May 15, 2006

Madman, Teacher, or God?

Brown’s other proof is the Da Vinci painting, where the young, beloved Apostle John, who died about 96AD and was young enough to not shave at the time of the Last Supper, is referred to as Mary Magdalene. This may be good enough for a murder mystery, but it’s not scholarly research.

Brown has to ignore and distort an incredible amount of history to come to these conclusions. The Jewish historian Flavius Josephus refers to Jesus as the Messiah. Tacitus and Pliney the Younger also mention Jesus. Augustus Caesar called for 3 censuses during his reign, one at the time of Jesus’ birth. The Christian Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, provide the most historical detail of Jesus’ life, death, miracles and his bodily resurrection.

Not just a teacher, but God
The resurrection of Jesus cannot be dismissed; you can’t sit on the fence on this. As Oxford and Cambridge Professor, C.S. Lewis said, "Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon, or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about Him being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."

Jesus declared himself to be God, He proved it by his miracles, and resurrection, and many of his followers, the early Christians, died horrible deaths for this belief, rather than renounce Jesus or offend God.

Don’t make Dan Brown any richer by going to this Movie.

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