The DaVinci Code: Assault on Biblical Christianity

OTHER RESOURCES:

  • Cracking DaVinci’s Code, James Garlow and Peter Jones
  • The Truth Behind the DaVinci Code, Richard Abanes
  • Breaking the DaVinci Code: Answers to the Questions Everyone is Asking, Darrell Bock
  • The DaVinci Deception, Erwin Lutzer
  • The DaVinci Code Deception, DVD, Grizzly Adams Productions

GALATIANS 1:6-9

6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

What is the Gospel that we have received?

1 Corinthians 15:3f

3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. 7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

DaVinci Code's Central Theme:

Almost everything our fathers taught us about Jesus Christ, the Bible and Church History is false!

See: Dan Brown,The DaVinci Code (New York: Doubleday, 2003), p.235, etc.

The “Code” says: “The Bible is a product of man, my dear. Not of God….[I]t has evolved through countless translations, additions, and revisions.…The Bible, as we know it today, was collated by the pagan Roman emperor Constantine the Great” (page 231).

This is “doublespeak!” If Constantine collated the Bible “as we know it today” and he died in A.D. 337, then all these “countless translations, additions, and revisions” must have occurred before 337, but we have manuscripts in Greek and Hebrew dated long before A.D. 337.

We can check it out, and Dan Brown is wrong! Dan Brown’s Biblical research is either sloppy, or intentionally misleading!

Constantine died in A.D. 337. He did NOT collate the Bible. The Hebrew Old Testament existed long before Jesus was born. The Canon of the New Testament was nearly complete by A.D. 100 and was formalized and completed between A.D. 393 and 397= 60 years after Constantine died!

So the Bible “as we know it today” could not possibly have been “collated” by the pagan emperor Constantine the Great!

WHEN OUR CHRISTIAN FAITH IS ATTACKED WE CHRISTIANS MUST RESPOND!

“If the God of Genesis 1 is unreliable, so is the one in Psalms, the Gospel of John, and Revelation. He is the same One in Romans and Philippians, too. Either you utterly trust the God you meet in Genesis 1, or you have nothing else. He is the same. He does not change.” Pastor John Barnett, Tulsa Bible Church

1 PETER 3:15

15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.

JUDE 3

Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

PROVERBS 14:12

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

[Deception]

In the last days the engine of Satan’s world system is fueled by DECEPTION!

II Corinthians 11:3

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled (deceived) Eve through his subtlety (craftiness), so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

In other words: Don’t be deceived!

The engine of Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code is deception.

Dan Brown claims through his characters:

Christians were deceived by the 300 church leaders called together in 325 A.D. by Constantine at the Council of Nicaea (p.233).

Constantine used the Christians to solidify his political power base (p.234).

The Council of Nicaea altered the Bible and removed the truth of goddess worship (p.124).

The Council of Nicaea created the “divine” Christ (Jesus was not God until Nicaea said so p.233).

Dan Brown claims through his characters:

“Unbiased science could not possibly be performed by a man who possessed faith in God” (p. 149).

This assumption is so wrong: Most major sciences were begun by Christian scientists who were men of great faith in the God of the Bible—a God of predictability, regularity, symmetry, order and great power and genius!

See: John 1; Colossians 1; Hebrews 1

Ref: The Defenders Study Bible, H. Morris

“Unbiased science could not possibly be performed by a man who possessed faith in God.” p. 149

Following is a partial list of scientists with faith in the God of the Bible and the area of “unbiased science” they founded:

Joseph Lister--------Antiseptic surgery

Louis Pasteur--------Bacteriology

Michael Faraday----Electromagnetics

Robert Boyle---------Chemistry

Johannes Kepler----Celestial Mechanics

Charles Babbage----Computer science

John A. Fleming-----Electronics

Lord Raleigh----------Dimensional Analysis

Lord Kelvin------------Thermodynamics

Kelvin was a British Physicist and Mathmetician who gave us our first Trans-Atlantic cable, said:

“If you think strongly enough, you will be forced by science to a belief in God. We must pause, face to face, with the mystery and miracle of creation.”

Louis Agassiz-------Glacial Geology

George Stokes------Fluid Mechanics

William Hershel-----Galactic Astronomy

Gregor Mendel------Genetics

Matthew Maury------Hydrography

William Ramsey-----Isotopic Chemistry

Ray Damadian—Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Enrique Fabret------Entomology

“I can’t say I believe in God; I see Him. Without Him I understand nothing; without Him all is darkness. Every period has its manias. I regard atheism as mania. It is the malady of the age. You could take my skin from me more easily than my faith in God.”

Contrary to Dan Brown’s thinking, there would be no modern science without men of deep belief in the God of the Bible. Men who knew there were discoveries to be made because they knew the one true God of the Bible Who is the Creator of order, symmetry, predictability, purpose, function, life, design and beauty.

The things that scientists (and we average folks) observe in this universe, the creation by the God of the Bible, help us to understand the invisible attributes of the Creator.

The universe screams of the existence of its Almighty Creator!

SOME IDEAS FROM KURT WISE, Ph.D., GEOLOGY, HARVARD

OBSERVABLE THINGS:

  • Anthropic Principle
  • Regularity (laws,rules)
  • 3-dimensionality
  • Heisenberg Uncertainty principle
  • Electromagnetic force constant
  • Comprehensibility

INVISIBLE THINGS:

It appears that the universe was made with man in mind!

OBSERVABLE INVISIBLE THINGS: THINGS:

  • Second Law of Thermodynamics
  • Hot to cold
  • Complex to less complexity
  • To reverse 2nd Law: need energy, energy converter and a blueprint (design)
  • Energy Source
  • Energy Converter
  • Blueprint or plan (intelligence)
  • Must be transcendent to the universe

OBSERVABLE INVISIBLE THINGS: THINGS:

CHAOS THEORY:

We can’t predict what might happen next because we don’t have enough knowledge. To predict you must know and understand every- thing about everything.

Your local Weatherman?

To design and support a delicately balanced universe requires all knowledge and all power.

Language: DNA has every earmark of a language. 4 nucleo- tides code for 20 amino acids which code 1000s of pro- teins. Alphabet’s 26 letters code many words, codes infinite concepts.

DNA is language

Language requires intelligence, therefore: DNA had an intelligent cause.

DNA SUGGESTS AN INFINITELY INTELLIGENT COMMUNICATOR!

Law of Cause and Effect: If something happens there is a cause. Therefore the beginning of the universe must have had a Cause.

The Cause of the beginning of the universe must have been outside of the universe in order to cause it = The Uncaused, Transcendent Cause.

The universe contains time, there- fore its Cause must be outside of time.

The Cause would be independent of time and therefore eternal and unchanging.

The universe contains all things physical and material therefore the Cause must not be material.

The Cause is immaterial / non-physical.

The universe contains all of space, therefore the Cause is not constrained by nor limited by space.

The Cause is immanent (here) and

transcendent (out there).

See: Nehemiah 9:13 “Then You came down on Mount Sinai [here], And spoke with them from heaven;” [out there]

Ideas come into being as conceptions and then choices of the will.

The universe must be the choice of a person’s will.

The principle of symmetry and beauty.

Perhaps an example would be the gaps in the periodic table that suggested missing elements which were later found.

The Cause of the universe must be one of symmetry and incredible beauty!

The Law of Simplicity

A simplicity principle runs through the universe.

More often than not the simplest idea is the right one. It looks as if there is a single, unifying cause in the universe.

ONE CAUSE

Observation of the universe brings you to the conclusion that it is the consequence

of a personal choice of a single, transcen- dent, immanent, non-physical, eternal, unchanging, all powerful, all knowing, incredibly beautiful individual who had man in mind from the very beginning.

We can infer a Creator Who is personal from observations of the creation!

The Biblical Creator IS Lord Jesus Christ!

See: John 1; Colossians 1; Hebrews 1

The DaVinci Code denies the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ!

THE BIBLE CALLS JESUS, “THEOS.”

Hebrews 1:8

“But unto the Son [Jesus] he saith, Thy throne, O God [Theos], is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.”

Jesus is called “Theos” (God) seven times in the New Testament.

THE BIBLE CALLS JESUS, “THEOS.”
Matthew 4:5-7

5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God [Theos].

The Lord Jesus Christ is God--Theos.

In spite of what Dan Brown says in his fiction book, The DaVinci Code, the Lord Jesus Christ is not just a man, He is God in the flesh! Jesus is Theos.

The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown

7,000,000 copies sold in 1st year.

More than a year on NY Times best seller list.

On every best seller list in America.

Estimated 30,000,000 readers 1st year.

Translated into 35 languages 1st year.

Discussed in colleges, high schools, businesses, neighborhoods, homes, etc.

The DaVinci Code

Movie Rights sold to Columbia Pictures for $6,000,000. (May ‘06 release?)

Movie is directed by Ron Howard.

Has been the cover story of US News and World Report, Time, Newsweek.

Articles have appeared on every major Internet news service.

DaVinci Code = FICTION?

This book attacks all the major doctrines of the Bible.

It slanders the identity of the Lord Jesus.

The book attacks the historical, orthodox foundations of true, Biblical Christianity.

The author says the novel is “fiction.”

Page one begins with “Fact:” in bold font.

Page one ends with: “All descriptions of art work, architecture, documents and secret rituals in this novel are accurate.” says Brown

Brown distorts fact to produce fiction!

Charlie Gibson interviewed Brown on Good Morning America:

Gibson: “If you were writing it [The DaVinci Code] as a nonfiction book, how would it have been different?”

Brown: “I don’t think it would have…it is important to remember this is a novel about a theory that has been out there for a long time.”

Good Morning America, Nov. 3, 2003

On the publisher’s credits page in the front of The DaVinci Code is this statement: “All of the characters and events in this book are fictitious, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.”

Yet on page one under “Fact:” are listed: The Priory of Sion, Paris’s Bibliotheque Nationale, Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, Leonardo DaVinci and Les Dossiers Secrets.

Fact is immediately labeled “fiction.”

THE FIRST PAGE AFTER THE TITLE PAGE READS:

“F a c t :

The Priory of Sion—a European secret society founded in 1099–-is a real organization.

In 1975 Paris’s Bibliotheque Nationale discovered parchments known as Les Dossiers Secrets, identifying numerous members of the Priory of Sion, including Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Leonardo DaVinci.

The Vatican prelature known as Opus Dei is a

deeply devout Catholic sect that has been the topic of recent controversy due to reports of brainwashing, coercion, and a dangerous practice known as ‘corporeal mortification.’ Opus Dei has just completed construction of a $47 million National Headquarters at 243 Lexington Avenue in New York City.

All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate.”

Brown distorts truth to make fiction!

For example: There really is an organization called “Opus Dei.”

But Brown so thoroughly misrepresents Opus Dei in The DaVinci Code that at this writing this organization is contemplating a law suit against Brown and his publisher.

For example: Opus Dei has no assassin monks.

By the way:

According to a BBC documentary, Les Dossiers Secrets were clandestinely placed in the Bibliotheque Nationale by a man named Pierre Plantard. Mr. Plantard fabricated the documents “…including the genealogical tables and lists of the Priory’s grand masters—Newton, Botticelli, Leonardo, and so on.”

See: McDowell, Josh, The DaVinci Code: A Quest for Answers (Holiday FL: Green Key Books, 2006), p. 5.

The 1099 date appears to be a fabrication of Dan Brown--1950’s is more likely!

DaVinci Code = NON- FICTION?

Brown presents Church History, Ancient Manuscripts, Archaeology, Canonicity, Theology, etc., and then distorts and misrepresents their historical and traditional meaning and understanding as taught by the true church down through the ages.

True history is twisted into a Gnostic/New Age worldview interpretation.

BROWN’S TWISTED HISTORY:

The third major character of the book, Leigh Teabing, says, “These are photo copies of the Nag Hammadi and Dead Sea Scrolls,…The earliest Christian records. Troublingly, they do not match up with the gospels in the Bible.”

Attention: The Scrolls are NOT a “Christian document.”

Dead Sea Scrolls: 225 Old Testament Manuscripts which never mention Jesus or Christianity since the Essenes were a Jewish sect. They in no way contradict the NT Gospels.

BROWN’S TWISTED HISTORY:

The Nag Hammadi texts were found in 1945.

The actual authors are not known.

They contain none of the books of the N.T.

The Nag Hammadi texts are early Gnostic.

Brown presents these spurious texts as more accurate and authoritative than N.T. Gospels.

Brown claims 80 gospels total, but there are actually only 4 or 5 other than Matt., Mk., Lk., J.

Brown likes the Gospels of Thomas and Phillip.

BROWN’S TWISTED HISTORY:

Brown quotes the Gospel According to Phillip, “And the companion of the Saviour is Mary Magdalene. Christ loved her more than all the disciples [….] The rest of the disciples were offended by it and expressed disapproval. They said to him, ‘Why do you love her more than all of us?’”

This is Brown’s primary proof that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married (See p.246).

The Bible is not true, but spurious documents like the Gospel According to Phillip are true?

AND ANOTHER THING:

According to Dr. Bentley Layton, an authority on these Gnostic gospels, the Gospel According to Phillip was written around A. D. 350.

See: Bently, Layton, The Gnostic Scriptures (NY: Doubleday, 1987), p.326

This is more than 250 years after the Biblical Gospels were written.

Should we not better trust the Gospels written closer to the actual historical happenings?

Does Dan Brown “edit” the Bible?

REVELATION 22:18-19

18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Why did Brown write
The DaVinci Code?

Brown has said in interviews that his purpose was not to just write a fictional novel, but to promote his own understanding of Christianity and spirituality.

As far as I can tell, Brown seems to have a New Age-Eastern-Gnostic type of personal spirituality which is by no means evangelical-fundamental-Bible believing-orthodox Christianity (if his writings are accurately displaying his true beliefs as he claims).

CHRISTIANS: WE MUST DEFEND TRUE BIBLICAL FAITH

Acts 17:17

Therefore he disputed in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him.

CHRISTIANS: WE MUST DEFEND TRUE BIBLICAL FAITH

Acts 18:4

And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.

CHRISTIANS: WE MUST DEFEND TRUE BIBLICAL FAITH

Acts 19:8

And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.

WHAT DOES THE DaVinci CODE TEACH?

Leonardo DaVinci hid coded messages in his paintings, especially in the famous fresco: “The Last Supper.”

Jesus right arm forms a “V” with the leaning body of John supposedly code for goddess worship.

John in the fresco is actually Mary Magdalene—wife of Jesus (according to Brown).

SOMETHING TO KEEP IN MIND:

Leonardo DaVinci was not present at the Last Supper—he was not an eye witness!

And something else:

There is no historical record that Mary Magdalene was sitting next to Jesus at the last supper, but what if she was—that would not prove to us that she and Jesus were married. And if she was married to Jesus, why would she be leaning on another man?

The Last Supper Holy Grail?

In the 12th and 13th centuries the Holy Grail was believed to be the cup that Jesus used at the last supper and miracles surrounded it.

In Brown’s novel the grail is not the cup.

The bones of Mary Magdalene are the grail and were hidden with secret documents.

For about the 1st 400 years of the church the “Christians” did not believe Jesus to be God. Jesus was a mortal man, married to Mary and they had a daughter named Sarah (p. 244).

Brown pulls two actual daVinci quotes totally out of context to convince his readers that DaVinci detested the Bible.

Quote 1: “Many have made a trade of delusions and false miracles, deceiving the stupid multitude.”

In context DaVinci is talking about alchemists who claimed they could turn lead into gold.

Quote 2: “Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes!

In Context DaVinci is referring to the foolishness of what he called men’s “own opinions,” “lascivious joys.” and “[v]ain splendor”--Not against the Bible

See: Richard Abanes, The Truth Behind the DaVinci Code

The book begins with a murder.

The curator of the Louvre (Paris museum) is murdered a few hours before the novel’s male hero, Robert Langdon, Professor of Religious Symbology, Harvard University, is due to meet with him.

The female star in the book is the murder victim’s granddaughter, Sophie Neveu, a cryptologist. [goddess Sophia popular, 2006]

Before he died the murder victim had positioned himself like DaVinci’s “Vitruvian Man.”

The French police think Langdon is the murderer due to a message written on the floor by the curator before he died.

Sophie and Langdon flee to England just a step ahead of the French police and a Catholic monk assassin of Opus Dei who will stop at nothing to keep Sophie and Langdon from finding the Holy Grail.

The true secret of the Holy Grail (Mary M.’s bones) and goddess worship has been kept hidden by the male leadership of the Catholic church for 1700 years, according to the novel.

The novel teaches that Jesus gave the leadership of the church to Mary Magdalene before He died.

Peter became jealous of Mary and started a rumor that she had been a prostitute.

Peter discredited Mary so that he could take over the leadership of the church. The male church leaders then abolished goddess worship.

AS BROWN’S NOVEL ENDS:

The main male character, Robert Langdon, is on his knees worshipping the bones of Mary M.

“The quest for the Holy Grail is the quest to kneel before the bones of Mary Magdalene. A journey to pray at the feet of the outcast one. With a sudden upwelling of reverence, Robert Langdon fell to his knees. For a moment, he thought he heard a woman’s voice…the wisdom of the ages…whispering up from the chasms of the earth.” [italics Brown’s, p.454]

Throughout The DaVinci Code Brown attempts to discredit, denigrate, cast dispersions upon and destroy true, historical, Biblical Christianity.

But what is Brown left with?—worshipping and praying to the bones of Mary Magdalene!

True, undistorted Christianity has no bones to worship because our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, resurrected after His death and took His bones and resurrected body into heaven—the tomb in Jerusalem is empty—no bones!

See: Crucifixion and Resurrection at www.biblicaldiscipleship.org

GALATIANS 1:6-9

6. I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7. Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Are the ideas of Brown’s book original with him?

None of the ideas Brown expresses in The DaVinci Code regarding the Lord Jesus, Mary Magdalene, the Bible, Church History, etc are original with him!

Brown’s ideas are rooted in the teachings and writings of radical, liberal theologians and professors on the faculties of some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world.

Many of “Brown’s” ideas have earlier been published by the heretical “Jesus Seminar.”

THE JESUS SEMINAR

The Jesus Seminar is a controversial group of about 200 scholars from some of the most prestigious universities in the world.

These scholars claim that Jesus only said about 18% of what is recorded in the Gospels that Jesus actually did say.

The Jesus Seminar has been referenced in Time, Newsweek, NY Times, etc.

In recent years the Jesus Seminar has been attempting to redefine Christianity as a New Age-Gnostic spiritual system.

The heresies, distortions and lies of the Jesus Seminar with all their New Age, Eastern, Gnostic ideas are now being foisted upon the unsuspecting public by a man named Dan Brown by means of his thriller novel, The DaVinci Code.

Does Dan Brown ever reference The Jesus Seminar? Did he plagiarize?

At the time of this writing Dan Brown and his publisher are being sued by the authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail because, they claim, Brown plagiarized the plot of their book.

THE CHRISTIAN RESPONSE:

JOHN 8:32

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

JOHN 17:17-19

17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

WE CHRISTIANS MUST CLEARLY UNDERSTAND WHAT WE BELIEVE!

We must defend the faith.

We must articulate the fundamentals of our Christian Faith.

We must be able to thoughtfully, reasonably and biblically explain and persuade those within our sphere of influence the truth about our Lord Jesus and His Word.

MATTHEW 16:13-16

13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

II PETER 1:16

16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables (Brown’s book is cunningly devised fable), when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

I JOHN 1:5-7

5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

COLOSSIANS 2:8-10

8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.

LESSER SHADES OF DARKNESS DO NOT EXPOSE THE DARKNESS!!!!!

PHILIPPIANS 2:5-11

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

More on the deity of Lord Jesus:

Romans 9:5

Hebrews 1:8

John 1:1

John 1:14

I Timothy 3:16

Philippians 2:11

Romans 10:9

BROWN’S BOOK BRINGS UP QUESTIONS ABOUT CHRISTIANITY

Why weren’t other books like the Gospel of Thomas or the Gospel of Phillip included in the Canon of Scripture?

How do we know that the books of the Bible are inspired and these other books are not inspired?

How do we know that Jesus did not have children with Mary Magdalene?

How do we know that what Christians believe today is what the early Christians believed?

BROWN’S BOOK BRINGS UP QUESTIONS ABOUT CHRISTIANITY

According to Brown, we Christians have been deceived and duped into believing that Jesus Christ is God’s only Son and the Savior of the world. Jesus was just a man who got married and had children and may/may not have died on a cross.

But the Biblical historical record says as Jesus was on the cross, He said, “ ‘It is finished’: and He bowed His head and gave up the ghost.”

Most historians do not question the Cross event.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6

In talking about Jesus the Bible says: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

There is a reason for this: Only the Creator would have the right and the authority to redeem His particular creature!

The Creator is Jesus! See John 1; Colossians 1; Hebrews 1; therefore He has the right and the authority to redeem His creation=humans.

BROWN’S BOOK BRINGS UP QUESTIONS ABOUT CHRISTIANITY

Brown, through his main character, Langdon, claims he can present “thousands of ancient documents as scientific evidence that the New Testament is false testimony” p. 341.

“Every faith in the world is based on fabrication” p. 341.

Of course this means that the faith-based religious system presented in Dan Brown’s book is a fabrication.

JOHN 14:23

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

WE HAVE A PROBLEM--

The first exposure to Christianity for millions of people around the world is now Dan Brown’s novel: The DaVinci Code.

Millions of people are getting a false 1st impression of Christianity via Dan Brown’s book with all its distortions and fabrications.

The New Age-Eastern-Gnostic ideas are rapidly gaining popular support in the West, due in part to Dan Brown’s book.

For more information please read the thesis: A Theological Analysis of the New Age Movement at www.biblicaldiscipleship.org.

The movie, The DaVinci Code, directed by Ron Howard, will give global attention to the false religious views presented by Dan Brown.

Another example of Brown’s deceptions in The DaVinci Code:

“The Jewish tetragrammaton YHWH—the sacred name of God--in fact derived from Jehovah, an androgynous physical union between the masculine Jah and the pre-Hebraic name for Eve, Havah.” (p. 309)

1) YHWH was not derived from “Jehovah.” The term predates “Jehovah” by thousands of years. Brown reversed it. “Jehovah was derived from YHWH. “Jehovah is a 16th century Latinized form of YHWH. See: Abanes, The Truth Behind the DaVinci Code

“…union between the masculine Jah and the pre-Hebraic name for Eve, Havah.”

Havah is definitely not a “pre-Hebraic” name for Eve! Havah is a Hebrew form of the name “Eve” and occurs in this form in the Old Testament. See: Genesis 3:20; 4:1

Since “Havah” occurs in the Old Testament Hebrew it is obviously not pre-Hebraic.

Has Dan Brown lied to us or did he just not know?

And one more thing:

Brown seems to want his readers to believe that DaVinci worshipped the goddess and merged the male into the female in Mona Lisa.

Brown claims DaVinci named the Mona Lisa by combining the Egyptian fertility God, Amon, with the goddess of fertility, Isis…“whose ancient pictogram was once called L’ISA.”= Mona Lisa. See: The DaVinci Code page 120, 121.

Problem: Continued on the next slide……

PROBLEM:

DaVinci did not name the Mona Lisa!

The Mona Lisa was first named by Giorgio Vasari in his 1550 book, Lives of Artists.

Vasari first called the painting Monna Lisa.

It simply means “Madame Lisa” and probably refers to Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, whom many believe, was probably DaVinci’s model.

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, can we defend the faith! Can we give reasons for the hope we have in our resurrected Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Does our lifestyle reflect purity, integrity and godliness? Or are we hypocrites?

The Bible says every person has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (Romans 10:9)

For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:12-13)

[God] might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:7b-10)

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

John 3:16-21

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