Sunday, January 01, 2006

Sunday Times, 01 January 2005

Two interesting items caught my eye this morning.

Article no. 1: What if you had one year left to live? by Ms Sumiko Tan

Ms Tans thinks that we should focus our minds and prioritize our goals by asking what if we have only 1 year, or 1 month or even just 1 hour to live. She listed 4 things which were her top priority if she had only 1 hour live. Her list included making peace with those she had offended; by sadly she left out making peace with her creator.

“Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.” (Ecclesiastes 12:1)

Article no. 2: Dr N Varaprasad shared his enjoyment in reading the bestseller, The Da Vinci Code

Apparently, he read the book twice, and both times he couldn’t put it down. In contrast I tried to read this book a few months ago. My nephew had recommended it, and week after week, it was the most popular book in our book stores. My reaction though was completely different from that of the learned chief executive of the National Library Board. After a few chapters, I simply could not continue. The blasphemies were too much for me to endure.

The Da Vinci Code has undoubtedly made Mr Dan Brown a very rich man. But the person he blasphemed said these words; “What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Matthew 16:26)


Chris said...

I read the book over the holidays and yes, it's definitely an affront to Christians and the Catholics alike. Admittedly, I do have problem with the author's way of mixing facts with fictions. He's drawn quite a lot of criticism and controversies over his book. Perhaps one should read the book for what it really is - a paperback novel. We shan't play judge. Dan Brown needs only report to God on judgement day.

Ivan Chew said...

Hi, perhaps I could interest you to share your views on the book over at the High Browse Online Bookblog. I think it's fine (and important) to have differing views (expressed politely and constructively). Also, I feel the controversial book is just a "problem" waiting to be turned into an opportunity to educate non-Christians and non-Catholics what were the inaccuracies in the book (e.g. you could blog about it, then leave a brief comment in High Browse Online to link back to your post). Anyway, books like this reminds me of what a famous Librarian wrote: "Every Book it's Reader" and "Every Reader his Book". Couldn't be more true. Cheers (nice blog, btw).

Sleepless in Singapore said...

Sorry I have nothing to add - unless you want to read another bible verse about God not being mocked; and reaping what one sows.

Anyway, I only read a few chapters of the book; and I try to erase from my memory.