Church: controversy over ‘Noah' movie provides teaching opportunity

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - An Overland Park church is using the controversy surrounding the movie, “Noah” as an opportunity to talk about faith.

The movie, starring Russell Crowe, debuted over the weekend and with $44 million in ticket sales it was the number one movie at the box office.

Whenever there's a chance, church volunteer Toby Gifford tries to watch biblical themed films. He expects “Noah” will be popular.

"A lot of people, they'll never go to church but they'll go see gladiator playing Noah," Gifford said.

But the film is taking heat for how the director adapted the story of Noah’s Ark to the big screen. On social media, "Noah" started a firestorm-- especially on the film's Facebook page.

For Pastor Tim Howey of Grace Church, "Noah" provides a teaching opportunity.

"For us it's just very exciting to examine the scriptures--to see a movie like this and see where does it line up with the biblical account, where does it stray?" Pastor Howey said.

This Friday, Grace Church will rent out an entire movie theater. Members are invited to ask their friends to see the film and then stay for a discussion on the differences between the movie and the bible.

"They're thinking about the Noah movie, they're asking themselves, ‘Does the Bible actually say that?’ So it's very exciting to both examine the scripture in our households and have discussions with people outside the church," Pastor Howey said.

For more information on Grace Church’s screening visit its website here.

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