FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s one of the most anticipated Hollywood blockbusters of the year. “Noah” is based on the biblical story about a man who built an ark to save humanity from a flood.
The movie is part of a new trend in Hollywood. Movies and TV shows about religious events.
Pastor Steven Reding of Northwood United Methodist says he’s excited Christianity is finally getting attention from Hollywood, but he also has his doubts.
“I think in any biblical based movie that’s put out. My first concern would be it’s biblical accuracy. Once you stray from the biblical story then you take away it’s authority. You take away it’s effectiveness,” says Reding.
Some local residents in the Shoals agreed with Reding, but others had a different view.
“I don’t expect Hollywood to do a perfect production. I like it
cause it’s showing the bible. It’s giving people parts of truth and so if you see something
you don’t like about it then go back to the bible. Maybe it would make people more
interested in going to the bible,” said moviegoer Debra Barnes.
“I’m here to have a good time. That’s what me and my family do best, you know. Enjoy each others presence. Get to watch a good movie, good acting like I said, hopefully a good plot,” said moviegoer Gabriel Oats.
Reding says in the midst of all this controversy, Christian leaders just have to be prepared for the unexpected.
“We must be willing to answer questions and know what we believe and why we believe it,” said Reding