Russell Crowe, who plays the role of Noah in producer, Darrel Aronofsky’s film of that name, appeared in an interview on YouTube.
He said many people, including babies and children, were killed in the flood in Noah’s day. With that he implied that God, who ordered the deluge, killed the innocent with the guilty.
To understand it better, let us look at the situation in more detail. After the fall of Adam and Eve who ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, all people had a conscience. Knowledge of good and evil became universal. People know the difference (even up till today). Most people chose to do evil and it pained God. The reason is that in Genesis 2 God interacted with the first couple and there was peace and happiness. God wants what we call the Trinitarian Love Relationship. The Trinity existed eternally in peace and happiness, and God wants the same for people made in His image. God plans an eternal Kingdom where He will rule over His people in love and righteousness. His country will be the new heavens and earth.
Yet the people, influenced by the devil, chose evil. Was God justified in taking action to destroy them all in the world-wide flood? Before you answer, please consider the following scenario first: if you live in a country, province, city or suburb, where there are police officers who patrol the neighbourhood, will you ask that they abolish the judicial system? Do you prefer it if there are criminals, drug lords, rapists, drunken drivers, thieves and many other law breakers in your community? Why should you deprive them of their livelihood and pleasures? Why are their actions wrong? Why do you care if your child is killed by a drunken driver, entrapped by drug dealers, raped, or whatever?
That is the dilemma that faced God. Should He leave people to destroy the lives of others? If you think sin has no cost, please go and see what a murdered person looks like, or a person who died from a drug overdose. The point we want to make is, if you want to criticise God, begin in your own area. Will you allow all criminal activity? Yet people expect God to save all people and judge none.
Which country does not have a judicial system? If you live in a country with a judicial system and law enforcement, before you criticise God, get out of your safe environment. Go and live among the criminals. Then you can judge God. Before you do that, say nothing.
God’s judgement is right and fair. The parents of that flood generation (and for that matter all parents) will be held accountable for how they cared for and taught their children. It is our opinion that children under the age of accountability will be in heaven. If God spared all the babies and young children, there would have been thousands of them. Who would have cared for them?
What is Crowe demonstrating? His lack of knowledge of the Bible. The wicked, violent people in Noah’s day had time to repent all the time that he was building the ark. It is inconceivable that the people did not ask why he built such a large boat? It did not take him 8 years as in the film. Some scholars claim that he built for 70 years. Others claim that it was 120 years. Regardless, Noah was a preacher of righteousness (Hebrews 11:7), the exact opposite of producer, Aronofsky’s Noah.