Friday, May 19, 2006
The Da Vinci Code
Well, "The Da Vinci Code" comes out today for the big screen. Did you read the book? Are you going to see the movie? There is much controversy out there about this story, written by Dan Brown.
As a Christian, I feel it is important that we investigate these things for ourselves. And so, I read the book. And I will see the movie.
If you have bought the book, then you know it is being sold in the FICTION section (since it is truly fiction!). There is no need for us to get all hyped up and upset about the theories presented in this story. By the way, it is a magnificent story! If you like 'edge of your seat' reading, then you'll love it! It is a great suspense novel.
But it just isn't true! Don't be confused by thinking that the theories discussed in the book are true, because they aren't! Here is what Dan Brown had to say himself about it:
HOW MUCH OF THIS NOVEL IS TRUE? The Da Vinci Code is a novel and therefore a work of fiction. While the book's characters and their actions are obviously not real, the artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals depicted in this novel all exist (for example, Leonardo Da Vinci's paintings, the Gnostic Gospels, Hieros Gamos, etc.). These real elements are interpreted and debated by fictional characters. While it is my belief that some of the theories discussed by these characters may have merit, each individual reader must explore these characters' viewpoints and come to his or her own interpretations. My hope in writing this novel was that the story would serve as a catalyst and a springboard for people to discuss the important topics of faith, religion, and history. (This is taken from here.)
Even Dan Brown's hopes are to stimulate discussions about religion, etc.... Well, let's do just that!
See, I don't have to argue with you.
* I know that Jesus is the Sovereign Son of God.
* He wasn't married to Mary Magdalene, nor did they have a child!
* Leonardo Da Vinci lived hundreds of years after the death of Jesus (in the 1500's!). How could his paintings reveal any truth?
* The Bible is the Word of God and is inerrant. It is ALL true (not just parts of it).
See, I have faith. I won't argue with you, because I love you! I want YOU to know what I know. I want YOU to have what I have.
If you are a Christian too, then I encourage you to...."Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." (1 Peter 3:15) To do this, you must know the truth and be able to back it up! Are you prepared?
I'm no expert, but I do feel confident in the truth and would love to discuss any concerns or questions you may have about the book/movie.