The Da Vinci Con!
Excerpted From An Article by Dr. Terry Watkins
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Not only is the success of the Da Vinci Code astonishing – so is its attack against Jesus Christ and the Bible. The Da Vinci Code is easily the most malicious mainstream attack on Jesus Christ in modern times. The cozy reception of the Da Vinci Code among religious leaders, the media and the general public, loudly and sadly, testifies to the contempt against Jesus Christ and Christianity echoing throughout the world.
The plot of the Da Vinci Code surrounds a cover-up by the Catholic Church about the truth of Jesus Christ and Christianity. A secret society called the Priory of Sion has occult evidence that would destroy Christianity. The "secret-evidence" reeking from the Da Vinci Code claims that:
The Da Vinci Code opens with the murder of Jacques Sauniere, curator of the famous Louvre Museum in Paris. Sauniere is also the Grand Master of a secret society called the Priory of Sion. The Priory possesses a secret that if revealed would destroy Christianity. As Sauniere lay dieing, he leaves cryptic messages, including a bloody pentagram etched on his stomach, pointing to "codes" found in the works of Leonardo Da Vinci that reveal the "truth" about Jesus Christ.
The mysterious murder intrigues Harvard Professor Robert Langdon and cryptologist Sophie Nevue (also Sauniere’s granddaughter). Following cryptic symbols contained in the paintings of Leonardo Da Vinci, they travel a trail of "codes" ending in a surprising discovery of the mystic "Holy Grail." The "Holy Grail" is the mythical cup Jesus used at the Last Supper and that Joseph of Arimathea supposedly used to capture the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. Books, legends and fairy tales have surrounded the "Holy Blood, Holy Grail." The Da Vinci Code adds a new twist to the mystic Holy Grail. Our renegade detective team makes a shocking discovery. The Code uncovers the "Holy Grail" is not Jesus’ cup, but Jesus’ wife -- Mary Magdalene! Brown unearths the Gnostic lie that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were secretly married. Weaving a blasphemous tale of sheer madness and myth, Brown turns Mary Magdalene into the Holy Grail by sexually "capturing" the bloodline of Jesus Christ by birthing his child. Throughout the book, the Catholic secret society "Opus Dei" attempts to stop Langdon and Sophie from discovering the "truth" about Jesus Christ.
Before someone protests, "Chill out. It’s only fiction," let us clearly understand the mindset of author, Dan Brown. In an interview on Good Morning America, November 3, 2003, host Charles Gibson asked Brown, ". . . This is a novel. If you were writing it as a non-fiction book how would it have been different?" Brown’s answer blow’s the cover off the "fiction" disguise:
"I don’t think it would have. I began the research for ‘The Da Vinci Code’ as a skeptic. I entirely expected, as I researched the book, to disprove this theory. And after numerous trips to Europe, about two years of research, I really became a believer."
Again, on Primetime Live: (Jesus, Mary and Da Vinci, November 3, 2003), Brown confesses to Elizabeth Vargas:
"I began as a skeptic. As I started researching ‘Da Vinci Code,’ I really thought I would disprove a lot of this theory about Mary Magdalene and holy blood and all of that. I became a believer."
On NBC’s Today Show (June 9, 2003), host Matt Lauer asks Brown:
"How much of this is based on reality in terms of things that actually occurred?"
Encyclopedia Wikipedia states Brown presents his novel as:
". . . ‘truth’ as something so well-known that there is no serious dispute amongst academics about it."
Interestingly, the very first word of the "fictional" Da Vinci Code is the word "FACT" in large, bold type. Following the word "fact" is a lie that states: "The Priory of Sion a secret European society founded in 1099 is a real organization. In 1975 Paris's Bibliotheqe Nationale discovered parchments known as Les Dossiers Secrets, identifying numerous members of the Priory of Sion, including Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Leonardo da Vinci."
The truth is The Priory of Sion began in France in 1956, only 50 years ago. This documented fact alone makes it extremely tough for Issac Newton, who died in 1727 or Victor Hugo in 1885 or Leonardo da Vinci in 1519 to be a member. Brown’s disregard for the truth goes downhill from here. The "parchments" Brown calls "fact" were placed in the Bibliotheque Nationale by a convicted criminal named Pierre Plantard. One of Plantard’s co-conspirators has confessed to the whole, sordid scam. Several books have detailed Plantard’s deception along with a 1996 BBC documentary. Brown’s source for the Da Vinci Code is a proven scam.
Ironically, Brown shrouds the Da Vinci Code as "fiction"; yet opens with the word "FACT"; then states a proven "lie." The deceit and lies only gets worse.
One reviewer writes of the Da Vinci Code, "So error-laden is The Da Vinci Code that the educated reader actually applauds those rare occasions where Brown stumbles (despite himself) into the truth." (Miesel, Sandra. Dismantling The Da Vinci Code)
Also on the "FACT" page, the Da Vinc Code states, "All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate."
Fiction may be a charming idiom employed among the literary elite, but anyone reading the Da Vinci Code discovers underneath the cloak of fiction lurks a blatant attack against Jesus Christ and the Bible – feigning as truth.
Filling the pages of the Da Vinic Code is a pen dipped in hate and scorn for the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible. Besides outright libel claiming Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene, the person of Jesus Christ is openly attacked and perverted. The Code openly claims, several times, the teaching that Jesus Christ is God was a hoax.
Brown promotes the lie that the Roman Emperor Constantine personally created the doctrine that Jesus Christ was God. Brown writes, "as truth" that the divinity of Jesus Christ was invented at the Council of Nicaea in AD 325 by Constantine.
To call Brown’s statements a lie is too trivial. Brown’s allegations are deliberate attacks and blatant lies about the Lord Jesus Christ. To claim that the divinity of Jesus Christ began at the hands of Constantine in AD 325 is the words of a historical lunatic. The claim that "thousands of documents exist chronicling Jesus as a mortal man" are the words of a madman blinded with hate for the Lord Jesus Christ. The greatest "fact" in all of history is the divinity of Jesus Christ. Even our dating system (A.D. is the Latin "Anno Domini" which means "in the year of Our Lord" and B.C. stands for "Before Christ") echoes His divinity. The following statements from church leaders (among hundreds) supporting the divinity of Jesus Church all occur before AD 325:
With the massive evidence affirming the divinity of Jesus Christ, how can an honest person write the blatant lies that Brown does? An honest man can not. But a man with a bias hatred toward the Lord Jesus Christ and the Bible can – and he did.
Brown decrees in the Da Vinci Code, ". . . almost everything our fathers taught us about Christ is false." (Da Vinci Code, p. 235)
May I remind you when Brown was asked on the Today Show how much of The Da Vinci Code was "reality," he replied, "Absolutely all of it." Brown discloses in Bookpage, "One of the aspects that I try very hard to incorporate in my books is that of learning." (Bookpage April 2003). We’re not dealing with a man simply writing a harmless novel, but a man pushing an antichrist agenda.Attack On The Word of God
In order to destroy Jesus Christ of the Bible – you must destroy the Bible. And Brown’s hate-filled pen attempts just that. Brown leaves no stone unturned, and no lie spurned in his attack to discredit Jesus Christ and the Word of God.
Brown condemns the Bible as a book produced by deceitful men to falsely "promote the divinity of the man Jesus Christ." Again, Brown alleges Constantine "established" the Bible to glorify and deify the Lord Jesus Christ. Brown claims that Constantine destroyed more than eighty gospels because they portrayed Jesus as a mortal man. Constantine kept only four gospels (out of eighty) that glorified Jesus Christ. We are dealing with a man so filled with hate and contempt for the Lord Jesus Christ, it has blinded him to see any trace of the truth.
The evidence for the reliability of the Bible easily ranks as histories greatest marvels. The evidence for the Bible is so vast, and so reliable, it can only be attributed to a supernatural, sovereign Hand. There exist over 6,000 Greek manuscripts of the New Testament. The next work of antiquity is Homer’s IIiad with 650 manuscripts, while most ancient works number in the single digits. Nothing in history compares to the witness of the Bible. Some of our New Testament manuscripts date to within 30 to 50 years of the "originals." The New Testament canon was known and recognized at least two centuries before Constantine. (Canon means the selected books in the Bible). The eighty gospels Brown refers to are the occult Gnostic gospels. They were never considered scripture not for one second not by any Christian – not anytime.
In The Journey from Texts to Translations, author Paul Wegner writes, "It is important to remember that the Christian church did not canonize any book. Canonization was determined by God." (p. 147) Wegner also states concerning the councils (such as Nicaea that Brown claims "canonized" the scripture), "These councils did not determine the canonicity of the New Testament books . . ." (p. 145). We know the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) were established as scripture by AD 170 for Tatian wrote his Harmony of the Gospels that only included our four gospels. During this time Ignatius, Polycarp, Irenaeus, Clement, Tertullian, Jerome and others all referenced New Testament canon. Edward F. Hills writes in Believing Bible Study, "Thus through the Holy Spirit’s guidance of individual believers, silently and gradually – but nevertheless surely – the Church as a whole was led to a recognition of the fact that the twenty-seven books of the New Testament. . ." (p. 33)
The canon of the scriptures came from the leading of the Holy Spirit. Just as today, born again Christians filled with the Spirit of God know God’s words, and they also know what is not God’s words. Edward F. Hills writes in Believing Bible Study, "The guidance of the Holy Spirit was negative as well as positive." (p.33) Listing many of the Gnostic gospels that Dan Brown identifies as the authentic gospels, Hills continues, "Soon all Christians everywhere were led by the Holy Spirit to repudiate these spurious works and to receive only the canonical books as their New Testament Scriptures." (p. 33)
The New Testament writings themselves establish the canon of scripture. Peter in 2 Peter 3:16 refers to Paul’s writings as "scripture." In 1 Timothy 5:18 Paul refers to the Gospel of Luke (Luke 10:7) as scripture. Many other examples from the scriptures and early church writings, hundreds of years before Constantine, are easily available to anyone interested in the truth. To attribute Brown’s statements to shoddy scholarship or lazy research would be naïve. Brown knows the historical record. But he deliberately and deceitfully lies to create doubt towards the Word of God. No one of Brown’s stature, nor study, is that ignorant of the facts.
Brown also charges that the Dead Sea Scrolls ". . . highlight glaring historical discrepancies and fabrications. . ." Dr. Sam Gipp in The Answer book states, "The Dead Sea Scrolls . . . have no ill effect on the Bible. Their text actually agrees with the King James Bible." (p. 102) Let me add, I have studied the Dead Sea Scrolls in depth, and can verify Dr. Gipp’s statement. To reiterate Brown’s continual ignorance of the truth, he states, "The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in the 1950s. . ." The fact is the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947.
Some other examples (among many) of Brown’s contempt for the Bible:
"the New Testament is based on fabrications" (Da Vinci Code p. 341);Madness of The Marriage To Mary Magdalene
The basis of The Da Vinci Code is that Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene were secretly married. Brown’s evidence for this madness comes largely from Leonardo da Vinci’s painting, The Last Supper. According to Brown, the person on Jesus’ left is not John, as commonly believed, but Jesus’ wife, Mary Magdalene. Brown’s ridiculous reasoning is that Da Vinci’s painting of John appears effeminate. This cockeyed nonsense was first published in The Templar Revelation.
These allegations are the ravings of a man whose scorn for Jesus Christ has robbed him of any discernment for truth. It is difficult to refute such foolishness for fear of giving it a sense of merit. The Bible says in Proverbs 26:4, "Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him."
Nevertheless, let us observe the obvious . . . The fact is virtually every painting of The Last Supper during the time of Da Vinci portrays John as effeminate. Giacomo (1542), Domenico Ghirlandaio (1486) and Andrea del Castagno (1447) all painted John appearing effeminate. John was believed to be the youngest of the apostles, so his portrait displayed his youth, which appeared effeminate. John was also thought to be gentle because John is labeled "the Beloved" (from "the disciple whom Jesus loved" John 21:20).
The "Sixty-Four Million Dollar" question is if Mary Magdalene is on Jesus’ right, and not John – then where is John? There are only thirteen people (Jesus and the twelve apostles) in the painting. Where and who is the missing apostle? The only apostle that later leaves is Judas Iscariot, but Judas is in the painting. Not only does Brown have trouble with the truth, but apparently he can not count to thirteen. Brown’s bitter disdain for the Lord Jesus Christ has blinded him to a glaring problem alleging Mary’s appearance at the Last Supper. By the way, what fool believes that Leonardo Da Vinci, 1519 years later, alone possesses some secret knowledge about the Last Supper?
The Bible portrait of John the Baptist is anything but effeminate. Matthew 3:4 says of John, "And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey." Jesus Christ specificaly emphasizes the manliness of John the Baptist in Matthew 11:7-11
7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?But when Leonardo da Vinci paints John the Baptist, he completly ignores the Bible and paints John the Baptist as some kind of an effeminate fairy! (see picture above).
Digging for evidence about Mary and Jesus, Brown unearths the gnostic Gospel of Philip. When Langdon is questioned about evidence for the secret marriage, he replies, "The Gospel of Philip is always a good place to start," He then cites the following passage from the Gospel of Philip:
But again (and again), Brown lies. The Gospel of Philip actually reads:
"The S[ ? ]ed [ ? ]ry Mag[ ? ]lene more than [ ? ] the disciples, and kissed on her [ ? ] often. The other [ ? ] … [ ? ]. They said to him: ‘Why do you love her more than all of us?’ The Saviour answered and said to them [ ? ]: ‘Why do I not love you like her?’."
All the places where [ ? ] appears the words are missing or unreadable. No one knows what the Gospel of Philip actually reads. It could be kissed on her [forehead] or [cheek] which is common among the Jewish people ("Salute one another with an holy kiss." Romans 16:16, 1 Cor. 16:20, 2 Cor. 13:12, 1 Thess. 5:26)
And no one but the Gnostic adversaries of Jesus Chris deems the Gospel of Philip having any merit. The one mutilated copy of the Gospel of Philip is written in Coptic – not Greek, nor Aramaic – indicating an unusually late date.
Despite Brown’s madness, there exists no reputable evidence on the planet to support that Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ were secretly married.
Brown also inserts that Jesus Christ was the "original feminist." According to Brown’s delusions, Jesus initially chose Mary Magdalene as the "leader" of the church. Mary Magdalene was the chosen Holy Grail that carried the bloodline of Jesus Christ. These claims are so absurd they aren’t worthy a rebuttal.
Brown maintains the marriage of Jesus and Mary and that Mary was the "real" Holy Grail is "the greatest cover-up in human history." Let’s not forget that according to Brown’s own words – he actually "believes" this loony-tune gibberish.
Behold, the greatest cover-up in human history. Not only was Jesus Christ married, but He was a father. My dear, Mary Magdalene was the Holy Vessel. She was the chalice that bore the royal bloodline of Jesus Christ. She was the womb that bore the lineage, and the vine from which the sacred fruit sprang from!" (Da Vinci Code p. 249)Praise for The New Age and Symbols of Satanism
As we have seen, the Da Vinci Code openly declares war on Jesus Christ, the Bible and Christianity. The attack is so blatant and so vicious, I am both disgusted and dumbfounded at Brown’s hate for Jesus Christ and the Bible.
While Brown attacks Jesus Christ from "cover to cover," on the other hand, he praises and promotes the New Age, Witchcraft and even symbols of Satanism.* * * * * * *
The remainder of the article goes heavily into the Da Vinci Code's promotion of the New Age, Witchcraft and even symbols of Satanism which are not appropriate for posting on this site.
The "Da Vinci Code" is antiChristian, antiYAHUVEH and antiYAHUSHUA propaganda designed to fester doubt about the infallibility of YAHUVEH'S WORD and the Divinity of YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH. Don't let any such doubt creep into your mind. It is being seeded by the enemy...who has already been defeated by YAHUSHUA at Calvary!
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