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The Da Vinci Code July 2, 2006

Posted by Joe in Uncategorized.
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I just finished reading the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. It was not a book that I had intended to read. Books that receive as much publicity as this one seldom live up to their hype in my eyes. Plus the reviews and other media exposure that I had seen had given me doubts about its contents.

However, in my Friday morning’s Men’s Bible Study Group, we are going through a study created by Lee Strobel called “Discussing the Da Vinci Code”. Much like his book called “The Case for Christ”, Strobel takes a hard look at the propositions asserted as fact in the “Da Vinci Code” to see if they can withstand the scrutiny of science, of history, and of common sense. The study assumes that you have either read Brown’s book or have seen the movie adaption of it. So I decided to read the book for myself.

After reading it, I can say that it really is a great story. I can certainly see why so many people are enthralled by it. The story is fast moving and full of intrigue.

But, I think it’s also a very dangerous book for most people. Why? It advocates a long debunked theory and it presents it in a way that implies that it is all very true and very real. Further, the manner in which his assertions are presented makes it appear that the rest of the world already knows and accepts Brown’s propositions and that you are alone and naive in believing the claims of the Bible.

When in reality, an overwhelming majority of scholars, both Biblical and secular alike, have deflated the theory advocated in the book. It’s based on discredited sources and very tenuous connections. There are a ton of resources and unbiased articles online that agree on this; just Google for “Da Vinci Code Christian”. In short, it takes more faith to believe the theory claimed in the book than it does to believe the Biblical account of Jesus.

If you decide to read the book remember that it’s a work of fiction and Isaiah 40:8, which assures us that

The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.

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