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Please note that some of this article is PG-13 by today’s watered down standards, so those of you who still hold to decency and civility may not want to read any further.
Recently, the pastor of the church we used to attend told the congregation “Go see the ‘Da Vinci Code’ and read the book!” I asked if he meant for the entire congregation to go see the “Da Vinci Code” and read the book, and he repeated the command: “Yes, I said go see the movie and read the book!”
My wife and I walked out.
Since time is running out for Christians to heed the commands of many famous pastors and Christian leaders to read the book before the movie opens in two weeks and then to see the movie, perhaps reading selected passages would bring the congregation up to speed. Better yet, perhaps these passages should be performed as a skit in the church. Of course, to make it authentic, the pastor as the grandmaster must “do it” in plain view with a prostitute, not his wife.
Here is a key passage from Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code” novel (page 311) illustrating the only glimpse men and women will have of eternity is in the orgiastic few seconds of the so-called sacred sex act:
The women and men were staggered, black, white, black, white. The women’s beautiful gossamer gowns billowed as they raised in their right hands golden orbs and called out in unison, “I was with you in the beginning, in the dawn of all that is holy, I bore you from the womb before the start of day.”
The women lowered their orbs, and everyone rocked back and forth as if in a trance. They were reverting something in the center of the circle.
What are they looking at?
The voices accelerated now. Louder. Faster
“The woman whom you behold is love!” The women called, raising their orbs again.
The men responded, “She has her dwelling place in eternity!”
The chanting grew steady again. Accelerating. Thundering now. Faster. The participants stepped inward and knelt.
In that instant, Sophie could finally see what they were all watching.
On a low, ornate altar in the center of the circle lay a man. He was naked, positioned on his back, and wearing a black mask. Sophie immediately recognized his body and the birthmark on his shoulder. She almost cried out. Grand-pere! This image alone would have shocked Sophie beyond belief, and yet there was more.
Straddling her grandfather was a naked woman wearing a white mask, her luxuriant silver hair flowing out behind it. Her body was plump, far from perfect, and she was gyrating to the chanting – making love to Sophie’s grandfather.
Sophie wanted to turn and run, but she couldn’t. The stone walls of the grotto imprisoned her as the chanting rose to a fever pitch. The circle of participants seemed to be singing now, the noise rising in crescendo to a frenzy. With a sudden roar, the entire room seemed to erupt in climax.
If this is too long, how about acting out God the Father doing it with the glory of the Holy Spirit? Or, acting out Dan Brown’s abhorrent contention that the Jewish priests did it in the Holy of Holies? As Brown falsely proclaims in Chapter 74:
Langdon’s Jewish students always looked flabbergasted when he first told them that the early Jewish tradition involved ritualistic sex. In the Temple, no less. Early Jews believed that the Holy of Holies in Solomon’s Temple housed not only God but also His powerful female equal, Shekinah. Men seeking spiritual wholeness came to the Temple to visit priestesses – or hierodules – with whom they made love and experienced the divine through physical union.
Are you disgusted yet? Well you should be. All those calling for their followers to see and read the “Da Vinci Code” are promoting this blasphemous tripe.
The fallacy is that these willfully ignorant, blind or nefarious leaders do not know that experiential learning is a fallacy. You do not have to commit murder to know that murder is wrong, or commit pedophilia to know that sex with a minor is wrong. You can learn from secondary sources that tell you not to murder, not to watch pornography, etc., especially great sources like the Bible. Furthermore, we do not need to murder, or to watch murder, to witness to murderers.
The Bible gives us all we need to witness to the lost and needy. The world needs the good news that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that all who believe in Him will be saved, not the bad news of the sexual orgasm of the “Da Vinci Code.”