Testing Faith and Teaching Tools
India is an interesting place. It has a population of nearly 1.1 billion people; most of whom are profoundly religious, with Hinduism being the dominant faith. In talking with an Indian friend, I asked him about Hindu beliefs and how they approach the belief systems of other faiths. He told me that Hindus are taught to respect all religious beliefs and places of worship, since there may be some truth to them.
That outlook may be why the Indian censor board required an adults only rating for The Da Vinci Code when it was released in theaters. The local Christian congregations in Mumbai protested the release with a hunger strike. But the book and movie did well and Dan Brown's story was hugely popular there, proving that controversy helps sell wherever you are.
Now, according to CNN-IBN news reports, some Indian Christian churches have decided to take a different tact. With growing questions about Dan Brown's claims, especially from young Christians, a local church in Mumbai has created a special Da Vinci Code study to look at the topics the book and movie touch on and examine the evidence. The article quotes one congregant saying "To some extent it does raise questions in my mind."
I've always believed the truth should never be afraid of the hard questions or of honest examination. If something is true, then after being tested it will still stand. In fact, my beliefs are strengthened when they are put to the test and still hold up.
I bring this up because we're just two weeks away for the release of The Da Vinci Code DVD, and although it seems like no one on the planet hasn't read the book or seen the movie, the DVD will give new momentum to those questions that are raised as the Indian woman noted. But, the release also gives people the opportunity to examine the points in the film and have answers for them. Many materials are available for you right here on our Web site. We've posted a new Question and Answer section to help you with the historic facts. There's also a DVD companion guide that you may download and print out for free to give to others who are interested in the movie. Check out our Resources section for even more materials you can use.
I think that many assume the movie can't have any more impact than it already has, and that's simply not true. As we saw in India, people not only have questions, but are interested in the truth. They have 300 kids coming out to their Da Vinci Code study every week, seeking answers to the film. I say, if people are seeking the truth, let's be sure to give it to them.