Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Was The Son Of God Invented?

Both the Da Vinci Code novel and film assert that that early Christians viewed Jesus as merely a "mortal teacher" and that it was only at the Council of Nicaea in 325, under pressure from the Emperor Constantine, that the belief in Jesus' divinity became official Christian teaching. This is simply not true. The Gospels and letters of Paul, as well as writings and liturgies from the centuries preceding Nicaea, give ample evidence that Christian faith was based on a belief that Jesus was the Son of God. They worshipped Jesus as Lord. What Nicaea did was to correct the heresy of Arianism: the belief that Jesus was a highly exalted creature-- but a creature, nonetheless --who did not share in God's nature. We repeat the Council's affirmation of Jesus; human and divine natures when we say the Nicene Creed: "God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God." This was not an innovation, It was simply a more precise articulation fo the truth about the Jesus we encounter in the Gospels. --Our Sunday Visitor (Amy Welborn) For more information about the sources of The Da Vinci Code Movie click here. For the de-bunking the Da Vinci Code website click here. For Amy Welborn's blog, Open Book, click here. For the Our Sunday Visitor website click here.


David C. said...

I found a wiki-based site that would benefit from your remarks and insight Conde.

Looks like a ‘Code’ author has dumped his book content into a wiki so anyone can go in and edit what’s there or add new content. Seems interesting...the URL is http://secretsbehindthedavincicode.wetpaint.com

Unknown said...

David C.,

The proper accolades belongs to Amy Welborn and the organization, Our Sunday Visitor.

It's my small way in combating lies.

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