Thursday, April 14, 2005

I thought the M was for McDonald's OR deciphering the DiVinci Code

. . .And I thought that the M outlined in the body of Christ and the disciple sitting to His right in DiVinci's Last Supper stood for McDonald's. After all, the Last Supper was about service as was the life of Christ. That being said, the only corporation on earth that could even begin to claim numbers served that come close to Jesus would be - McDonald's. Now, please, please, please do not take this to be sacrilegious nor blasphemous. I realize that that is an absolutely ridiculous then to even mention in passing. Yet, as ridiculous as it sounds, it is not much more outlandish than the hypothesis of the DiVinci Code itself.

Which leads me to ask, Did you see NBC's Night Line last week or the History channels story last night covering the DiVinci Code? If you missed them and have not read the book you have no clue as to my introductory paragraph; and you may need to either forgive me and ignore it or you may want to find a way to see them, or at least get the transcripts, as both shows were quite well done.

Of course, the mystery in the book centers around DiVinci's painting of the Last Supper. The figure to the right of Christ appears rather feminine. There is no chalice. Could there be a secret, that the one to the right is actually Mary Magdalene? The outline of her figure and Jesus' reveals the letter M and unfolds the secret for marriage and the revelation that she is the chalice of Christ. That is how the story goes in the DiVinci Code. It is an intriguing and fun read. Apparently however, far too many have taken it as a historical novel rather than a fictional tale. To my surprise Night Line and the History Channel did a much much better job than I could have ever imagined in pointing out the book is a fictional tale and that the Gospel's are historical truth. So, while many of us on my side of the isle accuse much media of having an unfavorable bias toward any and everything Biblical, I must give credit where credit is due: Night Line the other night was in line with the History Channel last night, and more importantly they were both in line with history itself.

A history that clearly proclaims that "The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many." Mk. 10:45


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