Friday, June 09, 2006

The DaVinci...Conundrum

We went to see The DaVinci Code while we were in Gulf Shores. I didn't like it quite so much as I liked the book, but I did enjoy it. Tom Hanks needs a new hairstylist.

What I don't understand is this: what's all the fuss about?!?

In the first place, it's a novel. I guess one might categorize it as an historical novel, based on things that either happened, or might have happened, or were rumored to have happened. But still and all, it's a novel.

But if there were truth to it...why would that necessarily be so bad?

If Jesus and Mary Magdalene HAD been married, and if they HAD had children together, what, exactly, would that change? I don't understand all the controversy, all the...drama. Why would this be a secret that would change the world?

I'm sure I'm just so religiously unsophisticated that I'm not seeing the main picture here, but if we accept that Jesus was both human AND divine, how would his being married or fathering children compromise his divinity? How could He be more human and less divine, if we already accept that He was both?

If His mission was indeed to live among us as a human, to experience all the joy and heartache, delight and frustration that comes with being human, then it seems to me to be a logical extension that He did, in fact, fall in a human might, a human might, father a a human might.

To me, it makes it all the more poignant and breath-taking that He might have had what I, at least, consider to be a happy and fulfilling life - companionship, children, love - and yet, He was willing to give it all up. To sacrifice Himself on our behalf. To leave behind all the happiness His human life contained, for all of us to be able to achieve eternal life.


Now if someone were to posit that Jesus didn't actually die on the cross and wasn't resurrected, well...THAT I'd have a problem with, because that WOULD, in fact, change everything. But if Jesus, the One who said "suffer the little children to come unto me" was actually a Daddy, that makes not a whit of difference to me.


Dee Martin said...

I hadn't really thought about it in those terms before. I'm kind of tired of the whole public Christian persona anyway. It seems to drive people away and make Christians look like idiots at best and mean spirited bigots at worst. Doesn't exactly draw people to Christ does it? An interesting side effect of all the hoopla is that the publicity made more people buy the book and see the movie. The same perverse part of our nature that made us
look at the boys part of the sex-ed book in eighth grade biology after being told not to makes us want to go read and view those things we are told to avoid. Haven't had a chance to see the movie but the book was a good read. I'm trying to get through Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance which I read for the first time over thirty years ago. Good story but having a hard time concentrating these days. Dee

Joe said...

I tried to tackle this conundrum on my blog as well, to little or no avail. I like how you put it, straight and too the point and I would have to agree. I invite you to the discussion that was had on my site...It's under, "A Quick Take II :updated" Not to sound too facetious, but I had theologians comment on my posting! :P