“The ‘Da Vinci Code’s’ Damaging Effects Still Linger”

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This past week I had a rare experience. I actually met an authentic Jewish man in our town (who was just passing through from Florida on business). More amazing, he said that he reads through the Old Testament Scriptures regularly (in both Biblical and modern Hebrew), as well as frequently prays memorized prayers he learned as a child, also in modern Hebrew.

Sadly, it turned out that he had only learned how to pronounce the Hebrew letters and words, but does not understand what he reads, or what he prays. He was religious, but nothing more than a shell of religion. However, he was quite sure that the Bible I was quoting to him, has its origin from man, and not from the inspiration of God moving holy men to write down His Very Words (2nd Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21). But what source could have possibly convinced him of this fallacious view? Well, he answered me proudly, it was from “the lost gospel’s view” as taught in the hit movie: “The Da Vinci Code” (ca. 2006). Dear reader, the Bible says, “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, ... and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4). Although this portion of Scripture clearly refers to spiritually aberrant activity within the visible Church, the principle is nevertheless true. Because we are all sinners (Psalm 51:5, 8; Romans 3:23), we are, apart from the Holy Spirit, sitting ducks to be duped by charismatic leaders and to be deceived by any sensationalistic or conspiracy-laden story that comes our way. Sinful mankind is always looking for something innovative to believe in (Acts 25:22), because the truth is just too boring to grab their attention. Interestingly enough, the Greek NT word for “myths” in verse four of the 2 Timothy passage I cited above, can also be translated accurately as “fanciful stories.” Thus, Dan Brown’s formerly best-selling novel fits nicely into this genre of literature. It is indeed a fanciful story that, sadly, many of its sixty million plus readers (33% to be exact) believe to be true. Why? Simply because the author has said that all of his descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate (DVC, p.1). Believe it or not, many of these people profess to be Christians!  Sadly, many are obviously Biblically illiterate, grossly untaught, and so historically ignorant of Church History that they are at the mercy of whoever makes the loudest proclamation or who claims to have the most authority, in this case, it’s Dan Brown. In essence, this book is pure fiction. In fact, it is dangerous fiction. It promotes conspiracy theory, rejects Biblical authority, and denies Christ’s Deity. Just one example from the movie, that’s easily refuted, is the author’s denial of Christ’s Deity. He asserts that Jesus was not viewed by his followers as God until after the Council of Nicea in 325 AD, even though Scriptural testimony (John 1:1,14; Colossians 2:9; et al) and early church testimony (100-300 AD), say otherwise. So, my Jewish friend’s dogmatism clearly originates from the theological heresies conveyed, and historical inaccuracies promoted by Dan Brown’s controversial novel. Again, sadly, he was very confident about his false knowledge. So, when I tried to explain to him both the OT and NT canonization process (i.e. the standards by which the first-century Rabbi’s and early church fathers either accepted or rejected books before they finalized the sixty-six books of the Biblical canon), he remained obstinate in his religious insecurity. Since this all reminds me of the old saying, “a little knowledge can be presently dangerous,” thus it can also be said, “a little ‘Da Vinci Code’ is eternally disastrous.” This brings us to our conclusion and to the wisdom of G. K. Chesterton:  “...orthodoxy is not only true; it is infinitely more interesting than heresy. It is alive and compelling and life-changing. Heresies come and go by fashion. The truth is unchanged and unchangeable...” 

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