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Summary: As we saw in our first session, The Da Vinci Code challenges almost every tenet of the Christian faith. It claims the Bible is not the inspired Word of God, but rather a collection of books which suited the political goals of the emperor Constantine and

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Truth and Error in the Da Vinci Code

Part 2:

Jesus, Mary Magdalene and Sacred Feminine

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Truth and Error in the Da Vinci Code

by Mark L. Strauss

You may order this book at DaVinciCodeErrors.com

As we saw in our first session, The Da Vinci Code challenges almost every tenet of the Christian faith. It claims the Bible is not the inspired Word of God, but rather a collection of books which suited the political goals of the emperor Constantine and the church hierarchy. Jesus was not the Son of God, but a mere mortal who was deified by the church for its own purposes. Perhaps the most provocative claim, however, is that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, and that they bore a child whose descendants are alive today.

Were Jesus and Mary Magdalene a pair?

The main “evidence” The Da Vinci Code gives for the marriage of Jesus and Mary Magdalene is the assertion that it would have been unthinkable for a Jewish man of Jesus Day to remain single. The Harvard Ph.D., Robert Langdon, asserts that “the social decorum during that time virtually forbid a Jewish man to be unmarried.” (DVC, p. 245).

A moment’s consideration will confirm that it is fallacious to argue that since men of Jesus’ day were usually married, therefore Jesus must have been married. Consider the statement, “Most British prime ministers are men; therefore Margaret Thatcher is a man.” This is clearly a false syllogism. Although Jewish men of Jesus’ day were usually married, there were many exceptions. The Essenes of the Dead Sea Scroll community at Qumran remained single. John the Baptist, the forerunner or the Messiah, was single. The apostle Paul was single (1 Cor. 7:7; 1 Cor. 9:5-6). In both Judaism and Christianity, singleness and celibacy were esteemed as a means of complete devotion to the Lord (1 Cor. 7:32-33; Luke 2:36-37).

The Gospels confirm Jesus’ singleness in a variety of ways. Jesus said the Son of Man had no place to lay his head (Matt. 8:20; Luke 9:58). If he had a wife, he surely would have provided a home for her. From the cross, Jesus commended his mother to the care of John, but he does not assign any care for a wife – even though Mary Magdalene was present! (John 6:25-27). Most significantly, there is no hint of any sexual relationship between Jesus and the women who supported him. Jesus’ opponents mustered every accusation they could against him, including blasphemy, demon possession, drunkenness, and association with sinners (Mark 2:7, 16; 3:22; 14:64; Matt. 11:19). If there were any such scandalous rumors, his enemies would surely have raised them against him.

Dan Brown seems to believe that if you say something forcefully enough, people will believe it. In the book Teabing emphatically asserts that “... the marriage of Jesus and Mary Magdalene is part of the historical record. …I shan’t bore you with the countless references to Jesus and Magdalene’s union” (DVC, p. 245, 247; emphasis mine).

In reality, there is not a shred ancient evidence that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, and nobody even suggested it until the book Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln, appeared in the 1980s! In short, the reason Teabing “shan’t bore” them with the “countless” references to Jesus’ marriage is because there aren’t any!


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