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 THE DAVINCI CODE DECODED, DEBUNKED AND DEMYSTIFIED
     

*Krishna was presented with Gold Frankincense and Myrrh, and thus the story was plagarized by Christian writers.Krishna was never given Gold Frankincense and Myrrh. The stories of Krishna’s resurrection were not added to Hindu mythology until after Christian missionaries visited India. Ironically, it's Hidus who plagarized from Christians, not the other way around!

* Constantine made Dec. 25th the official birthday of Jesus to replace Mithra's birthday. We have no way of knowing for sure when Christ's birthday was. It's not impossible it's really on or near Dec. 25th. The Jews held a tradition that a prophet was killed in the month being nine months after the day they were conceived. The early Church kept March 25th as the day of Christ’s crucifixion, and counting 9 months ahead, we arrive at Dec. 25th.

       We know Christ was killed around March because we know Christ was killed during Passover, which happens around March or April. Dec. 25th was also thought by the early church to be the day the first Chanukah was celebrated. It's also thought the first Christians, to protest being forced to celebrate Saturnalia on Dec. 27th, decided to celebrate Christ's birth 2 days earlier. There is absolutely no record of Constantine setting a specific date for Christmas, again, more inaccuracies from Dan Brown.

* The Miters worn by Bishops were taken from Babylonian Pagan mystery religions. This is a rehash of an old myth, propagated by over zealous Protestants against the Roman Catholic Church, debunked long ago. Sure, Pagan priests wore headdresses. But Miters were not worn until the 11th Century A.D. by Christian Bishops to represent the tongues of fire that fell on the Apostles' heads when they received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost . There is simply no connection!

* Mary Magdalene's remains and the secret documents that tell the real story were found on the Temple Mount when Jerusalem was conquered in the First Crusade. This Brown gets from the legends of the Knights Templar. The Templar knights were a real group. They were a group of fighting knights (not monks) who captured the Temple Mount from the Muslims. There have been numerous legends about them…the vast majority of which aren’t true. They’re a favorite source of inspiration for occultists. There many fanciful tales about the Templars having become anti-Christian heretics, of them having discovered some dark secret that they blackmailed the Roman Catholic Church with (such as discovering Christ wasn’t God), or even becoming Satanists. None of these crazy stories are true.

       The Templars were executed by the King of Philip France, but because of political reasons, not spiritual. The Pope pardoned the Templars of their heresy charges, and the document still exists. The idea that the Templars discovered Mary Magdalene’s remains is yet another myth. Dan Brown simply tosses it out, and offers absolutely no proof to back up his claim.

* The "truth" about Christ and Mary Magdalene has been kept alive by a secret society named the Priory of Sion that was lead by great minds like Da Vinci. The true story of the Priory is far, far less sensational. "The Priory" was  created in 1954 as simply a protest against the high rent of apartment in France! During the 1960's and 1970's, Plantard (it's creaotor) greatly expanded on his Priroy mythos, creating fake documents and planting them in French government archives, trying to make it appear the order was hundreds of years old.

       Both the BBC and French television aired documentaries exposing the hoax, and it’s too bad the documentary didn’t air in America. Among the documents Plantard fabricated was a bizarre (and very fake) genealogy depicting Mary Magdalene and a fictitious child she had by Jesus, leading to the kings of France, and to...you guessed it...Plantard himself! Talk about putting yourself over the top...what could be more so than claiming you're descended from Jesus Christ???

   Plantard had to appear before a judge in 1980, admitting in court he invented the whole thing. Still, he was able to hoodwink the authors of Holy Blood Holy Grail, whom Dan Brown accepts hook, line, and sinker as fact. The authors apparently didn’t get they were being had, even when the documents mentioned The Protocols of the Elders of Sion (Zion). Plantard was in fact, just an anti-Semitic jerk!

*According to Brown’s book (p. 233), the Council of Nicea voted on whether Jesus was the Son of God or not, and the vote was a close one. His “meticulous research” misses on several counts here. Jesus Himself claimed divinity in words recorded in the Gospel accounts, and affirmed in the Apostle Paul’s epistles...which were all written before the Gnostic writings Brown claims have been suppressed by the church. Those Gospel accounts, and Paul’s writings, were all circulating while witnesses were still alive who could refute them if they had false claims. At the Council of Nicaea, the vote was to affirm the truth the Christian church had always believed from the start, and to rebut a heretic by the name of Arius and his followers. In fact, the vote wasn’t even remotely close, as 298 out of 300 affirmed that Jesus was the Son of God. For more information, try
 http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11044a.htm.


    The Opus dei is a sinister orginization created to supress the truth about Jesus of Nazareth.  The Opus Dei is simply an organization of the Roman Catholic church that focuses on people grow in their faith and figuring out way to integrate it into their working lives. They are concerned about the poor,  and run many Christian charities. Brown makes the Opus Dei sound like a sinister organization bent on wealth and power, like something out of, oh... The Proctools of The Elders of Zion perhaps (only slandering Catholics instead of Jews). Brown even made the one Opus Die priest "an Albino Monk". Well Heck, why didn’t he just make him a hunchback with bolts coming out of his neck? Brown shows his hate for Christians...particularly Roman Catholics, in this character.

*The Davinci Code claims that the Opus Dei is opposed to Vatican II.    The falsehood of this is born out by the comments made by Catholic Clergy. Cardinal Ratzinger (who later became Pope) said of the Opus Dei that it was a "surprising union of absolute fidelity to the Church’s great tradition, to its faith, and unconditional openness to all the challenges of this world" (SOURCE: L'Osservatore Romano, October 6, 2002). The Opus Dei has officially denounced the claim that they were opposed to Vatican II. The late founder of the organization once commented on Vatican II "Indeed, one of my greatest joys was to see the Second Vatican Council so clearly proclaim the divine vocation of the laity." (SOURCE:From an interview published in the French newspaper, Le Figaro, May 16, 1966, republished in Conversations with Josemaría Escrivá, Scepter Publishers, 2002. )

"Sometimes people think there is no malice in slander. It is the hypothesis, they say, by which ignorance explains what it does not know or understand, so as to appear well-informed.
But it is doubly evil: as ignorance and as a lie."
– Fr. Josemaria Escriva`, founder of the Opus Dei

*Brown claims there are 666 panes of glass in the Louvre. an amateur attempt to attribute that much-feared number from Revelations into his account...in fact there are 673, which of course would diminish the effect if reported accurately.

 Brown also misses on the founders of Paris, the nature of albinism, the structure and titles within Opus Dei, wrongly declares that some pre-Christian god named Mithra also was buried in a tomb and resurrected on the third day in accounts of him (obviously a weak attempt to play on the fact the public probably hasn’t read Mithraic literature).

Picky-picky. Though these errors might seem small, they undermine Brown’s assertion of “meticulous research.”

      These are just some of the reasons why Brown’s book is nothing more than fodder for critics of the Catholic Church and Christianity. Regularly now, new articles are appearing on the Internet and in publications detailing the inaccurate claims presented as fact in the book. Unfortunately, in a culture unfamiliar with history, or with the Bible, Brown’s book continues to inspire an unmerited degree of confidence in its allegations.

 



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