I'm a Christian who loves God and I am looking forward to seeing this movie. Not because because I'm a Christian and the movies about Noah but because I am a Christian and I like to go to movies.

    February 27, 2014 at 2:24 PM Reply
  20. lucysoerens #

    Honestly, who cares? So what if there's some extra-biblical content in there. The producers are making it very clear what to expect, so its not like they're trying to deceive the world into thinking that this is the actual Biblical account. As short as the story of Noah is in the Bible, a 2-hour long film is going to have some extra stuff. The important thing is that Bible stories are being put in theatres and its going to stir up interest in the Gospel. Its our responsbility as Christians use these movies as an opportunity to point people to the Bible, instead of focusing on everything that they got wrong. The movie was made for entertainment. Its not a documentary. We need to be realistic with our expectations and work with what we can. I think its great that Noah is in theatres.

    March 2, 2014 at 8:59 PM Reply
  21. Kelly #

    So are you all against veggie tales? Cause I'm pretty sure Noah wasn't a cucumber.

    March 9, 2014 at 1:05 PM Reply
  22. I cant wait to see this movie.

    March 12, 2014 at 6:24 AM Reply
  23. James #

    So what is the big problem??? This movie is fiction, based on the bible, which is also fiction. I don't see what the problem is. The director can take any liberties he wants to. The superstitious ancient ignorant people that wrote the bible took liberties. THEY MADE IT ALL UP! So why is everyone so upset? And why does everyone think this is a movie only for christians? It's a fictional story of a guy making a boat big enough to hold two of all animals on the planet after a fictional guy in the sky floods it. Then the family has sex with each other and re-populates the world. So it's got action for the guys, special effects for the teens, animals for the kids, and sex and incest for the perverts. This is DEFINITELY a movie for everyone. Sit back and enjoy it!!!!

    March 12, 2014 at 5:45 PM Reply
  24. Robert Fisk #

    It's sad that these religious people can't go to a movie and enjoy it without scrutinizing every little thing because they think they're a bible expert. Denying science is a dangerous precedent. I feel sorry for their children.

    March 17, 2014 at 10:52 PM Reply
  25. TLC #

    The Bible is absolutely NOT fiction! I will be praying for you James, and others who believe a lie that it is. The concern of a Christian is that people seeing the movie and who are not very familiar with the Bible will take this movie as the truth. They will not bother with checking it out to see if the movie portrays Noah correctly. My husband and myself have no intention of seeing the way that God's word has been distorted. We'll not be spending one dollar to promote this fairytale.

    March 19, 2014 at 2:03 PM Reply
  26. Michael Pue #

    To those citing science as such an obvious reason to not believe in God's existence: I believe all non believers demanding evidence that God exists should actually be the ones providing evidence that He doesn't, because one need not seek evidence to find Him, it is in every thought you have, every photon (light particle) that reflects off objects and hits your eyes, it's in every living organism and in every non living piece of matter in existence. The evidence for His existence is everywhere you look, but evidence that He doesn't exist is entirely absent. There is even more scientific evidence of His existence then there is against it. I would site the physicists name but can't recall it immediately, but a well respected physicist calculated the chances of something like the universe coming into being without a creator, and the conclusion he came to, using legit mathematical calculations, is that it is more likely for a tornado blowing through a junk yard to accidentally assemble a fully functioning fighter jet than it is for the universe with or without life, to come into existence without a creator. God is very real, and I challenge anyone to prove or even provide evidence otherwise. Some may argue evolution proves He doesn't exist. To that I say, if evolution is fact, it's because God designed living things to be capable of adapting to changing environments for the sake of survival. In other words, any and all scientific facts regarding our own existence are nothing more than part of God's design for us, not proof He isn't real.

    March 21, 2014 at 1:38 PM Reply
  27. brandon #

    if one isnt going to make a movie that is biblical accurate, he or she is perverting the word of God which is taking or adding to, which is dealt with in revalation 22:19. when someone makes a movie about a Bible story, he is teaching the viewers what he thinks is the real story. how many will bring their Bible and follow along in the book to compare? not many.

    March 21, 2014 at 8:30 PM Reply
  28. anonymous #

    Folklore is super interesting! I'm really glad this movie has such a philosophical and human take on an old classic. Can you imagine how boring and insipid Kirk Cameron's version of this would be?

    March 25, 2014 at 9:21 PM Reply
  29. on30on18 #

    They couldn't find a 600 year old actor to play Noah.

    March 27, 2014 at 12:57 PM Reply
  30. Talitha Cumi #

    Mr. Aronofsky is right now an unsaved Hebrew. It may take the extreme horrific duress of the coming Tribulation for him to believe on the glorious Light of the world, our Saviour Jesus Christ. That we are undoubtedly once again living in the 'days of Noe' as described by Christ, makes the movie timely. May our Lord in His mercy use even this blasphemous movie to lead souls to salvation. I was saved listening to an apostate preach! For with God, nothing is impossible!

    March 27, 2014 at 3:56 PM Reply
  31. clifftawt #

    we will never know what the true account was regarding noah and the flood or even it did actually happen. nobody knows when it supposedly happened either.

    March 27, 2014 at 9:51 PM Reply
  32. Tressie #

    So if it is or if it isnt true to the bible. It has us all talking!!! It will have those not familiar with the bible asking questions. GOD HAS A PLAN! Who says He didnt have a hand in this to make people ask quetions!!

    March 27, 2014 at 10:21 PM Reply
  33. Karl #

    Yes this story is not the real story of Noah ! But Noah is not a real story in itself unless you can believe that all these animals fit on the boat that a few people build thousands of years ago with not so great of a technology. not mentioning the food and a way to feed them, animals not eating each other, animals not being able to move which would cause some real issues for their muscles and the list goes on and on…

    Oh not to forget the most important if the god helped him why didn't he just lift him to heaven for the flood to pass or for example just made everybody instantly die? That is a one stupid way to kill everybody on earth when he is all mighty and can do anything . Tooth fairy has more credibility .

    March 29, 2014 at 2:10 AM Reply
  34. TKP #

    It's ' The Life of Brian' all over again. Here comes another mass campaign from the 'emergent church' of the late 19th Century who claim to have some divinely mandated copyright on biblical interpretation. After glorifying in Mel Gibson's rather fanciful jew-baiting epic they are now taking righteous umbrage with a secular film-maker's fleshing out of a rather thinly sketched bible story. All this campaign does is beautifully illustrate why any claims to bible literalism are completely fraudulent – Christians absolutely do not love their enemies (gays, liberals, jews, atheists, secularists, and the list goes on). Furthermore, none of them literally aspire to the Levitical law (except the gay-bashing part) or they would all be in jail. Nobody owns the flood story as it exists in many pre-biblical accounts – so why be threatened by Aronofsky? I'll be interested to see how a film about mass genocide and incest gets a PG13 rating…

    March 29, 2014 at 12:46 PM Reply
  35. Mark #

    Do NOT go see Noah the movie!!!! As I said, I walked out of it (one of the first I have ever walked out of). I went trying to give Hollywood the benefit of the doubt, knowing that they would need to add some artistic interpretation given the small storyline from Genesis. However, when Hollywood injected the idea that Noah couldn’t get answers from God and wanted to murder his granddaughter, I couldn’t stand it anymore. I was disgusted by the portrayal of an axe wielding Noah who kills countless people. I was appalled by the fact that they made up a storyline that a bad guy secretly snuck on to the boat and conspired with Ham to kill Noah while on the boat. I was offended that they portrayed a prophet as a man not preaching repentance but as a man determined to end the human race including his own family. Besides the fact that there is a man with a boat and animals, this movie in no way follows the story found in Genesis. With only three chapters about Noah, it is surprising how many errors this movie has compared to its biblical telling (eg. age of noah, sons all took wives on to boat, length of ark stay, his interaction with his father and Methuselah, in Bible it said Noah walked with God etc). I didn’t find out until after the fact the Noah’s Film atheist director Darren Aronofsky Calls ‘Noah’ The ‘Least Biblical Film Ever Made” (Huffington Post).

    March 30, 2014 at 12:07 AM Reply
  36. MELS #

    Every day it amazes me at the idiots in this world! This is a MOVIE!!!!

    April 1, 2014 at 2:55 PM Reply
  37. Sad God #

    Nothing made sense in this movie:

    – Noah says they are to be last generation: so, why take on the women, Noah should have left his "daughter" and wife to die in the flood. You only needed the men to do the work to look after the animals.
    – So having Angelic Rocks that help to build the Ark is a good an appropriate why to explain how Noah built the Ark, but having a God Who created the world in the first place, and just flooding everything and starting again, doesn't make sense? Is this a religious story or Sci-Fi one? Personally, this version of Noah really mocks the Bible.
    – Noah is depicted as a brutal cruel selfish man of God, everything that God wanted to do away with in Man. It seems from the movie, those that were being killed were the good guys, those that were saved on the Ark, were the really evil people. What does this make God?
    – This movie doesn't paint Noah, The Ark story, and more depressingly God, in a favourable light. It makes God look cruel and evil, saving the really selfish, cruel people just so they can everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING all for themselves later after the flood.

    And Christians like this movie….seems as though there are a lot of very sick people out there. No wonder there is so much hatred in this world. I don't blame the Jewish and Muslim communities from black listing this movie. Whether or not for the right motives, Jews and Muslims are right not to watch this movie!

    What a horrible destructive representation of God and Noah. This film is very sick.

    April 6, 2014 at 2:24 PM Reply
  38. Angelkinz #

    honestly you guys judge and you have the nerve to call yourselves Christians. this is just a movie and should not waver your faith. its pure entertainment. I've seen the movie and I thought it was brilliant. it didn't change my beliefs and it didn't change the way I look at Christianity. I knew in order to keep non believers interested they had to add all the drama. and for those non believers who might pick up a bible now and start reading what actually happened, I don't see that as a bad thing at all. excellent job to the actors and directors. was definitely worth the watch.

    April 10, 2014 at 2:32 AM Reply
  39. Angelkinz #

    and I suppose all of you 'Christians' will go see the movie Son of God and also judge that. my statement was simple. if you are looking for 100% accuracy don't go looking for it in a movie, go look for it in the Bible. and as for the entertainment comments. if you went to watch this movie, did you do it for educational or entertainment reasons? a movie isn't always about being educated, sometimes you just want to sit back and watch something to take your mind off things. lighten up! being a Christian doesn't mean you have to be a stick in the mud. if you don approve simply don't watch it.

    April 12, 2014 at 11:12 AM Reply
  40. john #

    This movie is an utter disgrace about a story that is probably one of the most dynamic accounts of what happened at the time. I dont know where these idiots got their information from but my 5yr old could have done a better job! What drove Russell Crowe to do this movie i cant imagine, perhaps he needed the money rather then play out a character to its original account. Absolute waste of film total rubbish! If there is a grade from 1 to 10 this one gets a minus 10!

    April 15, 2014 at 10:50 PM Reply
  41. john #

    yes mel this is a movie but a movie about a man who really existed ! so the idiots who put it together should have had some accuracy in what they are trying to portray, if they did a movie about yourself would u like the truth to be written about you or just bullshit that they put together, I think your reasoning is off corse and u need to think before you type.

    April 18, 2014 at 1:45 PM Reply
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  44. fabien #

    where is it

    July 7, 2014 at 8:52 PM Reply
  45. This film, like the bible, is fantasy.

    Seemples.

    August 25, 2014 at 7:42 AM Reply
  46. You realise that the bible scriptures and books have been hand picked and altered by men? There are books and scriptures of your fantasy book that are lying in the Vatican library and you and I will never see them.

    Very soon the bible and all other bibles will be found between Lord of the Rings and the Belgariad in the fantasy section of the library.

    Science wins.

    August 25, 2014 at 7:46 AM Reply
  47. Greg #

    The movies helped me because I picked up the bible and compared. God always gets the last word!

    September 13, 2014 at 9:05 PM Reply
  48. gary #

    I am a former Christian. I loved being a Christian. I loved Jesus and I loved the Bible. I used to love witnessing to non-believers and loved defending my belief in (the Christian) God and orthodox/conservative Christianity. Then one day someone challenged me to take a good, hard look at the foundation of my beliefs: the Bible. I was stunned by what I discovered.__ 1. The Bible is not inerrant. It contains many, many errors, contradictions, and deliberate alterations and additions by the scribes who copied it. The originals are lost, therefore we have no idea what "God" originally" said. Yes, its true—Christians can give "harmonizations" for every alleged error and contradiction, but so can the Muslims for errors in the Koran, and Mormons for errors in the Book of Mormon. One can harmonize anything if you allow for the supernatural.__ 2. How do we know that the New Testament is the Word of God? Did Jesus leave us a list of inspired books? Did the Apostles? Paul? The answer is, no. The books of the New Testament were added to the canon over several hundred years. Second Peter was not officially accepted into the canon until almost the FIFTH century! So why do all Christians accept every book of the New Testament as the word of God and reject every non-canonical "gospel"? Answer: the ancient (catholic) Church voted these books into your Bible. Period. __ There is nowhere in the OT or the NT where God gives men the authority to determine what is and what is not his Word. If Second Peter was really God's Word, the entire Church should have known so in the first century.__ 3. Who wrote the Gospels? We have NO idea! The belief that they were written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John is based on hearsay and assumptions—catholic tradition. Protestants denounce most of the traditions of the Catholic Church but have retained two of the most blatant, evidence-lacking traditions which have no basis in historical fact or in the Bible: the canon of the NT and the authorship of the Gospels.__ The only shred of evidence that Christians use to support the traditional authorship of the Gospels is one brief statement by a guy named Papias in 130 AD that someone told him that John Mark had written a gospel. That's it! Papias did not even identify this "gospel". Yet in 180 AD, Irenaeus, a bishop in FRANCE, declares to the world that the apostles Matthew and John and the associates of Peter and Paul—Mark and Luke—wrote the Gospels. But Irenaeus gives ZERO evidence for his assignment of authorship to these four books. It is well known to historians that it was a common practice at that time for anonymously written books to be ascribed to famous people to give them more authority. For all we know, this is what Irenaeus did in the case of the Gospels. __ The foundation of the Christian Faith is the bodily resurrection of Jesus. If the story of the Resurrection comes from four anonymous books, three of which borrow heavily from the first, often word for word, how do we know that the unheard of, fantastically supernatural story of the re-animation of a first century dead man, actually happened??__ Maybe the first book written, "Mark", was written for the same purpose that most books were written in that time period—for the benefit of one wealthy benefactor, and maybe it was written simply as an historical novel, like Homer's Iliad

    February 18, 2015 at 5:39 PM Reply

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