Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Da Vinci Code

Earlier this week someone asked me why a Christian would want to see a movie or read a book like "The Da Vinci Code" when it is so obviously anti-Christian. I thought about that question and why anyone might want to see or read something so contrary to what we believe.

My answer is that these works, the book and the movie, are first and foremost fiction. They are interesting stories that hold a person's attention. Basically the book is a good read. It is intriguing and sometimes thrilling. But, if you believe the theories behind the book, then you are believing something based on bad theology, bad history, and some literature that was just plain a hoax.

So why should I read it? Well, I can't tell you what you should do, but I read the book so I could intelligently talk with folks about what the world now thinks is important. Already, I have had several opportunities to discuss church history, theology, Christology and several other topics with some folks that otherwise would not have even asked me a question.

Mr. Brown may have an agenda against the church in general and the Catholic Church in particular, I don't know. What I do know is that even extra-biblical evidence points to the fact that the early church thought Jesus was divine long before the Council of Nicea. And, there has been no legitimate evidence found to corraborate any of the allegations that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married.

So here's the deal the way I see it. For two thousand years, the church has worked hard to open its books to the world and point to both the humanity and the divinity of Jesus. It doesn't make good sense for anyone to think that the church has worked so hard to bring people to the faith, only to then keep the "real" truth from them.

Well, that's my thoughts. What about yours? I'd love to talk with you about it. Why not come to church sometime and let's talk. We are a people who believe all are welcome and that the open discussion of ideas is important. What have you got to lose?

Saturday, May 27, 2006

It's a Start

Well, today, I am entering the world of Internet publishing. I hope that this blog site becomes useful for somebody. Like my friend Steve has said, if you already know everything, then you can stop reading now and do something useful, like take a nap.

But if you are like me then that has already been done since it's Saturday. Well, I ramble sometimes.

I was thinking about cutting my lawn. Acutally Darlene got up this morning and cut it while I worked on some other household projects. It always seems to amaze me how frustrated I get seeing grass grow so quickly here in Texas. I am sure it grew just as quick in Tennessee when I lived there but it seems to grow faster now that I am a bit older, having just celebrated the 29th anniversary of my 29th birthday.

I'm not sure why I get so frustrated with grass because grass is just like other parts of life. Life goes on, people get older, sometimes wiser and sometimes not. Life changes and we must adapt to those changes, like adapting to the taller grass and the change of the seasons.

Every so often I make some hospital visits and watch the heart monitor. When I have been with families, it seems that most of us want to watch that little line go up and down. That's the way we want to see it. We don't want to straight line because that really isn't good. Yet, we watch, helpless to do anything about it if the line goes straight or slows down. I suppose that I'm not very good at just watching life go by. I want to do something about it.

And yet, there are so many things that I cannot do anything about. Maybe that's why the Psalmist reminds us to "Commit our ways to the Lord and trust in Him..." Psalm 37:5 NRSV.

I just think that sometimes I don't trust God enough. How about you? I'd love to talk with you about it sometimes. Allen