Jesus Is God
According to The Da Vinci Code, the early Church saw Jesus only as a human prophet until 325 A.D. when the Council of Nicea determined that Christians would henceforth be required to believe in Jesusí divinity (pgs. 233-235).
One of the earliest Christian writers, Saul of Tarsis, clearly believed Jesus to be divine. Saul (a.k.a. Paul) writing between 50 and 68 A.D., made many explicit statements about the divinity of Jesus (for example, see 1 Corinthians 8:5-6 or Philippians 2:5-7). These writings were widely used by the early Church in their worship services.
The fact that the earliest Christians worshipped Jesus as God is also supported by extra-biblical writings long before the 4th century.1 It is interesting that The Da Vinci Code almost entirely ignores the crucifixion of Christ, which several extra-biblical records confirm.2
Perhaps this is an intentional oversight related to the recognition of the fact that Christís claim to be divine is the most likely explanation for the Jewish leadersí antagonism towards Jesus which led to His crucifixion (John 10:33, Matthew 26:63-66).
(Compliments of Deciphering the Da Vinci Code by Craig A. Smith)
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1 For instance, Pliny the Younger, Roman governor of Bithynia in Asia Minor at the end of the first century, wrote to the Emperor Trajan around 112 A.D., observing that the Christians sang hymns to Christ "as to a god." 2 This fact was so widely acknowledged that Lucian, a Roman satirist writing in the 2nd century, made mention of it in one of his comedies.
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