Everyone has an opinion on religion, and therefore everyone has an opinion of [Noah](movie:204057), which officially hit theaters yesterday. Christian responses will always vary because Christian beliefs in general vary, as anyone who understands the concept of denominations knows. Despite this, anyone who sees the movie knows well just how distanced the film is from the Biblical story.
However, whether you believe or don't, love the movie or hate it, the movie itself brings up a very interesting and substantial topic which is often overlooked: the possibility of the biblical account of creation aligning with the scientific account of creation. I'm going to portray the film's interpretation with as little biased opinion as possible because I think we should always encourage ourselves to open-mindedness.
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
Both science and the Bible agree that before creation, there was darkness. Science says nothing but space, while the Bible says water. However, the word for space or void wasn't in the origins of the Jewish language, so it's argued that since water is the only thing interpreted as the place where you have the inability to breathe that the Bible does indeed refer to space as well.
The first day God created light, and called the light "day". This means that "the first day" doesn't mean a 24-hour period but rather a period of light. In Creationism theory, the sun wasn't even created until the fourth day. The film's creation story identifies God's creation of light as being the Big Bang, which if the Big Bang theory is true, any kind of explosion would indeed result in a large amount of light.
An explosion of that size would be millions of times bigger than a nuclear bomb, which may end up containing intervalling aftershocks producing huge flashes of light possibly hundreds, thousands, or even millions of years apart from each other, giving the Bible's account of creation the time it would need to align with the Big Bang Theory and with Darwin's Evolution Theory.
As Noah tells the creation story, a single-cell amoeba-like object is seen morphing into two cells that eventually become the creatures of the sea. The fish are shown growing feet and walking onto the land as reptiles, which in turn morph into various other land species and eventually become a primeape with the oncoming existence of humans.
This is when the debate turns into:
- Atheist: "Okay, but why would God create evil?"
- Christian: "If we're just accidents of nature then what defines good and evil?"
- Atheist: "Good and bad are what we personally feel is moral."
- Christian: "Hitler felt his cause was moral. There has to be an established natural law by some supreme being."
Et cetera, et cetera, insert never-ending debate here.
I'm not going to get into the debate, the decision is yours and yours alone, but if evolution really can coincide with creationism, then it's not a matter of if they can align as much as if you believe. (if, then statement equals hypothesis equals science)
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