As "Noah" hit theaters nationwide this past weekend, author Jeff Kinley suggested that the modern world may be exercising the same End Times behavior that God alluded to in the biblical account of Noah. Kinley noted that the film's failure to use the word "God" proves the world is living in a "godless culture."
Kinley, author of As It Was in the Days of Noah, told Fox News on Monday that in the Bible, God points to several things that will signify the End Times, including a godless culture, senseless violence, rampant immorality, and falling away from a true faith.
"When Jesus' disciples came to him, they asked him, 'Lord, what will be the sign of your Second Coming at the end of the age,' and Christ responded by basically overviewing several of the events that we find in the book of the Revelation," Kinley explained. "But then he pauses and he says, 'Guys, it's going to be just as it was in the days of Noah.'" more >>
The "Conjuring 2" release date could be pushed back as production of the film might be halted thanks to a lawsuit filed against the film's producers.
Producer Tony DeRosa-Grund and his production company Evergreen Media Group, who licensed the rights to the first film alleges that they were not compensated by New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. for use of the case files of paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren.
Evergreen claims that New Line was only granted rights to a limited selection of the case files which were actually less than 1 percent of the total. The Warren's life stories had to be purchased and Mr. DeRosa-Grund had to be credited as a producer, according to a previous agreement. more >>
Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore has commented on the notable box office success of Darren Aronofsky's "Noah," noting that critics like Creation Museum's Ken Ham are a "vocal minority."
"There are two groups of people: one that is excited that Hollywood has made a blockbuster based on the Bible and book of Genesis, and a small vocal minority who don't think it's OK to make a movie that isn't literal and who don't have the respect to let people evaluate it for themselves. Darren took a lot of creative license in telling a story from the Bible," Moore told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday.
He added that Ken Ham "has become the guy who continues to take to the microphone criticizing the film ... and who has tried to keep the spotlight on himself. But there are a lot of credible religious leaders, including the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez (president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference), who have come out saying this is a movie people should see." more >>
For the second straight week, God's Not Dead has finished fifth place at the U.S. box office, earning just one percent less this past weekend than the $9.2 million it brought in over its opening weekend when the film was released on March 21.
This past weekend, the small independent faith-based movie expanded its release by nearly 400 theaters and took in $9 million, bringing its total box office earnings to $22 million.
God's Not Dead, which portrays a college student who accepts his atheist professor's challenge to provide a defense for the existence of God and Christianity, followed the fourth-place Mr. Peabody and Sherman. more >>
According to Pastor Mark Driscoll, "Noah was not a good guy but a graced guy." In fact, "The most common way Christians butcher the story of Noah is by misreading what the Bible actually says."
Let's take a look at what the Bible actually says to evaluate these strong claims.
Genesis 6:8 states that, "The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." In stark contrast, v. 8 reads, "But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD." more >>
What now seems like it was just a trickle of opinion leading into the opening of the Noah movie over the weekend became a flood of viewpoints from all over the websphere on Monday, including blog posts that dissected every nuance of the Darren Aronofsky film.
Brian Godawa, Hollywood screenwriter and author of the biblical fantasy Noah Primeval, said after he wrote a pre-review of the movie based on an early script nearly a couple years ago, that he "became Satan for Paramount and its elitist director of dark unsympathetic sick and twisted heroes, Darren Aronofsky."
His review of the actual movie came after seeing it with the general public this past weekend. more >>