Vinci Code - Fiction spreading Falsehood
The identity of Jesus of Nazareth is at the heart
of the controversy created by The Da Vinci Code.
Once Jesus asked his disciples, "Who do men
say that I, the Son of Man, am?" Just as it was back then,
there are also many people today who, like Dan Brown, say that Jesus
was just one of the prophets, a mere man.
Jesus turned to the disciples and asked,
"But who do you say that I am?" That is the crucial
question we must answer.
In his "fiction based on fact," Dan
Brown claims that the deity of Christ was a new doctrine invented at
the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325. "Jesus was viewed by His
followers as a mortal prophet … a great and powerful man, but man
nonetheless … Jesus' establishment as 'the Son of God' was
officially proposed and voted on by the Council of Nicea … A
relatively close vote at that."
Is that true? Let's take a look at the facts. I
give a short sample of quotations from the writings of the early
Christians, all of whom lived at least 100 years before the Council
of Nicea. This is what they believed.
For our God, Jesus Christ, was conceived
by Mary in accord with God's plan. (Ignatius of Antioch,
Letter to the Ephesians. A.D. 110).
[Christ] we worship as the Son of
God. (The Martyrdom of Saint Polycarp. A.D. 155/157).
This is He who, being from everlasting,
is to-day called the Son; through whom the Church is
enriched. (Epistle to Diognetus. A.D. 130).
He that came down from heaven in the Holy
Spirit for the salvation of men is confessed to be the Son of the
Most High God. (Aristides of Athens, Apology. A.D. 140).
We will prove that we worship Him
reasonably; for we have learned that He is the Son of the True God
Himself. (St Justin Martyr, First Apology. A.D. 148-155).
We are not playing the fool, you Greeks,
nor do we talk nonsense, when we report that God was born in the
form of a man. (Tatian the Syrian, Address to the Greeks.
For Christ is the God over all; who has
arranged to wash away sin from mankind, rendering the old man
new. (Hippolytus of Rome, Refutation of All Heresies. A.D.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who became
flesh for our salvation. (St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies.
God alone is without sin. The only man
without sin is Christ; for Christ is also God. (Tertullian,
The Soul. A.D. 208/212).
He alone is both God and man, and the
source of all our good things. (Clement of Alexandria,
Exhortation to the Greeks. A.D. 200).
These early Christians witnessed to the faith of
the universal church before Nicea. With one mouth they confessed
that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God!
The Council was convoked because Arius begun to
teach that the Son was a created being. The bishops reaffirmed the
faith embraced by the church from the very beginning because it was
the clear teaching of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.
Only two out of about 300 bishops failed to sign the creed. Hardly a
To Jesus' question,
the apostle Peter replied for the whole church, "You are the
Christ, the Son of the Living God." That is our confession too.
Dan Brown novel is fiction based on falsehood; it will not shake the
Rock on which our faith is securely built!