Monday, April 24, 2006

OKpreacher’s Book Review: “The Da Vinci Code”

Best quote from the book:

”This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, organizations, places, events, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.”-From the Copyright page in “The Da Vinci Code”

Let me start by saying that I had no plan to read Dan Brown’s, “The Da Vinci Code”. Then one of the church members brought up the subject and suggested that I read the book. What has surprised me about this book is how many people take this work of fiction and try to find truth from it. I remember something similar happening with, “This Present Darkness” and spiritual warfare. “This Present Darkness” was so engaging that if you didn’t have a good understanding of what the Bible teaches about spiritual warfare you would believe the book was true. So I figured that the same must be true about, “The Da Vinci Code”, but after reading it I don’t understand why it became so popular.

I was bored out of my mind for the first hundred and fifty pages of the book. A famous art curator name Jacques Sauniere is murdered. The last three hundred pages are about Jacques’ grand-daughter and Robert Langdon, professor of Religious Symbology at Harvard, seeking to uncover the hiding place of the Holy Grail. Jacques was the leader of a secret group and was the last one who knew the hiding place. He left a clue for his granddaughter to find and follow to make sure the secret of the grail was safe. The secret is that the Holy Grail wasn’t a thing, but a person. Where is Indiana Jones when you need him?

The idea of the novel is that Jesus really isn’t God, but just a man that taught morals. He married Mary Magdalene and had a kid. Jesus wanted Mary to be the head of his church, but Peter wouldn’t let her because she was a woman. To cover this up there was a Council in Nicea, where the leaders developed this false theology about Jesus being God which the church has promoted and protected every since. Since the council there have been people through the Arts and Sciences that have been trying to tell the truth about Jesus and Mary. Da Vinci is the main dude in this. His painting, “The Last Supper” is a picture of Mary and Jesus in the center instead of John and Jesus. Therefore, Da Vinci was painting us the truth. This probably explains why all of Jesus’ disciples were white Europeans since Da Vinci painted them that way as well. In the end, the reason to find the Holy Grail is so that everyone can return to worshipping Mother Earth through secret sex rituals which was God’s plan all along.

I have never read a more pagan and historically wrong book. As I read the book, I knew Mr. Brown was writing fiction, but most of his stuff didn’t even make sense. So here are some facts 1. Jesus is the Lord and we know this because He claimed to and He was resurrected from the dead. 2. Jesus wasn’t married to Mary Magdalene, because the Bible tells us that Christ will marry another. Who will Jesus marry you may ask? The bride of Christ is the church. Christ will be united with His church. 3. The council of Nicea, dealt with the heresy of Gnosticism. Also scripture was already canonized by Christians. The council of Nicea, just made it official. 4. God doesn’t accept worship of women or men. God shares His Glory with no one. Dan Brown would do well to read the Ten Commandments. 5. In the book the claim is made that the church has made sex bad, the truth is that the Bible teaches us that sex is good inside of marriage. That is the proper place because it is between two people that God has united.

In conclusion, I would give “The Da Vinci Code” an F because it is fiction and didn’t live up to billing. If you want to see a story line that is similar, but much better written, go see, “National Treasure”. About “The Da Vinci Code” movie, I encourage you all to skip it. For a better critique go to The Baptist Messenger of Oklahoma: Articles on the Da Vinci Code


Anonymous Colin said...

I'm a little confused... Why give the book an 'F' for being fiction - when that's all it claimed to be? It is pop-culture that has tried to 'truthify' the story.
No question that the hype surrounding DVC has gotten out of hand, and that Brown and the publishers, etc. have done their part to fan the flames. I'm not sure it's fair to knock the story because of the hype.

Blogger OKpreacher said...

Sorry, about the confusion. The reason I gave it an "F" was for two reasons. The first reason is because "fiction" starts with an "f" and that is what the Da Vinci Code is. It is a work of fiction as you have pointed out. I also gave it an "F" as a grade because the book, even though fiction, distorted real events. Another reason it got an "F" as a grade was the DVC was dumb and predictable. Hope this helps.



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