Da Vinci Code : Cracked



End Notes

1 Unfortunately, sin is a universal problem affecting all of us.  Not all Catholics have fully embraced this constant teaching of the Church promoting the equal dignity of women. However, the Church should be viewed according to her teachings and those who follow them, and not according to those who do not.












2 Jesus is not a human being, but a Divine Being. He is one Person who has two natures, a human one and a divine one. A person is defined as a being. Since He is only one Person He is only one Being. He is co-eternal with the Father, therefore He is a Divine Being. If in Jesus there had been two persons - i.e. two beings - that would have undermined the very principle by which we are saved. See article on the Anti-Christ and Nestorian.












 3 Christianity does not teach that God the Father is male, but rather that He is pure spirit without sex. We refer to Him in masculine terms because He was revealed to us by the Son in that manner.  Besides that, referring to the godhead in feminine terms is consistent with pagan theology, but it does not fit with Christianity. For example, Hindus believe that all creation is part of god. They view the world as being created out of the very substance of god.

The Latin derivation for  “mother”  is   “mater”  (think of maternal etc.)    It means origin, source, or the substance out of which something is made. Also see the derivation for  “matter.”   Both words   “mother”   and  “matter”  come from the same word.  If we had a  Mother god then we would be made out of the same substance of that god.  Hence, we would be gods ourselves.   

However, Christians have a God who is Father.  His creation is something outside of Himself.  And the male and female creatures tell us something about God and who He is and who we are. And Divine revelation tells us about our relationship with God by describing Him as the Groom and the Church as the bride.




The Four Gospels

The four Canonical Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, have been authenticated to a much higher degree of certainty than any other book in antiquity. They were written between 42 and 90 AD.  On the other hand, the Gnostic Gospels were not written until 150 - 300 AD or later. The Canonical Gospels were all accepted without dispute among the Church Fathers.  

St. Papias writing in 130 AD refers to Matthew and Mark’s Gospels. [Eusebius History of Ch. 3,39,15-16.] 

By the time Irenaeus writes about the four Gospels in 180 AD he records how the issue of which ones are authentic is settled with such a certainty that there is no question.  He says that there can be no other than the four Gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

St. Irenaeus states:

“It is not possible that the Gospels can be either more or fewer in number than they are. For, since there are four zones of the world in which we live, and four principal winds … it is fitting that she should have four pillars … the Gospel under four aspects, but bound together by one Spirit. … And therefore the Gospels are … according to John … according to Luke …  Matthew … Mark … For the living creatures are quadriform, and the Gospel is quadriform …”   [Against Heresies  3,11,8]

 About the four Gospels he also says:

“ … the Gospel has come down to us … by the will of God, handed down to us in the Scriptures … Matthew also issued a written Gospel among the Hebrews in their own dialect …  Mark, the disciple and interpreter of Peter, did also hand down to us in writing what had been preached by Peter. Luke also, the companion of Paul, recorded in a book the Gospel preached by him. Afterwards, John, the disciple of the Lord, who also had leaned upon His breast, did himself publish a Gospel during his residence at Ephesus in Asia.”    [Against Heresies  3,1,1]

Irenaeus’ reliability and accuracy is authenticated by his close connection to the Apostles and his appointment as Bishop of Lyons.

“But Polycarp also was not only instructed by apostles, and conversed with many who had seen Christ, but was also, by apostles in Asia, appointed bishop of the Church in Smyrna, whom I also saw in my early youth, for he … gloriously and most nobly suffering martyrdom, departed this life, having always taught the things which he had learned from the apostles, and which the Church has handed down, and which alone are true.”   [Against Heresies  3,3,4]

For further reading :

See The Da Vinci Deception pages 69-86.

 See Church Fathers at New Advent

Also Proving Inspiration by Catholic Answers.