While the New Testament faithfully recorded the sayings and deeds of Jesus Christ, Dan Brown and others today are holding the Gnostic writings—again second, third, and fourth century writings—as superior to the first century Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). Note what Dr. Erwin Lutzer, author of The Da Vinci Deception, has to say:
.these Gnostic gospels are so fraudulent. They are late dated, they are not written by the person who they are purported to be written by, and consequently, we have no reason to trust them. Whereas, in the Gospels of the New Testament, we do have solid historical evidence of eyewitness accounts as to what Jesus Christ said, and we know that these documents are early, because of the quotations from the Church Fathers, showing that they were already in existence in the 1st Century.97 In contrast, Dr. Lutzer tells us what Luke (who wrote the Gospel According to Luke and the book of Acts) went through to compose his Gospel:
Luke tells us in the first chapter what his methodology was. He says, you know, many others have made careful investigation as to what has happened, but he says that I am investigating this, and he was in a position to be able to talk to people. There may have been other documents in existence that he used, but he carefully outlined his views of history and how history should be done. And he was very specific regarding the fact that what he was writing was credible and had witnesses that could be checked out.98
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