I read the book in late 2003. I got curious because an atheist and two Muslims talked about it. Their lack of revealation about the story pique my curiousity so much, I immediately went out and bought the book and finished it within 2 days.
Later on, ‘some people’ knew about it and bombed me with “But you are Catholic!”. And my response was, “So? I actually wanted to lend my book to my church’s priest. It is such a thriller.”
Someone I knew online also asked me, “Ei, auntie, I saw that you have the Da Vinci Code. What do you think of the errr…….”
My reply, “Oh, you mean whether I believe Mary Magdalene is an important figure and that Jesus had a daughter?”
His reply, “Ya, errmm…how?”
My reply, “Of course, I believe the Bible! And it is not because of what the Bible (that some people see as a book) only. I believe in God because of the marvellous things that had happened to me when I start to follow Christ and His Word.”
Sadly, not everyone has that kind of faith in Christ and the Word. That ‘somebody’ is still adamant that none of ‘us’ should read the Da Vinci Code or we are betrayers. I think not. We should have a faith strong enough to discern what is fiction (and a blardy good suspense novel) from the Word of God.
Want spoilers? Go to the Catholic.com for it. I had mentioned that this is a great FICTION. And here’s what the site said:
It isn’t a defense to say that The Da Vinci Code is a work of fiction. Fiction can’t change the basic facts about major historical figures without being subject to criticism. People would be outraged if Doubleday printed a novel portraying Adolph Hitler in a positive light. Christians have a right to be outraged when the basic historical facts about Christ are falsified. The criticism will be even more intense when a publisher releases a book parodying the most sacred beliefs of others in this fashion.
I am not bothered if non-Christians felt amused and entertained with the stories from the Da Vinci Code. But I do get worried when people who should have a firmer stand than me in the faith starts to wonder….. A great fiction and I hope it makes a fantastic movie too.