Summary: Uses the DaVinci Code’s view that the Christian faith is oppressive to women as a platform for demonstrating how true Christianity views women and men as created equally in the image of God.
Over the last two weeks I have been preaching a series called Counterfeit Christianity, to reveal the truth about the false Christianity that is being presented in the media, particularly by a popular fictional book written by Dan Brown called The DaVinci Code. Even though this book is a work of fiction, it presents so called “facts” about Christian faith and history which are not accurate at all, and I believe are misleading people away from the truth of the Christian faith. So I have been attempting to equip you with the truth not only for your benefit but to share with others who are being led astray.
We have already explored two attacks the book makes on the Christian faith namely, the reliability of the Bible, and the divinity of Jesus. The characters in The DaVinci Code try to present false historical information, particularly about the other gospels which were discovered in the 1950’s, to make us believe our Bible is unreliable, inaccurate. He also presents false historical information to make us believe neither Jesus nor his followers believed Jesus was the divine Son of God. I have gone through and presented the real facts, and brought us back to the truth of our history, the Scriptures, and our faith. If you were not able to attend these services I encourage you to pick up a tape of these services afterwards.
This week we are looking into a more difficult accusation of The DaVinci Code, which is perhaps more subtle but nevertheless is a major theme running throughout the book. The accusation is that Christianity, particularly after the Council of Nicea in 325 AD, has been anti-women because it has intentionally stamped out the feminine side of God, or feminine character of God in favor of a more masculine God, therefore encouraging the devaluing of women and their sacredness. In other words Christianity has been a male dominated religion and has suppressed the equality of women, emphasizing a male God
(for example God is referred to as “he” and as “Father”) to justify their behavior. There is a subtle encouragement throughout the book for people to return to a more pagan religion which emphasizing god (small “g”) and goddess worship, because it is more egalitarian. The reason I am addressing this issue is because there are women in particular who are reading the book believing the Christian church oppresses women (conversation with Cheryl and her sisters comments), and they are turning to New Age spirituality which praises mother earth like Wicca (witchcraft) because it is more supportive of women.
Let me read for you a passage out of the book The DaVinci Code:
“Sophie” Langdon said, “the Priory’s [of Sion] (the secret society trying to protect the truth of the holy grail) tradition of perpetuating goddess worship is based on a belief that powerful men in the early church ‘conned’ the world by propagating lies that devalued the female and tipped scales in favor of the masculine…The Priory believes that Constantine and his male successors successfully converted the world from matriarchal paganism to patriarchal Christianity by waging a campaign of propaganda that demonized the sacred feminine, obliterating the goddess from modern religion forever.”