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The Muratorian Fragment Defeats The Da Vinci Code

Imagine a historical novel in which the Germans won World War II. We would know it was wrong immediately. The Da Vinci Code is historical fiction where the history is bad.Unfortunately, this bad history has been propagated in the over 80 million copies sold.

But since we don’t know our church history, we don’t recognize bad church history. One of those assertion from The Da Vinci Code is that the Bible was assembled in 325. Here is a quote from a fictional character.

Sir Leigh Teabing, former British Royal Historian  –Da Vinci Code
“The Bible did not arrive by fax from heaven…The Bible is a product of man, my dear. Not of God. The Bible did not fall magically from the clouds. It has evolved through countless translations, additions and revisions. History has never had a definitive version of the book….There were over 80 gospels and in 325 A.D, Constantine commissioned and financed a new Bible which omitted those gospels that spoke of Christ’s human traits and embellished those gospels that made him godlike.”

But this is just bad history. There are multiple historical problems with this paragraph. For just one refutation, read this article about The Muratorian Fragment. The author shows we have documentation that 22 of 27 NT books were agreed upon by 180 A.D. In other words, the core of the NT was decided by consensus not a political council quite early in the history of the church!

Because of The DaVinci Code, the culture “knows” the NT was manipulated. Unfortunately they are wrong. Let’s make sure our older children know the truth.

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