Sept. 25, 2020

Faithspotting "Tenet" Part 1

Faithspotting "Tenet" Part 1

Mike and Kenny discuss the film and faith elements spotted in Christopher Nolan's Tenet. While Tenet is a very complex film that may require a second viewing to more fully understand the complexity, it is also a film that is worthy of a second...


Mike and Kenny discuss the film and faith elements spotted in Christopher Nolan's Tenet.

While Tenet is a very complex film that may require a second viewing to more fully understand the complexity, it is also a film that is worthy of a second viewing. In addition to the complex plot, it is a stunning visual and auditory experience that will suffer greatly if seen even in the best home theater. 

Faith elements include:

God as Alpha and Omega,. While it pushes human imagination, God the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit pre-exist time and creation. There never was nor will be a time without God. 

Apocalyptic Scripture and the whole Truth amidst less than full understanding: Given the complex plot and stunning, mind bending visuals, viewing Tenet could be similar to reading apocalyptic Scriptures. While the symbolism and codes that are taken from the experiences of the books' writers and their communities, The Books of Revelation and Daniel can be difficult for modern readers to understand and follow. The codes, imagery, and mysteries can be for readers a distraction and block the greater Truth and teaching of the passages. While study of the history and cultural context can provide greater understanding regarding the meaning of the images and symbols, experiencing and embracing the mystery of these and others aspects of Scripture and God is a part of deepening one's faith.

The non-linear, mysterious, and expansive nature of God: Similar to above, the reality of God is infinitely beyond human imagination and capacity to understand. Part of one's faith is a willingness to except and embrace the mystery that is God. The human tendency to limit God to the boundaries of human experience and laws of creation, is an act of disobedience and fear rather than faith. (Adam and Eve in Genesis disobeying God in an effort to fully understand if not be like God)

Greed vs. Love: The greed fueled desire to own and control others is the antithesis of faith, righteousness and love for God. Such is in contrast to the desire and willingness to sacrifice oneself for the welfare of another.