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Where is My Beloved --Noah Review-- Print E-mail
Written by Oshea Davis   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014

       Saw the movie "NOAH," yesterday. First thought was that this movie was no less Christian than any other so-called Christian movie produced by Hollywood (i.e. Chariots of Fire is an exception). My gripe for this movie is the same for all so-called Christian movies, even the majority of the cheap ones made by Christians. For example: I found it no less Biblical than Dream Works famed "Prince of Egypt."  There are many propositions and doctrines in the Bible that make Christianity unique, (I would say all), but some are at a more primordial level. One such doctrine is that of repentance. Example: the problem for saying I am a Christian homosexual or Christian liar, or Christian extortionist, or Christian rapist is that there is no repentance. Without repentance you are not a Christian, for this is made plain in scripture. But some doctrines, such as God's sovereignty, which are at the most essential level, are such doctrines that they effect every aspect of the system if they are denied. If one says the Christian First Principle of Scripture is not infallible then Christianity loses its voice on "everything it speaks on."  If Christian metaphysics is left out-i.e. the doctrine of God's absolute and direct sovereignty over everything-then one is left with affirming pagan dualism in "every part of the Christian system."

      Now, getting back to my particular compliant against Noah and most so-called Christian movies. My issue is that all these movies are not Christian for this single and very OBVIOUS reason: They are not from GOD's perspective!  GOD, do you remember HIM?  GOD! Where is beloved God? Where did He go?  Without the Christian God there is no Christianity. Without the Christian God there is no forgiveness, there is no Old or New Covenant; there is nothing.  The whole Christian system will fail without God. I have no problem admitting this.

          Let me ask a question.  What perspective is the Bible written in?  It is written from God's perspective. It is written how God creates, plans and views reality. It is "God breathed," so of course it is from God's perspective, for it is His words. God might be creative in telling us His perspective through the stories of others, but in these stories there is a greater portion of dissertation explaining doctrine; that is, God is revealing His point-of-view. Quickly consider how the Bible starts off with Creation, completely God's perspective; then the cross of Jesus, uniquely God's perspective; then the new heaven's and earth-there is no need of the sun for Jesus lights up the public world with His radiance.

     Why is it so hard for even theologians to consider God's point-of-view, when the Bible, they supposedly study, is completely in this viewpoint?  The reason why is that Romans 1 tells us that sinners "suppress the truth of God." Think about this. We are created with God's perspective written on our souls in innate knowledge (Romans 2:15, 1:19). In this is partly what it means to be created in God's image. We are born with innate knowledge of God's power and laws; that is, we are born seeing reality how God sees it. However, due to sin we suppress these truths and distort them. Romans 1 tells us that mankind exchanged the truth and glory of God for that of man-made idols, creeping things and even the direct worship of the image of fallen man itself. In other words, every stupid thing man puts back into the void of having removed God from their minds is anything expect God and His viewpoint.  This is obvious, but needs to be said, for even Christians seem to forget the noticeable. And so, instead of God creating reality as an overflow of His infinite love for His Son and fellowship of the Trinity and internal glory; man turns this man-ward by saying God wanted more fellowship over and beyond His Son and so created glorious man for needed friendship.  Such crazy statements go on and on.

          Consider what this means when one thinks about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When dealing with such big realities of love, justice and truth man will give various answers, but none of them will be from God's perspective.  Consider Romans 3 when the Scripture-that is, when words that are "God breathed"-speaks about the cross what do they say?

Romans 3:25-26, "God set [Jesus Christ] as a propitiation by His blood, to demonstrate HIS righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time HIS righteousness."[1]

       What movie have you seen that shows this reality?  At the center of the cross is not God's unfailing love for mankind; rather, we see God's unfailing love for His own glory and for the glory of His beloved Son to have public preeminence.  God's glory is at stake because His righteousness is at stake.  God passed over people's sins in the Old Testament. By doing so it diminishes God's love for His Son.  That is, God created the world for His Son's public supremacy, but when men sin and defy God's right to rule over them, they are actively fighting against this love gift of the Father for His Son. Thus, if God does not punish sin, He makes the love gift of the world for His Son's supremacy a little thing; and thing not worth getting justice over. That is, it is not merely God's displayed glory God is fighting for, because this glory and radiance as a name: Jesus Christ.  By not punishing sin, God is showing that His love for Jesus Christ is not worth fighting for, which in return gives the general display that God's glory and worth overall is not that valuable and worth fighting for-for Jesus is God's outshining and perfect image.

       Love has something to do with God's pursuit of His glory; namely that, God LOVEs his glory (i.e. His Son) to have public Supremacy; and so this makes His glory the chief end. In Ezekiel 36 the Lord tells Israel more than once that regarding His salvation of them that "Not for your sake do I do this, says the Lord GOD, "Let it be known to you.  Be ashamed and confounded for your ways." And again, "I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name (i.e. Glory) sake." That is, God does not save them because he loves them, or because they are valuable in and of themselves; rather, God's Name is valuable and He loves His holy name (i.e. holiness gone public, which is what glory is); and therefore His glory which He loves deserves to be saved from the dishonor sinful man has done to it, even if it means the way to glorify Himself is saving the sinners who dishonored His glory.

       This is a continental divide in theology.  This divide happens because from God's point of view righteousness for Him is the act of upholding and promoting Himself INFINITLY above all others.  The good news in that in Jesus Christ the church in brought into the fellowship of enjoying this promotion of God's glory.  However, man always defines such definitions as justice and righteousness in relation to man: from man's point-of-view.  This is in fact the very thing Jesus accuses Satan of when he spoke through Peter, when Peter rebuked Jesus: Jesus replies with, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men."  If Peter saw reality the way God did and had revealed in His Scripture, then one could see why the Christ has to suffer. But alas, men are too mindful of themselves, too busy suppressing the truth of God, too busy with play and carousing, and spend too little time defining definitions, categories and reality by the words that proceed from the mouth of God.  

 

What is Justice for God?

      I ask this question because in the Noah movie this question is asked. It is in fact a good question to ask in light of so much death. However, like its predecessors this movie answers this question purely in a man point-of-view that idolizes man. So, what is Justice for GOD?  Have you ever thought about that?  Many want God on their side; many want God to see their hurt from their shoes.  Nevertheless, of those who so loudly cry out that they love God, do they ever take time to see it from God's viewpoint? In the Noah movie when the question of what is "just" is answered it is answered by saying it is Noah's choice and man's. God, what about God?  He made the world, He is judging the world-according to the movie-and when it's time to answer what is just, it is made relative to how man feels about it! LOL!

     God is the greatest beauty, the greatest wisdom, and greatest joy, and that by an infinite degree. In order to act suitably, in light of this, He must chiefly uphold and promote Himself infinitely above all others.  If God does not act this way then He would be acting in an infinitely improper or unrighteous manner by devaluing infinite beauty only to put in its place something infinitely less beautiful. By this God would comment an infinite lie (but God cannot lie) by honoring this thing (anything but God) as infinitely more beautiful than what it actually is.  And so, as it is an impossibility for God to lie, it is an impossibility for God to act unrighteously by valuing anything else above Himself.

"In this love to Jesus Christ is God's original love: "For God is love." (1 John 4:8) This is the fountain and prototype of all love, for it is eternal and necessary. All other acts of love in God are only displays of this love, and effects of it."[2]

     By this we can see that justice for God is not his character to save; rather, justice is God doing all things to make Himself infinitely valuable and supreme above all others, and this is in the context of the original love for His Son and the Son for the Father. For example: God did not save any angel that sinned. Why? Giving no salvation to any angel is being just to God's love to His Son and the Son to the Farther to value and promote them above all others. By boundless kindness on God's part, instead of leaving us (who will be like angels one day) to total judgment as the fallen angels, God with unstoppable wisdom has chosen and made it so that electing and saving many humans will be just to the Father's love to the Son and the Son to the Father by promoting their value and glory above all others.

     This understanding is the proper way to understand what "righteousness" means in relation to God.  In fact, this is a major continental divide in theology and worth much prayer and meditation.  If you believe what the Bible says about God, that His righteousness is His action to uphold HIS glory and honor infinitely above all others and things, then your thoughts-like the mind of God (i.e. Bible)-will flow toward God, and if you disbelieve this testimony then your thoughts will inevitability flow toward man and making an idol of man even if it means making and idol of yourself. 

     This in fact is the religion of my age. The outcome of embracing skepticism, apart from being irrational and moronic, is the fact that it makes the person a god.  See, in order to say no one knows for certain you must say this for certain (overlook the stupidity of this for now); that is, the whole world does not know, but the great and awesome you knows at least this for certain. It is a worship and idolizing of oneself. "They changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man."[3]

     God in His great love and wisdom designed reality in such a way that His pursuit to give His chosen ones endless joy is, at the very same time, the pursuit to glorify Himself above all others. By this God makes pursing our joy in Christ, through faith, a righteous act for Himself: which is precisely the underlying argument Paul is making in his letter to the Romans.  God's chosen ones acquire endless joy by being grafted into His only begotten Son, so that their joy comes from (1)knowing, (2)becoming, and (3)enjoying Christ. In other words, God's chosen ones completely see life in God's point of view in heaven. By this Christ is exalted as the Supreme fountain; that is, our being an image of Him, exalts His supremacy.

 

Conclusion: Where is My Friend?

     The Christian God defines what is righteous and just and love relative to Himself, relative to His own value and relative to His greatest love. Without this, there is no Christianity. You might as well be talking about pink unicorns and dragons and Zeus.  Now, because such things as justice and love are defined relative to God, then every action God makes streams from this: from creation to the cross, to heaven. That is to say, this is a foundational truth that affects the entire Christian system of thinking. It becomes a different way of looking at the world and viewing reality in how you define such definitions. One way is how God has revealed it and the other is a thousand and one ways to view it without God in the picture.

    As a Christian my main love is for God. Admittedly, I am not perfect, but God's Spirit being placed in me makes this a reality for me. The Spirit is the love of the Father for the Son and the Son for the Father, and so, guess what will happen when God's Spirit is placed in a soul? They love God and love His Son.  They love God.

     It bothers me that so called movies are called Christian or from the Bible when the most obvious is missing: God!  Where is God?  Where is the one whom I love so much? Where is my beloved?  Where is the beautiful One to whom I am betrothed to?  Where is my Boast? Where is my glorious Father? WHERE!  Where is my King?  Where is my precious Friend?  Where is my LOVE?

     Jesus tells us that He no longer calls us His servants; rather, He now calls us His friends. Wonderfully in this moment Jesus tells us What it is that transforms a servant into a friend. John 15:15, "No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you."  A servant does not see from this master's point of view, because it is not known to them.  Jesus calls us friends for not only does He know us because He is our creator, but having revealed to us His plans and goals and His desires for reality (which is what shapes reality) His beloved chosen ones now see reality-not just in a correct way-but the see the world it as God sees it: they see it, if you world, from standing in God's shoes.  They are His friends.

     How you ever considered the wonder and glory and honor of this? The Creator of the ends of   the earth, comes down to people He had to save at great coast to Himself, and then, tells them His most intimate and cherished plans for the future, treating them as His dearest of friends.  What honor. What glory! What kindness God has shown His people. What a friend we have in Jesus Christ. 

     Oh, what would I have become, if it was not for Jesus coming down to befriend a sinner like me?  What would I have become?  I would have become a worshiper of creeping things that craw upon this fallen earth. I would have been lost in a make-believe world that worships any except the God's glorious Son. I would have seen anything except that light to which my Father sees: that the world has no need of the sun, the Son is its LIGHT, and the Son is the light of the Father!

     Yet, the darkness did not comprehend the Light, nor did it stop if from shining in the darkness and releasing so many prisoners from the grave!  Even ones such as me. This Light causes life to be where death was; this Light causes things to exist when they did not exist! "God, gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did."

I am sad to see my Beloved forgotten again in such movies as one called "Noah," but even if the world forgets Him my Father does not. Let the this globe forget its Creator in the waters, yet, the world will remember one day when the Son's light will cause this orb to burn in fire and fervent heat. They will not forget Him then. For some it will be a day of fame, in the form of infamy, but for His chosen one it will be a day of Glory, Justice, Righteousness, Honor and Immortality.



[1] NKJV, Emphasis added by author.

[2] John Owen, Works of John Own volume One, Banner of Truth Trust, 2000, page 144. Edited by Oshea Davis.

[3] Romans 1:23

 
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