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Crash Goes The Da Vinci Code

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Crash Goes The Da Vinci Code

Since Dan Brown’s novel, THE DA VINCI CODE, exploded on the scene, I have been asked numerous times by interested Christians to provide evidence against the claims in the book. I have generally responded to such requests via individual letters or emails. I had not originally intended to write a formal apolo­getic against the book. However, the requests continue to come in. I have there­fore written this brief special report to provide an apologetic response to the more glaring errors in Brown’s book.

This special report is arranged in a question-answer format. There are plenty of quotes from Dan Brown’s book, so you will be clear where he stands on each issue. It will be demonstrated that when all the facts are considered, Brown’s Da Vinci Code poses no threat to historic Christianity.

Dr. Ron Rhodes, Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries, P.O. Box 2526, Frisco, TX, 75034. 214-618-0912. (Used by permission.)

Is Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Theory Based on Fact or Fiction
By: Dr. Ron Rhodes

Brown can be challenged in at least two areas: (1) There are things he claims to be historical which, in fact, are not historical at all; and (2) he completely misrepresents biblical history.

Is All Religion Based On Fabrication
By: Dr. Ron Rhodes

While it may be true that some world religions and cults are based on manmade fabrications, Christianity is based on historical God-sent revelation— both general revelation and special revelation.

Is Christianity Rooted in Paganism
By: Dr. Ron Rhodes

A common apologetic against Christianity is the idea that it borrowed from Greek pagan religions. The virgin birth is often cited as an example. The reality, if you look at Greek mythology and paganism, is that their male gods would come down and have sex with human women and give birth to hybrid beings. This is not what happened in terms of the virgin birth.

Is the Bible An Unreliable Document
By: Dr. Ron Rhodes

The Bible is not the product of man but is rather God- inspired. Inspiration does not mean the biblical writer just felt enthusiastic, like the composer of the “Star Spangled Banner.” Nor does it mean the writings are necessarily inspiring to read, like an uplifting poem.

Were There Eighty Gospels Competing for Inclusion in the New Testament
By: Dr. Ron Rhodes

Aside from the four canonical gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), history reveals there were only twelve other gospels in circulation during this general time, and these were clearly not “in­spired Scripture.” There were also Gnostic gospels that emerged later, but these are too late to be counted.

Did Constantine Choose What Books Belong in the Bible for Political Purposes
By: Dr. Ron Rhodes

History is quite clear regarding the activities of Constantine, and one thing he had virtually nothing to do with was the canon of Scripture.

Did Constantine Convert the World from Matriarchal Paganism to Patriarchal Christianity
By: Dr. Ron Rhodes

Constantine did not convert the world from matriarchal paganism to patriarchal Christianity. Again, history is quite clear about what Constantine did and did not do, and matriarchal paganism was not something that even concerned him.

Are the Gnostic Gospels Reliable Documents
By: Dr. Ron Rhodes

Christians have been concerned about false gospels since the early years of Christianity. In his classic Adversus Haereses (Against Heresies), Irenaeus (A.D. 130-200) refers to “an unspeakable number of apocryphal and spurious writings, which they themselves [heretics] had forged, to bewilder the minds of the fool­ish.”

Did the God of the Bible Have a Female Goddess Companion
By: Dr. Ron Rhodes

Such a position is absurd, and can be easily answered with two primary points: (1) The Bible steadfastly argues for monotheism (belief in one God); and (2) the “Shekinah” refers only to the glory of God, not to some “powerful female equal.”

Did the Name, YHWH, Derive from the Term “Jehovah”
By: Dr. Ron Rhodes

The term “YHWH” was not derived from “Je­hovah”; rather, “Jehovah” was derived from “YHWH.” Brown gets it backward!

Is it True that Jesus Was Not Considered to be God Until the Fourth Century When Constantine “Upgraded” His Status for Political Purposes
By: Dr. Ron Rhodes

Dan Brown’s view is flatly false. The New Testament writers themselves fully recognized that Jesus was absolute deity.

Was Jesus Married to Mary Magdalene
By: Dr. Ron Rhodes

There is no mention of Jesus being married prior to the beginning of His three-year ministry. There is no mention of Jesus being married during His three-year ministry. There is no mention of Jesus being married at the crucifixion. There is no mention of Jesus being married at His burial. There is no mention of Jesus being married at His resurrection. In other words, there is no mention of a wife anywhere!

Did Jesus Intend Mary Magdalene to be the Head of the Church
By: Dr. Ron Rhodes

There can only be one head of the church, and that is Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:23 tells us that “Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior”.

Was Sex a Means of Knowing and Experiencing God in Biblical Times–Did the Church Demonize Sex in Order to Stay in Power
By: Dr. Ron Rhodes

There are two primary responses to this claim: (1) The church has not recast sex as a shameful act; and (2) Sex was never intended as a means of achieving “gnosis.”

Did the Church Propagate Lies that Devalued Females and Tipped the Scales in Favor of the Masculine
By: Dr. Ron Rhodes

God equally values both men and women. In a Jewish culture where women were discouraged from studying the law, Jesus taught women right alongside men as equals.

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