It's time to weigh in on "The Da Vinci Code."
The story has been talked to death. A society called the Priory of Sion, whose long list of famous members include Leonardo and Isaac Newton, knew the truth about Jesus Christ: that he was not God but ony a man, that he married Mary Magdalene and had a child with her, that the descendants of Mr and Mrs Jesus are alive today and hunted by the Catholic Church. That Jesus was not believed to be God until the Emperor Constantine decided He should be. That the Gospels are a hoax.
The absolute rot that Dan Brown's novel is based upon has been well exposed (and is widely available for those interested- see http://thedavincihoax.com, for example). A convicted French swindler made up the "Priory of Sion" story in the 1950s. He forged a manuscript with an added list of names. He somehow managed toget his forgery into the Louvre, where it was subsequently "discovered."
[Note to forgers: if you're going to create a manuscript that purportedly dates from the 12th century, it's a bad idea to quote Scripture using a 19th-century translation. Just a word of advice.]
The movie opens a week from tomorrow. No doubt it will be a huge opening. Lots of people will go, lots of people will pay, and tragically, lots of people will leave the theater convinced they've just learned the truth. That's the saddest part: that so many people will be misled.
"Well," you're thinking, "that's just people who are too dumb to figure it out anyway."
Not so. A lot of otherwise thoughtful people will be deceived. I'm thinking of some right now- people of good heart and will but little knowledge and just enough conventional anti-Catholic sentiment to be caught up in this thing. People who, with one or two different turns in life, may have come to know Christ instead of some phony.
In other words, souls will be lost as a result of "The Da Vinci Code."
In "A Man For All Seasons," after Sir Thomas More has been convicted as a result of Richard Rich's perjury, the condemned man notes, "That's a chain of office you're wearing, Richard. The Red Dragon?"
An offficial explains the significance: Richard Rich has been made state attorney for Wales.
Thomas More nods. "Richard," he sighs, "it profits a man not to lose his soul if he gains the world for it. But for Wales?"
I hope Ron Howard remembers that great momentin movies when the Oscar nominations come in.