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Ken Ham of “Answers in Genesis” recently wrote a scathing review of the upcoming “Noah” movie, starring Russell Crow.

Personally I don’t see what’s got him so upset about this movie; especially when you compare it to the History Channel’s miniseries, “The Bible”.

There were many inaccuracies portrayed in the miniseries but a few that stood out for me was in the episode about the angels visiting Lot in Sodom. The angels are portrayed as vengeful warriors killing many of the men in Sodom. But Genesis 19 never mentions the angels doing anything to the men of Sodom except striking the men with blindness. (And not swords)

During the story of Jesus’ birth, a common mistake is made by having the Magi visit at the same time as the shepherds. In the Gospel of Matthew, the Magi arrived much later- possibly years later. (Matthew 2:1-12) Although the Bible does not give us the number of wise men, Matthew wrote the following concerning the magi’s visit: ‘After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.’ (Matthew 2:1-3)

Would King Herod and many in Jerusalem be upset because of only the claim of two or three men? Probably not, but if there were many Magi on the same mission to find and worship a new King of the Jews; that would have been cause for great concern for a sitting king of that time. It is possible that they were religious or scholarly envoys of royalty in a distant land. These magi did not arrive until possibly almost two years after Christ’s birth-certainly sometime after his presentation in the Temple. (Luke 2:22-39) Immediately after their visit the magi were warned in a dream not to return to King Herod and left the region.

Considering their target audience, the producers of the History Channel’s miniseries could have easily been much more faithful to what the Bible says in many instances without losing cinematic appeal. I see little to no value in most of the “artistic license” the producers took in these episodes. And yet there was no outcry from the Christian community about the blatant inaccuracies.

Look, movies are produced for entertainment and to make money, not for accuracy. Movies based on the Bible are no different than other movies “based on a true story”. If nothing else, these Bible movies may encourage people to actually study the Bible themselves. After all, the Bible has plenty of excitement all on its own.