Has your thoughts on the Catholicism changed since The DaVinci Code came out??
I have been critical of organized religion since i can remember, and thus i wasn't surprised after seeing or reading the daVinci Code. I know they are just books and movies but they do bring up good ideas, that might interest you into finding out the truth or at least more facts, and that is what the DaVinci code did for me at least. If anything my thoughts have only been supported more by Davinci Code and my limited research after.
Hm, good question. I was raised super Catholic, (school, plus church 6 days a week, but only Eucharist on Sunday, or you go to hell) Then went to a Catholic University before transferring. I think that most people know the Da Vinci Code was a work of fiction meant to be taken as a work of fiction, while the Bible was a work of fiction meant to be taken like the word of god. I think the priests molesting all those little boys has had a greater impact on people's perception of Catholicism than the Da Vinci Code.
Watching the movie primarily entertained me, but also reminded me that any organization that has millions of members and is centuries old is going to have more secrets and skeletons in the closet than even fiction can imagine.
So, no, the Davinci code (movie and book) did not change any part of the way I view Catholicism, Catholics, the Catholic Church, the Pope, the Vatican, or any other related concept.
No. As I understand it, The DaVinci Code is a work of fiction, and this particular piece of fiction did not produce any "thought-changing" effects in me.
However, the Catholic church made a regular practice of shielding known child molesters for many years (if they have indeed stopped it to this very day). Those "acts of facts" forever changed my perception of the Catholic church.
I was blessed (or perhaps cursed) with a questioning mind, and have gone through some major "changes-in-thought" in my adult life. Even though I was raised a Catholic, and have been a Baptist, and a born-again Pentecostal Christian, and some others as well ....
One day I got to thinking about the Biblical passage (one of the foundations of Christianity), "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Now, John 3:16 may be one of the most well-known quotes from the New Testament, and lots of God-loving Christians use it as a tool to try to convert non-believers into believers. BUT, they neglect to point out the next two verses:
"For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God"
These verses seem to contradict each other. Jesus wasn't sent here to condemn the world, but if you do not believe you are indeed condemned.
If you accept Jesus as the Son of God sent here to redeem your sins, you get to go to heaven, and if you don't ... well, you don't.
After much thought, reflection, and soul-searching, I cannot accept such a premise. I cannot believe that a loving God would condemn people to hell and damnation based solely on a single belief.
I don't point this out as an attempt to convince anyone to see it my way, but as way of explaining why some trivial pop culture fiction like The DaVinci Code just doesn't have what it takes to change my thoughts (I'd like to believe that my thought processes aren't that superficial).
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The actions of people who believe a certain way are constantly being used to attack that certain way.
does anyone know what the catholic belief actually is? has anyone every listened to the Pope speak?
Catholicism is belief in Catholicism. it's not the belief in molesting little boys or trying to hide something from the rest of the world.
as for the movie... sucked cock. the book (never read it). but judging from the story line... i'd say National Treasure was more believable (recommend it by the way for those who love history).
idk, people always wanna attack a belief... i mean, don't they know that no matter how many people they bring down to the ground, that belief isn't going to stop. you have to live with the fact that many people are still catholic no matter what your hatred does.
"Behind this mask is not just flesh, behind this mask is an idea, and ideas are bullet proof".
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