Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Tuesday ponderings

I was watching an interesting show while on my treadmill this morning. It was on the History Channel, and called "Behind the DaVinci code". Written by Dan Brown, the book "The Da Vinci Code" makes claims that Jesus actually married Mary Magdalene and had a daughter with her, and that the early church authority hid all evidence of this, and that Leonardo DaVinci's art holds clues to this cover-up.

I'm not sure what to make of all this. There is also a movie in the works about this, starring Tom Hanks, wouldn't you know? The author, Dan Brown, however is currently being sued by different people who allege that he plagiarized their works in his book. Therefore, the movie, may not be released if he is found guilty. Beyond all that, I'm thinking, why all the intrigue?

We love intrigue, don't we? I used to love mystery novels, back when I had time to read. :) We especially like mystery novels that revolve around true events and people, kind of a conspiracy theory thing. It makes us think and makes us suspicious, makes us double check our own beliefs, and in this case, maybe faith?

Still, I'm thinking, even though the intrigue and claims are interesting, why would anyone really care? I really don't know why the early church would cover up the fact that Jesus was married. It really would not change my opinion of Him at all. Why couldn't he have gotten married if he wanted to? He lived an earthly life of a Jewish man. It wouldn't have been sinful if he had married and had kids. Why would that make anyone think differently of Him? Would it make people doubt his deity? Would people think, if he was God, then he didn't need to be married, so he wouldn't have done that? Like I said before, he lived on earth as a human man. He ate, he slept, he worked, he did everything regular men did--why couldn't he have been married, and if He was, why wouldn't it be in the Bible? Why would anyone choose to hide that? I can't see the need for any secrecy.

They went on to say that Mary Magdalene was pregnant at the time of the crucifixion, and fled to Egypt with the Virgin Mary's uncle and sister to protect their child from the Jews. Then, they may have settled in Gaul (southern France) or southern England, and Jesus' bloodline was hidden by church authorities, and kept "pure" by only marrying into Dark Ages kings, etc.

I liked the program, because it also provided viewpoints against the theories in the book, all of which sounded plausible. I would suggest you try to catch it on the History Channel if you get a chance. Please send any comments you have about your thoughts. I'm interested in hearing what anyone has to say about this one.

Ahhh, March.....

It's windy, it's warm, then cold. It's rainy, then sunny. Storms here and there. Not much else to say, really. I haven't posted at all this month. I am a blogger gone AWOL. I think I will add a more detailed post later to ramble about my life. But, now I must dress a 4 year old for preschool and feed a one year old her breakfast. Life is calling!

"What do you want???!!!! Oh, alright, I'm coming. *whispers* Can't I just put life on hold for a little while?"

"I heard that!"

"Sorry, life....*grumble*"