(PRWEB) January 25, 2005
The Da Vinci Code has been at the top of the New York Times bestseller list for over a year, been responsible for increases in tourism in the locations in which its story is set in, gotten the National Geographic channel largest number of viewers ever in its history, and it even has a new movie been made on it, starring Tom Hanks.
But how much of it, really, is based on truth and how much of it is fictional? There is no denying that it has raised a lot of controversy. And controversy is always an argument between apparent truths. In this case, the apparent truths are that either this book is telling the truth about the conspiracies and information twisting over the centuries by the Church, or it is lying. Which is which? And can you find out for yourself instead of relying on statements issued by Dan Brown or the Church?
To begin with, start by asking yourself this: is the Church 100% credible? Well, we all know that the church and its texts do have some fallacies. For example, a quick look into any encyclopedia will reveal to you that December 25th is not the actual day that Jesus was born. Instead, it was created in 350 AD by Pope Julius I, following the early Church's policy of absorbing existing pagan rites (in this case, the Roman festival Saturnalia, which honored the god of the harvest, Saturn). Another example is deliberate framing of the Creator as a person, moreover a male person, a He. In the original language of Aramaic and Hebrew, before the Romans translated the texts to Latin (and later English), God was not a person, let alone a male person. The language did not even have a way of speaking of the Creator as a ÂHeÂ. Yet another example is that of the Âmissing yearsÂ of JesusÂ life. In the bible, nothing is mentioned of his life between around the ages of 6 to 30. Yet, in other historical texts we find ample mentions and evidence of him having traveled to Egypt, Persia and even England (all parts of the Roman Empire) and schooled in various Ânon-ChristianÂ groups. Jesus, after all, was not a Christian, just like Buddha was not a Buddhist Â the religions came afterwards as creations of men. We also know that during the Dark Ages and the Inquisition, the Church spent about 500 years destroying any documents that questioned it, killing or punishing anyone that opposed it, practicing a strict code of censorship of ideas and practice, and so on. These are facts that are recorded very well in history.
It is also important to consider how the bible was put together. The earliest book in the New Testament was written in 67 AD, about 30 years after Jesus left. Remember also that the time there was no printing presses and it was only the wealthy who could put together a book such as a bible. So, in 325 AD, Emperor Constantine I called together 318 religious leaders in what is now known as the Council of Nicea and ordered them to compile a central text for the new, official religion of the Roman Empire. After much debate, they selected, chopped up, and included books and letters that they saw fit for them and the Emperor into the first ever bible. And it was not without much infighting and disagreement. Finally, the world had a bible. DonÂt forget too that it was composed of books and letters (just like an email) written by human beings just like you and me, and it has been translated plenty of times in the last 1,700 years by human beings just like you and I. It also contains influences from religious belief systems of the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, and Persian Zoroastrians. In fact, it even shares some of its figures with these other cultures. For example, Enoch, son of Cain/Jared and father of Methuselah and one of the most powerful figures in the bible is known to be the same person referred to by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks as the god Thoth/Hermes. So it is safe to say that, yes, it is likely that there are influences, errors and biases (due to the agendas of the people who put it together and used it to control an entire empire) to be found in the bible, just as it is fair to say that there are truths and wisdom to be found in the same place.
So the question now is, how can you find out the truth for yourself behind the bloodline of Jesus, the true position of Mary Magdalene, and all the other matters told of in Dan BrownÂs Da Vinci Code? It is best that you do your own homework. The Internet has an amazing collection of free information that does not come directly out of neither the Church nor Dan Brown or any of their agents. Be objective. A great way to go about this is to search Google for all the keywords of major concepts discussed in The Da Vinci Code (there are about 78 major keywords in there). To save yourself time, download the free Adobe Acrobat PDF eBook called The Da Vinci Code Easy Google Search Investigative Helper from http://www.ImagesOfOne.com/DaVinciCode/. This free eBook contains all the 78 keywords in a table, each clickable so that a browser window opens with the Google search already done for you. It also contains search tips and a suggestion for another free tool that will help you find related concepts and sites automatically as surf and search. As they say, the truth is out there. It is self-evident.
Free The Da Vinci Code Easy Google Search Investigative Helper PDF eBook from http://www.ImagesOfOne.com/DaVinciCode/
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