"The book was miss-titled "DaVinci Codes" to get your attention. I thought I was going to learn something new about art, design, etc., from a master who had left some important insights in his work. It does not do that. The only use of DaVinci is to try to give legitimacy to their attack on traditional Christian belief and to state that a man, who lived 15 centuries after Christ, knew more of the "true history" than the writers of the Bible and that he left the "true message" hidden in his art works so that "enlightened men" could discover them later. "
This month I am going to break up the series on the resurrection with a topic that I feel needs attention now. That is the fascination that the media and general public has shown for this heresy called the DaVinci Code. Just in case you have missed being fully informed on this, I am writing this for you. Many people are reading this book and will see the movie that is coming out. Some will be able to pick up on the subtleties of the message in this book Others may not if they have not been keeping up with literature over the years. I am writing and sending this in a panic mode, because this thing about the DaVinci codes is hitting the news hard now and a lot of people will be curious enough to read it and see the movie. They are in for an earth and faith-shaking event if they read it before they settle the resurrection issue solidly in their faith. It is more blessed to believe without proof, but perhaps more precarious, for one may come to disbelieve just as easily when given cleverly disguised lies. Holy Blood, Holy Grail and this book are poison for anyone who is barely hanging on. I will return to the resurrection series in coming months.
Opie's Answer to Gibson's 'Passion'
We may soon see if the same detractors who subjected every frame of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" to unprecedented scrutiny will do the same for Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code.
Brown's best-selling novel is headed to the big screen. Former Mayberry resident Ron Howard is listed as director, with Tom Hanks having a starring role. Brown's book outlines a conspiracy by the Roman Catholic Church to cover up a marriage between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. On the book's first page, the author claims, "All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate." Unfortunately the rest of his conclusions about religion are based on lies and deception, so much so that officials from Britain's Westminster Abbey refused to allow filming to take place in the Abbey, claiming that the book is "theologically unsound". Instead, the filming will take place at Lincoln Cathedral in eastern England. The first filming took place in Paris at the Louvre where much of the plot happens. The book has sold an amazing seven million copies in the US and over half a million in the UK, making it the biggest selling adult fiction book ever. No doubt, this movie will be a blockbuster and the subject of discussion for a long time. I give you here the story "behind the story" from my perspective as a researcher of this subject and a Primitive Baptist who starts his religious beliefs with absolutely no doubt as to the validity of the Scriptures and the reality of Jesus Christ being the Son of God and that He was crucified, was dead and buried, was raised on the third day and ascended to heaven and sits on His Father's throne until His enemies become His footstool. What this book says and the movie will amplify, denies every premise but does so in a very clever and subtle way. Knowing the history behind the whole false story is VERY important if you are to stand up to those who will be fools and believe the lies. The lies are that good.
In this book the message of Holy Blood, Holy Grail (HBHG later) is revived and The DaVinci Code is just a rewrite in my opinion with some bells and whistles.
I am going to address the HBHG next month, as it is the basis for most of the heresy that is found in The DaVinci Code.
Sometime back years ago just for this type of reason, I felt that Primitive Baptists, old and young, needed to have on hand and in mind a defense of the resurrection, whether or not they plan to see such movies. Their friends and acquaintances will and they will eventually get to your kids. Oral Roberts had a son who committed suicide when he was challenged in the eastern university setting where he attended college. He just could not stand up to their attack and only had the spiritual and emotional side of his religious experience to rely upon, and not facts of the Bible and history. The "facts" as given by these HBHG disciples overwhelmed him. I began putting together the Defense of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ after I first read Holy Blood, Holy Grail.
I have read The DaVinci Code and had to restrain the constant need to throw up. It is subtle. It is intriguing. It will lead many astray again in their poorly prepared state of having built on sand to begin with. It is written in the style of a Tom Clancy mystery cliffhanger but embedded in it are the old LIES of Holy Blood, Holy Grail and comes straight out of the higher critics of 19th century Germany as well as Freemasonry. A less than conclusive list of charges is:
In this book and movie, DaVinci is portrayed as a mastermind who knew the "truth" and had incorporated the mystery into his paintings as a slap at the Church. An example is DaVinci's "Last Supper." The depiction of John leaning on the shoulder of Jesus is one of a very "feminine" like person and Dan Brown states that DaVinci was in fact placing the subtle hint that it was Mary Magdalene who was depicted there, not John! The author makes it almost believable, unless one is WELL grounded in their faith. Holy Blood, Holy Grail was even more compelling, IF you didn't know your Bible, particularly the Gospels. I have said before that you should not read Holy Blood, Holy Grail unless you are sure of your faith. The same goes for The DaVinci Code.
In The DaVinci Code the author, Dan Brown, somehow finds out that DaVinci was aware of the golden mean, 1.617647, derived from the Fibonacci series of numbers, 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21, found in nature as an ever repeating ratio in the growth and development of organisms, even our bodily proportions. (You add two numbers together and you get the next one in the series and so on. Division of a number by its preceding number approaches 1.617647 as the series is carried to the number 55 and even a longer fraction if desired.) Somehow, because DaVinci knew about it, he is lionized as if he INVENTED it! It shows INTELLIGENT DESIGN, nothing else. Intelligent design requires an intelligent DESIGNER! Of course these people never concede that. They just love the men who discover such but especially if those people deny the true and living God, as DaVinci did according to my best information.
The book was miss-titled "DaVinci Codes" to get your attention. I thought I was going to learn something new about art, design, etc., from a master who had left some important insights in his work. It does not do that. The only use of DaVinci is to try to give legitimacy to their attack on traditional Christian belief and to state that a man, who lived 15 centuries after Christ, knew more of the "true history" than the writers of the Bible and that he left the "true message" hidden in his art works so that "enlightened men" could discover them later. Here is a book, the Bible, that has manuscripts going back to the earliest days of the apostles ... a book that spread horizontally, DURING THE LIFETIMES of the disciples, translated DURING THE LIFETIMES of the disciples into neighboring culture's language of Syriac, Hebrew, Coptic, Ethiopic and Latin, a book that has MORE and EARLIER manuscript support than the works of Homer, Aristotle, or Virgil. THE DaVINCI CODE, spewing the Arian heresy and the cult of the Priori de Sion and claiming as true, a tale that is hidden in some art works of a master, DaVinci. He was an infidel, a rogue, who took the money from the church (Vatican) to paint for them, but then trashed their beliefs ... this book is touted as being more reliable than the scriptures. DaVinci somehow is supposed to be the holder of great truths. The cult that kept the "secret" and hid it all over Europe to "protect it" from destruction by the Catholic bad guys...,that cult is supposed to be more believable than the authors of the Biblel The book is well enough written to make it interesting but embedded in it are all these subtleties.
I suspect "Opie" will present the big LIE in the movie. He got into the Hollywood liberal crowd at a young age and was thoroughly indoctrinated by them. I hate that. Andy Griffith was old enough to avoid it as well as Don Knotts. I still love that show. It was what my children went to sleep to every night, not Superman, the Hulk and such. I think it might have had a good effect, seeing life in a simple and ideal form, in an old southern town without all the problems of our modern day, promoting Christian morality and NO violence unless it was Barney misfiring his gun into the floor and then having his bullets taken away by Andy as punishment! That is true of our everyday experience in the greater parts of rural America.
There are many Good Friday advocates in this world of "Easter sunrise-worship church-goers" who will have their "faith" shaken to the ground by this sort of stuff. I found myself screaming out loud in protest very often as I read the distortions of truth or outright lies. They use Clintonian tactics. They ascribe to the Christians and the Church, their very own methods; they then call Christianity a bunch of lies and cloak themselves in a selfrighteous aura of having told the "true story". I am sure that the Scottish Rite at the highest levels of freemasonry is deeply involved with this denial of Jesus Christ and the true Gospel story concerning Him.
There are probably many other impressions you would get from this book and movie, but the ones above are the core of the story on which a pretty interesting mystery story is told. Get it and read it, see the movie, if you need an adrenaline rush, but read the true facts of history as told by Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter and Paul before you get into this stuff. If you do not have some historic certainty about the resurrection already, neither this book nor Holy Blood, Holy Grail, is safe to read. They are the worst of brainwashing or deprogramming methods. With them, there is no such thing as original sin. They use the same tactics that Satan used in the garden. "Yea, hath God REALLY said that?" Question the truth, then offer a different version that is more appealing to the nature of man, a sinner.
Part 2 : Freemasonry; the Vatican; The DaVinci Code; Holy Blood, Holy Grail and the Subversion of Christianity.