Conclusion

Suppose there were a novel where the entire premise was built on an assassination attempt against the King of the United States of America. Why, that's absurd, you say! Perhaps people might enjoy the story as pure fiction, but nobody would lend historical credence to its "facts," because everyone knows we have no king. Yet The Da Vinci Code is every bit as fictitious as this hypothetical plotline, if you are familiar with a few basics of early Christian history. The only reason Dan Brown can get away with intimating a factual basis for his story is because there is such widespread ignorance of Christian history, including these facts:

• The Gospels in the Bible are based on eyewitness testimony and have far more historical credibility than spurious documents written in the second, third, or fourth centuries by, if you will, Christian cults.

• The Christian emperor Constantine did not create the Bible, nor did he declare its canon, nor was he the first to declare Jesus divine.

• Jesus was worshiped as divine from the very beginning. Those who believed in Him sealed their testimony with their own blood. They could not deny what they saw with their own eyes and touched with their own hands.

• Jesus was never married to anyone because He will marry His bride (the Church) at the end of time (Revelation 19:6-10).

The Da Vinci Code should be taken as a 100 percent novel. By-and-large if you treat its "facts" as fiction, you are closer to the truth than if you treat its "facts" as facts.

When the movie trailers for The Da Vinci Code were running, they declared, "Seek the truth." That is one statement that we would totally agree with. Seek the truth. Seek with an open mind. See why tens of millions have discovered that Jesus Christ is who He says He was—God in human flesh—who came down from Heaven to redeem human beings.

When you seek, you will find. When you seek the truth, you will find Jesus Christ, for He Himself declared, "I am...the truth" (John 14:6).

Even to this day, people use the phrase "gospel" as synonymous with "truth." The gospel—as found in the four Gospels—is indeed "the gospel truth." It has stood the test of time and weathered all sorts of attacks—the latest of which is what we call "the Da Vinci Myth." In time, the Da Vinci Myth will be discarded in the dustbin of history, while the Gospel Truth will continue to spread abroad. The tragedy is that in the interim, some people will miss Heaven because they reject the gospel truth and believe the Da Vinci myth.

Soli Deo Gloria.

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