Noah—the man who trusted God
I really enjoyed this article. One thing is bothering me though. The author says the name Methuselah means ‘if you build it, it will come’. I was excited at first about this because this would’ve meant that his name was, in a way, a prophesy about the flood; that was, until I looked up what the actual meaning of Methuselah is. His name means ‘man of the javelin’. See the following website for the definition. http://refbible.com/m/methuselah.htm This isn’t good. People use stuff like this to discount all the other wonderful information you guys have put together on this site.
Henry Morris in his The Genesis Record (Baker Book House, 1976) comments on the name Methuselah as follows:
“The meaning of this name is doubtful, though many scholars have said it means ‘man of the spear.’ Such a name as this, however, would hardly have been in character for Enoch to select as a name for his favorite son.
“Many ancient and modern commentators have interpreted the name Methuselah as meaning ‘When he dies it shall be sent.’ If this suggestion is correct (and there is at least a possible basis for it), then a justifiable inference is that Enoch, the prophet of coming judgment had received—at the time of the birth of this son—a special revelation concerning the coming judgment of the great Flood.” (pp. 159–160)
This is a fantastic piece of faction writing (that is, combination of known fact with artistic licence), and I think a bit more of stuff like this "out there" and obvious - accurate portrayal of the reality of the last few pre-Flood decades - would go a long way in prodding plenty of people into thinking about a few home truths. I've thought for a while now that it'd be awesome if someone could make a film about the Flood - I'm sure people have done such a thing before (Google on "noah flood movie" returns 3.8 million hits after all) but how realistic has it ever been? I wonder. When I was younger I read the odd fiction book on life on the Ark, complete with talking animals and other such fantasies. Dunno whether the author was an opportunist or a well-meaning Christian but there's no doubt that the Flood is routinely treated by those who don't spend their time dismissing it as a nice story, rather than the truly terrifying ordeal it must have been.
What's more, I've heard at least one friend describe God's judgement at the time of the Flood as being essentially barbaric and unjust - yet precious few people have any truck with seeing "baddies" killed, sometimes en masse, in movies - as long as they're portrayed as evil enough! Most people, I'd venture, don't truly comprehend just how bad the pre-Flood society must have been.
So one day I hope we might have a creationist director with enough willpower and clout to make it happen. Something seen by millions which emphasised the reality of an entire world which was "corrupt and filled with violence", and the solution God chose, well like I say, I like to think it'd at least make some people think about things.
Google "Noah Russell Crowe" to find info on a big movie in the making. Not by creationists so it is likely to have some inaccuracies, but it should put Noah into the news and make some good talking points.