A friend pointed me to this article by Peter Chattaway which purports to refute Dr. Mattson’s article demonstrating the Gnostic and Kabbalistic roots of the strange material in the new “Noah” film. After reading Chattaway’s article, here are my thoughts.
My confidence in Mattson’s summary is actually increased. Chattaway ignored Mattson’s admission of the myriad forms of Gnosticism & Kabbalah, and that there are contradictions between those forms. I learned this in my first year at Bible college. Chattaway, on the other hand, as far as I can tell, seems to treat Gnosticism as a pretty unified belief system. In the comment thread, Chattaway admits his unfamiliarity with Kabbalah, and again seems to reinforce the idea that Gnosticism was/is monolithic in its view of creation, God, and the serpent.
The issue, in a nutshell, is one’s view of the sufficiency of Scripture. The story of Noah is part of God’s revelation to mankind, set within the much broader context of how God is going about the process of redeeming and reconciling mankind to himself. This process, culminating in the life, death, resurrection, and return of Jesus Christ, is the gospel, the central message of the entire Bible, and the most important truth that is possible to be known. If anyone or anything sets itself against that truth, whether by altering our perception of God and his redemptive acts in history by adding, subtracting, or twisting elements of God’s actual works and Word, then it is by definition anti-Christian.
This is why I do not believe this film is in any way a good thing, except to hopefully inspire more Christians to become more aware of how to defend their faith against those who would borrow incredibly significant events in the story of God’s grace and twist them to become man-centered fantasy epics which portray God as a petulant dealer in arbitrary punishment rather than the all-gracious, all-loving, all-good, all-knowing, omnipotent, personal God who condescends in mercy to covenant with a sinful people for their redemption through his Son alone. This gospel is utterly absent from this film, and presents a picture of historical events that is unrecognizable to those familiar with God’s infallible version of the story, and is incredibly confusing to those who aren’t (and who therefore need to hear the truth more than anyone).
I don’t intend for this to seem like a rant. If it does, it’s because I deeply care about being faithful to God and his Word, and I care about all those who view this film, that they receive a proper perception of who God is, and that their faith not be shaken or needlessly confused for the sake of…what? Art? Special effects? Money? A different message? When truth is obscured, who rejoices, God or Satan?