“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” (Mat. 10:16)
In the last few decades, anti-Christian forces have been using every avenue, especially the entertainment industry, to undermine Christian morals and teachings, and now, they are attacking the very foundations of the Church. One of the latest blows in this fight, Dan Brown’s best-selling novel, The Da Vinci Code, and the movie it inspired, aims at the key doctrines of Christianity, such as the deity of Jesus Christ and the infallibility of the Scriptures, while promoting pagan goddess worship and occult practices.
The book opens with a tall, ghost-like, red-eyed albino monk called Silas shooting Jacques Saunière, the curator of the Louvre Museum, inside the museum’s Grand Gallery at night. In his final moments of life, the curator hides a key behind a painting, writes a cryptic message on the protective glass of the Mona Lisa, another one on the floor, strips off his clothes, lays down on his back and draws a circle around himself on the floor, then dips his finger into his own blood and draws a pentacle on his abdomen, spreads out his arms and legs like Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man and stays there motionless until he expires. He does all this to pass a secret on to his granddaughter Sophie Neveu, a cryptographer, and Robert Langdon, professor of religious symbology at Harvard.
A Journey Into the World of Blasphemies
Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu arrive at the murder scene, where they realize that the curator has left them coded instructions to follow. Police chief Bezu Fache believes that Langdon committed the murder. The pair flees the police and Silas, while trying to decipher Saunière’s messages. As they solve riddle after riddle, it becomes clear that the curator, a goddess worshipper, was a member of an imaginary secret society called the Priory of Sion, and that the crime is linked to the search for the Holy Grail.
Langdon and Neveu are joined by an English millionaire, historian and Holy Grail fanatic, named Leigh Teabing, who tells them the “truth” about the Holy Grail, while initiating the reader into occult theories. First, he quotes Da Vinci, who allegedly made the following statement about the Bible: “Many have made a trade of delusions and false miracles, deceiving the stupid multitude.” Then he lashes out against Jesus Christ and His Church, by telling a series of lies. He claims that the Bible is not the revealed Word of God, but it was written and rewritten by men, then collated by the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, who decided which gospels to include and which not. Teabing says that pagan symbols, dates and rituals were fused into Christianity, that virtually all the elements of the Catholic ritual were taken from earlier pagan mystery religions. He states that Jesus Christ was considered a mortal prophet and not the Son of God until the Council of Nicaea in 325, where Constantine “turned” Him into a deity. He blasphemously claims that Christ as the Messiah is a fable conceived by the early Church, and “almost everything our fathers taught us about Christ is false.”
“The entire key to the Holy Grail mystery” is an androgynous-looking figure sitting next to Jesus Christ on a 500 years old fresco by a homosexual painter, which was so altered during the centuries that “virtually none of the original paint” (The Last Supper) remains
The most absurd sacrilegious claim in the novel is that since in Da Vinci’s The Last Supper there are cups in front of everyone at the table instead of only one cup, the Holy Grail, and the apostle at the right hand of Jesus Christ looks effeminate, and a chalice resembles the shape of a womb, and the heretic Gnostic Gospels give a hint that Mary Magdalene was Jesus’ companion, the Holy Grail is not the cup from which Jesus drank at the Last Supper, but a woman, Mary Magdalene, who was the Jesus’ wife and bore His bloodline.
According to the novel, the descendants of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene are alive today. The Priory of Sion is a secret society protecting the tomb of Mary Magdalene, some documents, and the surviving bloodline of Jesus Christ. In reality, the Priory of Sion was invented 50 years ago by Pierre Plantard, an occultist, who claimed he was one of Jesus’ descendants, and fabricated documents supporting his story. He later testified under oath that all this was a hoax.
As it turns out, Neveu and her brother are the direct descendants of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene. But the story has a disappointing ending for the reader: the heroes do not find the tomb of Mary Magdalene and the imaginary documents supporting the story. Langdon returns to Paris, goes to the towering pyramid entrance of the Louvre, where he realizes, that “the quest for the Holy Grail is the quest to kneel before the bones of Mary Magdalene. A journey to pray at the feet of the outcast one.” He falls to his knees, then hears “a woman’s voice… the wisdom of the ages… whispering up from the chasms of the earth.” (Satan speaking from hell.)
The Church Portrayed as a Lying, Power-hungry, Murderous Organization
According to the novel, the Church has suppressed the real story of Jesus Christ for centuries, to maintain its power. The Church Fathers “conned the world by propagating lies.” They “recast” Magdalene as a whore and “buried evidence of Christ’s marriage to her.”
The Church “had a deceitful and violent history”, waged a “horrific” and “brutal crusade” to “reeducate” pagans and goddess worshippers. Moreover, Catholic clergy murdered some of Jesus’ and Mary Magdalene’s descendants and Priory members “in an effort to find and destroy documents they believe are false testimony”. “Christ’s lineage was in perpetual danger.”
Christians Portrayed as Negative Characters
The Da Vinci Code is filled with hate against the Christian Church.
Silas, the main anti-hero in the novel, is a broad and tall, red-eyed albino monk, “a ghost with the eyes of a devil!” When Silas was a boy, his drunken father killed his mother, then Silas killed his father by stabbing him several times in the back. When he was eighteen, he killed again and was imprisoned for 12 years. After an earthquake destroyed the prison and he was freed, Jesus appeared to him and converted him. A priest named Manuel Aringarosa took him under his wings. Later, Aringarosa became the head of the Opus Dei, and Silas a member of the same organization.
Silas is the only Christian in the book who takes his faith seriously and converses with the Lord every day. He typifies born-again believers. Yet he is mad, he thinks he is doing service to God by killing other people. He kills a nun and the top four members of the Priory, and shoots four other persons.
Bishop Manuel Aringarosa, the head of the Opus Dei, although a believer, is more concerned with the future of his organization than with the Faith. To save his organization from being disassociated from the Vatican, he becomes a pawn in the plan of the Teacher, who later turns out to be Leigh Teabing. He places Silas at the Teacher’s disposal. When things go wrong, he turns to the police.
Captain Bezu Fache is another Christian in the novel. He is called the Bull, more exactly the Papal Bull. And he actually looks like a bull. He is “stocky and dark, almost Neanderthal”, with wide shoulders and “powerful legs,” and carries himself “like an angry ox.” Fache is severe, “a hard man to please.” He attends mass and confession with zealous regularity, but he is not concerned with spiritual matters, which he does not understand. Fache is a Neanderthal, a Christian.
Besides these three figures, no other Christian plays an important role in the plot. We just get a glimpse of some top members of the Catholic Church, but even those aren’t nice people. “The Vatican secretariat. Obese. Dour. Two high-ranking Italian cardinals. Sanctimonious. Smug.”
Goddess Worshippers and Occultists Portrayed as Positive Characters
Except Leigh Teabing, the mad millionaire and Holy Grail hunter, all the other pagans, devil and goddess worshippers, blasphemers are portrayed as very nice people, intelligent, good-looking and spiritually sensitive.
The Reasons for Promulgating Such Theories Are Openly Expressed in the Book
A relationship between Jesus and Magdalene would “challenge the fundamental Catholic doctrine—that of a divine Messiah who did not consort with women or engage in sexual union.”
“A child of Jesus would undermine the critical notion of Christ’s divinity and therefore the Christian Church.”
“… if persuasive scientific evidence comes out that the Church’s version of the Christ story is inaccurate, and that the greatest story ever told is, in fact, the greatest story ever sold… The Vatican faces a crisis of faith unprecedented in its two-millennia history.”
“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Mat. 16:18)
Cracking The Anti-Catholic Code, by Carl E. Olson, with Sandra Miesel
Crash Goes The Da Vinci Code, by Dr. Ron Rhodes
Dismantling The Da Vinci Code, by Sandra Miesel
Gnosticism, Anti-Catholicism and The Da Vinci Code, by Jeremias Wells
The Da Vinci Hoax – Exposing the Errors in The Da Vinci Code, by Carl Olson & Sandra Miesel
Leonardo, The Last Supper – The figure of John and face detail, the face of John looks more masculine before than after restoration
Saint John the Baptist, by Leonardo da Vinci, same effeminate look