Confronting The Da Vinci Code


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Dan Brown\'s Da Vinci Code shook many Christians and Church goers. Haven carefully read the book and seen the movie (several times), here is my answer to Da Brown. This presentation was a three-day class i hosted.

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Confronting The Da Vinci Code

  1. 1. International Church of ChristA Christian Evidences Work Shop
  2. 2. CONFRONTING THEDA VINCI CODE International Church of Christ Islands Region, Lagos
  3. 3. Dan Brown The ManBehind the Book Recently named one of the Worlds100 Most Influential People by TIME Magazine
  4. 4. The Book![a conspiracy theory]Has been the bestselling book in the pastfew years.Its only recent rival hasbeen the Harry PotterseriesOver 60 million copies inprintTranslated into over 44languages
  5. 5. The Da Vinci Code: A Worldwide Phenomenon[Every author and Publisher Dreams]
  14. 14. The Book‘s Four Main Characters Robert LangdonThe main character, is a professor of Religious Symbologyat Harvard University. There is actually no post at Harvard called Professor of Religious Symbology. Jacques SauniereMurdered museum curator at the Louvre, Grand Master of the Priory of Sion, sworn protectors of the Holy Grail. Sophie NeveuAn agent of the Department of Cryptology. It is a branch of the French state police. She is also the granddaughter of the murdered curator. Sir Leigh TeabingWealthy grail researcher, British Royal Historian affiliated with Oxford University
  15. 15. TheMovie
  16. 16. Dan Brown begins his book by the usual disclaimer, ―All characters and events inthis book are fictitious, and anyresemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.‖ We can easily end the discussion here. This is a book of fiction!
  17. 17. So, Why TheFuss Over A Novel?
  18. 18. •It‘s written like no other fiction•Controversy should Make Us Think!
  19. 19. The Books Opening Statements ―FACT‖ ―All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate.‖In a Television interview now transcribed on his own web pages, Brown was asked regarding his novel: "How much of this is based on reality in terms of things that actually occurred?" Brown responded: "Absolutely all of it."
  20. 20. REMEMBER THIS STATEMENT? ―All characters and events in this book are fictitious, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.‖WHAT IS DAN BROWN UP TO?
  21. 21. THE DA VINCI CODE AnotherTrojan Horse
  22. 22. A Cleverly Written Book1.The Book is presented as a novel; therefore, Brown has no footnotes to question his claims.2. The ―Fact‖ statement allows the reader to assume the ―Facts‖ in the book are true except for the fictional story line.3. The reader then gives consent to these ―Facts‖ allowing false claims about history, Jesus and Christianity to be weaved into the story.
  23. 23. THE JESUS CONSPIRACY•The Da Vinci Code begins with the murderof a French museum curator namedJacques Sauniere.•A scholarly Harvard professor and abeautiful French cryptologist arecommissioned to decipher a message left bythe curator before his death.•The message turns out to reveal the mostprofound conspiracy in the history ofhumankind: a cover-up of the true messageof Jesus Christ by a secret arm of theRoman Catholic Church called Opus Dei.
  24. 24. •Before his death, the curator hadevidence that could disprove the deity ofChrist.•Although (according to the plot) the[Roman Catholic] church tried forcenturies to suppress the evidence.•Great thinkers and artists have plantedclues everywhere: in paintings such asthe Mona Lisa and Last Supper by DaVinci, in the architecture of cathedrals,even in Disney cartoons.
  25. 25. Prepare to Answer!―But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander‖ 1Peter 3: 15-16
  26. 26. Is Christianity Based on BLIND FAITH? ―The New Testament is based onfabrications…every faith is…based onfabrications…Jesus was not born of a literal virgin birth….Those who trulyunderstand their faiths understand the stories are metaphorical‖ (Pages DVC 341-342) IS THIS STATEMENT TRUE?
  27. 27. Paul before AgrippaPlease Open your Bibles to Acts 26:22b-29• Christianity is not based on Blind Faith!• We need to Know why we believe what we believe.• Match Biblical events with Relevant world History• We must be confident to talk about the Christian Faith!• A line must be drawn. A line between EMOTIONS and FACTS
  28. 28. The Da Vinci Code Providesfor us another Opportunity to Teach People about the History of Christianity, The Divinity of Jesus, andCore Doctrines from the Bible
  29. 29. Nothing new under the sunWe live in an Era of Conspiracy Theories
  30. 30. 1951 August 12, 1988
  31. 31. 1972
  32. 32. Proposed the marriage as a ―hypothesis‖ ―HYPOTHESIS‖ Suggested but not Proven1982
  33. 33. Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh [Authors of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail] Sir Leigh Teabing[Wealthy Grail Researcher and one of four main characters in DVC]T e a b i n g The name Teabing is actually an anagram ofB a i g e n t Baigent
  34. 34. Also proposes a hypothesis, this time regarding the relationship between Jesus, John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene, and states that their true story has been1997 suppressed by the Roman Catholic Church.
  35. 35. Allegations of plagiarismIn February 2006, Michael Baigent and RichardLeigh, two of the three authors of The Holy Bloodand the Holy Grail, took the UK publisher of The DaVinci Code to court for breach of copyright, allegingplagiarismOn April 11, 2005, novelist Lewis Perdue sued Brownand his publisher Random House for plagiarizing hisnovels The Da Vinci Legacy (1983) and Daughter ofGod (2000), claiming "there are far too manyparallels between my books and The Da Vinci Codefor it to be an accident."
  36. 36. 1983 2000
  37. 37. Other ―stabs‖ at this now lucrativebusiness include…
  39. 39. Conspiracy theories thrive where there arelots of MONEY to be made!
  40. 40. Leonardo Da Vinci Born in the Tuscan village of Vinci 1452-1519 Regarded as the founder of the High Renaissance Painter, sculptor, architect,engineer, and scientist
  41. 41. The ‗Mona Lisa‘: Leonardo‘s most famous painting and today, the world‘s mostexpensive piece of art work.
  42. 42. ‗Last Supper‘
  43. 43. Brown says that the―Madonna of the Rocks” nuns of the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception gave instructions for this painting (p. 191). The problem is; there were no nuns in the order – it was an all male group.
  44. 44. TheVitruvian Man
  45. 45. ENTER THE
  46. 46. The Da Vinci Code on TrialDan Brown‘s ―Facts‖ versus Biblical and Historical Facts
  47. 47. Dan Brown‘s Opening Statement:“…almost everythingour fathers taught usabout Christ is false” (DVC: Page 235)
  49. 49. 1.The Roman emperor Constantine conspired to deify Jesus Christ.2.Constantine personally selected the books of the New Testament.3.The Gnostic gospels were banned by men to suppress women.4.Thousands of secret documents disprove key points of Christianity.
  50. 50. 5.Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene.6.Mary Magdalene herself was the Holy Grail. The vessel that contained the blood of Jesus – meaning their daughter together (Sarah).7.Mother and child fled to France after the death of Jesus, and they were assisted there by Joseph of Arimathea.
  51. 51. 8.Jesus and Mary‘s descendants became royalty, forming the Merovingian line of kings in France.9.Their secret was handed on through a secret society called the Priory of Zion.10.Some of the Grand Masters, the leaders of this secret society include Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, and Leonardo Da Vinci.
  52. 52. So, whats ourReply to all these?
  53. 53. Our Opening Statement ―we did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God thefather when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, ―This is my son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.‖ we ourselves heard this voice that camefrom heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.‖ [NIV] [2Pet 1:16-18]
  54. 54. Examples ofCleverly invented Stories…
  55. 55. The Abominable Snowman
  56. 56. “I think there is no sense in forming an opinion where there is noevidence to form it on. If you build a person without any bones, he may look fair enough to the eye, but he won’t be able to stand up. Iconsider that evidence is the bones of an opinion.” -Mark Twain [Down The Rhone]
  57. 57. Constantine and the Council of Nicaea In 325 A.D., Constantine convened an Ecumenical meeting of more than 318 bishops at Nicaea from throughout theEmperor Constantine Christian world. (Reign: 306-337 A.D.)
  58. 58. Why the Council was Convened Emperor Constantine Two Opposing Views:Arius and Athanasius
  59. 59. Council of Nicaea
  60. 60. Arius (250-336)•Popular preacher in Alexandria whotaught that Jesus was a createdbeing inferior to God.•His teaching became known asArianism, which was denounced atthe Council of Nicea but continued tohold sway in the Eastern Church formany years.
  61. 61. Athanasius (297-373)Also known as Alexander of Alexandria.•A bold deacon from the Church ofAlexandria championed the opposingview that Christ was both human anddivine at that same time.•Not only did Christ have apre-human existence as Ariusbelieved, but Athanasius advocatedChrist never had a beginning. He alwaysexisted and was always divine.
  62. 62. DVC page 233 ―Until that moment inhistory Jesus was viewed by his followers as a mortal prophet…not the Son of God‖. IS THIS STATEMENT TRUE?
  63. 63. The question is; what did the early Christians and apostles believeabout Jesus before the council?
  64. 64. ChristologyJESUS: HUMAN OR DIVINE?
  65. 65. The Incarnation:A Lesson in Humility
  66. 66. ―In the beginning the Word already existed. He was with God, and he was God. Hecreated everything there is. Nothing exists that he didnt make. Life itself was in him.So the Word became human and lived here on earth among us‖ John 1:1-4 (NLT) This passage from John 1, has been discovered in an ancient manuscript, and it is carbon-dated at 175-225 A.D. Thus Jesuswas clearly spoken of as God over a hundred years before Constantine convened the Council of Nicaea.
  67. 67. This is p66, which is called theBodmer Papyrus. It dates from around200 A.D. The text is John 1:1-13, plus the first word of verse 14.
  68. 68. Philippians 2: 5-8―Your attitude should be the same as that ofChrist Jesus:Who , being in the very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.And being found in the appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross!‖
  69. 69. Isaiah 9:6 [700 B.C.]―For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will beupon His shoulder.And his name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.‖
  70. 70. Daniel 7:13-14 [562 B.C.] 13. "I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds ofheaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. 14Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages shouldserve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.
  71. 71. Zechariah 12:9-10 [520 B.C.] 9 "It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. 10"And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem theSpirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes,they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn‖
  72. 72. John 10:31-33 Again the Jews picked up stone to stone him, but Jesus said to them, ―Ihave shown you many great miraclesfrom the father. For which of these do you stone me?‖ ―We are not stoning you for any of these,‖ replied the Jews, ―but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.‖
  73. 73. Hebrews 1:7-8 In speaking of the angels he says,―He makes his angels winds, his servants flames of fire.‖ But about the son he says,―Your throne God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be scepter of your kingdom…‖
  74. 74. Early Christians Speak 50 AD The Huleatt Manuscript "She poured it [the perfume] over his [Jesus] hair when he sat at the table. But, when thedisciples saw it, they were indignant. . . . God, aware of this, said to them: Why do youtrouble this woman? She has done [a beautifulthing for me.] . . . Then one of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priest and said, What will you give me for my work? [Matt. 26:7-15]" (Huleatt fragments 1-3)
  75. 75. Polycarp of Smyrna [69-155A.D.]"I praise you for all things,I bless you, I glorify you,along with the everlasting andheavenly Jesus Christ,your beloved Son, withwhom, to you and the Holy Spirit,be glory both now and to all comingages. Amen"(Martyrdom of Polycarp 14)
  76. 76. 74 AD The Letter of Barnabas "And further, my brethren, if the Lord[Jesus] endured to suffer for our soul, he being the Lord of all the world, to whom God said at the foundation ofthe world, Let us make man after our image, and after our likeness, understand how it was that heendured to suffer at the hand of men― (Letter of Barnabas 5)
  77. 77. Justin Martyr [100-165 A.D.]"The Father of the universe has aSon, who also being the first begottenWord of God, is even God."(First Apology, ch 63)"Christ is called both God and Lordof hosts."(Dialogue with Trypho, ch, 36) Justin Martyr quotes Hebrews 1:8 to prove theDeity of Christ. "Thy throne, O God, is foreverand ever." (Dialogue with Trypho, ch 56)
  78. 78. 150 AD Justin Martyr "We will prove that we worship himreasonably; for we have learned that he is the Son of the true God Himself, that he holds a second place, and the Spirit of prophecy a third. For this they accuse us of madness, saying that we attribute to a crucified man a place second to the unchangeable and eternal God, theCreator of all things; but they are ignorant of the Mystery which lies therein" (First Apology 13:5-6)
  79. 79. 170 AD Tatian the Syrian "We are not playing the fool, you Greeks, nor do we talk nonsense, when we reportthat God was born in the form of a man" (Address to the Greeks 21)
  80. 80. 177 AD Athenagoras "The Son of God is the Word of the Father in thought and actuality. Byhim and through him all things weremade, the Father and the Son beingone. Since the Son is in the Fatherand the Father is in the Son by the unity and power of the Spirit, theMind and Word of the Father is the Son of God…
  81. 81. And if, in your exceedingly great wisdom, it occurs to you to inquire what is meant by ‗the Son‘, I will tellyou briefly: He is the first- begotten of the Father, not as having beenproduced, for from the beginning God had the Word in himself, God beingeternal mind and eternally rational, but as coming forth to be the model andenergizing force of all material things" (Plea for the Christians 10:2-4)
  82. 82. Clement Of Alexandria 190 AD"I understand nothing elsethan the Holy Trinity to bemeant; for the third is theHoly Spirit, and the Sonis the second, by whomall things were made accordingto the will of the Father."(Stromata, Book V, ch. 14)
  83. 83. 200 AD Hippolytus [170-235A.D.] "As far as regards thepower, therefore, God is one. But as far as regards the economy there is a threefoldmanifestation, as shall beproved afterwards when we give account of the true doctrine" (Against The Heresy Of One Noetus)
  84. 84. Jesus in The Trinity1Timothy 3:16‗‗Beyond all question, the mystery ofgodliness is great:He [God] appeared in the body, was vindicated by the Spirit,Was seen by angels, was preached among the nations,Was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory‘‘.[A possible "early creed" of the church]
  85. 85. What is MAN? An illustration from the ‗image‘ of MAN BODYSOUL SPIRITYet, MAN is seen as a single been!
  86. 86. What is ‗the image of God?‘God‘s ‗image‘ is not Physical but Spiritual
  87. 87. Forensic manuscriptevidence contradicts The Da Vinci Codes claimthat Jesus divinity was afourth century invention.
  88. 88. The Creed of "We believe in one God, theNicaea 325 A.D Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things, visible and invisible" ... "We believe . . . in our one Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God, the only-begotten born of the Father, that is, of the substance of the Father, God of God, light of light, true God of true God, born, not made. One in being with the Father. Through him all things were made . ."
  89. 89. The Nicene VoteBrown asserts in his book, through Teabing, that the majority of bishops at Nicaea overruled Ariuss belief that Jesus was a "mortal prophet― and adopted the doctrine of Jesus divinity by a "relatively close vote." True or false?
  90. 90. Not a ―relatively close‖ vote 2 vs 318 bishops The landslide vote came afterconsiderable debate. But in the end thecouncil overwhelmingly declared Arius to be a heretic, since his teaching contradicted what the apostles had taught about Jesus‘ divinity.
  91. 91. The council simply AFFIRMED what Jesus, theApostles and other early Christians taught.
  92. 92. Saturday or Sunday Worship? ―Nothing in Christianity is original . . .Originally Christianity honored the Jewish Sabbath of Saturday, but Constantine shifted it to coincide with the pagan‘sveneration day of the sun . . . .To this day, most churchgoers attend services onSunday morning with no idea that they are there on account of the pagan sun god‘s weekly tribute—Sunday.‖ (DVC page 232-233) True or False?
  93. 93. Christians always worshipped on the first day (Sunday)•Early Christians state that they stopped keeping the Sabbath to worship on Sunday started with the apostles.•They partook of the Lord‘s Supper (communion) every first day. •They called the first day (Sunday) the Lord‘s day. •They called the day Jesus rose from the dead, the Lord‘s Day. •They said the reason they worshipped on the first day, was because it was a weekly memorial of the day Jesus rose from the dead!
  94. 94. Justin Martyr A.D. 150―On the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in thecountry gather together in one place and the memoirs of theapostles or the writings of the prophets are read.‖
  95. 95. Acts 20:7 says that they gatheredon the first day of the week.1Corinthians 16:2 says, ―Theygathered on the first day of theweek.‖Revelation 1:10 calls it ―the Lord‘sDay.‖The Didache, an early second-century manuscript, states thatChristians worshipped on Sunday,and calls it ―the Lord‘s Day.‖
  96. 96. Can WeTrust TheBible?
  97. 97. The Da Vinci Code page 231 "The Bible is a product of man my dear, not of God."
  98. 98. (DVC page 254)―Constantine commissioned and financed a new Bible, whichomitted those gospels that spoke of Christ‘s human traits and embellished those gospels that made Him godlike. The earliergospels were outlawed, gathered up, and burned.‖
  99. 99. DVC page 234―Fortunately for historians, some of the gospels that Constantineattempted to eradicate managedto survive. The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in the 1950s hidden in a cave near Qumran in the Judean desert. And, of course,the Coptic Scrolls in 1945 at Nag Hammadi.‖
  100. 100. THE GOSPELS The Da Vinci Code page 231"More than eighty gospels were FALSE! considered for the New Testament, and yet only a relatively few were chosen." In all of antiquity, there are only twenty eight other sources no longer in existence that are cited or mentioned in Jewish or Gnostic writings as gospels.
  101. 101. Irenaeus of Lyon A.D. 180 Matthew also issued a written Gospel among the Hebrews in their own dialect, while Peter and Paul were preaching at Rome, and laying the foundations of the Church. After theirdeparture, Mark, the disciple and interpreter ofPeter, did also hand down to us in writing what had been preached by Peter. Luke also, the companion of Paul, recorded in a book theGospel preached by him. Afterwards, John, thedisciple of the Lord, who also had leaned uponHis breast, did himself publish a Gospel during his residence at Ephesus in Asia. (Against Heresies 3.1.1).
  102. 102. Why FOUR Gospels? A lesson from personal name signing•Try signing your name four times.•What do you notice? Non is perfectly identical to another•What will be the assumption if the four wereperfectly identical? FORGERY!
  103. 103. A photograph of the harbor in Rockport,Massachusetts, featuring the red fishing shack known as "Motif #1." Its one of the most commonly photographed and painted buildings in America.
  104. 104. John Barbour Mary Poore Allison GoldsteinMarilyn Swift
  105. 105. All four canonical gospels exist inlists of church scripture as early as Papias (115 A.D.) and Justin Martyr (165 A.D.) and no other gospels ever appear in any list as authoritative. Constantine did not summon the council of Nicea until A.D. 325 - far too late for this claim to be taken seriously.
  106. 106. FOURGospels areBetter than ONE!
  107. 107. The oldest fragment of the New Testament. Dated to around 125 A.D. The text is from the Gospel of John, written around 90 A.D. The gap between the original and this copy is about 30-50 years. The text reads: The Jews replied, ―We are not permitted to put anyone to death.‖ (This was to fulfill what Jesus had said when he indicated the kind of death he was to die.) Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, ―Are you the King of the Jews?‖ (John 18:31-33)This is papyrus 52
  108. 108. A portion of p75 (Papyrus 75), which containsLuke and John, and was writtenaround A.D. 200. This pictureshows the placewhere Luke endsand John begins.
  109. 109. This detail from the previous picture shows the end of Luke and the beginning of John. The scribe has added: EUAGGELION KATA LOUKAN . . . EUAGGELION KATA IOANEN(Gospel according to Luke . . . Gospel according to John).
  110. 110. Other than thefour recognized gospels, there are only Eleven ancient documents still in existence today that are called "gospel"
  111. 111. What AreTHE DEAD SEA SCROLLS
  112. 112. QumranCaves
  113. 113. Qumran Excavation
  114. 114. The Dead Sea scrollsRoughly 825-870 documents, including texts from the Hebrew Bible.They are practically the only knownsurviving Biblical documents written before AD 100. WHY IS THIS SO?
  115. 115. ―But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that thissurpassing power is from God and not from us‖ 2COR. 4:7
  116. 116. Cave 4 About 15,000 fragments from500 manuscriptswere found fromevery book of the Old Testament canon--except Esther.
  117. 117. The Isaiah scroll, found relatively intact,is 1000 years older than any previouslyknown copy of Isaiah. In fact, the scrolls are the oldest group of Old Testament manuscripts ever found!
  118. 118. The assertion that the Dead Sea Scrolls, contain lost or hidden Gospels is false. The scrolls contain books of the Old Testament, apocryphal and pseudepigraphic books, and manualsused by the Jewish Essene community.All of the scrolls were written before thetime of Christ; no Christian documents - orthodox, Gnostic, or otherwise - have ever been found at this site.
  119. 119. Books Ranked According to Number of Manuscripts found (top 15)Books No. foundPsalms 39Deuteronomy 331 Enoch 25Genesis 24Isaiah 22Jubilees 21Exodus 18Leviticus 17Numbers 11Minor Prophets 10Daniel 8Jeremiah 6Ezekiel 6Job 61&2 Samuel 4
  120. 120. Textual Evidence for Ancient Manuscripts Author Date Oldest Copy Interval CopiesAristophanes 400 BC AD 900 1,300 years 45 Aristotle 340 BC AD 1100 1,450 years 5Demosthenes 300 BC AD 1100 1,400 years 2Julius Caesar 50 BC AD 900 950 years 10 Herodotus 435 BC AD 900 1,350 years 8 Homer 800 BC AD 100 900 years 643 Plato 360 BC AD 800 1,150 years 15 Sophocles 415 BC AD 1000 1,400 years 7Thucydides 410 BC AD 900 1,300 years 8 Old 1500 BC Testament – 500 BC 200 BC 200-400 5’000 years New AD 50-90 AD 125 50 years 8,000 Testament
  121. 121. THE EARLY CHURCH ADOPTED APOSTOLIC WRITINGS AS CANONICALThey continued steadfastly in the apostles‘ doctrine- Ac 2:42; cf. 2 Pet. 3:2; Jude 17They received their words as the Word of God- 1 Th 2:13; cf. 1 Co 14:37Paul quoted the gospel of Luke as Scripture- 1 Ti 5:18; cf. Luke 10:7Paul‘s letters were designed to be circulated amongthe churches - Co 4:16Peter equated Paul‘s letters with ―Scripture‖- 2 Pet. 3:15-16 The church accepted the apostles‘ writings because to accept their teaching was to accept Jesus Christ Himself - cf. Jn. 13:20
  122. 122. THE UNITY OF THE BIBLETHE BIBLE CONTAINS 66 BOOKS1. Over a 1600 year span2. Over a period of 40 generations3. By approximately 40 authors from every walk of life; e.g.:a. Moses Political leader trained in Egyptb. Peter Fishermanc. Amos Herdsmand. Joshua Military generale. Nehemiah Cup bearer to a kingf. Daniel Prime ministerg. Luke A physicianh. Solomon Kingi. Matthew Tax collectorj. Paul Tentmaker and rabbi
  123. 123. WRITTEN IN DIFFERENT PLACESa. Moses In the wildernessb. Jeremiah In a dungeonc. Daniel On a hillside and in a palaced. Paul Inside prison wallse. Luke While travelingf. John In exile on island of Patmosg. Others In the rigors of military campaign
  124. 124. AT DIFFERENT TIMESa. David - In times of warb. Solomon- In times of peaceDURING DIFFERENT MOODSa. Some writing from the heights of joyb. Others from the depths of sorrow and `despairON THREE CONTINENTS:Asia - Africa - EuropeIN THREE LANGUAGES:Hebrew - Aramaic - Greek
  125. 125. THE FULFILLED PROPHECIES IN THE BIBLEA FEW EXAMPLES...1. Fall of Babylon, written 200 years before it occurred - Isa 13:17-222. Fall of Egypt, that it would be destroyed more by civil war than by outside forces – Isa. 19:1-43. The fall of Nineveh, with its utter desolation - Zeph. 2:13-154. The fall of Tyre, with its becoming a place for the spreading of nests - Ezek 26:1-55. There are the prophecies concerning Christ - cf. Lk 24:44-45a. It has been stated there 332 prophecies fulfilled in Christ.b. The mathematical probability that all could be fulfilled in one person by chance alone has been calculated as one in 84 times ten to the 123rd power (84 followed by 123 zeroes)
  126. 126. IN NUMERICAL FORM 1 in 84 x 10123! 1 in 840, 000, 000,000,000,000, 000, 000, 000, 000,000,000, 000, 000, 000, 000,000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000,000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000,000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
  127. 127. THE SCIENTIFIC FOREKNOWLEDGE OF THE BIBLE 1. In the Bible there are scientific truths a. Unknown by man with all his wisdom and resources b. Stated as facts hundreds of years in advance of the discovery of these truths by men 2. The writers of the Bible could have known these facts only through inspiration a. They could not have known such things on their own b. They must have had divine help, i.e., inspiration from God A FEW EXAMPLES... 1. The roundness of the earth – Isa. 40:22 2. The suspension of the earth in space - Job 26:7 3. The currents in the seas – Psa. 8:8 4. The springs in the seas - Job 38:16 5. All nations of one blood - Ac 17:26
  128. 128. HARMONY AND CONTINUITY OF THE BIBLE Compare the continuity of the Bible with any other such writings of mana. Imagine what you would have if you just took tenauthors...1) From one walk of life, one generation, one place,one time, one mood one continent, one language2) Speaking on one controversial subjectb. You would have a conglomeration of ideas, notharmony!The reason for the unity of the Bible? The writers were all moved by the same Holy Spirit (2 Pet. 1:20-21)
  129. 129. The Gnostic GospelsThe Gnostic gospels are attributed to a group known as the Gnostics.
  130. 130. Gnosticism 101Gnosis means ―To Know‖They were a kind of religious secret society.Gnostics believed that salvation was attained through attaining certain KnowledgeThese people thought they had secret, special knowledge hidden from ordinary people.
  131. 131. "The Nag Hammadi and the Dead Sea Scrolls [are] the earliest Christian records.“- DVCAll of the Biblical gospels date from the last half of the first century,whereas the two texts the Da VinciCode relies on mostly, the gospel of Phillip and the gospel of MaryMagdalene, are from the third to fifth century.
  132. 132. The Nag Hammadi & The Gospel of Phillip Brown‘s Error:The Gnostic Gospel, The Gospel ofPhilip was not written in Aramaic as the Da Vinci Code implies but in Coptic, translated from Greek. (DVC Page 246)
  133. 133. The Nag Hammadi Discovery•Discovery date: December 1945•Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi•By a peasant•Content: codices [Handwritten Books]•Dates back to the fourth century.•They included poems, myths, mysticism and what some call the ―Secret Gospels‖
  134. 134. Nag Hammadi, Egypt
  135. 135. Facts on the Gnostic gospels•Fifty-two copies of ancient writings.•13 leather-bound papyrus codices.•Written in Coptic and belonged to a library in amonastery.•Among the 52 writings, scholars discoveredworks many attribute to the leading Gnostic,Valentinus.•The texts reject the Genesis account ofcreation, the Creator God is mocked as a blindfool. He is called the Demiurge, the lesser God.•The Gospel of Egyptians was used by theGnostic sect, called Nassenes.
  136. 136. ValentinusOne document, the manifesto of the Valentinian school called ―The Gospel of Truth,‖ contains themes and passages from Matthew, Luke, John, 10 of Paul‘s 13 letters, 1 John, and Revelation and likely contained 2 John, Hebrews, and Jude.This is a sizable portion of our New Testament, and it was in place 120 years after Jesus.In spite of Brown‘s assertion in DVC that eightygospels‖ existed, only New Testament Gospels were alluded to by Valentinus
  137. 137. The Gnostic ―Gospels‖ The quickest way to have the Gnostic teachingaccepted by the masses was to attach the names of Apostles to their writings. These were used to gain acceptance for the Gnostic teachings.The earliest dates for these Gnostic works date from the early 2nd and 3rd century. The Gospel The Gospel The Gospel of Thomas of Philip of Truth The Gospel The Apocalypse The Apocalypseof the Egyptians of Peter of Paul The Letter Testimony Perfect Mind andof Peter to Philip of Truth The Thunder
  138. 138. CHINESE WISPERS, ANYONE? Its a rule of thumb in the ancient history detective business that thedocuments closest to the event are the ones most likely to tell us the truth.In other words, the documents that Ban Brown thinks hold the secrets about Jesus arent as ancient and reliable as the ones that tell us the secrets every time we open a Bible.
  139. 139. Why where the Gnostic gospels Rejected?• They are too late to be written by the purported authors.• They rely heavily on the stories in the existing gospels.• They contradict the beliefs taught in the orthodox gospels.
  140. 140. Use of Literal Deceit inthe Da Vinci Code
  141. 141. “Teabing flipped through the book(The Gnostic Gospels) and pointed out several other passages that clearlysuggest MM and Jesus had a romantic relationship.”Teabing was still talking. “I shan’t bore you with the countless references tothe Jesus and Mary Magdalene union. That has been explored, ad nauseam, by modern historians.” (Pg. 247)
  142. 142. 1John 4:1-3―Dear friends, do not believe every spirit; but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets havegone out into the world. This is how you canrecognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit thatacknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world‖
  143. 143. This is a portion of the Gospel of Thomasmanuscript foundin Nag Hammadi. The title at the bottom reads, in Coptic, "The Gospel of Thomas."
  144. 144. The Gospel According to Thomas
  145. 145. The Gospel According to Thomas "These are the secret words which the living Jesus spoke and Didymos Judas Thomas wrote. And he said, Whoever finds the explanation of these word will not taste death. Jesus said: Let him who seeks, notcease seeking until he finds, and whenhe finds, he will be troubled, and when he has been troubled, he will marvel and he will reign over the All.."
  146. 146. Jesus said: If those who lead you say toyou: See, the Kingdom is in heaven, thenthe birds of the heaven will precede you. If they say to you: It is in the sea, then the fish will precede you. But the Kingdom iswithin you and it is without you. If you will know yourselves, then you will be known and you will know that you are the sons of the Living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you are in poverty and you are poverty.
  147. 147. Jesus said: The man old in days will not hesitate to ask a little child of seven days about the place of Life, and he will live. For many who are first shall become last and they shall become a single one. Jesussaid: Know what is in thy sight, and what is hidden from thee will be revealed to thee. For there is nothing hidden which will not be manifest.
  148. 148. His disciples asked Him, they said to Him: Wouldst thou thatwe fast and how should we pray and should we give alms and what diet should we observe? Jesus said: Do not lie; and do not do what you hate, for all things are manifest before Heaven.
  149. 149. For there is nothing hidden that shallnot be revealed and there is nothing covered that shall remain without being uncovered. Jesus said: Blessed is the lion which the man eats and the lion will become man; and cursed is the man whom the lion eats and the lion will become man
  150. 150. The Gospel of Mary•The Gospel of Mary came from neither theDead Sea Scrolls or the Nag HammadiLibrary.•Dan Brown does not tell us the source of theGospel of Mary, but we are led to believe thatit came from the Nag Hammadi Library.•The Gospel of Mary was found in the BerlinCodex discovered in 1896. It is a manuscriptdated to the fifth century.•DVC says mid-second century!
  151. 151. The following portion of The Second Treatise of the Great Seth illustrates how the Gnostics viewed the Old Testament. The words Hebdomad, meaning "the seventh god," and Archon, "the ruler," are epithets they used in reference to the God of Israel. English translation by Roger A. Bullard and Joseph A.Gibbons, in James M. Robinson, ed., The Nag Hammadi Library in English, translated and introduced by members of the Coptic GnosticLibrary Project of the Institute for Antiquity andChristianity, Claremont, California, third edition (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1988), pp. 368-69.
  152. 152. "Adam was a laughingstock, since he was made a counterfeit type of man by the Hebdomad, as if he had become stronger than I and my brothers . . . Abraham and Isaac and Jacob were a laughingstock . . .David was a laughingstock . . . the prophets were laughingstocks . . . they came intobeing as counterfeits . . . Moses, a faithfulservant, was a laughingstock, having been named The Friend since they perversely bore witness concerning him who never knew me .. .
  153. 153. the Archon was a laughingstock because he said, I am God, and there is none greater than I. I aloneam the Father, the Lord, and there is none other beside me. I am a jealous God, who brings the sins of the fathers upon the children forthree and four generations, as if hehad become stronger than I and my brothers.
  154. 154. Thus he was in an empty glory . . . I didnot succumb to them as they had planned. But I was not afflicted at all . . . I did not die in reality but in appearance . . . I removed the shame from me . . . It was another . . . who drank the gall and the vinegar . . . who bore the cross . . . uponwhom they placed the crown of thorns. But I was rejoicing in the height over all . . . I was laughing at their ignorance. I am Christ, the Son of Man."
  155. 155. The Controversial Quote from the gospel of Mary The companion of the [ ] Mary Magdalene. [ ] her morethan [ ] the disciples, and used to kiss her [ ] on her [ ]. The rest [ ] … They said to him, “Why do you love her more than all of us?" The savior answered and said, "Why do I not love you as her?"
  156. 156. Dan Brown‘s InsertionsThe companion of the [ savior is ] Mary Magdalene. [ But Christ loved ] her more than [ all ] the disciples, and used to kiss her [ often ] on her [ mouth ]. The rest of [ the discipleswere offended ] …. They said, “Why doyou love her more than all of us”? The savior answered and said to them, “Why do I not love you as her”?
  157. 157. Let‘s Play the Devil‘s Advocate
  158. 158. • Even though the script did not say any of the things Dan Brown wants his readers to believe, question is…• Why would the Apostles be ―OFFENDED‖ by Jesus ―KISSING‖ MM on her ―MOUTH‖ if they were ―MARRIED‖ ?• Why would they demand a man loves his wife less?
  159. 159. 1COR. 3:18-19 Do not deceive yourselves. If anyone of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a ―fool‖ so that he may become wise. For the wisdom ofthis world is foolishness in God‘ssight. As it is written: ―He catches the wise in their craftiness‖.
  160. 160. 1Pet. 2:21-22To this you were called, becauseChrist suffered for you, leavingyou an example that you shouldfollow is his steps.―He committed no sin,and no deceit was found in hismouth.‖
  161. 161. Nowhere do these documents found in Nag Hammadi state that Jesus married Mary Magdalene. To what extent do you thinkthe Apostle went in their fight against the Gnostics?
  162. 162. 2 John 7-11 ―Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ ascoming in the flesh, have gone outinto the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch out that you do not losewhat you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.
  163. 163. Anyone who runs ahead anddoes not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in theteaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to youand does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work‖
  164. 164. What is the"Holy Grail"A PEEP INTO THEWORLD OF GRAIL LEGENDS
  165. 165. In ―Christian‖ mythology, the Holy Grail was the dish, plate, or cup used by Jesus at the LastSupper, said to possess ―miraculous powers‖.
  166. 166. The beginnings of the Grail in literature The Grail is first featured in “Perceval, le Conte du Graal” (The Story of the Grail) by Chrétien de Troyes, A Poem dated sometime between 1180 and 1191The Grail was considered a bowl or dish when first described by Chrétien de Troyes. Other authors had their own ideas; Robert de Boron portrayed it as the vessel of the Last Supper
  167. 167. The connection of Joseph of Arimathea with the Grail legend dates from Robert de Borons Joseph dArimathie (latetwelfth century) in which Joseph receives the Grail from an apparition of Jesus andsends it with his followers to Great Britain; building upon this theme, later writers recounted how Joseph used the Grail to catch Christs blood while interring him and that in Britain he founded a line of guardians to keep it safe.
  168. 168. THE DA VINCI CODE CLAIMS The sarcophagus containing the bones of Mary Magdalene and ancient documents that tell the true story of her life, according to theOpus Dei secret society, is the true Holy Grail, since Mary‘s womb isthe metaphorical chalice that bore the royal bloodline of Jesus on earth.
  169. 169. Hear Dan Brown ―Teabing spoke more quietly now. ‗The quest for the Holy Grail is literally the quest tokneel before the bones of MaryMagdalene. A journey to pray atthe feet of the outcast one, the lost sacred feminine.‖ (page 277, DVC)
  170. 170. OUR POSITION AGAIN ―we did not follow cleverlyinvented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty‖ -2PETER 1:16
  171. 171. Treasure Hunters
  172. 172. The next few slides will focus on relics attributed to Jesus that people believe or believed to be authenticThe Shroud of Turin. PICTURE TAKEN 1898
  173. 173. The Holy Chalice which Jesus used for serving wine during the Last Supper
  174. 174. Other alleged Holy relics include:3.Pieces of the True Cross, including the half of the INRI inscription tablet, preserved at the ancient basilica Santa Croce in Gerusalemme in Rome. Very small pieces or particles of the True Cross are preserved in hundreds of other churches in Europe. 4.The Calvary of crucifixion, a small rock called Golgotha, in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. Inside the church is a pile of rock about 3 m high, believed to be what is now visible of Calvary.
  175. 175. 5.The Holy Prepuce or foreskin of Jesus, removed during his circumcision• The Spear of Destiny or Holy Lance, the spear of Longinus used to pierceJesus side when he was on the cross, to ensure that he had died. • The Crown of Thorns which was placed upon the head of Jesus at his crucifixion by Pontius Pilate
  176. 176. Veronicas Veil Used to wipe the sweat from Jesus brow as he carried the crossNote that this is only a painting
  177. 177. 9.The Seamless robe of Jesus,which is kept at the cathedral of Trier 10.Letters Jesus himself has written to Abgar, the King ofEdessa declining an invitation to visit his palace.
  178. 178. 11.The Holy Sponge, in Santa Croce in Gerusalemme 12.The Holy Umbilical Cord 13. Hair 14. Tears 15. Blood 16. Milk teeth
  179. 179. WHAT‘S YOURS?
  180. 180. TheMARYCases
  181. 181. "Jesus was the original feminist. He intended forthe future of the church to be in the hands of Mary Magdalene" Sir Leigh Teabing, The Da Vinci Code p.248
  182. 182. Which Mary?•There is Mary "the mother of Jesus―•Mary "the mother of James and Joses―•Mary "the wife of Clopas", and•Mary "the sister of Lazarus".•However, Mary Magdalene stands out from theother Marys as she is not directly associated withany man.•Mary "Magdalene" means "Mary of Magdala",just as Jesus "the Nazarene" means "Jesus ofNazareth".•If they were married, Mary Magdalene shouldhave been called, by all logic, Mary "the wife ofJesus"
  183. 183. •In three different passages we learn of Maryof Bethany, who washes Jesus‘ feet. You readof a prostitute who washes Jesus‘ feet inchapter seven of Luke.•Mary Magdalene is introduced in Luke chaptereight, where Jesus cleanses her of sevendemons.•In John 12, the sister of Martha and Lazarus,Mary of Bethany, washes Jesus‘ feet inpreparation for his death and burial, and alsoas a display of worship for raising her brotherfrom the dead in the preceding verses.•That was Mary of Bethany, not MaryMagdalene.
  184. 184. The Son of God came to earth not to start a family but to save the Church, which is his true bride (Ephesians 5:22-33)If Jesus had married Mary Magdalene, we wouldexpect to see some type of her veneration in thehistory of the early church as like we see for Mary,Jesus mother.Whenever Jesus family is referred to, it is hisbrothers and sisters who are mentioned, butnever a wife. Contrast this to descriptions ofthe apostles, Peter, and the brothers of theLord, all of whom are said to have had wives
  185. 185. Another use of Literal Deceit "According to these unaltered gospels, it was not Peter towhom Christ gave directions with which to establish the ChristianChurch. It was Mary Magdalene." The Da Vinci Code page 248
  186. 186. The Gnostic gospel of Thomas, to which the book refers, records Jesus as wanting to transform Mary Magdalene into a man tomake her acceptable to enter heaven. The Mary Magdalene of theDa Vinci Code would have us accept would be a ―Bridal Chamber‖ Bride…someone having a public act of sex. (Hieros Gamos) ―Sacred Marriage‖
  187. 187. THE SECRET SOCIETIES The Poor Knights of the Temple of Solomon ,officially recognized as such in 1118 The Knights Opus Dei Templar Priory of Sion Founded in the early Founded in 1928 1099 12th century by by a Roman [1950‘s] Hughes de Payens,Catholic priest, St. a veteran of the FirstJosemaría Escrivá Crusade.
  188. 188. The claim that theOrder of the KnightsTemplar was formedby the Priory of Sion is entirely false.
  189. 189. Alleged Grand Masters of The Priory of Sion?Victor Hugo Da Vinci 1802-1885 Isaac Newton 1452-1519 Botticelli
  190. 190. Frenchman, Pierre Plantard (1920-2000)The whole basis of the Da Vinci Code is based on a hoax created by Pierre Plantard.
  191. 191. Leonardo da Vinci never could haveknown about the Priory of Sion, since it wasnt founded until 1956, 437 years after his death! Unanimous conclusion of scholars and serious investigators:The Priory of Sion was a 20th-century hoax, and that the famous peoplelisted never had anything to do with it
  192. 192. Silas the Monk There are no monks in Opus Dei.Albinism is a real medical condition in which a persons body cannot produce the proper amount of the pigment melanin.
  193. 193. Although few are blind, many do not see wellenough to drive a car or,as seen in "The Da Vinci Code," to shoot peoplefrom a distance. In other words, its extremely unlikely that Silas could perform the tasks described in the novel.
  194. 194. Noah: White or Back?
  195. 195. Corporal Mortification Practiced by Mother Teresa, Padre Pio and slain archbishop Oscar Romero. 1cor. 9:24-27(?)
  196. 196. cilice "...a spiked chain worn around the upper thigh for two hours each day, except for Church feast days, Sundays, and certain times of the year‖
  198. 198. Contemporary Symbology
  199. 199. A VERY TRUE NUGGET: ―A career hazard of symbologists was a tendency to extracthidden meanings from situations that had none.‖ DVC Page 172
  200. 200. TheScared Feminine Theory
  201. 201. ―His Mona Lisa is neither male norfemale. It carries asubtle message of androgyny.‖ (DVC120) This, he claims, iswhy she is smiling – it was her secret (DVC121)
  202. 202. The book allegesthat the Mona Lisa isan androgynous self portrait of Da Vinci. She is smilingbecause she knows the secret of the Priory of Zion. She appears to beandrogynous, again, because of the equality ofgod and goddess.
  203. 203. Mona Lisa is a young Florentine woman who in 1495 married thewell-known figure, Francesco del Giocondo, and thus came to be known as ``La Gioconda‗.This is confirmed by the discovery of documentation in Florence, Italy archives. She had five children and two became nuns.
  204. 204. Last Supper .Com
  205. 205. Many artists have offered a rendition of the ―last supper.‖ Among them are: Duccio (1308) Lorenzetti (1320) Andrea del Castagno (1447) Dieric Bouts (1464) Ghirlandaio (1480) Reubens (1630), and Poussin (1640)Without exception, they all had the apostle John either sitting straight up next to Jesus, or resting against his breast. Only Da Vinci has him leaning away.
  206. 206. The Florentine School had a long tradition of often depicting young males as sweet, pretty, rather effeminate persons. JOHN
  207. 207. JOHN
  208. 208. JOHN
  209. 209. Raphael‘s ―Crucifixion‖- London National Gallery
  210. 210. Iconography from theRussian Orthodox Church. It goes back much farther in time than Leonardo Da Vincis era. Pictured is another crucifixion scene where Jesus is giving St. Johnthe responsibility of caring for his mother. Its hard to tell which is which, since both are somewhat androgynous. Despite the long flowing hair, John is the person on the right.
  211. 211. John theBeloved
  212. 212. These are photos of the St. John figure taken before and after the most recent restoration project that concluded in 1998.
  213. 213. Bartholomew
  214. 214. ―Beautiful‖ Men
  215. 215. All these paintings are from the 14thand 15th centuries, done by artists who were contemporaries of Leonardo.It should be clear that his style merely reflected the spirit of the age.This is why it would‘ve been strange if he didn’t paint John with delicate features
  216. 216. A look atartistic fusionof imagery inlandscape painting
  217. 217. What if we could call inLeonardo Da Vinci as a Star Witness in this case?
  218. 218. Actually, we can!
  219. 219. “Da Vinci Speaks.” On page 665 of, The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci,we do find him engaged in preparing the layout for The Last Supper. He made one entry that can help us answer our question. Here we find him fashioning the blueprint for his masterpiece. In verses 9 through 14, he wrote the following:
  220. 220. “[9] Another [disciple] speaks into his neighbor’s ear and he, as helistens to him, turns towards him to lend an ear [10], while he holds aknife in one hand, and in the other the loaf, half cut through by theknife. [13] Another who has turned, holding a knife in his hand, upsets with his hand a glass on the table [14]
  221. 221. “The Last Supper” in Light of The Gospel of John (13:21-25)
  222. 222. A ―Newsweek magazine‖ article that summarizedleading scholars‘ opinionsconcluded that the theory that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were secretly married has no historical basis.(Barbara Kantrowitz and AnneUnderwood, ―Decoding the Da Vinci Code‖, Newsweek, December 8, 2003, pg. 54)
  223. 223. The MerovingiansThe Merovingians were a dynasty ofFrankish kings who ruled a (frequentlyfluctuating) area in parts of present-dayFrance and Germany from the 5th to 8thcentury AD. They were sometimes referred toas the "long-haired kings" by contemporaries,though the significance of their long hair is notclear.
  224. 224. The Merovingian
  225. 225. What is TheReal TruthBehind The Da VinciConspiracy?
  226. 226. The Real Da Vinci Conspiracy
  227. 227. The Battle to keep Christianity Pure in the First Century B.C.• Pagan mythology and philosophiesbegan to fall with the spread ofChristianity• Temple-prostitutes would facilitateworship with Aphrodite/Venus, Ishtar,Astoria.•The Churches at Pergamum andThyatira were warned about proto-Gnostic and sexual immorality
  228. 228. •Using the Gnostic ―Gospel of Philip‖ and ―MaryMagdalene‖ as the Da Vinci Code argues that Mary was Jesus‘ wife, Dan Brown is trying to subvert Christianity back to Greek paganism! • The main sacrament in the ―Gospel of Philip‖was the bridal chamber, which was the way to redemption.
  229. 229. The ―Bridal Chamber‖ was sexualmystery rite, in which the new memberwould have the right to watch only afterhe became a ―Bridegroom‖ or ―Bride‖ or ―Heiros Gamos‖ ―Let the others yearn just to listen to her voice and enjoy her ointment...Bridegrooms and brides belong to thebridal chamber. No one shall be able to see the bridegroom with the bride unless one becomes one.‖ Gospel of Philip
  230. 230. The Exegesis on the SoulThose who are to have intercourse with one another will be satisfied with the intercourse. And as if it were a burden, they leave behind them the annoyance of physical desire and they do notseparate from each other. They become a single life….For they were originally joined to one another when they were with God. This marriage brings them back together again.
  231. 231. The ―Bridal Chamber‖
  232. 232. •Brown‘s thread throughout thebook is that male and female areexactly represented in deity, butthey have been changed by amale-dominated Church.•True worship, he argues, shouldinclude god and goddess worshipequally, and that is the conspiracyof the Church over the last twothousand years.
  233. 233. On the acknowledgments page, DanBrown thanks those who helped him complete this book, one of those mentioned is the Gnostic Society Library. The Da Vinci Code champions the Gnostic Gospels, their view ofChristianity, their sexual orgies andclaims ―Orthodox‖ Christianity stole Jesus from the original Gnostic followers.
  234. 234. Early Israelites•The book claims that the earlyIsraelites worshipped thegoddess Shekinah as the equalto Yahweh.•In fact, the term Shekinah(derived from Hebrew for"dwelling") does not appear inearly Judaism at all.
  235. 235. •It was only used in later TalmudicJudaism to refer to the "dwelling",or presence of God among hispeople.•The term is used to describe aspiritual radiance.•Dan Brown is probably confusingShekinah with Asherah.
  236. 236. Christianity started to spread throughout the Greek andRoman worlds, Pagan ideas and theology began to fall out of favor.Acts 19 is a great example of when people began to burnthe sorcery scrolls in publicand stopped buying statues of the temple goddess Artemis in about 54 A.D. where Paul was preaching.
  237. 237. REVELATION2:14-17, 20-29 TILL DEATH DO US PART!
  238. 238. 20 "Nevertheless I have a few things againstyou, because you allow that woman Jezebel,who calls herself a prophetess, to teach andseduce My servants to commit sexualimmorality and eat things sacrificed toidols‖21 "And I gave her time to repent of her sexualimmorality, and she did not repent.‖22 "Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, andthose who commit adultery with her into greattribulation, unless they repent of their deeds.Revelation 2:20-21
  239. 239. We see these warnings to the churches in Revelation, especially Pergamum and Thyatira. In Thyatira, we have a so called prophetess, who is teaching sexual immorality and idol practices. This would be one of the many proto Gnostic movements that would eventually spread throughout the Christian world.
  240. 240. A Peek into theMystical World of GNOCISM
  241. 241. •Jesus came to deliver―Gnosis‖ knowledge from the―All-Father‖ the unknown God.•Christ did not die on the Cross,but only a phantom.•The Gnostics took on familiarnames and terminology but withmuch different theology.
  242. 242. •They believed there was anunknown All-Father, and MotherGod.•This goddess was referred to asSophia.•They believed all souls originallylived in a spiritual realm of light,the Pleroma, until they wereimprisoned in physical bodies onthe earth.
  243. 243. •Flesh and all matter wereviewed as intrinsically evil.•Gnostic ―Salvation‖ equatedliberation of the soul from thebody—the freeing of the innerspirit from the confines ofmatter. BIBLE RESPONSE? [Colossians 2:23]
  244. 244. •Such liberation could only beachieved through ―Gnosis‖ whichbrought about the detachmentfrom the evil world (similar to Buddhism)•To achieve this enlightenment,one needed to know the truthabout God, (All-Father), himselfand life.
  245. 245. •Ancient Gnostics preached twogods, a good deity of light andan evil deity of darkness.•The good deity (The Principle,or All-Father) was seen as theepitome of love.•This God was responsible forcreating the other god.
  246. 246. •This evil god, the demiurge, is theone who created the physicalworld; He is the God of the OldTestament.•This evil God of the Jews, whofavored the Jews, seeks to impedehuman souls from returning to Godand returning to the Divine.
  247. 247. •The good God is utterlyremoved from the world, he isunknowable.•But through sexual intercourse,the bridal chamber, man canreturn to the Plemoria andbecome one with the Divine!
  248. 248. (DVC page 336) ―Early Jews believed that the Holy of Holies in Solomon‘s Temple housed not only God butalso 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. 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.‖
  249. 249. The Best Way to Justify Sin―He (Langdon) explained that although what she saw probably looked like a sex ritual, Hieros Gamos had nothing to do with eroticism. It was a spiritual act. Historically, intercourse was the act through which male and female experienced God. The ancientsbelieved that the male was spiritually incomplete until he had carnal knowledge of the sacred feminine. Physical union with the female remained the sole means through which man could become spirituallycomplete and ultimately achieve gnosis – knowledge of the divine. Since the days of Isis, sex rites had been considered man‘s only bridge from earth to heaven.‖ (page 335, DVC)
  250. 250. What is page 335 of DVC Saying? •Group sex is a spiritual act [?]•Immorality is how we experience God [?]
  251. 251. Do you now see why the Bible is so intense when it comes toSexual Immorality?
  252. 252. The next 28slides are proof of this point
  253. 253. 1 Timothy 6:20-21 “Timothy, guard what has beenentrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and theopposing ideas of what is falselycalled knowledge, 21which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith.”
  254. 254. 2 Peter 2:1-3 “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretlyintroduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them— bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.”
  255. 255. NUM 25:1-21While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women, 2who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate and bowed down before these gods. 3SoIsrael joined in worshiping the Baal of Peor. And the LORDs anger burned against them.
  256. 256. MATT 15:1919For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, falsetestimony, slander. 20These are what make a man `unclean; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him `unclean. "
  257. 257. ASTS 5: 20 "It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. 20Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain fromfood polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat ofstrangled animals and from blood.
  258. 258. ROM. 1:18-32 The wrath of God is beingrevealed from heaven against allthe godlessness and wickednessof men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since whatmay be known about God is plainto them, because God has made it plain to them.
  259. 259. 20For since the creation of the world Gods invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. 21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gavethanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
  260. 260. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God forimages made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. 24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.
  261. 261. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator--who is forever praised. Amen. 26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with womenand were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
  262. 262. 28Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge ofGod, he gave them over to a depravedmind, to do what ought not to be done. 29They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed anddepravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; theyinvent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;
  263. 263. 31they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32Although they know Gods righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these verythings but also approve of those who practice them.
  264. 264. ROM. 13: 13 12The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension andjealousy. 14Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
  265. 265. 1COR 10:88We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did--and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died.9We should not test the Lord, as some of them did--and were killed by snakes.
  266. 266. GAL. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature areobvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry andwitchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy;drunkenness, orgies, and the like. Iwarn you, as I did before, that thosewho live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
  267. 267. COL. 3:5 Put to death, therefore,whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexualimmorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
  268. 268. 1THESS. 4:3-53Itis Gods will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4that each of you should learn to control his own body in a waythat is holy and honorable, 5not in passionate lust like theheathen, who do not know God;
  269. 269. HEB. 12:15-1715See to it that no one misses the graceof God and that no bitter root grows up tocause trouble and defile many. 16See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. 17Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he wasrejected. He could bring about no change of mind, though he sought the blessing with tears
  270. 270. HEB.13:4 4Marriage should behonored by all, and themarriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
  271. 271. JUDE 1:5-7 5Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord delivered his peopleout of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. 6And the angels who did not keeptheir positions of authority but abandoned their own home--these he has kept in darkness,bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. 7In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality andperversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
  272. 272. 1PET. 4:1-51Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, becausehe who has suffered in his body is done with sin. 2As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather forthe will of God. 3For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do-- living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4They think itstrange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuseon you. 5But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
  273. 273. REV 9:20-21 20The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did notrepent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, andidols of gold, silver, bronze, stone andwood--idols that cannot see or hear or walk. 21Nor did they repent of theirmurders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts
  274. 274. REV. 22:14-1514"Blessed are those who wash theirrobes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
  275. 275. EPH 5:3But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or ofany kind of impurity, or ofgreed, because these are improper for Gods holy people
  276. 276. 1COR. 6:12-2012"Everything is permissible for me"--but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible for me"--but I will not be mastered by anything. 13"Food for thestomach and the stomach for food"--butGod will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but forthe Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.
  277. 277. 15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? ShallI then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never!16Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, "The two will become one flesh."17But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.
  278. 278. 18Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. 19Do you notknow that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom youhave received from God? You are not your own; 20you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
  279. 279. Matthew 7:15-19,20 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheeps clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear badfruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit… 20Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.”
  280. 280. Goddess Worship in Ancient andModern Religions
  281. 281. Durga
  282. 282. GODDESSOF THE HEARTH Sea Goddess Mod
  283. 283. Adtti kwanyinlightThe Goddess Durga Earth goddess
  285. 285. Diana of Ephesus ?
  286. 286. The Olympic Games •The motions of the planet Venus do not determine the official length of the Olympic Games, but DVC says that they do. •The Olympic Games were not originally formed to honor Aphrodite. They were originally formed to honor Zeus. •The book claims the Olympics were held for Venus in 8-year cycles but they were actually held for Zeus in 4- year cycles. (Page 36)
  287. 287. Remember the―cleverly invented stories‖ slide? They are called―fairy tales‖
  288. 288. Dan Brown uses fairy Tale to support his claims!WE NOW INTRODUCE TO YOU…
  289. 289. TheConspiracy?
  290. 290. DAN Brown just has tocatch himself this time ―A career hazard of symbologists was atendency to extract hidden meanings from situations that had none.‖ (DVC 172)
  291. 291. The book claims there are 666 panes ofglass on the pyramid outside the Louvre. The Museum says there are 673. (Page 21)Six hundred three of them are diamond shaped and only seventy of them are triangular
  292. 292. Only liquid soap in the rest rooms. No bar soapsThe Inverted Pyramid Smart car unable to achieve the speed and dexterity described in the book
  293. 293. What If? AGAIN!
  294. 294. How do any of these Human activities destroy Jesus‘ divinity?- Birth, Schooling and Carpentry- Eating and Drinking- Tiredness, Crying and Bleeding- Physical Death- Marrying and Ability to Have Children- Would Jesus being single be un-Jewish?
  295. 295. The True Marriage and Children Jesus Bride is still in preparation, but soon will be ready. Rev 19:7-8"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that sheshould be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints." Their children? Revelation 22:17"And the Spirit and the bride say, Come!" Jesus and his Bride will give life to "whosoever will" to "take the water of life freely."The whole world will be given an opportunity to become their children!
  296. 296. Food for Thought•Are you a CHILD of God?•Have you been BORN AGAIN and HOW?•Do you know SCRIPTURES [not stories]that confirm or affirms this new birth?•Are you WILLING to TALK about them?•Is your religion or faith based onFEELINGS, EMOTIONS or biblical facts?•How will you respond to CHALLENGEfrom the BIBLE? [ACTS 24:24-25]
  297. 297. Pictures Tella Thousand Stories!
  298. 298. What do allthese pictures have in common?
  299. 299. They are all FAKE!
  301. 301. Be Careful where we get Your Information from
  302. 302. $ Why isDan Brown Smiling?
  303. 303. Conclusion on the Da Vinci Code•Salvation is available to those whocome to Jesus- The Jesus of theBible.• The Jesus of the Da Vinci Code isthe Gnostic Jesus- another Jesus.• The Da Vinci Code claiming to be anovel, but is plainly a veiled attack onChristianity
  304. 304. • The book is built on a hoaxcreated by Pierre Plantard, aconvicted embezzler.•The book is filled with factualand historical errors which areeither intentional orirresponsible scholarship.
  305. 305. Q&A THIS SESSION WILL HOLD ON WEDNESSDAY SEPTEMBER 13TH Questions or comments should be written on theparticipants card given to you and submitted to the users or email to before 6.00pm, Tuesday September 12TH 2006
  306. 306. Thank You For Coming and ParticipatingPeace of the Lord! Emmanuel Emeh [Evangelist] International Church of Christ Lagos, Nigeria