Tuesday, April 11, 2006
HOT OFF THE SHOW! The Da Vinci Code's Outlandish Claims
It's Easter week. The release of the "Judas Gospel" is being hotly debated. Supposedly written after Judas killed himself, it could hardly have been written by Judas! All the other Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) were written by them, thus 'Matthew's Gospel' etc.
Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code is soon to be released as a movie starring Tom Hanks. Most people would read the book or see the movie and walk away, like after watching an action thriller, but when the author makes the claim at the beginning that, "All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents and secret rituals in this novel are accurate" it has the power to draw curiosity to another level.
With thousands reading and believing Brown's book, I thought it would be good to list the theories he "hope(s) that The Da Vinci Code, in addition to entertaining people, will serve as an open door for readers to begin their own explorations."
Here are some of the theories Brown wants you to explore:
~Jesus is not God; he was only a man.
~Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene.
~She is to be worshipped as a goddess.
~Jesus got her pregnant, and the two had a daughter.
~The daughter gave rise to a prominent family line that is present in Europe today.
~The Bible was put together by a pagan Roman emperor.
~Jesus was viewed as a man and not as God until the fourth century, when he was deified by the emperor Constantine.
~The Gospels have been edited to support the claims of later Christians.
~In the original Gospels, Mary Magdalene rather than Peter was directed to establish the Church.
~Magdalene as a goddess is trying to keep the truth alive.
~The Catholic Church is aware of all this and has been fighting for centuries to keep it suppressed. It ofter has committed murder to do so.
~The Catholic Church is willing to and often has assassinated the descendents of Christ to keep his bloodline from growing.
That's enough to convince any thinking person that The Da Vinci Code is not just a novel. The author is involved in fringe organizations and belief structures that should send up warning flags. It's one thing to research secret societies, for instance, it's another thing to be drawn into them via an entertainment sales job, like The DaVinci Code.
Don't know about my claims here, or Brown's? I encourage you to listen to today's show, archived online to hear the basis for these claims from cult expert, Richard Abanes.
Here the show (See 4/10/06)