Deciphering Da Vinci Code

Session 1 - Introduction and Constantine

The Da Vinci code presents Constantine as a pagan who never converted to Christianity, but only corrupted it from its earlier beliefs. Is this true? Who was Constantine, and what, if any, influence did he really have on the early church and the formation of the Scriptures as we have them today? Read More...

Session 2 - What About the Other Gospels?

The Da Vinci Code indicates that there were actually many other Gospels believed by the early Christians that were later removed from the Bible because they taught that Jesus was only human and not Divine. What are these other Gospels? What did they actually teach? Why were they rejected by the Church? Read More...

Session 3 - Jesus and Mary Magdalene

The Da Vinci Code teaches that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were actually married and had a child. It also asserts that the later Church, in an effort to hide this fact, began a smear campaign to label Mary Magdalene as a prostitute and to deny her marriage to Christ. Is this true? Who was Mary Magdalene? What was her relationship to Jesus? Did Jesus ever marry and have children? Read More...

Session 4 - The Deity and Humanity of Jesus Christ

The ultimate idea to which the Da Vinci code is driving is that Jesus was merely a human prophet, and that this was what virtually all Christians believed until the time of Constantine. It teaches that Constantine needed Jesus to be a Divine figure in order to unite the empire, and so he forced this idea upon Christians. Furthermore, since Christian writings had not taught this before, the real Christian documents which portrayed a merely human Jesus were banished and destroyed, and replacement documents which portrayed a Divine Jesus were put into the Christian New Testament.

What did early Christians believe about the nature of Christ? Did they think he was Divine, human, or both? What did the Gnostic writings that DVC claims were the original Christian documents teach about the nature of Christ? Who is Jesus Christ? Who did He claim to be, and what is His true nature? Read More...

Resources for Further Study

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Resources for further study