Monday, October 5, 2009

The Most Controversial Thing That Dan Brown Never Wrote

I have not read Dan Brown's "Lost Symbol," nor do I have any intention on doing so. As a comparative religion student in my younger years, I had mild interest in "The Da Vinci Code," but I found the book to be wickedly overwrote, and not really all that controversial--he was writing about so-called shocking revelations that had been know facts (as myths or historic accuracies) for over hundreds years. Still, the librarian inside me can't resist reading the reviews just to see what the books all about.

The book appears, at least from the reviews, worst than any of the others; that's not a surprise. What was at least a small surprise (although it really shouldn’t have been) were the number of people on places like Amazon who had started what almost appears to be a ministry to get people not to read Dan Brown. It's obvious by the reviews that they have not read the book; they write a paragraph or two about things that are in the book, and then conclude with a paragraph that says things that are not in the book; I am pretty sure they are trying to scare Christians who are trying to decide if they should read it.

One person says that not only does Brown say, without a doubt, that there is no God, he (Brown) also concludes that man can become God. First off that doesn't make sense--how can there be no God if man can become God? If man can become God, then how can there be no God. But that's beside the point, because the book doesn't even make this claim!

I imagine that there is a entire group of Christians who are reading the book with a pen in hand to take notes, so they can cite verbatim things in the book that are anti-God.

What’s disturbing is the extent that Christians can go to elaborate things that really aren’t even bad to strike a little fear into a person; post-modern evangelism seems to, at times, be more about scaring you into believe rather than proving truth by simple acts of love.

The message of Christianity should be an easy one: love. But instead of promoting the simplest message known to man, Christians often find themselves in the world of trickery; the people in the reviews for Dan Brown are obviously followers of the trickery message, but it’s everywhere in evangelism. How many times have you had a person offer you money, only to look down and see that it’s not money at all—it’s a Bible tract! That’s a nice message Christians are sending: sorry you’re broke and have no money, but as a believer in Christ, I’d like you to have this Bible tract that I hope will give you comfort when you have to go home to your family and tell them that once again there’s no money for food!

There are no tricks in the Bible; I get tired of all the tricks Christians have made up to scheme their way into people’s hearts. If a message is true, then there’s no need for trickery.


3 comments:

  1. I don't understand why you think the evangelists are doing trickery. :(

    Love is one of the messages of Christianity, but so is the holiness, righteousness and justice of God. How can we have an intense grasp of the Love of God when we will be deprived from the knowledge of His wrath from which we are saved?

    I think there is a strike of fear that begins in a person's genuine conversion, that is, a biblical fear. John Piper recently wrote what Biblical fear is and it's one of the best distinctions which helped me understand what it meant to fear God: http://www.desiringgod.org/Blog/2013_The_Goodness_of_God_and_the_Fear_of_God/

    I agree at certain points in your post. I think one of your main points was that we don't have to like 'be afraid' of a book that opposes Truth by posting (thoughtless, emotion-driven, shallow) reviews. Though there are reviews that are helpful; some reviews just makes me anemic. So i sort of feel your pain at some degree.

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  2. My point is evangelist try and use cheap gimmicks like t-shirts that blatantly go against copyright laws by stealing ideas of corporations and giving it a Jesus-tone (like Got Jesus? which rips off Got Milk). And yes, sometimes tricks; I have witnessed way too many evangelist try and use tricks while they're evangelizing. The Bible is the greatest book ever written...there's no need for tricks.

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  3. A, yes, I have some pop-Christian slogans I detest as well. But I don't count using the million dollar bill tract as a cheap gimmick though. As long as the tract (and the evangelist themselves) present the Gospel faithfully and clearly, it's not a cheap gimmick.

    God bless you Scott and thanks for replying.

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