published Monday, April 21st, 2014

'Noah' movie 'ungodly' — and more letters to the editors

'Noah' movie 'ungodly'

Christians can't justify giving their money, time and minds to ungodly movies like "Noah."

"Noah" is an un-biblical fantasy, filled with a blasphemous representation of God. Noah is sometimes depicted as a psychopath.

"Noah" director and writer Darren Aronofsky, an atheist, told the New Yorker magazine his movie is "the least biblical, biblical film ever made." The film "Noah" teaches the opposite of the Bible. Dr. Brian Mattson said the movie isn't a faithful account of the Bible but is a faithful account of the Gnostic/Kabbalah/pagan version.

According to the movie, the creator God is basically evil, the serpent was a hero and the fallen angels are good guys. The film depicts and supports evolution. Hurting the environment or animals and being a meat-eater are depicted in the film as the worst possible sins.

Christians have the real story in Genesis 6-9. Just as Noah found grace in the eyes of God and was saved aboard the ark, we can only be saved by Jesus through his grace. Look to Jesus as your ark of salvation!


Common sense is gone

Since personal electronic communication devices have become so prevalent, it seems common sense and manners are gone. Loud conversations are in stores, in lines at the bank, everywhere, especially where totally inappropriate.

Not long ago, I had heard quite enough about someone's medical condition while in the waiting room for surgery. I went over to the woman and politely said, "You may not realize how loudly you were speaking." She took great offense and glared at me, then, in words not printable, attempted to defend herself. The outside door was not 10 feet away, and when others needed to talk, they would graciously go outside. I would not want a discussion of my loved one's medical condition to be so public. I wonder if the patient would.

My daughter recently suggested people return to wearing watches so they could discreetly check the time without rudely whipping out their phones.

If I weren't so darned important that I have to keep constantly in touch with the entire world, I would give up my iPhone in a second. How about you?


White would be 'compassionate'

Please vote for Catherine Cate White on May 6 in the Republican primary for Circuit Court judge. Catherine, or Katy as I call her, is a very special person. As her brother, I can vouch for her character and excellent work ethic.

As a Christian, she is compassionate. As a conservative, she believes in the core values our nation was established upon.

Katy's knowledge of the law is impressive, and she is no stranger to the courthouse, where 70 percent of Circuit Court's cases entail family law, and that is what Katy has focused on for the last 20 years of her 25-year legal career. She has jury trial experience, she is a trained mediator, and she has sat as a special judge. She will make a wonderful judge.

Our father, Forrest Cate Jr., would be very proud of Sis. I believe the citizens of Hamilton County will be, too.

FORREST F. CATE III, Signal Mountain

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"According to the movie, the creator God is basically evil, the serpent was a hero and the fallen angels are good guys."

Finally, a movie that gets it right about the inherent evil of taking the Bible literally.

If you understand the Bible as a collection of stories of superstitious people with no knowledge of science, it was the best they could do to explain their world and provide a cohesiveness for the tribe.

Now science has disproved the various claims of Bible literalism and the stories can be read as the metaphors and allegories they are.

How refreshing to realize that gods don't exist now and never did (at least all the gods so far projected), that it's not an historically accurate account of anything, neither is it prophetic. It is simply a compilation of stories, not divine in origin, not true in an objective reality, not binding on humanity as chains on a slave.

Fundamentalists should see it. Perhaps a few will throw off the yoke of oppression that is the hallmark of all religious fundamentalism.

Then when you read the Bible, instead of the intolerance and bigotry promoted by a literal interpretation, one can see the stories of the Good Samaritan and "Do unto others" as universal themes for personal responsibility.

Leave the despotic gods and their corrupting stench behind and breathe the fresh, clean air of reason, science, and moral stories of compassion without the need for bloodthirsty gods, false prophets, priests, and preachers.

April 21, 2014 at 8:06 a.m.
conservative said...

D.D. NAVE, I hope that you didn't waste money on the film.

There is no way Hollywood is going to picture the things of God in a positive light.

Your letter will smoke out the usual Atheists who will spew their hell and hate.

It boggles my mind that some people spend their whole life hating their creator and the one whom they will answer to.

April 21, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.

Mr. Conservative

You've refused to answer the simplest questions about your fundamentalism. For someone who spouts that the Bible and his god has all the answers, you are unable to provide any.

If you are one of the things of God,there is certainly no way to present you in a positive light. You are an unhappy, misanthropic cretan, whose only joy comes from imagining the world in flames, cast into a hell, with you standing tall as god's inquisitor and numero uno torturer. You are, however, an excellent example of religious fundamentalism mixed with mental illness, thought that may be redundant.

I spew no hell or hate as their is no hell and the laughter you provide is certainly no reason to hate you. On the contrary, I encourage you to post more as your dogmatic creed and sheer madness wakes thinking people up to the inherent evils of your religious fervor and fundamentalism in general.

I do not hate my creators. I love my parents as they provided me with an excellent education to see through your crassness, delusions, and twisted hate for life.

It's a beautiful day outside this morning. I'll have breakfast, enjoy the birds, green grass, sunshine, and the laughter of happy children all without the need of you and your despotic gods.

The fact that you'll be cringing at my joy, stewing in the juices of your sanctimonious bile, cursing the harmony of life lived today without need for wrathful deities and their mentally deficient followers, makes it all the better. I can't help but giggle at your self-imposed misery.

The eggs and bacon have arrived, the coffee is hot, and the birds are singing.

Have a nice day.

April 21, 2014 at 8:57 a.m.
una61 said...

I not going to waste my money watching the Hollywood version of a biblical fairy tale.

April 21, 2014 at 9:14 a.m.

I haven't seen "Noah" yet, but I can recommend "Jesus Christ Superstar" as worthwhile on many levels. As much as anything the movie points to the fact that if indeed Jesus did come into the world today, the fundamentalists would be standing in line to crucify him for not being their idea of a Christian.

Also watch "Cosmos" with Neil deGrasse Tyson. The wonders and mysteries presented by this program expands the consciousness of the mind rather than the mental atrophy required by the small, rather pitiful gods of fundamental creationism.

April 21, 2014 at 10:10 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

It's almost funny to hear so many Christians up in arms about how Hollywood can't get it right when it comes to movies about the Bible. How quickly they forget! Here are a few Bible-based movies out of Hollywood that most Christians embraced and endorsed wholeheartedly: The Ten Commandments, Ben Hur, Samson and Delilah, Kind David, The Robe, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Passion of the Christ.

I think that what really bothers these whining Christians about the movie "Noah" is that an atheist wrote and directed it, and his representation of God as being perhaps the ogre that the Old Testament makes him out to be is more realistic than they would like. They only want someone to keep the fantasy alive that, even if God is a maniacal, sadistic, unpredictable, jealous, reprehensible tyrant, as he most certainly is throughout the Old Testament, he is still a God of "love" - at least as long as you were one of his chosen back in the Old Testament days, or you buy into the whole Jesus-as-savior/ blood-sacrifice thing today.

April 21, 2014 at 11:37 a.m.
GaussianInteger said...

I wonder what D.D. Nave and ConMan thought about "Evan Almighty".

April 21, 2014 at 1:27 p.m.
conservative said...

The TFP should have a page set aside for Atheists to vent.

April 21, 2014 at 7:07 p.m.

GaussianInteger said... I wonder what D.D. Nave and ConMan thought about "Evan Almighty".

Please don't confuse Mr. Conservative. He's not been to the movies since wearing his white sheets for the premiere of "Birth of a Nation" but see if you can spot him in this photograph with his homies.

April 21, 2014 at 8:07 p.m.
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