Can We Talk?

I want to talk about The Da Vinci Code –

Ok, I know The Da Vinci code has been out for about 4 years; but being the “conscientious christian” I was, I turned my back and thumbed my nose at it and everyone that was reading it. I didn’t really know what the book was about and frankly I did not care. As far as I was concerned, Jesus was born without sin, and died without sin, end of story. I would hear people talking, saying things like, “I knew the church was covering up, he had to have been having sex with Mary Magdalene.” OUCH! How could people speak about Jesus in that way? It hurt me deeply to hear Jesus being “gossiped” about. As time went on, the hype died out and the topic was laid to rest. Then, one day my daughter and I were in Barnes and Noble (my personal playground) and she picked up a copy of The Da Vinci Code. She said she was dying to read it. Of course I let her know that it was just a trashy book by someone trying to get rich as God’s expense and it would be a waste of her time and money. So she bought it! Ugh! The funny thing is, I became curious about what was really in the book and before long, my interest was piqued! I fought the urge to buy it, besides I has soooo many books that I needed to read I wouldn’t have time. Then they started promoting the movie starring none other than Tom Hanks so of course I had to buy it! As luck would have it, Barnes and Noble University was having reading group and the book was, you guessed it, The Da Vinci Code.

I was hooked right from the start. I read all the disclaimers and understood that I was reading a novel. Now if it was categorized as a documentary or it claimed to be totally based on facts, that would be a different story. So I dug right in. It was fascinating and frightening at the same time. I found myself following the logic and entertaining the possibility that The Templar’s were hiding something that could change the past, present and future history, and belief system as we know it. I could now see how so many people were pulled into Dan Brown’s story and believe the book was totally based on facts. I mean, think of it; The Knights Templar did exist and Dan Brown is not the first person to speculate they were hiding highly sensitive items from the Catholic church. Opus Dei still exists to this day and they still practice many of their rituals and are totally devoted to the Catholic church. Leonardo Da Vinci was eccentric, did write backwards and was very controversial in his time. The Dead Sea Scrolls exist, the Gnostic Gospels exist, there is a Rose line, and the figure of John does look like a woman to the right of Jesus in the Last Supper. Dan Brown weaves fact with fiction so seamlessly that it’s hard at times to separate the two. He even makes the Priory of Sion seem real. He had me fooled until I researched it for myself. So, let me pose this question. Do you believe that Jesus and Mary were married? Do you believe they had sex? Do you believe that Mary bore the Holy Grail? Imagine that the answers to these questions are yes. Would it affect your belief in Jesus or the story of the Resurrection? Would finding out that Jesus was human in every way change the way you see Him? What affect would it have on your religious beliefs? Do you think it would destroy the Catholic church or Christianity as it is today?

I for one built my faith on the word of God. It is written in the bible, “Be Still and Know, that I am God.” Psalm 46:10. Benny Hinn was conducting a class on healing and I like how he broke this down. He says that in this passage, God is saying, “Be silent, Be still and know, I AM.” I can’t explain how I felt when I got this revelation, but I do know that God is the great I AM. He is real to me and has not diminished in my sight. Besides, we are supposed to walk by faith and not by sight.

I do find The Da Vinci code exciting and entertaining and Dan Brown is an excellent fictional writer. The movie was outstanding; even my 13 year old enjoyed it. I have since read Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons and Deception Point and truly hope Ron Howard considers putting them to film. I recently found out he has another novel, Digital Fortress and you can bet I’ll be reading that one too. Dan Brown has many critics and has even had to defend himself in court a few times. Catholic critics say he has caused an uprising of the sale of books on the occult and has turned the readers of his books hostile to the Catholic church. Believe me, the Catholic church has done far more damage on their own over the course of history to create hostily toward the church than Dan Brown could EVER do! Personally, his book actually made me look deeper into my faith and my relationship with Jesus. I found that it was I who was lacking, not Him, and I have a renewed desire to read and learn and grow in my walk and knowledge of THE GREAT I AM!

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  1. Hi, my name is Denise, I am 47, I was diagnosed in June 2012, with stage 4 terminal bile duct cancer that has now moved into my bladder and closed off my left kidney. I was given your book in the beginning of my diagnosis. I enjoyed it, I copied the healing scriptures and taped them to my bathroom mirror. I also went to a church that specifically prays for healing ( Bethal healing rooms). I truely believed I had recieved healing, I declared it and thanked God for it. What I don’t understand is why some people don’t receive healing? At this point I still believe God can do anything, but I also am looking at He might be ready to take me home. My cancer is continuing to spread and I don’t understand why I didn’t get healed? I know He loves me and that He is allowing me to be in the position that I am in right now; so I trust Him completely. I just don’t understand. Maybe you can help me to understand? I hope this finds you in a timely fashion and if it’s Gods will, I know it will.

    Grace, Love & Mercy To All,
    Denise

    • Dear Denise,

      I am new to this site and like you probably arrived at it after being diagnosed with cancer. I could not see any replies to you question – I am wondering if people came along and gave you their compassion and words of wisdom? I am hoping so. If not feel free to get in touch with me if you would like to talk.

      I pray that if it has not already happened by now that you will receive a super natural revelation of how much God loves you and a quickening of the manifestation of the healing that is within you.

      With much love and blessing, Victoria

  2. Hi my name is Connie Vickers. I started having a tingling in my arm and fingers. Then it was in my feet. I had an MRI done and the report showed I had Stenois of the Spine, bulging disc, and herniated disc. I prayed and asked God which Dr He wanted me to see. I kept hearing about Dr Faler which is a Chiropractor. He is a Christian and believes in the power of healing. Many Christians I know and Pastors that I work with recommended him. I went to see him and he said that I have one of the worse neck injuries he’s ever seen. He said it’s about 8 years old. I did have an accident about that time but had no soreness or pain after that. He said most people in my condition would be in so much pain and on pain medicine. So praise Jesus im not. Im not giving in to this. I am studying healing healing scriptures and speaking them over my life. Two years ago, Pastor Jim Lafoon who prophicies said for me not to believe all the crazy Dr reports, that they were from the devil and that God was going to blow the enemy away. Well, I never had any bad Dr reports. Until now! I am asking that you all please stand in agreement with me and my family that I am healed. Pastor Jim Lafoon also prophicied that Blessings, resources and provision was coming our way. He also said my kids were going to be Blessed. Also, that my husband was a faithul man and good steward over everthing God had given him and because he stayed faithul and had not given up or gotten bitter that Blessings were coming. He said that my husband passed a long test and his time of Blessings were coming and that resources were not just going to trickel but they were going to flow. He said that God was doing work in my body and brain. It was amazing, he knew all that was going on. I really believe that Im healed in Jesus name! I just would like for strong Women and Men of faith to join me in prayer to fight this. I do hurt at times but, I go to the word and start speaking the word over my life and the pain goes away. Also, my children are both going into ministry. My son is 20 and was called at 16 to be a Pastor. He has been interning and is doing a 2nd year intern and is getting ready to start Liberty Christian College. My daughther who is 24 is going into Sports Ministry. she is getting ready to do an Iternship at Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge LA. Please pray that the enemies plan is turned back and that God’s plan is revealed. Thank you so much for your time! Sincerely, Connie Vickers God Bless you!

  3. I ask for prayer today For my finances . I have bills that are in collection that I have no hope of paying . I have heard that it is christian to go bankrupt . For me that is not an option . I need help to regroup with a new financial plan . I pray for wisdom and knowledge in JESUS Name

    • Hello Doug,
      I highly recommend a booklet by Charles Capps on Finances. It is about $2 and filled with God’s word on finances. As for not christian to go bankrupt, I would tell whomever told you that to quote you the scripture – I believe God wants us to be wise in our finances and to follow His wisdom – pray about it, ask God to give you clarity, ask Him to guide you. I believe I am a Christian, and I must admit that I have used bankruptcy to get my family out of dire financial straites – I have asked God for His forgiveness, and believe He has…

  4. Rev Osteen, I listen too you message last night 6/19 for the first time in quite a while.

    I lost my job three (3) years ago I’ve had a couple part time jobs but nothing has open for full time.
    I’ve tried very hard to keep my faith, but with the lost of my car and my phone. I feel there is no hope in
    my life. I need Gods help and guidance as too what he wants of my life. I’ve prayed but now feel he
    doesn’t care about me, I’ve always tried too believe that he doesn’t give us more than we can carry, but
    I’m at a point now of no hope.

    I ask for your prayers for guidance. I’ve search all of yor websires for your email with no luck

    Brenda Allen
    a413brenda@aol.com

  5. Just wanted to thank all of you for your prayers. Isn’t it wonderful to know we have a friend who we can turn to any time day or night , No matter what the problem big or small, Jesus , He is only a prayer away, God Bless

  6. SOY DE GUADALUPE NUEVO LEON MEXICO, NO SE INGLES…. LE ESCRIBO A LA SRA DODIE OSTEEN PARA QUE POR FAVOR HAGA ORACION POR LA SALUD DE MI MAMA, MI MAMA TIENE CANCER EN HIGADO Y EN GANGLEOS.. EL NOMBRE DE MI MAMA ES ORALIA CHAVARRIA CARDENAS… YO HAGO ORACION POR MI MAMI, ESTOY LEYENDO EL LIBRO DE SANADA DE CANCER… LE PIDO DE FAVOR A LA SRA DODIE OSTEEN HAGA ORACION POR EL MILAGRO DE LA SALUD DE MI MAMA QUE SE LLAMA ORALIA CHAVARRIA CARDENAS… GRACIAS

  7. man i really don’t do this much but i luv your show u have a great family yall seem so happy and true i love ppl that are straight up like me i yes i have a drinkin prolblem it runs thru tha family i jus need a prayer i wanna be normal and have a baby i love children but i have hep c cuzz my mom i guess she used needles in the past but i forgive her …but i wanna have kids u understand my gmal just came off life support cuzz of yall and god thank u luv,christy

  8. Shalom please will remove all my prayer request
    on Youre side but still stay in Prayer because my sister read it and she dont understand . But in the
    case of my cousin Luciano it is better for his safety stay in prayer for him.

    Sahlom Klaas Jacob and God bless you

    • have you gone to their website? here is a toll free number and address for their ministry – United States 1-888-567-JOELPO BOX 4600 Houston, TX 77210. you can also click on ‘contact us’ and fill in the information on their site and someone will contact you. the webage is:
      http://www.joelosteen.com/About/Pages/OurMinistry.aspx

      I also believe there is a Facebook page for Joel Osteen and possibly on Myspace. I do not know if you will be able to speak directly with Joel or Victoria, but it’s worth a try and if all else fails, there is One who always listens – our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  9. umm hi i am 13 and my dad is in jail i wrote to you before and my mom has it hard umm i sent a thing to you before and my dad got out of jail and a month later he got put back in and we cant pay the bill i need some help all i ask for is for the people to pray for my family thank you if you do

  10. Hello Bobi and thanks for your comment. I totally agree with you, the marital status or lack thereof, has nothing to do with His crucifixion and resurrection. I still believe in His divinity and know that He is God! I don’t base my faith on religion or doctrine. I base it on His Word and His love for me. I posed the question to see what others were thinking and I appreciate your sharing your thoughts with me. May God bless you and use you to spread His message of love and hope.
    In Christ Yeshua,
    Briggie

  11. I don’t see how the marital status or lack of it has anything to do with the crucifiction and ressurection of Jesus which as far as I know is the basis of Christianity. If there is a lineage from Jesus I can understand the need to protect those people; but it doesn’t change the divinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Let’s not confuse what matter’s with what doesn’t. As you stated scripture “Be still and know that I am God” He will clarify all we need to know.

  12. Hi Daniel, I emailed you, but to clarify, NO I do not believe in The DaVinci Code. What I do believe is that Dan Brown did an excellent job writing a very compelling and exciting piece of literature by blending just enough facts with fiction. I enjoyed it along with his other books and look forward to his next novel. It is sad that there are people out there who do not take his work in the proper context even when he states that he is writing a book of fiction – granted he does imply that there are more facts than there truly are, but he bases his information on other authors that claim their work is based on fact when it is in fact – NOT.

  13. I know this is not my usual type of post, but I wanted to do more than just forward this in an email. Please take a moment to read, and then copy into an email and forward to as many people as you can – and don’t forget to send it to your local and state government officials. We must unite against these forms of injustice especially in this time of economic distress. When milk is over $4 a gallon, gas is nearly $3 a gallon and minimum wage is less than $6 an hour how do our politicians expect us to make ends meet. By the time they take out taxes, you have to work 2 hours just to pay for that gallon of milk and gas. No wonder so many Americans are on public assistance, in credit card debt up to their eyeballs, supporting both their parents and their children who were either forced to move back home or weren’t able to leave, and taking anti-depressants. If it weren’t for Jesus, I know I would not be able to get through each day. PRAY PRAY PRAY!!! Well, here goes – and as usual, I welcome your comments and feedback. God Bless and take care.

    IT DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU ARE REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT, You are an American!

    Please Keep THIS GOING!!!!

    2008 Election Issue!!

    GET A BILL STARTED TO PLACE ALL POLITICIANS ON SOC. SEC.

    This must be an issue in “2008″ Please! Keep it going.

    SOCIAL SECURITY: Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions during election years. Our Senators and Congress-persons do not pay into Social Security and, of course, they do not collect from it. You see, Social Security benefits were not suitable for persons of their rare elevation in society. They felt they should have a special plan for themselves. So, many years ago they voted in their own benefit plan. In more recent years, no congressperson has felt the need to change it. After all, it is a great plan. For all practical purposes their plan works like this: When they retire, they continue to draw the same pay until they die. However an Increase could result time to time for cost of living adjustments. (cost of living adjustments? were’nt they outlawed some time back – LOL)

    For example, Senator Byrd and Congressman White and their wives may expect to draw $7,800,000.00 (that’s Seven Million, Eight-Hundred Thousand Dollars), with their wives drawing $275, 000.00 during the last years of their lives. This is calculated on an average life span for each of those two Dignitaries. Younger Dignitaries who retire at an early age, will receive much more during the rest of their lives. Their cost for this excellent plan is

    $0.00. NADA..! ZILCH…

    This little perk they voted for themselves is PAID FOR BY You and I. The funds for this fine retirement plan come directly from The General Funds or Our Social Security Plan, which you and I pay (or have paid) into, every payday until we retire (which amount is matched by our employer). We can expect to get an average of $1,000 per month after retirement. We would have to collect our average of $1,000 monthly benefits for 68 years and one (1) month to equal Senator Bill Bradley’s benefits!

    Social Security could be very good if only one small change were made. That change would be to:

    Jerk the Golden Fleece Retirement Plan from under the Senators and Congressmen. Put them into the Social Security plan with the rest of us then sit back and see how fast they would fix it.

    If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of awareness will be planted and maybe good changes will evolve. How many people CAN you send this to? Better yet…… How many people WILL you send this to ?

    I HEREWITH FIRMLY STATE THAT I WILL NOT VOTE FOR ANY POLITICIAN, REGARDLESS OF THE OTHER ISSUES, IF HE/SHE DOES NOT SPONSOR AND SUPPORT THE REFORMATION OF OUR SOCIAL SECURITY. THAT INCLUDES EVERYONE STANDING FOR ELECTION IN 2008. LET US SHOW OUR LEADERS IN WASHINGTON THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES ARE NOT GOING TO BE PASSED OVER. SHOW THEM THE POWER OF OUR UNITY AND THE POWER OF THE INTERNET. LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE WITH ME ON THIS BY FORWARDING TO EVERYONE IN YOUR ADDRESS BOOK.

    You know, this plan would also work on health insurance, auto insurance, and much more. The possibilities are limitless.

  14. I want to talk about chain emails –

    Remember when people would send chain letters through the mail? Some of them were pretty cool, but others were scams and some were scary weird. My friends and I used to send them to each other during the summer to help stay in touch or pass the time. (it was better than having to write to a “pen pal” from a foreign country that your teacher picked out for you to write to over the summer) Hey, what did I know, I was just a kid! Adults on the other hand did not like the chain letters and one thing led to another and poof, it’s like against the law to send a chain letter.

    Now that we live in the modern age of technology, people use email to send chain letters. Don’t get me wrong, some of them are really good. Most of the time they are spiritual in nature, or “you know you’re from Jersey when…”, or my favorite kind – “how do you know you are blonde?” I myself have passed along chain emails because they are very inspiring or funny, but I do have a complaint.

    Why is it at the end of these emails they say something like, “if you love Jesus, pass this on to 10 people then sit back and wait for a miracle.” Or the ones that say, “You MUST pass this on to at least 5 people within the hour of receiving this rose. After you do, make a wish. If you have passed it on, your wish will come true and love will come your way shortly. If not your life will stay the same as it has always been.” I was all warm and fuzzy from the beautiful sentiments in the poem and the WHAM!!! I get hit with this mess.

    It makes me so upset to know that in the name of Jesus, people send out emails and then stick these kinds of messages at the bottom to make you feel guilty if you don’t send it along. I have decided that while I may forward along the email, I delete this type of noise at the end. I don’t need anyone making me feel like I am not a good person if I choose not to send it on. And folks, just for the record, email is a great form of staying in touch but it should never take the place of a phone call, or visit to those we care about.

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