The Da Vinci Code Confusion
Galatians 1:6 - 9
6I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. (NKJV)
In introducing this subject there are several things I would like to say.
The truest statement in the book is found under the copyright. “This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, organizations, places, events, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.”
That statement is an acknowledgment that every thing in the book is from the author’s imagination or fictitious.
Yet the first word in the novel is “FACT.” Now as I understand it that is a imaginary fact or a fictitious fact. For after the word FACT, are three paragraphs that are mostly false rather than true as we will see in the message.
In Brown’s book he is very critical of the Catholic church, from its beginning until the present day. The Roman Catholic Church is far from blameless and has had a very bloody past in persecuting those who do not agree with her. But as far as Brown’s book goes, almost nothing that the church is accused of is she guilty. The accusations against the church in Brown’s book are like the disclaimer says, imaginary and fictitious. We do not have the time today or the desire to clear the Roman church of all things it is accused of in the book. I will leave that the the Roman Catholic Church.
The first paragraph after the word FACT describes the Priory of Sion. It was not founded in 1099 but in 1956. Later fake documents were put into may of the research libraries of France to make it appear to be much older and to include famous people as its leaders. All this was discovered and exposed in 1996, seven years before Brown wrote his book. There is not a shred of evidence that Isaac Newton, Da Vinci, Bontticelli etc were ever a part of the Priory of Sion.
Also on the FACT page, the biggest lie of all is to be seen. “All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Almost everything in the novel comes from the author’s imagination, or is fictitious.
Some things are just stupid mistakes.
He leads the readers to believe that the Dead Sea Scroll contained some of the so called 80 gospels that did not make it into the New Testament, and that the Catholic Church tried to keep them from begin released.
First of all the scrolls were found in 1947 instead of the fifties as any professor of Harvard would know. Secondly they contain nothing from the New Testament, no mention of Jesus, no lost gospels. Only Old Testament scriptures and documents relating to the ancient Quram colony.
The Dead Sea Scrolls. During 1947, in a series of caves near the Dead Sea, a discovery was made that would soon excite the entire religious world: the Dead Sea Scrolls. Dr. William F. Albright states this find was “the most important discovery ever made concerning the Old Testament manuscripts.” These scrolls were probably hidden there sometime during the second century b.c. by a Jewish group called the Essenes. They included fragments of every Old Testament book in the Hebrew Bible with the exception of the book of Esther. Willmington's Guide to the Bible
The Catholic Church did not try to suppress this find in any way. Brown is just wrong, or imaginative.
Brown’s book makes much of the Gnostic gospels, Brown claiming that there were some 80 gospels but Constantine made sure that only our four were preserved. Our gospels were all written before the close of the first century. While the Gnostic gospels were written 150 to 200 years later. Hardly do they qualify for an eye witness account.
But not only is the book inaccurate it is also deeply immoral. Constantly through the book we are told how the divine feminine played such a role in ancient worship. Sex symbols are seen everywhere in the book, from Disney movies to the cathedrals of Europe. Chapter 74 makes this all very clear when it associates worship with ritual sex. Listen to a small section. “Admittedly, the concept of sex as a pathway to God was mind-boggling at first. Langdon's Jewish students always looked flabbergasted when he first told them that the early Jewish tradition involved ritualistic sex. In the Temple, no less. Early Jews believed that the Holy of Holies in Solomon's Temple housed not only God but also His powerful female equal, Shekinah. Men seeking spiritual wholeness came to the Temple to visit priestesses—or hierodules—with whom they made love and experienced the divine through physical union.”
I have not seen the movie nor do I plan to. But there are scenes described in the book that could not be shown except in a N-17 or X rated movie. This kind of goes back to our series on Romans. When men refuse to acknowledge God, God gives them over to a debased mind. That is the only appropriate description of the sexual content of this novel.
But I want to spend most of our time today dealing with the parts of the book that confuse people about Christ and the Christian faith.
I. Jesus would have had to have been married.
A. This is one of the first premises of the book, after which they will tell you who He married etc.
B. Jesus knew that he had a special mission and spoke favorably of celibacy for God.
1. Matt 19:10 His disciples said to Him, “If such is the case of the man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” 11But He said to them, “All cannot accept this saying, but only those to whom it has been given: 12 For there are eunuchs who were born thus from their mother's womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He who is able to accept it, let him accept it.”
2. In 1 Cor 9:3 “My defense to those who examine me is this: 4 Do we have no right to eat and drink? 5 Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas?”
3. If Paul was trying to say that it was proper to have a wife why did he not refer to Jesus having a wife if He had one.
4. In none of the Gospels, orthodox or Gnostic if Jesus ever said to be married.
C. At the cross, Jesus takes care to tell John to take care of his mother, but he says nothing of a wife.
II. Mary Magdalene was the wife of Jesus.
A. Jesus family members are listed may times in the gospels but not once is Mary Magdalene listed in with them.
B. What about the gospel of Philip.
1. This is quoted in Brown’s book as fact. But let us see.
2. First of all remember this was written 150 top 200 years after our gospels.
3. "The Gospel of Philip is always a good place to start?'
Sophie read the passage:
And the companion of the Saviour is Mary Magdalene. Christ loved her more than all the disciples and used to kiss her often on her mouth. 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?"
The words surprised Sophie, and yet they hardly seemed conclusive. "It says nothing of marriage."
'Au contraire. " Teabing smiled, pointing to the first lint. "As any Aramaic scholar will tell you, the word companion, in those days, literally meant spouse?'
Langdon concurred with a nod.
Sophie read the first line again. And the companion of the Saviour is Mary Magdalene.
Teabing flipped through the book and pointed out several other passages that, to Sophie's surprise, clearly suggested Magdalene and Jesus had a romantic relationship. Da Vinci Code Chapter 58
4. There are several mistakes in this section.
a. Here is what it really says; “59. The wisdom which (humans) call barren is herself the Mother of the Angels. (Ph 40) And the Companion̊ of the [Christ] is Mariam the Magdalene. The [Lord loved] Mariam more than [all the (other)] Disciples, [and he] kissed her often on her [mouth].¹ The other [women] saw his love for Mariam,² they say to him: Why do thou love [her] more than all of us? The Savior̊ replied,² he says to them: Why do I not love you as (I do) her?”
b. Notice the brackets [ ] indicate that these words are missing in the only copy of this in existence.
a. "As any Aramaic scholar will tell you, the word companion, in those days, literally meant spouse?' Brown
b. But this is not written in Aramaic but Coptic and does not mean spouse but simply a companion.
6. Other passages
a. “Teabing flipped through the book and pointed out several other passages that, to Sophie's surprise, clearly suggested Magdalene and Jesus had a romantic relationship.” Brown
b. Not several but only one. # 36 which simply says that Mary was a companion of Jesus.
C. Mary Magdalene was a companion of Jesus as were over 2 dozen others, both men and women.
1. Matt 27:55 And many women who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him, were there looking on from afar, 56 among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.
2. Mark 15:40 There were also women looking on from afar, among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the Less and of Joses, and Salome, 41 who also followed Him and ministered to Him when He was in Galilee, and many other women who came up with Him to Jerusalem.
3. Luke 8:2 and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities—Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, 3 and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance.
4. Luke 24:10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles.
III. Our Bible did not fall from heaven.
A. In the Old Testament the words are attributed as directly from God thousands of time.
B. Jesus Himself attributed the writings of Moses, David, and others to the Holy Spirit.
C. Jesus promised the guidance of the Holy Spirit to the writers of the New Testament.
D. Paul compared the writings of Luke to the other Scriptures.
E. Peter compared the writings of Paul to the other Scriptures.
F. The idea of the books is that it is hopeless that we should have a reliable Bible when compared to what was first produced.
1. The problem is that this is entirely false.
2. Our New Testament is the most scrutinized and authenticated ancient book in the world.
3. Volumes have been written in about this and we will have to let it go at that.
G. Brown contends that Constantine commissioned the rewriting of the New Testament that had been in use for over 250 years.
1. Now just think of the logistics of that.
2. How are you going to change the last 250 years of the church scattered over the entire Roman Empire as far as India to England?
3. It is just stupid to think that such a thing could happen.
H. Brown contends that there were over 80 gospels but only 4 were chosen by Constantine for our New Testament.
1. The truth is that long before Constantine only four gospels were accepted by the early church as authentic.
2. “Around A.D. 160 Tatian used our four gospels in producing his Diatessaron. A unification of the separate gospels into one continuous narrative.” An Introduction to the New Testament Vol 1 The Gospels by D. Edmond Hiebert
3. “In A.D. 180 Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyon, named our four gospels and remarked, ‘He who was manifested to men has given us the Gospel under four aspects, but bound together by one Spirit.’ His comments reveal that the church accepted only four gospels as authentic.” An Introduction to the New Testament Vol 1 The Gospels by D. Edmond Hiebert
4. “The position of Marcion ©. 100-165) presented a singular exception. He rejected Matthew, Mark, and John and accepted as the only authentic euanggelion his own edited version of Luke. But the church rejected his view as heritical. Bruce observes, ‘The documents of the anti-Marcionite reaction do not intorduce the four-fold Gospel as something new, but reafirmed its authority in reply to Marcion’s criticisms.’” An Introduction to the New Testament Vol 1 The Gospels by D. Edmond Hiebert
5. Notice that the church did not complain that he had rejected 78 gospels but only the other three. For in 160 A.D. there were only three accepted gospels.
I. Brown contends that the gospels that emphasized the humanity of Jesus were destroyed by Constantine.
1. The truth is that only the canonical gospels relate the human side of Jesus.
2. The Gnostics held that Jesus was more god than man.
3. Some of those Gnostic sources held that Jesus only appeared to be human.
IV. Brown teaches that Jesus was not worshiped as God until after 325 A.D. and that Jesus was voted into divinity by a relatively close vote at the council of Nicea.
A. The Bible Says:
1. Col 2:9 For in Him (Jesus) dwells all the fulness of God in a bodily form. This was written not later than 63 A.D.
2. John 1:1 says In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. Not written later than 95 A.D.
3. Thomas said, “My Lord and My God” John 20:28
B. The council of Nicea was called because of a man by the name of Arius who taught that Jesus had once not existed but was the first creation of God and preexisted his birth to Mary.
1. In this we see that the vote had nothing to do with deciding if Jesus was human or divine, but rather to determine just how divine he was.
2. Some 300 bishops attended the council and when the vote was taken it 300 to 2, a “relative close margin.”
C. The resurrection of Jesus was never in question.
1. Paul taught that it was the proof of who Jesus was. Rom 1: 3 concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, 4 and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. NKJV
2. The early church never wavered from this undeniable truth.
3. But in Browns book it is assumed to have never happened.
Brown’s book has nothing new in it, no new codes or revealed secrets. Everything he teaches has been taught by those opposed to Christianity from the very beginning.
In his book Brown states that “Almost everything our fathers taught us about Christ is false.”
The truth is that almost everything Brown teaches us about Jesus is false.
Yes many who were only superficial believers will fall away by the writing of this book.
Many others who have been blinded by Satan will hail this as “An astonishing truth concealed for centuries . . . unveiled at last.”
But for those who have had the Spirit of God move upon their hearts, this will but seem as an idle tale spun for the entertainment of the masses who continue to reject God greatest Gift, His Only Begotten Son.
Title: History of the Christian Church Author: Schaff, Philip; Schaff, David. S., D.D. (vols 5-6)
The Father alone is God; therefore he alone is unbegotten, eternal, wise, good, and unchangeable, and he is separated by an infinite chasm from the world. He cannot create the world directly, but only through an agent, the Logos. The Son of God is pre-existent,3-1301 before all creatures, and above all creatures, a middle being between God and the world, the creator of the world, the perfect image of the Father, and the executor of his thoughts, and thus capable of being called in a metaphorical sense God, and Logos, and Wisdom.3-1302 But on the other hand, he himself is a creature, that is to say, the first creation of God, through whom the Father called other creatures into existence; he was created out of nothing3-1303 (not out of the essence of God) by the will of the Father before all conceivable time; he is therefore not eternal, but had a beginning, and there was a time when he was not.3-1304