Have you ever seen "The Last Temptation of Christ"? That movie (based upon the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis) addresses each and everyone one of your points. The "temptation," for those unfamiliar with that book/movie, is what was taken to be DVC's central premise - i.e., marrying Mary Magdalene. In "Last Temptation," the fictitious representation of Jesus didn't really waive his divinity or anything, he only *pondered* it - but didn't actually follow-through (which is what DVC proposes happened.)
I re-watched LTOC after seeing the (far inferior) DVC, and I'm re-watching a few scenes, again, after reading your comments...
Hi. First let me start off saying I am not a Catholic. This is the only site I've found regarding the Da Vinci code where people are having good discussion about the book/movie. Let me also say that I have both read the book and watched the movie. I encourage you all to do the same. If you are strong in your faith, it shouldn't hurt your faith. I think it's always better to have all the information you can get and make an educated decision. Not to mention a lot easier to discuss something you know a lot about. . . IMHO.
Now I may be offensive to some here and I apologize. I am a lifelong Christian, currently not attending any church however. I respect Catholics' beliefs, just as I respect other denominations' beliefs, even those I do not agree with. . . My real question here is WHY can't it be both that Jesus was divine and that he was a man. Not merely man, better than us, but nevertheless a man, with a physical body. As far as genetics go (though its not that simple of course) he was "half" of each. I don't understand the uproar with this idea that he could have been married. It seems there is more controversy over that than over the fact that the book claims he was a MERE mortal. I want someone to tell me why they are 100% sure Jesus wasn't married and had children? Where's the sin in that?? Sex? Sex in itself as I have always understood it, is not a sin. Sex outside of marriage, sodomy, homosexuality, fornication of any kind.. yes. But sex in a marriage? Why is that sinful? Isn't it basically exactly what God told Adam and Eve to do in Genesis? Is it not so that if no one ever had intercourse, the world would have ended long ago...? I'm just confused as to why this is such an issue. Yes, the Bible does not say Jesus is married. And I believe in the Bible.. but how can anyone think that the Bible is THE only word of God or account of Jesus' life. Couldn't there be more we don't know about? I hate to quote something from the book, but it is true to me that Jesus as a married man and a father makes more sense than Jesus as a bachelor. Marriage has always been viewed as a holy relationship, a close relationship, and overall a "good thing". Is it fair that the Savior of all of humankind be denied such a thing? And isn't it true that to be called a rabbi in the Jewish faith, you must be married?
Now don't get me started on the divinity of Christ. The book and movie both contradict themselves in that aspect. To prove Christ is not divine, they quote from the gospel of Phillip, which was supposedly left out of the Bible as we know it.. but in the very quote they use, Peter is referring to Christ as "our Saviour". I don't doubt that Christ is God in the flesh... I've always felt that in my heart. But I do not claim to know either way about his marital status, if he was a father, OR even the complete accuracy of the good book. The Bible is still a product of man, either way you look at it. Men wrote it (usually inspired by God, I know!), men translated it and men decided what should be included or excluded. I feel that we have what we are meant to have, what we can handle.. But I seriously doubt it is ALL there is to tell about God's works or the life of Christ.
I'm sorry... I've rambled on and on. These are some questions I want answered. Any ideas, ramblings or additional points and questions are more than welcome. I think at least one good thing has come from this movie - people are definitely talking about spirituality and God more than usual.
Thanks for your time and God bless!