Last week, a friend of mine with very different theological views made a comment that I must be excited that Noah's ark was discovered...again.
I will admit that the story of Noah has been a favorite since early childhood. Maybe it's all the animals, the construction of a huge boat, or the fact that water wiped out every living thing save Noah and gang. Maybe it's all those things...but whatever the draw...Noah's plight in an awesome story.
Much like Iron Man (another childhood favorite), I've waited for years for a good movie about Noah's ark. Marvel finally delivered on my favorite Avenger with an awesome first movie. I'll get back to you on the sequel after it debuts this Friday. So where's a flick about Noah? He's a superhero too...you know. Don't even give me that Jon Voight made-for-television movie or Evan Almighty either. A biblical Patriarch deserves at least an A-list actor to portray him in order to be considered a great movie (think younger Charlton Heston or even Tom Hanks).
With today's CGI, THX and XYZ technology, I have no doubt Hollywood could turn out an 'Avatar' quality picture without harm coming to a single animal. Sure, everyone knows the end of the story...but the same is true of Titanic and look at the records that movie broke and awards it won! So you've got a proven winning formula with a big boat and lots of water...mix in a good dose of drama, romance and action...throw in some Divine intervention, L.L. Bean product endorsement opportunities (they truly do make the best rain gear), trim off at least 45 minutes...walla! Blockbuster!
The action figure and accessories potential alone could be a fortune.
Of course, my friend was going in a completely different direction than my IMAX imagination. He thought I'd be happy about Noah's ark being discovered...again...because it would be physical prove validating a story from God's Word. When I explained to him I didn't need any type of proof to validate the Bible for my sake, he was quite perplexed.
If it is actually Noah's ark, won't that bring more people to believe the way you believe?
I don't think my response that if someone needs that type of evidence to believe in God, then they've already missed the boat was exactly what he was looking for in an answer.