by: Jay Brennan. Separating Fact from Fiction. I John 4: 1-7. Questions Raised by the Book. Is Jesus God? “Almost everything our church Father’s taught us about Christ is False” – pg 235 Is the Bible true? “ The Bible is a product of Man and not of God.” (Pg 231)
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by: Jay Brennan Separating Fact from Fiction I John 4: 1-7
Questions Raised by the Book • Is Jesus God?“Almost everything our church Father’s taught us about Christ is False” – pg 235 • Is the Bible true? “The Bible is a product of Man and not of God.” (Pg 231) • Was Jesus married?“Behold the greatest cover-up in human history…not only married, but he was a father p.249” “Mary Magdalene was pregnant at the time of the crucifixion…It was here in France that she gave birth to a daughter. Her name was Sarah.” (pg. 255)
Questions Raised by the Book • Lost Books of the Bible - Are They Real?Teabing claims that the Nag Hammadi texts and the Dead Sea Scrolls are “the earliest Christian records” (245) the “unaltered gospels” 248. • What is the Sacred Feminine?"The Priory believes that Constantine and his male successors successfully converted the world from matriarchal paganism to patriarchal Christianity by waging a campaign of propaganda that demonized the sacred feminine, obliterating the goddess from modern religion forever." (p. 124) Jeremiah 44: 17-18
Questions Raised by the Book • What about the Holy Grail?“The church needed to defame Mary Magdalene in order to cover up her dangerous secret – her role as the Holy Grail.” pg 244
FACT • “All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate.” (page before the Prologue)
Three Purposes Behind Series • To equip those who believe. Jude 3-4; Acts 17:11 • To engage our culture. Acts 17: 16,17, 22, 23 and 30. • To share the gospel – To tell the Truth about Jesus. I Peter 3; 15
Storyline – Main Characters • Jacques Sauniere, murdered museum curator at the Louvre, Grand Master of the Priory of Sion, sworn protectors of the Holy Grail. • Robert Langdon, Professor of Religious Symbology, Harvard University • Sophie Neveu, agent of the Department of Crypto-graphy, a branch of the French state police • Sir Leigh Teabing, wealthy and fanatic grail researcher, British Royal Historian affiliated with Oxford University. “Expert” in the Gnostic gospels.
Misrepresentation of Facts • Constantine and the Council of Nicaea • Gnosticism and the Gnostic Gospels • Jesus, Mary Magdalene, & the Search for the Holy Grail • The Bible: How it was formed • The Reliability of the Bible
Crown, Council, Creed • Constantine becomes a Christian in 312 A.D • Council called together by Constantine in 325 A.D. Chief issue of council was the nature of Jesus.
Nicaea Creed "We believe in one God, the Father, Almighty, Maker of all things visible and invisible; and in the one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begotten of the Father, only-begotten, that is, from the substance of the Father; God from God, Light from Light, Very God from Very God, begotten not made, of one substance with the Father, through whom all things were made…
Brown Makes 3 Claims 1. Constantine invented the deity of Christ in order to consolidate his power (pg. 233) 2. Constantine rejected other gospels from the New Testament (that were favorable to the divine feminine) because they did not suit his political agenda. (p.231) 3. The doctrine of Christ’s deity passed by a “relatively close vote.”(p.231)
Refuting Brown’s 3 Claims 1. Constantine didn’t invent Deity of Christ…it was already consensus of delegates. Two things confirms this. • The Church Fathers • The Witness of Christian Martyrs
Church Fathers • Ignatius: “God Himself being manifested in human form . . .” (A.D. 105) Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians, chapter XIX • Clement: “It is fitting that you should think of Jesus Christ as God” (A.D. 150) The Second Epistle of Clement, chapter I • Justin Martyr: “the Father of the universe has a Son; who also, being the first-begotten Word of God, is even God” (A.D. 160) The First Apology of Justin Martyr, chapter LXIII • Irenaeus: “He is God, for the name Emmanuel indicates this” (A.D. 180) Against Heresies, book III, chapter XXI • Tertullian: “. . . Christ our God” (A.D. 200) The Apology, Of Patience, chapter XIII
Church Fathers • Origen: “no one ought to be offended, seeing God is the Father, that the Saviour is also God . . .” (A.D. 225). Origen de Principiis, book I, chapter II • Novatian: “Christ is not man only, but God also” (A.D. 235). A Treatise of Novatain Concerning the Trinity, chapter XVI • Cyprian: “That Christ our God should come, the En-lightener and Saviour of the human race” (253 A.D.). Treatise XII, second book, Testimonies • Lactantius: “We believe Him to be God” (A.D. 304). The Divine Institutes, book V, Of Justice, chapter III
Refuting Brown’s 2nd Claim 2. Constantine and delegates eliminating books from New Testament. “Aha! . . . The fundamental irony of Christianity! The Bible, as we know it today, was collated by the pagan Roman emperor Constantine the Great.”(pg. 231)” “Constantine commissioned and financed a new Bible, which omitted those gospels that spoke of Christ’s human traits and embellished those gospels that made Him godlike. The earlier gospels were outlawed, gathered up, and burned.” (234) Twenty rulings were issued at Nicaea, and the contents of all of them are still in existence today; not one of them refers to issues regarding which books were authoritative
Refuting Brown’s 3rd Claim • Deity of Christ Passed by a Relatively Close Vote: The Vote: 313 vs. 5 Only two refused to sign out of 318
Four Diagnostic Tests – I John 4 • Take a Truth Test “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” v.1 “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” 2 Cor. 11: 14
Four Diagnostic Tests – I John 4 2. Make Christ the Key “This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.” v. 2-3
Four Diagnostic Tests – I John 4 3. Remember that God is Greater “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.” v.4-6
Four Diagnostic Tests – I John 4 4. Love is Limitless “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” v.7
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