the effects of The Da Vinci Code

18 05 2006

According to a survey, reading “The Da Vinci Code” does alter the beliefs of some people.  This article explains that the survey shows correlation that reading the book makes people more likely to believe some of its outrageous claims that are fiction.  And it calls out the author and Sony Pictures, that they “have encouraged people to take it seriously while hiding behind the claim that it is fiction.”

Perhaps this was the intention of the author : to undermine Christianity.  Many people want to destroy Christianity, and this book and movie seem to be misleading people at an alarming rate.  Of course, you can’t destroy Christianity, because it is the Truth, but it is possible for the opposition to lead some people away.

In other related news, from the Cannes festival :

At a press conference earlier in the day, director Ron Howard played down the controversy and reminded everyone that Da Vinci is a work of fiction.

“There’s no question that the film is likely to be upsetting to some people,” the director said. “My advice, since virtually no one has really seen the movie yet, is to not go and see the movie if you think you’re going to be upset. Wait. Talk to somebody who has seen it…and then arrive at an opinion about the movie itself. Again, this is supposed to be entertainment. It’s not theology.”

For his part, Hanks noted Da Vinci is “not a documentary.” Instead, he said he thinks it offers a chance for people to reflect on their own place in the universe and explore their own conception of God.

The book and the movie are fiction, but yet many people are accepting them as fact.  Before believing anything in that movie (because there is a lot that is made-up and contrary to history), do some research.

I also have an issue with what Tom Hanks said, about exploring your “own conception of God”.  That’s part of the problem in America these days — many people use their own reasoning to decide who God is.  But there’s a huge flaw in that way of thinking : God exists, and He is who He is, regardless of what you or I want to believe about Him.  Even if you believe with your whole heart that God would never let someone go to Hell, it doesn’t change the truth that it does happen.  We don’t each have our own “reality” where we can define what is true in the universe.  There are certain things we just can’t change, and God is in that category.  We have to seek after God and the truth, and it’s not an impossible journey, because God wants us to find Him.  He wants to reveal Himself to us, but He requires us to choose Him instead of life without Him.




One response

18 05 2006

Yeah, what Tom Hanks said was all warm and fuzzy sounding, but the truth is, he is encouraging people to create “God” in their image. This is the equivalent of idolatry which, correct me if I’m wrong, is forbidden within the 10 Commandments themselves. “Thou shalt have NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME!!!” “Thou shalt not take unto thee “ANY GRAVEN IMAGE”!!! When we develop our own concept of who God is, we are, in our minds and hearts, making a “graven image” of sorts and putting it before the ONE TRUE GOD!!!

I say ignore Tom Hanks, Ron Howard, and Dan Brown and look to the One True God and He will reveal Himself to you. If you’re an unbeliever out there, I challenge you to ask God to reveal Himself to you if He’s really there. This isn’t putting God to a test, but God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Do your own searching and you’ll find all roads lead back to the God of the Bible and His ONLY SON Jesus Christ. Give Him a chance and you’ll see.

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