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THE DA VINCI CODE Constantine, the Council of Nicaea and the Bible Historian Leigh Teabing: "What I mean is that practically everything our fathers showed us about Christ is false, just like the stories about the Holy Grail." [235] "At this social event [Council of Nicaea in 325] numerous parts of Christianity were bantered about and voted upon—the date of Easter, the part of the diocesans, the organization of ceremonies, and, obviously, the godliness of Jesus." Sophie: "I don't take after. His eternality? Teabing: "My dear, until that crossroads ever, Jesus was seen by his adherents as a mortal prophet . . An extraordinary and intense man. Yet, a man regardless. A mortal" Sophie: "Not the Son of God?" Teabing: "Right. Jesus' foundation as 'the Son of God' was formally proposed and voted on by the Council of Nicaea." Sophie: "Hang on. You're stating Jesus' godlikeness was the consequence of a vote ?" Teabing: "A moderately close vote at that . . ." [233]

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The Early Church Reply Ignatius of Antioch: "God himself was showed in human shape." (105 AD) Justin Martyr: "The Father of the universe has a Son. Furthermore, He . . . is even God." (160 AD) Irenaeus: "He is God for the name Emmanuel demonstrates this." (180 AD) Tertullian: "Christ our God." (200 AD) Origen: "Nobody ought to be insulted that the Savior is additionally God. . ." (225 AD) Cyprian: "Jesus Christ, our Lord and God." (304 AD) Lactantius: "We trust Him to be God: (304 AD) [Tutor to Emperor Constantine's son}

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Early Church Councils held to decide critical doctrinal matters were normal to the early Christians (Acts 15.) Councils were imperative keeping in mind the end goal to keep up a standard confidence and keep the spread of false tenet. • Arius showed that Jesus was a made being • Bishop Alexander of Alexandria proclaimed Arius a blasphemer in 32l • To settle the matter unequivocally Constantine called a Council in 325 in the town of Nicaea. • Over 300 hundred diocesans partook. Numerous had endured amid the Great Persecution which finished just fourteen years beforehand. • Only two clerics voted for Arius'position Left: Council of Nicaea. The Gospels are enthroned in the middle and Constantine sits to the other side. The Nicene Creed That Resulted from the Council States: "And in one Lord Jesus Christ, and the main sired Son of God, conceived of the Father before all ages, Light of Light, genuine God of genuine God, sired not made, of one substance with the Father . ."

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More from the Book "The curve is this," Teabing said, talking quicker at this point. "Since Constantine updated Jesus' status right around four centuries after Jesus' demise, a great many records as of now existed chronicling his life as a mortal man. To rework the history books, Constantine knew he would require an intense stroke. From this sprang the most significant crossroads in Christian history." Teabing stopped. Peering toward Sophie. "Constantine appointed and financed another Bible, which precluded those Gospels that talked about Christ's human attributes and decorated those accounts that made Him divine. The prior accounts were prohibited, gotten together, and smoldered." (234) "Naturally, His life was recorded by a huge number of supporters over the land." Teabing delayed to taste his tea and after that put the container back on the shelf. "More than eighty accounts were considered for the new Testament, but then just a generally few were decided for incorporation—Matthew, Mark, Luke and John among them." (231) "Luckily for history specialists," Teabring said, "a portion of the accounts that Constantine endeavored to annihilate figured out how to survive. The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in the 1950s covered up in a surrender close Qumran in the Judaean forsake. What's more, obviously, the Coptic Scrolls in 1945 at Nag Hammadi. Notwithstanding recounting the genuine Grail story, these archives discuss Christ's service in extremely human terms." (234)

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Early Church Reply 2 Peter 3:16 alludes to Paul's epistles as "alternate sacred texts." Irenaeus: "So firm is the ground whereupon these Gospels rest, that the very blasphemers themselves give testimony regarding them. . . (170 AD) Ebionites utilized Matthew Marcion utilized Luke and Mark Valentinus utilized John Irenaeus: "It is impractical that the Gospels can be either more or less in number than they are. For, since there are four zones of the world in which we live, and four foremost winds, while the Church is scattered all through all the world . . . It is fitting that she ought to have four columns." The Muratorian Canon (late 2 nd penny.) Twenty-three of twenty-seven N. T. books acknowledged as group, including the four accounts. Origen: "By the by, among all these we have affirmed exclusively what the congregation has perceived, which is that lone the four accounts ought to be acknowledged." (200 AD) Above: Earliest known piece of the Gospel of John c.120-130 BC., John Rylands Library, Manchester, England

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The Holy Grail From The DaVinci Code: "Langdon took a gander at her now. "Sophie, legend lets us know that the Holy Grail is a vessel—a container. Be that as it may, the Grail's portrayal as a cup is really a moral story to ensure the genuine way of the Holy Grail. That is to say, the legend utilizes the goblet as an allegory for something significantly more vital." "A lady," Sophie said. "Precisely." Langdon grinned. " The Grail is actually the old image for womanhood, and the Holy Grail speaks to the hallowed female and the goddess, which obviously has now been lost, basically disposed of by the Church. The force of the female and her capacity to deliver life was once exceptionally holy, yet it represented a danger to the ascent of the prevalently male Church, thus the hallowed ladylike was vilified and called unclean. It was man , not God, who made the idea of " unique sin, " whereby Eve tasted of the apple and created the destruction of humankind. Lady, once the consecrated supplier of life, was currently the foe. " (238) Mary Magdalene by Albrecht Durer

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The Holy Grail, cont. From The DaVinci Code: Teabring talked all the more discreetly now. "The mission for the Holy Grail is actually the journey to stoop before the bones of Mary Magdalene. A trip to ask at the feet of the untouchable one, the lost consecrated ladylike." (257)

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History of the Holy Grail The Holy Grail turned into a piece of mainstream sentiment fiction somewhere around 1190 and 1240. Chalice implies dish or glass. Perceval by Chretien de Troyes. The Grail gets to be hallowed in later retellings a. Joseph of Arimathea—blood of Jesus b. Phenomenal forces c. Monitored by the Templeisen Holy Grail stories fall into insensibility after the Renaissance just to be recuperated from indefinite quality by the Romantic Movement in the nineteenth century (particularly by Thomas Mallory.) Holy Blood, Holy Grail (1982) by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln a. "Sang Real" or "blood illustrious"— mixed up fifteenth century historical background of the Grail. b. Bloodline hypothesis breakdown. Chestnut has turned a story saturated with Christian legend and imagery into a story that is against Christian.

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The Sangreal Legend The narrative of the Sangreal [Middle French: Saint Graal] or Holy Grail, albeit in view of Celtic sources (Peredur,) was first composed by the French writer Chretien de Troyes (d. ca.1165,) who added it to the Arthurian legend. He made Percival, a Welshman, the saint, however later Percival was supplanted by Sir Galahad in later forms. Thomas Mallory proceeded with the story in his Mort d'Arthur , and Alfred Lord Tennnyson in a long lyric recounts Galahad's vision of three blessed messengers with the Grail. The legend showed up in operatic frame when Wagner composed both the lyrics and the music for Parsifal. "Three holy messengers bear the sacred Grail: With collapsed feet, in stoles of white, On resting wings they cruise. Ok, honored vision! blood of God!" Alfred Lord Tennyson

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Right: The Great Chalice of Antioch , accepted at one an opportunity to be the Holy Grail, was found in Syria in 1910. Its intricately worked covering regarded regular of first century work. It is presently in the Cloisters Museum of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which now asserts it all the more nearly looks like a sixth century lampstand. The little inside container is silver; the covering is silver-plated. A Few Grails Left: The "Santo Caliz," a tremendously voyaged measure of red agate sits on an elaborate stand made of gold and a transformed bowl of chalcedony. The glass is in a unique church of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain. Pope John Paul II thought it was the genuine article and conceded liberalities to travelers who make the outing to Spain to worship it. Right: From the numerous assumed "Chalices" he finds in the shrouded surrender, Indiana Jones effectively picks the littlest, plainest container to hold the water that recuperates his withering father.

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The Templars From The Da Vinci Code: " The Priory of Sion, " Langdon started, " was established in Jerusalem in 1099 by a French ruler named Godefroi de Bouillon, promptly after he had vanquished the city. " Sophie gestured, her eyes bolted on him. " King Godefroi was supposedly the owner of a capable mystery — a mystery that had been in his family since the season of Christ. Dreading his mystery may be lost when he kicked the bucket, he established a mystery fellowship — the Priory of Sion — and accused them of ensuring his mystery by discreetly passing it on from era to era. Amid their years in Jerusalem, the Priory scholarly of a stash of shrouded reports covered underneath the remnants of Herod " s Temple. These archives, they accepted, validated Godefroi " s capable mystery and were so dangerous in nature that the Church would remain absolutely determined to get them. " Sophie looked questionable. "… .keeping in mind the end goal to recover the reports from inside the remnants, the Priory made a military arm — a gathering of nine knights called the O