I just finished reading The Da Vinci Code. It was a good read, enjoyed it and I usually don’t enjoy fiction that much. However, there were some disturbing things in there.
I had heard that this book was bugging lots of Christians, I can see why. It casts dispersions on the Bible, the Church and Jesus Christ. It seems as if the author, Dan Brown, has some “issues” with the Church, particularly his target seems to be the Catholic church. And, to be honest, he has a point in some respects.
The destructive thing about it is that he uses church history and then blends it with fiction. It’s hard to tell where the fact stopped and the fiction started. Lots of misinformed people could be led astray with this stuff. However, they should remember where they bought the book–in the FICTION section.
It was also interesting to read it and think about where he gets lost. How well do you know where your Bible came from? How well do you know church history? How well can you defend your beliefs in Jesus Christ? If someone who read this book asked you to defend the things he brought up, what would you say? Perhaps this book will do more to inspire conversation and biblical analysis, which aint all bad.
One more reason to love our public schools.
In earth shaking Christian news, the General Synod of the Church of England did a study and found out that the three wise men may not have been men and maybe not even wise.
Quoting from the article:
“Changing ‘Wise Men’ to ‘Magi’ seems to be an entirely sensible move,” the Synod spokesman said. The revision committee said: “While it seems very unlikely that these Persian court officials were female, the possibility that one or more of the Magi were female cannot be excluded completely.”
So anyway, we can all rest easier now. I am so glad they are tackling these important issues. This will no doubt edify us all.
My attention has just been pointed to this article about a new book called The Epidemic. It discusses kids and how parents are no longer encouraged or taught how to raise kids so they become mature. Sounds interesting.
Dr. Atkins died of heart problems and was obese according to his health records. He had a history of heart complications. Hmm, never would have guessed that the guy who said to eat steak and bacon would be obese and have heart problems.
Our pals in France just voted to ban head scarves, skull caps and crucifixes from all people in public schools. Since France is more of a socialist place, that shouldn’t really surprise us. We take our freedom of religion for granted here, but it aint like that in most places.
The fact that they did this vote means little in all reality. However, we should be aware of the growing move out there to relegate religion to the home. Which again, aint all bad in my mind but there is also a danger involved. A danger which will inevitably lead to the one world religion which is tied in with the one world government. Perhaps I’m sounding conspiratorial and black helicopter like, but that isn’t it.
Our Bible says that our religion will consist of what politicians tell us our religion is, which is why we need to be wary anytime any politician brings up religion–ole Thomas Jefferson had it right–keep them seperate! Even though banning religious symbols from French schools is not the end, it’s one more example of the growing hostility between the two powers in the world–religious and political. We’re getting closer every day. Are you ready?
The last three years when I went down to IL in February, my sister has asked me to speak at her JV club. For whatever reason, I have agreed to do it. So this year was no exception.
The problem with jr. high kids is that they are too weird. I never feel like I should be talking to them, they give you that look that says, “You are such a loser, I don’t know why I’m granting you this time.”
This year, not only did they have the jr. high crowd but they invited the high school group too. Great, even better. High schoolers don’t just give you the look, they come right out and say what the jr. high look says.
I was speaking about Moses and how there are a lot of tough things we are called to do in life and we find excuses but God is with us so we need to stick to it and do the tough things–like being holy or seperate–not always following but taking a stand for right.
As I was illustrating excuse making, in comes four high school kids dressed in Goth–white faces, trench coats, etc. The whole room of kids erupts as they apparently know these kids from school. After getting everyone settled down, they sit for about two minutes and then get back up and walk out, explaining to me on the way out that they have to take one of them home now.
I did my best to ridicule them on their way out, but they didn’t seem to care much. Idiots. It was all very ironic. It was also very discouraging because so many times I speak about things and as soon as I’m done or during the speaking people will totally do the opposite thing of what was said. It gives you a hopeless feeling.
But at the same time, we are called to speak the truth not to make people do it. The little Goth guys heard the truth for two minutes, two minutes more than they would have heard if they hadn’t interrupted. Who knows, that’s why we leave it up to God.