posted on Feb, 27 2004 @ 09:35 PM
I didn't read TDC, but I did just finish *Holy Blood, Holy Grail*, which TDC was in part based on..
I must say that I was underwhelmed by the book. There *is* a mystery there, but to get it connected all the way back to Jesus they had to fudge some
I have no doubt that there were secret societies that believed these things, but they seem to have caught the bug somewhere in the 200s, when
gnoticism was being squashed as heresy..
One thing you need to know about gnosticism.. most of the sects considered the truth of a story unimportant if the story told a greater "truth"
within.. you can read some of the orthodox church fathers on that point.. let me get a quote:
Iranaeus says that the gnostics "put forth their own compositions, while boasting that they have more gospels than there really are..." And this is
an accurate charge, since producing creative works was considered by the gnostics as a sign that one had received the wisdom. (All this gleaned from
Elaine Pagels *The Gnostic Gospels*) To Iranaeus, the gnostics would have said, "So?"
One of their gospels had the story of Christ's "substitute" dying on the cross while Christ himself laughs.. but this was intended to be a
metaphorical truth in the beginning. You had to see that Jesus was *not* his body, nor are any of us. We are spirit. In this sense, Jesus (the
spirit) mocks Jesus' body.
This ran counter to the idea in Judaism (which sect was that.. Pharisee? Sadducee? I forget..) that there is not a spirit, only the body (and thus,
requiring a bodily resurrection).
The gnostics considered the body evil, along with all the rest of material creation. This is why they could both spit upon the cross, and revere
Jesus who died on it (for in letting his body die, he showed us.. etc. etc.) Well of course that's heresy, even if some of it is still resident in
mainline Christianity today. And it was vigorously stomped into the ground by the Orthodox establishment. So it went underground.
The gnostics were already keepers of secret knowledge. They only had to be a little more secret after the smack-down. And more than likely, this is
where the events in *The Da Vinci Code* point. Right back to ordinary gnosticism.
Besides, Jesus can't be buried in France, India, and Japan all at once (all of them claimants believe it or not!). The myth that he survived the
crucifiction arose from the gnostics, but they didn't really mean it.