Summary: Exposing the lies and answering the main questions posed by "The DaVinci Code."
The Da Vinci Deception, 1 Tim 1:3; 4:1,2
1 Timothy 1:3 (NIV), “As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer.”
1 Timothy 4:1-2, “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.”
1 Tim. 6:3-10, “If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain… People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
So, what is YOUR Authority for Faith & Practice? Is the Bible your ONLY Authority? Or do also add Another Gospel, the Traditions of Men, or the Daily Horoscope, or gospel according to Garfield?
The DaVinci Code has been atop the NY Times Best-seller list and Amazon.com since 2003 and has sold over 43 Million copies. And it will soon be released as a Billion dollar Blockbuster on 19 May starring Tom Hanks and directed Ron Howard!
But it’s only fiction, right? So, why should I care? Because, it’s the biggest faith-based attack against Christianity since “The Last Temptation of Christ.” And, it seems that Dan Brown’s sole agenda is to create doubt and confusion by undermining the Authority of God’s Word.
He says on the Title page: “All descriptions of art work, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in the novel are accurate.” As for Dan Brown’s credentials, he is neither a historian, nor theologian, but rather a school teacher and writes fictional novels.
Dan Brown blurs fact and fiction and has caused a great deal of confusion and caused many to doubt their faith—probably because many weren’t grounded in their faith to begin with! Are you? Do you know what you believe and why you believe it?—the fundamentals of our faith—the core essentials upon which our soul depends for eternity.
But sadly, too many Christians are ignorant of God’s Word. According to 82% of Americans, they think that “God helps those who help themselves,” is a Bible verse. Fewer than half of all adults can name the four gospels. Many professing Christians cannot identify more than two or three of the disciples (that was Peter, Paul, Mary, right? Oh no, that was the Beetles!). And 60% of Americans can’t name even five of the Ten Commandments.
A Barna poll indicated that at least 12% of adults believe that Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife. Another survey of graduating high school seniors revealed that over 50% thought that Sodom and Gomorrah were husband and wife.