When the early church was under attack with threats to their life, they turned to prayer for courage.
“And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence, . . .” (Acts 4:29)
Ron Howard’s movie, The DaVinci Code, with the until now likable Tom Hanks in the lead role, is nothing new. The real spirit of these people was revealed on NBC Today when one actor in the movie, Ian McKellen (Gandalf of Lord of the Rings), said in response to questions about the movie:
“Well, I’d often thought the Bible should have a disclaimer at the front saying, ‘this is fiction.'”.1
I wonder if Sir Ian woke up this morning and thought, “I think I’ll just take a swipe at Jesus and His followers today.”? Ah, but it’s nothing new. Attacks against God and His Son are as old as man himself. The pagans of Hollywood are like their forefathers of ancient times who have always bowed to the idols of pleasure and passion. So when Gandalf questions the truth of Jesus, it’s no surprise.
The movie, based on the book by Dan Brown, is a clear attack at the root of Christianity. The following points come from Lee Strobel’s analysis of the book.
1. Asserts that Jesus was merely human until Constantine deified him in the fourth century.
2. Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene.
3. Jesus wanted Mary to lead his church.
4. Jesus had a child named Sarah by Mary Magdalene.
It’s my personal choice, but I don’t think I’ll be seeing his movies in the future. He has plenty of his friends who will do that. And let’s pray that these men who rail against God will come to understand His wisdom.
1. Accessed from Newsbusters.