If you haven't already read it, you've certainly heard of The Da Vinci Code by now. It's becoming a significant religious influence on the minds of people around the world. It's also affording an unparalleled opportunity to answer important questions with the truth of Historic Biblical Christianity.
The Da Vinci Code is a popular "fiction novel" by Dan Brown. Having sold 40 million copies worldwide, and soon to be released as a movie, The Da Vinci Code claims to be accurate and factual. However, the novel presents a direct challenge against the historic gospel writings, the divinity of Jesus, and other basics of the Christian faith.
In his book Counterfeit Code Dr. James Beverley summarizes the heretical claims:
* Counterfeit Code is available from http://www.JamesBeverley.com
- The traditional gospels are not reliable
- Christianity, like all religions, is based on a fabrication
- The miracles of Jesus are not to be taken literally
- Almost everything the Church Fathers taught about Jesus is inaccurate
- The Church suppressed the true gospel provided in Gnostic scriptures and in the Dead Sea Scrolls
- Jesus is not divine
- The real Jesus was a nature-loving pagan
- The earliest Jews and Christians engaged in sexual rituals and were right to do so
- Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene
- Jesus and Mary had a child named Sarah
- The remains of Mary Magdalene represent the Holy Grail
- Constantine invented the divinity of Jesus
- Constantine created the traditional Bible
- The dynasty of Jesus and Mary merged with French kings
- These truths were suppressed by power-hungry leaders through Church History
- These truths about Jesus were preserved by the secret society known as the Priory of Sion
- These truths were also taught through hidden symbols in the art of Leonardo da Vinci
- The real Jesus would identify with witchcraft and paganism
- Many views of Jesus were copied from pagan religion
- Nothing in Christianity is original
There are several possibilities for evangelistic response:
- Educate yourself about the Da Vinci Code so you're ready to answer questions.
- Attend a Da Vinci Code conference and invite unbelieving friends too.
- Show a Da Vinci Code DVD at your home and invite unbelieving friends.
- Buy a few dozen "giveaway" copies of A Quest for Answers: the Da Vinci Code by Josh McDowell
- Buy a few dozen "giveaway" copied of Coral Ridge's Da Vinci DVD response
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