If you’ve seen some confused-looking people coming out of a theater recently or after watching the newly released DVD, it may be because they’ve just witnessed the new “Exodus” movie which portrays God as a child about 8 years old. Considering God created the Universe and is therefore older than anything or anyone else, it’s rather shocking to see Him portrayed by a petulant child who looks to be an elementary school student. Reportedly, Director Ridley Scott intends him to be 11 years old which place him in the sixth grade. Not a likely candidate to be Creator of the Universe.
An an excellent article Jonathan Merritt lists 10 errors in the movie in Religion News. Even the aracheologists are condemning this move in an article for Biblical Archaeology. Egypt has banned showing the film becaue of historical inaccuracies, according to The Guardian.
The real account in the Bible tells us God spoke to Moses from behind a burning bush and told the prophet it was time to confront the Egyptian Pharaoh and inform him it was “time to let my people (the Israelites) go.” In the Bible, God gives the Egyptian Pharoh several warnings and chances to see the error of his ways and to escape God’s wrath.
In considering how God could be depicted an eleven-year old boy who appears mean and uncaring one has to realize the director of this movie is an atheist. He admittedly has no motivation to provide his audiences with a Bible-based version of God or anything else. So viewers who plan to watch this movie must take it with a grain of salt. After all, the director himself has admitted he sees it as nothing more than another Harry Potter sort of movie. He has no commitment to the text of the Good Book and is an atheist.
Besides providing a Harry Porter type character as God, Ridley Scott deletes the staff which Moses and Aaron used on several significant events in the Bible. The Bible tells us Moses and Aaron first approached Ramses II and warned him if he didn’t let the Israelites out of slavery then the Nile River would be turned to blood. Moses asked the Pharoh to “Let my people go!” When Pharaoh ignores this decree from God, Aaron touches the water with the rod and it turns red. In this movie version crazed alligators go on a freeding fenzy in Egypt’s largest river, thus causing their victims to bleed which turns the water red.
Speaking of plauges, the latest Hollywood version strays far from the Scriptures. Before each of the 10 plagues, Moses and brother Aaron confront the Pharaoh and tell him he’s facing another plague unless he allows the Israelites to leave Egypt and plead with the Pharoh to let the Hebrew people go each ttime. Instead of portraying this accurately, Ridley’s movie has the punk kid inform Moses he can lay back, and that he will punish the Egyptians. So the movie shows a relentless inaccurate series of plagues which blend into each other so that it is difficut to determine where one starts and the next one begins.
A major point of the Bible is that Moses and Aaron gave the Pharaoh ten separate chances to avoid the next plague by allowing the Israelites to go on about their own business. The movie makes it seem like this little kid immediately sent the plagues against the Egyptians without warning them of the consequences.
That is one reason why many Christians are reluctant to watch some of these so-called “Christian” movies at all. Why watch something a person knows is a farce and not even true? A more serious problem is that people who’ve never had access to a Bible before may actually believe the movie version of events is the way it really happened.
This movie completely deletes the significance of the rod Moses and Aaron use and the rod God gave Moses isn’t seen at all. Moses used the rod to turn the river to blood and to part the waters of the Red Sea and allow the Israelites a dry path over which they could cross and escape from the pursuing Ramses II and his army in the Bible. But the movie once again plays fast and loose with the truth of the Bible.
Ridley Scott for some reason known only to him replaced the rod of the Bible with an Egyptian sword which he made up. He has Moses toss the sword into the Red Sea. It floats around under the water for a while and doesn’t do much of anything. Whereas in the Bible, when Moses points the rod, the waters part and allow the Israelites safe passage.
I cannot recommend any of my readers watch this ridiculous spectacle which takes the name of one of the books of the Bible, but which actually misrepresent its content. The major concern is that those who’ve never read the Bible may be confused and think the movie is an accurate Biblical account. Those who have read the Bible, will realize almost immediately it is a waste of their time to watch this work of fiction for two hours in a theater now or on a rented DVD.
Scott takes virtually all the miracles by God and transforms them into events that omit God as the causing force. According to this director God didn’t really cause the Red Sea to part. No, it was a combination of earthquake, tornadoes, straight winds and tides that all happened at the same time as a major coincidence to cause the waters to recede.
This movie also portrays the Pharaoh as suriviving while his men drown in the Red Sea as it covers them. That is diametrically opposed to what the Bible says. The Bible tells us Ramses perishes with his men in the Red Sea disaster.
Readers who want to know what really happened, should read the book of Exodus found in the Old Testament. And they should also pray for Ridley Scott. Maybe a changed heart will cause him to make a Christian movie actually true to the Bible.
There should be a label on this DVD which says: “Viewing Could Be Hazardous To Your Spiritual Health.”