There is much discussion about Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, which has been a bestseller for over a year. Stories abound of persons who have read the book, believed its contents, and then “trashed” their Christian faith.
But what is really happening?
First, only very weak Christians could possibly be led astray by such a work of fiction. More realistically, most of the persons that believe Dan Brown incredulous claims – claims that Jesus was married, had a child, and that his offspring are hidden away in France to this day – most of the people that would believe such myths never had a solid faith to begin with.
But there is something much more important that is going on. Dan Brown has unintentionally given the followers of Christ a spectacular opportunity. Because of The Da Vinci Code, people are actually asking about the life of Christ, about His divinity, and about the New Testament. People want to know if it is true that Jesus was married. They want to know if He was a mere mortal, as Dan Brown contends. They want to know if the Bible is reliable or not, whether or not Constantine and others really did destroy the original “gospels.”
The Church of Jesus Christ has been given this “window” of time to answer the questions people are asking. All the preachers in America, preaching for ten years, could not have gotten millions of the unchurched or “rarely churched” talking about these issues. “Was Jesus really divine? Or only human?” they ask. “Is it true that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were not the original Gospels?” “Were there really some other gospels that were destroyed?” “How did the Bible really come together?”
For the first time in a long time, people are asking these types of questions – around the water cooler, during coffee breaks. Thanks to Dan Brown, this could be the church’s finest moment.
But it will only be our “finest moment” if…if…if the Church is prepared. And how do we do that? I’m glad you asked.
You are probably aware that Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code discusses Leonardo Da Vinci’s paintings. But I’ve got good news because The Da Vinci Code not really about art. In fact, you don’t need to know any art history.
Here are the key things you need to know in order to help people understand the historical inaccuracies of The Da Vinci Code.
Dan Brown claims that Jesus was not divine, or even perceived to be divine until the 4th century. You know that His original followers saw Him as being divine, and most assuredly after the Resurrection.
Dan Brown claims that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were not the original Gospels. He believes that somehow the “original” gospels were taken and destroyed – and in their place someone inserted the four Gospels that appear in your New Testament. With just a little bit of study, you can refute that. You really can!
Actually, there are other things that Dan Brown contends and you can refute – again, with just a little investment of your time. There are at least 10 books out right now that help you know the truth about The Da Vinci Code. I co-authored one called Cracking Da Vinci’s Code. Erwin Lutzer, pastor of Moody Church in Chicago, wrote another one. Darrell Bock of Dallas Seminary wrote one. Ben Witherington of Asbury Seminary wrote another. Richard Abanes, an expert on cults, recently released another.
My point is this: there are tools – good tools – to help you stand for the truth. Jim Garlow
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