Discover the Book - Sept. 14, 2007

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De-Coding the DaVinci Code:

Seizing the Mars Hill Moments

Part 3 continued from September 13th

 

 

 

 

 5.  Reason #5—Prophetic Accuracy. Number five is that there is prophetic accuracy.  

  • There is absolute accuracy in the prophecies of the Word of God where God told exactly what was going to happen right down to the smallest degree; and every single thing God said happened.  Starting two thousand years before Christ was born, the Bible foretold details of His birth, His death, and many events in between. Each and every one of them was fulfilled. What do you do with all that, if you don’t believe the Bible?  Well, you would have to believe that Jesus arranged it all; that while He was here on earth, He bought people out, conjured them, cajoled them, and got them to do what He asked them to do.   But could a mere man have done all that? Could He have fulfilled all those prophecies unless He was the Son of God?
  • If so, then Jesus arranged to have His death described 1,000 years - a whole millennium - before it took place with the precision of a medical research report.  That’s how detailed a written account we have of His death.  It was written down about 1,000 years before Christ ever lived by a man named David.  As the Holy Spirit moved his heart, he put that pen across parchment in Psalms 22.  It records in verse seven, “All those who see me ridicule me.”  What is he talking about?  It’s talking about the mocking crowd.  Has that prophecy been fulfilled?  Yes!  That’s in Matthew 27:39 and Mark 15:29.  It says that the people who saw Jesus hanging on the cross jeered Him and mocked Him.  Now, who would know that but God? 

6.    Reason #6—Scientific Accuracy. Number six is scientific accuracy.  Did you know that every time God speaks of a scientific issue in the Bible it is utterly accurate?  We could consider Astronomy (Jer. 33.22); astrophysics (Job 38.31); oceanography (Job 38.16); ornithology Job 39:26-30; hydrology (Job 36:27-28); isostasy (Isaiah 40:12); geodesy (Job 26:7);

7.   Reason #7—Historical Accuracy. Finally, not only did Jesus Christ believe it, and the apostles and prophets believe it, it has survived, it is absolutely united, it is prophetically accurate, it is scientifically accurate, but it is also historically accurate.  There has never been one proven historical error in this Book. 

This entire study is available in both audio and text form free of charge online at www.dtbm.org it is called “The Book You Can Trust”.

The novel’s final scene is one of goddess worship, as the hero falls on his knees in a profound spiritual connection to the sacred feminine. He can even hear her voice.

What Brown’s entire story misses is something that his feminine goddess bloodline tale never offers.

  • The Christ of the Gospels and Christian faith is the reality of intriguing life-changing redemption.
  • Jesus Christ revealed himself fully as the Son of God, died to take our punishment upon himself, and rose victorious from the dead.
  • His power to heal and transform comes not from a secret bloodline, but through a living relationship today.

This is the astonishing mystery that redeemed Christians have been exposing throughout history.

Brown’s novel ends on a sad note; the secret remains. Many readers will be left hungering for something more, something much better. And we like Paul have a Mars Hill Moment. Are you ready from God's Word the Bible to show to anyone who is seeking the truth—that the truth is in the Bible, God's Word and that the Bible reveals the real Jesus Christ, God the Son? Then by knowing Him in truth you can find the way of salvation that He has made through His death on the Cross for your sin.

It is a typical product of Greek (Platonic)-Christian speculation. Gnosticism flourished among pagans, Jews and Christians. For Gnostics, only the spirit was good. Matter, such as the body, was evil as it derived from the inferior creator, or demiurge, identified by the Christian branch of the Gnostics with the deity of the Old Testament — the maker of Heaven and Earth. The Supreme Being, represented by Jesus and, according to the Gnostics, worshipped by Judas, brings salvation not through the sacrifice of Christ — as it would have involved his flesh — but through mystical enlightenment (gnosis). Judas helped this process of redemption by assisting the Jewish authorities’ arrest of Jesus and bringing about his liberation from the prison of his body.

Seen through the warped Gnostic perspective, the murderer Cain, the depraved people of Sodom and Gomorrah, and above all Judas were the true righteous, while the 11 other apostles and the holy men of the Old Testament were ministers of error. Once this is understood, it becomes obvious that a 2nd century Hellenistic-Gnostic picture of Judas contributes nothing to the understanding of the early 1st century Jewish reality in which Jesus and Judas lived. Hence The Gospel of Judas supplements our knowledge of Gnosticism, but is irrelevant to our study of the life of Jesus.

In this novel, the author has Jesus married to Mary Magdalene and they have a child.

Emperor Constantine as the one who decided on the content of the Bible for purely political reasons. 

Now, let's deal with FACTS, NOT FICTION.  The FACT is, Constantine had nothing to do with the content of the Bible.  By 300 B.C. at the latest, all of the Old Testament books had been written, collected, revered, and recognized as official, canonical books.  Many believe that the prophet Ezra led the first recognition counsel.  During the Third Council of Carthage, held in 397 A.D. the 27 books of the New Testament were declared canonical.

It must be understood that the Bible is NOT an authorized collection of books, but rather a collection of authorized books.  The 27 New Testament books were not inspired because the Carthage Council proclaimed them to be, but rather the Council proclaimed them to be such because they were already inspired!  There are MANY great books on the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible at your local Christian bookstore, and I suggest that ALL Christians make the time to read such books so you never doubt that the Bible is exactly what it claims of itself, GOD'S INSPIRED, INERRANT WORD!!!

Bill Keller - Christian Analysis of Da Vinci Code: What Dan Brown Did Not Tell You - Three Major Errors Plus a Few More by Darrell L. Bock, Ph.D. , Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary

Introduction

There is little doubt that the Da Vinci Code has hit a cultural nerve. It has been on the best seller list in the USA for two years. The same is true of many other countries around the world. Sales estimates run at forty-three million, while reader estimates reach as high as one hundred million. A major movie produced by Ron Howard with Tom Hanks in a lead role is on the world’s radar screen. The novel’s combination of mystery, history, conspiracy and the use of romantic locations and figures have made it a popular piece of fiction. Its plot has intrigued its readers and raised many questions about the history of early Christianity. Polls by George Barna show that 43 to 53 percent of its readers have felt spiritually benefited from reading the book. By any count, that means many people are being influenced by its claims, even though its genre is fiction.

What has made it so controversial is the author’s claim that the backdrop to the novel is rooted in historical fact. Dan Brown made such claims on American morning television in November 2003, a point documented in his book by a note on page. 1. His web site originally claimed that he was a believer in the theories the book. He said he came to these views after much detailed research (He has since backed off this claim to a degree, simply saying he wanted to get these ideas out in the public square). This left the impression that the book is a kind of “tweener” genre, a cross between fiction and non-fiction, that is, fiction with a solid non-fiction skeleton.

Now everyone knows that one should not get one’s history from a piece of fiction. But what is one to do when the author claims his skeleton is real, has been carefully researched and many millions of people apparently take him at his word because their knowledge of church history is limited? Many people end up with legitimate and sincere questions about claims the book makes. This is especially the case when most people’s knowledge of church history can be summarizes as follows: there was Jesus the apostles and the book of the New Testament in the first century. Then came Augustine, Luther, and Calvin. Then there was Billy Graham and Pope John Paul II. What about those first three hundred and fifty years of Christianity? Since the novel makes authoritative characters make many pronouncements about this history and people have no way to assess it, they naturally have sincere questions. So what is one to do?

The best thing to do is to examine those claims. Such claims include that (1) Jesus Christ was married to Mary Magdalene, that (2) the four gospels were chosen from among several (namely 80!) that existed in the fourth century because the four gospels presented a divine Jesus versus a human Jesus in the excluded works, and that (3) the divinity of Jesus became orthodoxy by a close vote at the council of Nicea in AD 325.

The key to the novel’s plot is that many in the church knew that Jesus was married and to protect his late emerging divinity they conspired not to let that become known, even to the point of murder. Now as fiction, this makes an intriguing story, but what about as a historical skeleton that lays claim to being almost quasi-non-fiction? There are three major problems in the book we shall look at before making an observation about the nature of our times that such a book can garner such numbers and such a response.

This sermon will continue tomorrow September 15th as we look at “Three Major Problems Plus”.

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