Believing THE BOOK (the Bible)
or a book (the Da Vinci Code.)
Not very many if any Bible believing Christians will be swayed by the book Titled The DaVinci Code. Personally I did not read the book. I did not want to pay the price for this book of fiction. Now I know the book uses some facts.
A Council took place called the Council of Nicea, and they did take a vote concerning the divinity of Jesus, but it was not to settle controversy. It did affirm what the vast majority believed. There were 320 Bishops etc. attending the conference The vote on the divinity of Jesus was 318 for and 2 against. That did not cause the church to believe in the Divinity of Jesus but to strongly affirm the doctrine already in place. So about ten percent of the fact was turned by Dan Brown’s book into fiction whether he admits it or not.
Although I did not read the book I did go to the movie and spent $ 4.00 to see the movie production. I walked away from the movie saying “anyone who is swayed by that movie to believe this falsehoods, is simple looking for something to ease their mind about their sin.” It really boils down to believing a recently concocked book or believing the most investigated BOOK of all time “THE BIBLE”.
1. The book Cast Doubt on the BOOK: Shall We Believe The Bible?
A. Is The Bible A Reliable Book?
1. Let Me Guide Your Thinking By Using An Acrostic of the Word Bible.
B. Bibliographical Evidences
Number of Manuscripts. Time Lapse from Original.
Plato’s __SEVEN 400 BC to 900 AD (1,300)
Caesar's __TEN_ 060 BC AD to _900 AD (950)
Homer’s __643___ 900 BC to 400 BC (500 yrs)
New Test. _5,356_ 100BC -200BC fragments (125 BC)
Old Test. _10,000__ Dead Sea Scrolls 900 AD to 200 BC, Few and Very Minor Differences
I. Internal Harmony
40 Writers 1.500 years 3 Languages
B. Biblical Prophecies.
333 Fulfilled About The Messiah alone.
48 = Mathematically what is equal to 1 to 10157
L. Lord’s View
A Very High View of Scripture
Read About The Emmaus Disciples
E. External Evidences.
No Architectural discovery Contradicts The Bible
B. Are There Other Authentic Gospels?
1. There are Something like 17 Other Gospels.
2. Noncanonical Literature.
The Infancy Gospel of Thomas [Greek Text A]
The Infancy Gospel of Thomas [Greek Text B]
The Infancy Gospel of Thomas [Latin Text]
A 5th Century Compilation of the Thomas Texts
An Arabic Infancy Gospel
The Gospel of James
The Gospel of the Nativity of MaryThe Gospel of Mary [Magdalene]
The Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew
The Gospel of Nicodemus [Acts of Pilate]
The Gospel of Bartholomew
The Gospel of Peter
The Gospel of Thomas
The Gospel of Philip
The Gospel of the Lord [by Marcion]
The Secret Gospel of Mark
The Gospel of Judas
Check List at: http://wesley.nnu.edu/
3. The Earliest Doctrinal Statement.
1 Cor 15:3-8 3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. 7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. 8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. NKJV
4. Noncanonical Gospels Do Not Mention
The facts of 1 Cor. 15:3-5.
a. No Death of Jesus.
b. No Burial of Jesus.
c. No Resurrection of Jesus.
5. Noncanonical Gospels are Not Authentic.
a. Rejected because they are not Apostles.
B. Rejected because no mention of Death-Resurrection
I ask the Lord to lead me to people He is getting ready to hear the gospel message. I know He has some ready to hear, and I am eager to share. So today I am driving down the highway and see a man alone at the sight of a scenic view. He is a motor cycle guy.
I drove on by, but then felt impressed to go back and talk with him so I did. I got out of the car, and walked up to him and said, "I am a minister, and I ask God to lead me to people He wants me to talk to, and I am impressed He wants me to talk to you. I then said "you look troubled is something wrong." He said yes I just broke up with my lady. I started into a more detailed questioning and sharing, and he said well I don't agree that the Bible is the Word of God, it was not decided until the Council of Nicea.
Where do you think he heard that? I told him the facts briefly and asked if he had trouble admitting he had
sinned in his life time, he said oh no. I asked how his sin would be covered, he had no idea, I shared my
beliefs, and he acted like he wanted to get away. I gave him the Eternal Life Tract and urged him to read
it. He said "I will." Please breathe a prayer for him. My point in sharing all this is his defense that the Bible
was not decided until the Council of Nicea. The garbage has started to hit. I have witnessed hundreds of
times and never had anyone mention The Council at Nicea. Get prepared!
Christianity will always have those who attack it. Many want to live in sin without being rebuked.
Jesus said, John 7:7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil. NKJV
2. The book Cast Doubt on what The BOOK Says About Divinity of Jesus.
A. What Does The Bible Say? 1. John 1:1-18 1:1-5
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. NKJV
1. Note “was God”
a. He was at the Beginning God.
2. Phil. 2:5-11 Phil 2:6
6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be
a. Note the word “grasped”
b. Because He “was” God He did not have to grasp it.
3. Col. 1:15-18, 4. Heb. 1:1-4
B. What Did Jesus Say.
1. To John’s Disciples. Luke 7:20, 22,
20 When the men had come to Him, they said, "John the Baptist has sent us to You, saying,
'Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?'" 22 Jesus answered and said to them,
"Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the
lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to
2. To Simon and the Disciples. Luke 9:20-21
20 He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered and said, "The Christ of God." 21 And He strictly warned and commanded them to tell this to no one, NKJV
3. To Bystanders. Luke 19:30-31
30 saying, "Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. 31 And if anyone asks you, 'Why are you losing it?' thus you shall say to him, 'Because the Lord has need of it.'" NKJV
4. To Early Believers.
a. The Man Born Blind. John 9:35-36
35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, "Do you believe in the Son of God?" 36 He answered and said, "Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?" NKJV
b. The Woman at the Well.. John 4:25-26
25 The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming" (who is called Christ). "When He comes, He will tell us all things." 26 Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He." NKJV
c. The Disciple Thomas. John 20:24-29
24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord." So he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe." 26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!" 27 Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing." 28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" 29 Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." NKJV
3. The book says Jesus was married:
The BOOK (BIBLE) Does Not Report That.
A. What Does the Bible Say?
1. No Direct Comment.
2. Ten Reasons to reject the unfounded claim Jesus was married.
a. I will site two of them here:
# 8. When arguing for the right to have a wife, Paul does not mention Jesus! I Cor. 9:3-5 is the “death knell” to the idea that Jesus was married. Paul says, 1 Cor 9:5 Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas? NKJV
a. If Paul tried to Make A Case for Him To Have a Wife and Jesus were Married He would have mentioned It.
# 10. Jesus showed no special concern for Mary Magdalene at the Cross. If Jesus was indeed married to Mary Magdalene, it is hard to understand why he encouraged John to care for his mother, but not for his wife!http://www.mbts.edu/ Da Vinci Code Resources.
Illustration Polycarp - A Martyr for Truth
Polycarp's greatest contribution to Christianity may be his martyred death. His martyrdom stands as one of the most well documented events of antiquity. The emperors of Rome had unleashed bitter attacks against the Christians during this period, and members of the early church recorded many of the persecutions and deaths. Polycarp was arrested on the charge of being a Christian -- a member of a politically dangerous cult whose rapid growth needed to be stopped. Amidst an angry mob, the Roman proconsul took pity on such a gentle old man and urged Polycarp to proclaim, "Caesar is Lord". If only Polycarp would make this declaration and offer a small pinch of incense to Caesar's statue he would escape torture and death. To this Polycarp responded, "Eighty-six years I have served Christ, and He never did me any wrong. How can I blaspheme my King who saved me?" Steadfast in his stand for Christ, Polycarp refused to compromise his beliefs, and thus, was burned alive at the stake.