Saturday, May 13, 2006

McLaren on the Da Vinci Code

Thought I would take a break from the SBC Presidential Stuff:

Here is a short interview with Brian McLaren on the up coming movie the Da Vinci Code: Brian McLaren on The Da Vinci Code

When asked about the popularity of the book here was part of his response:

“I think a lot of people have read the book, not just as a popular page-turner but also as an experience in shared frustration with status-quo, male-dominated, power-oriented, cover-up-prone organized Christian religion.”

Mr. McLaren should really tell us how he feels about the church.

He then says:

“We need to ask ourselves why the vision of Jesus hinted at in Dan Brown's book is more interesting, attractive, and intriguing to these people than the standard vision of Jesus they hear about in church.”

The answer is in the Bible that I tend to think he does not take as the ACTUAL word of God or he would take it more seriously and not say the things he does.

Here are some reasons people like Dan Brown over the church: 2 Tim 4:3-4 - For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

Here is another one: John 8:47 - Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.

We really should not expect more from the world without the word of God changing their hearts and minds so they can see who the real Jesus is and not the one constructed by Dan Brown or even Brian McLaren for that matter

Here is another excerpt that says much:

“Ultimately, The Da Vinci Code is telling us important things about the image of Jesus that is being portrayed by the dominant Christian voices. [Readers] don't find that satisfactory, genuine, or authentic, so they're looking for something that seems more real and authentic. “

What exactly are those important things that Dan Brown tells us since the book is fiction? It would seem that Mr. McLaren may believe more of what Dan Brown says than the church as he has more negative comments on the church than the Da Vinci Code.
Why do people continue to read McLaren and interview him as an Evangelical?

I would like to thank Kenny Oliver at Thinkerup for the link to the interview

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