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Friday, August 19, 2005

The Da Vinci Code: A Comment and A Response

Comment: Anonymous said...


This book is fiction. I thought it was a good read and I am a Christian. A lot of Christians read Harry Potter...a lot of Christians go to movies and watch television shows that are very anti-Christian....You could take any movie/book/television show and find a verse that will make it offensive. Maybe you could one a day.

Response:

Anonymous,

Yes, many Christians, including myself, do things we shouldn't. We sin - that is true. That is why Christ died and rose again - for our sins. The Da Vinci Code portrays our Christ as just a regular man. If He was not God and did not die and rise again for our sins, then why are we Christians (followers of Christ)?

I believe the plot of this book is blasphemous - it "speaks of the Supreme Being in terms of impious irreverence". The chief end of man is to "glorify God and to enjoy him for ever." This book doesn't glorify God; it denounces our Holy Scriptures as lies, our church fathers as deceivers, and the current church as a facade. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge and I fear, love, and respect my Lord too much to read a book or see a movie which denies His Godhood and the salvation He bought for us.

When I stand before God on Judgment Day, I will have many, many things to answer for. I'll not let reading a book that denies Christ be one of them. That's my choice, part of the old free will thing, you know. Whether you read and approve of reading The Da Vinci Code, or not, is part of your own free will. It doesn't affect me and is between you and God. I'm entitled to my opinion and you're entitled to yours under God's law and man's.

To refer to my previous post: "...The Da Vinci Code is not a book I think I should be reading...What each Christian reads, though, is between him or her and God and has nothing to do with me. What does concern me is that The Da Vinci Code (directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks) is coming soon to a theater near you and the Church is assisting with the filming." If you visit my blog, you're going get my opinion. I don't mean that harshly, just frankly. As Mrs. Blessed says on her blog, "If this site really, really irritates you, do what I did in a similar situation and get your own blog."

A final note to clarify: I'm not angry, just reasserting my position on this book. Opinions differing from mine are not prohibited from this blog but please be careful alluding that I am twisting Scripture to suit my own opinions: "You could take any movie/book/television show and find a verse that will make it offensive. Maybe you could one a day."

5 Comments:

Blogger Calla Lilly said...

Applause, applause. :)
It is high time we stopped trivializing God and worshiped Him for who He really is - sovereign God of the universe. To suggest that Christ was a mere man is heresy and blasphemy. To do such is to deny Christ, and Scripture says that if you deny Christ before men, He will deny you before His Father.

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I never said once that this site irritates me. The post irritates me. I was certainly not trivializing God. My point is this: We live in a world that trivilizes God. You could make one post everyday for the rest of your life on a worldly book/tv/movie/political view...etc that trivializes God.
And as for your "band of followers" and thier snide comments....you don't know me or how I live my life. You don't know my heart...only God does. We'll all have to stand before him one day and explain ourselves and that includes the sin of judging people.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Samara said...

I borrowed this book from a friend a couple years back and read it, but the writing was junky- common words and short sentences; if I tried reading it aloud it read like a Dick & Jane for adults. Even if it hadn't depended upon questioning & reinterpreting Scripture for its basic premise, it just didn't stand up to being decently constructed literature. There's my anti-recommendation :)

5:26 PM  
Blogger Calla Lilly said...

Dear Anonymous,
I will assume that I am the one you are referring to in the "band of followers" that is making "snide comments" or judging you. You are correct; I do not know you. But you are incorrect in assuming that any of my comments were directed at you. I was refering to the book and its author. Unless you are the author of the book, you should not take offense. The very nature of blogging is a sharing of ideas, beliefs, and values, and, as such, is bound to step on some toes. Also, sharing a belief or value with someone does not make me a follower of that person. I am very careful to search out the Scriptures on my own as It is the final authority. Please be at peace.

8:27 PM  
Blogger Bethgem said...

anonymous, you said: "And as for your "band of followers" and thier snide comments....you don't know me or how I live my life. You don't know my heart...only God does. We'll all have to stand before him one day and explain ourselves and that includes the sin of judging people."

My concern is not with your argument about the book, but that you seem really on the offensive here. While I cannot see your heart like God can, and I do not know exactly why you said what you did like you did, it concerns me that in those words of yours I do not see the love between Christians that Christ said would identify them to the world. I sense that you feel "judged" and that is causing you to react poorly, but remember that we must love one another deeply, from the heart, as I Peter teaches, even if we do feel at a disadvantage as the minority or even if we feel at an advantage because we're sure we're right and the other is wrong.

I suppose this very well may upset you, but I had to put it out there, as a gentle reminder. I may have misinterpreted you, and if so, accept my apology in advance.

10:38 AM  

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