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The newly released movie “Noah” features a retelling of the creation story that clearly depicts Darwinian evolution transforming a single-cell organism into a monkey.
The movie also seems to show magic in scenes more reminiscent of the occult than of the Bible story.
While on the ark, the Noah character tells his family the story of creation, recounting nearly word-for-word the account in the book of Genesis.
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 monkey in a tree.
While director Darren Aronofsky injects the theory of evolution into the biblical narrative, he stops short of transforming the monkey into man. The film halts the cinematic evolutionary transmutations and instead depicts mankind as appearing separately and as illuminated figures.
The film also contains extra-biblical scenes that seem to depict black magic and the occult.
In the film, Noah travels to the mountain lair of his grandfather, Methuselah, played by Anthony Hopkins, for advice on what to do about a series of dreams. The Bible contains no such account of Noah meeting Methuselah prior to building the Ark.
Methuselah is depicted as a sorcerer of sorts, who uses magic to put his great-grandson to sleep and later uses magic again to heal the womb of the girlfriend of Noah’s oldest son, Shem. Neither of those stories are in the Bible.
The Bible does not describe Methuselah as possessing any powers. He is mentioned only in one passage as part of a genealogy from Adam to Noah. His father was Enoch, who “walked with God,” and he lived 969 years, the oldest age recorded in the Bible.
The film depicts other aspects of magic or the occult not in the Bible, such as a magical drink, a flower blossoming from nowhere and a magical seed that erupts into water that spreads to become a forest.
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