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FIVE REASONS NOT TO SEE THE DAVINCI CODE
By Berit Kjos
May 21, 2006
While church leaders prompt their followers to see the movie, buy their books, and "engage the culture" through dialogue, many Christians question this strategy. But not author Dan Brown! He welcomes the public controversy. He knows that it fuels a useful global dialogue that gradually pulls the diverse readers toward a new "common ground."
"The dialogue is wonderful," he tells us. "...the debate that is being generated is a positive powerful force. The more vigorously we debate these topics, the better our understanding of our own spirituality. Controversy and dialogue are healthy for religion as a whole."
He is right about the transformational power of dialogue between opposing forces. This public process affects every participant, whether they realize it or not! As happened through the homosexual agenda, constant exposure evaporates the shock and disgust of evil. Even those who feel equipped to defend the truth will be pressured to set aside their Biblical "certainties" for the sake of unity. In fact, the ground rules for this dialectic process have already become familiar and normal to believers as well as unbelievers across America. Ponder the effect of these points:
Remember, the biggest hindrance to this social, political and spiritual transformation is Biblical Christianity. Even "America's pastor" Rick Warren views "fundamentalism" as "one of the big enemies of the 21st century." And Psychiatrist Brock Chisholm, the first head of the UN's World Health Organization (WHO), called Christian beliefs "poisonous certainties."
So how can God's people resist this process? The answer must be based on what He has shown us in His unchanging Word.
1. RENEW YOUR MIND WITH TRUTH, NOT LIES.
Busy schedules and tempting alternatives can easily squeeze out Bible study. Then, when floods of "new revelations" crash against our beliefs, we may never recognize the lies. Instead, they may seem more exciting than the truth.
Transformational researchers such as Dr. Craig E. Abrahamson, Assistant Professor of Social Work at James Madison University, understands this process well. Despising the didactic (fact-based) teaching of traditional education, he calls for the feeling-based, image-rich unconscious learning so popular among change agents in today's schools and churches. He found that --
Few forms of communication undermine former values more effectively than movies. When Dan Brown concocts imaginary experiences that stir strong feelings, he plants unforgettable illusions in the viewers' minds. As Harvard Professor Chris Dede wrote, "Sensory immersion helps learners grasp [a new] reality through illusion."
A letter from a visitor to our website illustrates our vulnerability to this mind-changing process:
To avoid mental turmoil and spiritual confusion, we must know and follow God's Word:
2. GUARD AGAINST DECEPTION. DON'T BE TRAPPED IN IT.
Faced with Brown's blasphemous suggestions, we need to know facts that validate the true gospels. But our main weapon against deception is the Word itself. Without a solid grounding in Biblical truth, we can neither resist today's tempting tales and psycho-social strategies -- nor warn others.
"DaVinci Code undermines confidence in the Scriptures," wrote another website visitor. "You can't eat poison and expect to function well physically. And you can't take in false teaching and expect to function well spiritually.... I know a Christian young man who read 'The DaVinci Code' and afterwards his relationship with the Lord really went downhill. But he never saw any connection between those two things."
Lies and truth are incompatible! That's one reason why God's Word is fast becoming intolerable to a "Christianized" world bent on global oneness. God's call for separation from evil is incompatible with today's envisioned solidarity. While the world demands tolerance for everything but Christianity, God tells us to be living testimonies of His peace and victory in Christ:
Remember, we are in the world, but not of it! "As the Father has sent Me," said Jesus, "so send I you." Jesus spoke the truth in love, but He never participated in the world's decadence. Nor did His faithful followers.
3. FOLLOW YOUR CONSCIENCE. DON'T CORRUPT IT!
A conscience trained by God's Word and Spirit will see good and evil from God's perspective. A conscience seared by contemporary illusions will justify human depravity. The natural result of immersion in Brown's occult suggestions and ritualistic sex is a seared conscience -- and few would notice the change. Small wonder, when even "Christians" have learned to love what God calls evil. That's why God warns us,
Today's world turns all God's values upside down. "It's sort of like a guilty pleasure, and I don't think there's anything wrong with that," said Paul Bettany, a former Catholic who plays the albino monk-assassin in the movie. But there is something "wrong with that," and we need to remember the solution:
4. BE HUMBLY ALERT. DON'T MINIMIZE YOUR HUMAN VULNERABILITY.
God tells us that “in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons...." [1 Timothy 4:1] Some of those demonic doctrines are simply repackaged old heresies. Remember Paul's letter to the Galatians:
Since human nature doesn't change, Satan uses the same old tricks again and again. He has now revived those old, forgotten Gnostic distortions that brought confusion into the early Church. Hidden in secret societies and occult orders through the centuries, they are suddenly permeating popular culture. And since our global education system has so effectively "opened" minds to old myths and perversions, the masses don't care enough to resist. The results are all around us:
Our response? "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith." 1 Peter 5:8-9
5. REMEMBER THAT GOD (not man-made strategies) BRINGS THE VICTORY.
Man-made strategies for drawing unbelievers to God often seem to succeed. After all, the masses are flocking into fun-filled churches! But more often than not, they are searching for feel-good experiences, not for God and His truth. Finding what they sought, they join churches that don't offend them with unwanted truths.
The enthusiastic dialogue surrounding The DaVinci Code fits right in, and it's a win-win case for all but those who truly love God's Word: Church leaders enjoy the rising numbers. Unbelievers can freely claim to be Christians. The surrounding community is well served. And no one dares confront sin or affirm Biblical boundaries. The only enforced limitation deals with the fundamentals of God's Word: don't offend anyone with "negative" truths or facts!
But it's not God's way to victory! "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,' says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9. Therefore,
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Berit Kjos is a widely respected researcher, writer and conference speaker. A frequent guest on national radio and television programs, Kjos has been interviewed on Point of View (Marlin Maddoux), The 700 Club, Bible Answer Man, Beverly LaHaye Live, Crosstalk and Family Radio Network. She has also been a guest on "Talk Back Live" (CNN) and other secular radio and TV networks. Her last two books are A Twist of Faith and Brave New Schools. Kjos Ministries Web Site: http://www.crossroad.to/index.html
...emerging church movements today are still trying to...redefined God's Word and are fast embracing the latest versions of the old Gnostic quest for secret knowledge (gnosis) and self-actualization...