Saturday, May 20, 2006

DaVinci Code

America is abuzz about the new movie The DaVinci Code. Zillions of people are flocking to theaters to see it. Personally, I can’t wait to see it.

I read the book, and I thought it was a well-written, exciting story. I have a few pre-formed ideas about the movie.

· Tom Hanks is one of the best actors of the entire age. I automatically like every movie he is in. I can’t picture him as Hamlet, but he could play any other role.

· The book is fiction. The movie will also be fiction. The way the story is presented in the book gives it an air of being true, but the same can be said of Robinson Crusoe. My mind will not be changed about the divinity of Christ. My faith will not be shattered because of this movie. My faith is founded on solid truth: Jesus was both God and man.

· I am afraid that large numbers of people who don’t know much about Jesus will get the wrong idea about him and believe the story. I am afraid that people will think they know the newly discovered (un)truth that Mary Magdalene was married to Jesus and had a child by him. Mary Magdalene was a strong supporter of Jesus; she loved him, but there is no mention in the Bible of marriage between them. He cast out seven demons from her and saved her from darkness. She knew he was the Christ—the long-awaited Messiah. When she saw that he had risen from death, she cried out, “Rabboni!” That means something like “great teacher”! Women don’t call their husbands that.

· I believe Christians should see the movie so that they can help clear up misconceptions that people will have as a result of seeing it. I don’t think we should stay away from it in protest. If we do, we won’t be able to communicate with people who have been misled by it.

Catholics have requested that their members not see the movie. It puts Opus Dei, a Catholic organization, in a bad light.

Messianic Jews, on the other hand, are encouraging people to see it. The Chosen People Ministry, headquartered in New York City, sponsored a debate/discussion of the movie on Monday, and it was attended by a huge crowd of 600 at the Hilton. About 8,000 people listened to it on the Internet. Because of the great demand, it will be re-broadcast Tuesday evening, May 23, at 7:00 eastern time (8:00 central time). To listen to the debate, tune in to http://www.davincidebateny.com/ on Tuesday night. Their e-announcement said, “Don't miss this opportunity to spark a conversation with your friends about the claims of the book and the truth of Messiah!” Their web site is found at this address: http://www.chosen-people.com/

1 comment:

Pat said...

I've read many comments about this book and the movie, and I've seen many talk-show guest go on and on adnausea about it. Your article is the most concise, correct, easy-to-understand dissection of them all. I agree with every word.

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