Summary: Part 2 of 3 -- The Da Vinci Code is impacting our world today. Know the truth to the errors that are found in Dan Brown’s book
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+ Breaking the Da Vinci Code
> Dan Brown 41 yr.(6/22/64)
Wrote: Angels & Demons
Modest 10,000 copies each
> With The Da Vinci Code - Annual Income $76.5 million
> Book — Word Novel in small letters on the front
> Published 2003 A runaway best seller with
- 40 million hard back copies in print.
- Paperback advance printing was 5 million copies on Saturday April 1/06
-Translated into 44 languages.
- May 19 it will debut as a major motion picture
+ The Solomon Key - Browns Next Book
> Robert Langdon once again, and in some ways be a continuation of "The Da Vinci Code". And Dan Brown’s fascination with secret societies will manifest itself in a close look at the Masons. Trying to expose the “blatant homosexuality” practiced by the founding fathers of the USA
> USA Today said the book consists of “historical fact with a contemporary storyline.”
> Charles Taylor of the popular Web site Salon.com said: “The most amazing thing about this novel is that it’s based on fact.”
+ Impact On People
> A survey by Decima Research Inc. Showed that one out of three Canadians who have read the book now believes there are descendants of Jesus walking among us today
> Pollster George Barna 53% of Americans who’ve read the book said it had been helpful in their “personal spiritual growth and understanding
+ Da Vinci Code - Summery
> Murder Mystery
> Racing through Paris & London
> Of 450 pages 420 are written from 11:00-7:00
> Clues hidden in the works of Leonardo Da Vinci
> Dan Brown attempts to either redefine or revise the history of early Christianity
+ Main Characters
> Robert Langdon,
> X Professor of Religious Symbology, Harvard University
> Jacques Sauniere,
>X Murdered museum curator at the Louvre, Grand Master of the Priory of Sion, sworn protectors of the Holy Grail.
> Sophie Neveu,
> X Agent of the Department of Crypto-graphy, a branch of the French state police
> Sir Leigh Teabing,
>X Wealthy grail researcher, British Royal Historian affiliated with Oxford University
+ Read Opening Paragraph
> On Page 3 of book
+ Page 1 of book Does not say Introduction
> F A C T “All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate.”
+ Gives Misinformation
>Back Dust Cover Flap
“…. Layered with remarkable research & detail ….”
+ “During three hundred years of witch hunts, the Church burned at the stake an astounding five million women.” (125)
> Fact — 30,000-50,000 killed
+ Langdon: “It was man, not God, who created the concept of ‘original sin,’ whereby Eve tasted of the apple and caused the downfall of the human race.” (238)
> Psalm 51:5 (KJV)
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
> Psalm 58:3 (KJV)
3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.
+ Misrepresents Council of Nicea
+ Jesus’ establishment as ‘the Son of God’ was officially proposed and voted on by the Council of Nicaea. . . .By officially endorsing Jesus as the Son of God, Constantine turned Jesus into a deity who existed beyond the scope of the human world . . . . the early Church literally stole Jesus from His original followers, hijacking His human message, shrouding it in an impenetrable cloak of divinity, and using it to expand their own power.” (233)
140 NT Ref. — Just a few starting with Mt.
Satan Recognizes . - Mt. 4:3
Demons Recognized- Mt. 8:29
Disciples Recognized - Mt 14:33
Centurion Recognized - Mt 27:54
Good News Mk 1:1
+ (Teabing) ‘Jesus’ establishment as ‘the Son of God’ was officially proposed and voted on by the Council of Nicaea. “Hold on, You’re saying Jesus’ divinity was the result of a vote?” “A relatively close vote at that” (233)
> 318 Bishops who assembled to debate the claims of Arius. - This heretic sustained that while Christ was divine, he was less than the Father. The vote against Arius was hardly “relatively close,” --- Only two Bishops supported the heretic.
+ (Teabing, regarding Nicea:) “At this gathering, many aspects of Christianity were debated and voted upon—the date of Easter, the role of the bishops, the administration of sacraments, and, of course, the divinity of Jesus . . . . until that moment in history, Jesus was viewed by His followers as a mortal prophet . . .a great and powerful man, but a man nonetheless. A mortal . . . . (233)
> The blood of the martyrs in the Coliseum stands as proof that the early Christians were prepared to die rather than deny the divinity of Jesus Christ.