Saturday, March 22, 2014
CLAP YOUR HANDS IF YOU BELIEVE IN FAIRIES AND TINKERBELL WON'T DIE
Last year the History Channel’s series ‘The Bible’ set cable TV records. As should have been expected, this year will be the year of religious fervor at the box office. Movies to be released include Son of God, Noah, Heaven is for Real, Exodus and Mary, Mother of Christ. These exaggerated fictional renderings of the old Bible stories are going to result in a dramatic ‘Back to Jesus’ movement among the fundamentalist that will culminate in renewed religious mania against anything liberal.
In all cases these movies will rewrite biblical history and attempt to make these stories emotionally believable for modern time.
I am constantly seeing the advertisement of Noah on cable TV. The movie features Russell Crowe as Noah who looks more like Mad Max than a six hundred year old man. (The movie fails to address the issue that Noah was suppose to be over five hundred years old, and that it took him and his sons one hundred years to build this ark…)
The story is too ridiculous to even comment on. Talk about biblical fantasies, this story surpasses the ridiculous.
Years ago I read Mark Twain’s Letters from the Earth that primarily deals with the story of Noah. It was the first time that I had read anything the questioned the validity of the Bible.
Twain begins with Satan being banished from heaven for a day for being surly with God. To kill time Satan comes down to earth to view the strange life forms God had created on this speck in the cosmos. He writes letters back to heaven to describe the ridiculous creation called man. Twain gets a little carried away with some parts of the story and is mistaken on his cosmology, but when you consider the time and attitudes of his day he was a Renaissance man.
It is eleven short chapters and worth a read.