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Robin L. Quillon

April 6, 2014

Robin L. Quillon | 'Noah' is about choices and consequences

JOHNSTOWN — Once, a philosophy professor brought to his class a beautiful red rose he had uprooted from his garden. He wanted to show off his rose-growing prowess to his students. “Well, what do you think?” he asked, proudly holding up his prized rose.

One student asked, “Professor, why did you not cut off the muddy roots?” Another said, “Professor, be careful, you left the thorns on the stem, why didn’t you trim them off?” Another said, “Wow, professor, that has to be the most beautiful red rose I have ever seen!”

Never missing a teaching moment, the professor clipped off the muddy roots and handed them to the first student, and said, “This is for you, good sir, since this was the first thing you observed.” To the second, he clipped off the thorny stem and said, “This is for you, friend, since it was the first thing you saw.” And to the last, with a gentleman’s bow, he handed the beautiful red rose and said, “This is for you, my dear, because it was the first thing you noticed.”

There is much debate surrounding the movie “Noah,” (starring Russell Crow), some good and bad.

I saw this movie last week with my family and my daughter and her family.

To our surprise, we saw two couples angrily walk out in the middle, the first mumbling, “That is not what is in the Bible!” The other couple sternly said, “This is just liberal Hollywood trash.”

My 4-year-old grandson said to his mother, “Wow, Mom, did you see all those neat animals? And the rock guys were so strong!”

Ok, I will agree, this movie does not follow a strict interpretation as recorded in Genesis. However, the overall message(s) was not illusive to me; man is free to choose how he conducts his life, but those decisions come with eternal consequences.

That message was, indeed, accurately portrayed. And I suppose the Bible verse in Amos 3:7, which reads, “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealed his secret unto his servants the prophets,” was surely accurate.

Seeing this movie did not cause me to want to storm Hollywood and sacrifice the director, Darren Aronofsky, on the altar of blasphemy. I have heard some claim that he is an atheist. I don’t care, because I believe a person should be free to worship or not; how and to whom they will.

I understand some are so offended by this movie that they are calling for its boycott.

For me, this movie was a reminder of many sacred truths. For example: supernal help is readily available for anyone who sincerely asks our Heavenly Father. It reminded me that our Heavenly Father is no absentee creator. It emphasized the power of pondering and prayer. It clearly demonstrated that when we have promptings and impressions of the Holy Spirit, we should act upon those promptings without hesitation, because it could literally mean the difference between life and death.

“Noah” reminded me of the importance of families, as he sought guidance from his Heavenly Father. It reiterated my belief that a father and a mother together are central to and fill vital, different roles in the lives of their children and uniquely shape their development. A mother and father are not optional accessories!

This movie helped me to remember that having faith means we must be willing take that first step into the darkness and let the Lord worry about the rest of the journey. I was reminded that he requires our elbow grease coupled with our prayers. Simply asking of Him is not enough.

Yes, I left this movie not looking down in despair but looking up to the heavens, giving thanks for the blessings of life. And every time I see a rainbow in the sky, I am reminded of the importance of covenants.

This movie inspired me to re-read this wonderful journey of Noah. And any time a movie can do that, well, it can’t be all that bad.

I choose to see the rose …

Robin L. Quillon is the publisher of The Tribune-Democrat, of CNHI News Service. He can be reached at rquillon@tribdem.com.

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