Monday, May 29, 2006
How offensive was the Da Vinci Code?
I watched the Da Vinci code movie last week, and I don't regret watching it despite its offensive content.
Why would a Chrisitan like me go to the movies and stand in line (not a long line, but any line is too long for me) and pay to watch a movie which I already knew was offensive?
To start with, the movie is not for everyone to watch. Some anti-Christians might enjoy watching it because they just love any event, movie or novel that raises doubts about Chrisitianity and the holiness of Jesus Christ. Many Chrisitans on the other hand like me are not too knoweldgable to understnad all the references, groups and practices mentioned in the movie/novel. After all, it's one of the movies that you finish watching and still feel there's still too much that you don't know.
The movie is fictional. It doesn't give theories or expalantions and it's not sophisticated enough to discuss the bible or the character of Jesus Christ. I don't know if the novel did but I have not read it.
I find the movie offensive but it doesn't compare to the disrespect towards Christians and Christianity that both athiests and fanatic Chrisitans are responsible for. Chrisitans are being described as idiots, anti-science, women haters, racists and "bush fans", the last one being truly offensive to me at least. On the other hand many practices by the Christian Right lead by George Bush who launched a war that killed more than a 100,000 innocent people for the sake of money, and Pat Robertson and those crazy freaks are also very disturbing and offensive to Chrisitans, and all these practices make any disrespect displayed by the Da Vinci Code seem negligible.
We need to look at the big picture. Da Vicni Code did not kill anyone or destroy their house or
rip someone of his health insurance, and it did not implant hatred and arrogance into the hearts of people. If you want to "save" Christiantiy, movies and novels are not a good a starting point.