The Despised Son of God
"¡¦Let's not tear it,¡¦ they said to one another. ¡¥Let's decide by lot who will get it.¡¦ This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said, ¡¥They divided my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.¡¦ So this is what the soldiers did.¡¨ (John 19:24)
In those days Jesus, the Son of God was put into the hands of men for our sins, and suffered much torture and humiliation on the cross. The Roman soldiers removed His garments, divided them into 4 batches and each took a batch. They also drew lots for His inner clothing. All this abuse fell upon our Lord, but He silently bore the offense and molestation of men. In these end times, those who oppose God are even more vehemently blaspheming and despising the Son of God in open under the Anti-Christ torrent propelled by Satan.
The High Court in London recently ruled in favour of Dan Brown. His novel The Da Vinci Code was deemed not to have infringed on the copyright of Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh¡¦s book, Holy Blood, Holy Grail. They even had to cover over $1.7m in legal fees. This litigation farce is like the squabble of the soldiers under the cross over appropriation of the Lord¡¦s garments and inner clothing. They are all collaborators in the evil deed of humiliating the Lord. Dan Brown¡¦s The Da Vinci Code, published in 2003, has taken the world by storm, with over 40 million copies in print. The law-suit has even provided free publicity to the movie version to be launched in May, effectively adding wind to the sails. The fictitious treatment employed by Brown has seriously distorted and trampled on the divine status of Christ. He falsely accuses Mary Magdalene of having had a sexual relationship with Christ, producing offspring that eventually settled in France, in time generating a secret religious sect that worships Mary Magdalene and is continually hunted by the Vatican. Also, the author acknowledges in the novel that Christ is a great historical figure. To unite the world, the Emperor Constantine usurped the power of the Christian Church in order to eliminate the heathen religions at the time that worshipped myriad gods. During the Council of Nicea (325 AD) that he sponsored, Constantine officially deified the status of Christ as the Son of God. The artist Leonardo Da Vinci was supposedly a leader of this secret religious sect. His works ¡§The Last Supper¡¨ and ¡§Mona Lisa¡¨ both concealed earth-shattering secrets.
The Da Vinci Code may be considered cryptic and suspenseful fiction, but its content is full of distortions of Jesus Christ and the history of the Christian Church. The theology and mindset of Dan Brown is similar to that of the fourth-century Arian sect. They both reject the divinity of Christ. Brown dismisses the many thousands of hand-written Biblical proofs and writings of early Christian fathers that affirm the position of Christ as the Son of God early on. During the fourth century, in response to the influence of the sacrilegious Arian faction on the church, Athanasius reaffirmed the doctrine of the divinity and humanity of Christ at the Nicene Council. At different periods, there have been the appearance of assorted heretical groups with profane discourses that seek to alter the truth of Jesus Christ and the Bible. In these end times, the tide of the Anti-Christ is even more severe. Brown high-jacked Christ and the history of the church to fabricate a fictitious story and gained himself fame and fortune.
A Dutch newspaper attracted violent responses from Muslims around the world because it published a cartoon of the prophet Mohammed. A Fatwa for execution was even pronounced against the cartoonist. Yet Jesus Christ is the Son of God and His eminent position and immaculate works have been seriously distorted and blemished. Although no Christians have issued any death warrants on Brown, there have been many rebuttals in disseminating and apologetic writings. The writer admonishes the brothers and sisters to be cautious. Do not let this fictitious novel shake our faith. Paul once said to the church, ¡§See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.¡¨ (Colossians 2:8) For our belief is founded upon the truth of the Everlasting God, the power of signs and miracles and the Holy Spirit, and proven by the experiences of saints from all ages and generations.
¡§Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men ...¡¨ (Hebrews 12:3)
By: Daniel To