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“Da Vinci Code” and the Deity of Christ


Fri, May 26th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

The Da Vinci Code–fact or fiction? Since 2003, The Da Vinci Code has sold over 40 million copies, and a motion picture recently debuted. Let’s consider what the Da Vinci Code book presents in light of historical facts.

According to Dr. James Kennedy, The Da Vinci Code “claims that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were man and wife and had a child, that the Bible is ‘a product of man.... not of God,’ and that church leaders made Christ divine by a narrow vote in the fourth century.” This viewpoint is summarized in the book: “Almost everything our fathers taught us about Christ is false.” (p. 235)

Consider this dialogue from the book: “‘My dear,’ Teabing declared, ‘until that moment in history, Jesus was viewed by his followers as a mortal prophet… A great and powerful man, but a man nonetheless. A mortal.’ ‘Not the Son of God?’ [said Sophie] ‘Right,’ Teabing said. ‘Jesus’ establishment as “the Son of God” was officially proposed and voted on by the Council of Nicaea.’ ‘Hold on. You’re saying Jesus’ divinity was the result of a vote?’ ‘A relatively close vote at that,’ Teabing added.” (p. 233) Was Jesus not considered to be God until the Nicene Council of AD 325?

The Council of Nicaea was the first ecumenical Church council. “In The Da Vinci Code, we read that the doctrine of Christ’s deity passed by a ‘relative close vote.’ That is fiction, since only five out of more than three hundred bishops (318) protested the creed. In fact, in the end, only two refused to sign it.” (The DaVinci Deception by Erwin Lutzer, pp 9-10) Yet the Church believed in this long before that strong affirmation of Christ’s divinity in 325 AD.

1) Written in the 1st century, the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John) clearly teach Jesus’ divinity. For example, Jesus declared: “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30) “When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah....’ ‘But what about you?’ He asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’” (Matthew 16:13-16)

“Now Thomas ... was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord!’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the nail marks in His hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into His si .....
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Revenge: a cost benefit analysis

Fri, May 19th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Last Saturday I watched the movie Munich, Steven Spielberg’s beautifully crafted drama about the massacre of Jewish athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. On Sunday, I kept the DVD an extra day and watched the movie again with my son, a history buf ..... 
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The elephant in the room

Fri, May 12th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

I graduated from New Ulm Public High School way back sometime in the last century. New Ulm is a town of about 15,000 in south central Minnesota, surrounded by many small towns, most of them without their own schools by the time I graduated.
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Bondhus: “DNR has a strong bias toward closing fish farm”

Fri, Apr 28th, 2006
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(The following letter was sent to the Fillmore County Board for their April 25, 2006 meeting).

I understand the Fillmore County Commissioners will be deciding whether or not to be the RGU (regulating governmental unit) on the EA ..... 
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Broberg: “Trout farm didn’t follow the rules and now wants legislative remedy”

Fri, Apr 28th, 2006
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Apparently, the owner and local supporters of Spring Valley Ponds think legislative action is necessary to finally get the permits for the fish hatchery and park. After so much time and money has been spent operating without the required permits, the ..... 
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We need a couple of dozen Carl Sagans

Fri, Apr 28th, 2006
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The Thursday before Earth Day, the 20th, PBS had a National Geographic special featuring Dr. Tyrone Hayes. Hayes, a Harvard trained PhD researcher at the University of California, held an audience at Eagle Bluff Learning Center spellbound for over an ..... 
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Victim: Put your bad experience to good use by speaking out

Fri, Apr 21st, 2006
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On September 17, 2005, at the age of fifteen, I became a victim. I was approached by a complete stranger, a 26 year old married man and father. I was all alone and had nowhere to go when this man took away my trust and safety. I was a victim of an at ..... 
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Ethanol may be the answer

Fri, Mar 31st, 2006
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The answer to America’s dependence on gasoline could come from the Midwest, not the Middle East.  Using ethanol as a transportation fuel can be traced back to Henry Ford and other transportation pioneers. Ford’s Model T, prod ..... 
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Shock and shame

Fri, Mar 24th, 2006
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The 1970’s Academy Award winning documentary Hearts and Minds, which detailed the course of the Vietnam War, from our initial contacts with the Ho Chi Minh resistance during World War II to our ultimate draw down of troops in 1973, documents how succ ..... 
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