Saturday, April 29, 2006

Note on The Da Vinci Code

I can't understand the controversy over the DaVinci Code. I read and thoroughly enjoyed the book. It's fiction and, at best, an engaging theory but the operative word here is "fiction". Beyond the apparent story, I find the implication that Jesus may have had a more human side only draws me nearer to Him. It is the coming together of the spiritual Son of God and the temporal Son of Man through Woman in one person that fulfills the promise of God. And this is where my thought takes a visit to the spiritual twilight zone.

There is much mystery in the our walk with the spiritual. But then again there is much mystery in our walk in the physical world also. Those are the only two choices available and are not mutually exclusive but rather inexticably bound together. Of the physical mysteries, my particular favorite is our inability to explain the discrete packets of energy which behave as subatomic waves in quantum mechanics.

Perhaps Jesus was married and fathered children. I don't find anything to the contrary in the Bible. Does that make a difference in His being the Son of God? Not in the spiritual sense and then certainly not in the physical sense. That spiritual mystery has been better explained than the whole atomic thing. We accept both on faith. Sometimes we think someone has actually seen an atom. One the other hand, however one views Jesus, it seems He was, at least, seen. There are those who believe that reality only exists in the metaphysical. Plato's Cave seems to have influenced our thought on that concept.

How can we define reality? Certainly anything as transitory and subjective as our five senses makes that argument for reality at least questionable. Can we prove without a doubt we are nothing more than the dream of a being floating in eternity? So is permanence the criteria? Is anything permanent? Can we even conceive of forever? Its been shown that time slows down as we approach the speed of light. Now what kind of sense does that make? And what about gravity? No one knows how it works, but it does. And most of everything is nothing. What I mean is; if the nucleus of an atom were the size of a baseball, the closest electron would be about nine miles away. So getting back to the Da Vinci Code, who knows what happens when the spiritual world meets the physical. We have a tendency to take our religions far too seriously. As John Westley said "A sour Godliness is the devils religion". I don't think Dan Brown even came close to getting it right but then, ya never know.

Jesus makes reference over and over again of our need to accept His message in simple faith; to look on this wonderful promise as children would. There is no need to analyze or philosophize. Beyond the basic message of love of God and our neighbor, what else is there to be said? In the "Brothers Karamazof" the Grand Inquisitor , looking for someone to blame for our free will, seeks to lead Christ into a rational discussion and Jesus answers with silence. All has been said in it's simple truth with no need for further explanation.

So I say enjoy the movie and the book and take it for the fiction it is. One thing I do think is women had a far more important role in the early church than tradition allows us to believe. If it were left only in the hands of men we would have messed it up some how. Maybe that's been the problem considering the later seem to have been in authority for a while.


Blogger Kasia said...

Oh, i think the same way! Jesus is the Son of God and a human being. We often forget about this latter aspect. I do not think that him falling in love, having a wife or children is controversial at all. On the contrary - it is beautiful.

1:57 AM  
Blogger Leslie Shelor said...

I've read a lot of the early writings of the time period, which do indicate a much greater role for women in the early Church. Even the New Testament speaks of women, not prominently but the fact that their names are mentioned indicates some importance. The Pauline direction the church has taken has inhibited the role of women in the church over the centuries. I've always said that the pastor's wife as the most difficult job!

4:48 AM  
Blogger Ally Bean said...

There is no need to analyze or philosophize. Beyond the basic message of love of God and our neighbor, what else is there to be said?

Amen brother.

7:34 AM  
Blogger Ra said...

Wow. Provokative post. Gotta go get the book and read it. (Been procrastinating -- sigh).

Love to all!

3:23 PM  
Blogger Cowtown Pattie said...

I loved the Da Vinci Code. Of course, I am Sherlock fan from way back so a complicated literary puzzle is MY cup o'communion wine.

Reading a really great novel right now that also has the same historical mystery flavor only in a little different direction. It is the first novel by writer Elizabeth Kostova: "The Historian".

Yes, it is a "vampire" story, but with lovely descriptive passages about ancient Constantinople, Istanbul, Bulgaria, Romania, and Transylvania. If you enjoy historical fiction, give it a shot!

Best read late at night when all the rest of the household is aslumber; toss in a few spring thunderstorms, a howling mutt out back and you have a recipe for hair-on-end entertainment!

5:01 PM  
Blogger adannells said...

The Da Vinci Code was written very well and a very intriguing story but I am going to call it what it is, fiction.

10:20 AM  
Blogger GUYK said...

The problem I have always had with Christianity as well as most other religions is the arrogant belief that that particular religion is the one and only true one and then they use the circular logic of their Holy book as proof!

The moral beliefs of Judism are far older than is Judism and Christianity and Islam are of course sects that sprang for Judism. There is one truth that humans can accept and try to live up to that is a truth in just about every religion. And that is to treat others as one wants to be treated.

Of course the bible thumpers who knock on my door at supper time don't believe that or else they wouldn't be knocking on my door at any time trying to force their religion on me. I know they would appreciate me knocking on their door at supper time and ask them to pray with me to mother nature!

The only thing that I ever read that Marx wrote that I believed made sense was that religions are a means to control the masses. And of course Ayn Rand wrote about the same thing except she was a die hard capitalist instead of a bleeding heart commie.

11:31 AM  

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