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.
A considerable number of respondents to one poll indicated that the Sermon on the Mount was preached by Billy Graham.
Be that as it may, the point is, that many Christians lack the confidence to defend their faith and are not ready to give an answer because they lack the knowledge of God’s Word—and it’s not something we learn overnight. It takes diligent study, discipline, and application.
But we can and should know and understand the Essentials of our Christian Faith. When I use the word ‘essential’, these are the core beliefs of Christianity, and to beware of any group who denies them. Cults often attack one or more of these key elements of Christianity.
When we understand the essentials of our faith, and become grounded in the basic doctrines of God’s Word, it is a great tool to use against such deceptions as the “DaVinci Code.”
We don’t have to know what all the false religions are about, we do need to know God’s Word.
I find that many Christians, however are sucked into cults and such deceptions as the DaVinci Code. These Christians are confused because they aren’t grounded in God Word and, thus, are “tossed to fro by every wind of false doctrine.”
With just a basic knowledge and understanding of our faith, we can answer the questions of the DaVinci Code.
The Six Main Lies of the DaVinci Deception: 1. Is Jesus God?; 2. Is the Bible true?; 3. Was Jesus married?; 4. The Gnostic Gospels- Are They Real?; 5. The Sacred Feminine - What is it?; 6. The Holy Grail?