"The Testimony of Dan Brown"
Eighty million sold copies of The Da Vinci Code (with who knows how many readers of borrowed copies or of copies obtained from libraries)—almost a billion dollars of tickets for a movie adaptation of the book—all because of a "minster’s" bum answer to a Bible question.
King James Bible Study - Help in the Time of Need
The Basic Truths Of Life!
Everyone that ever walked on this planet must come to terms in this life with some basic TRUTHS. These will be the basic truths that no one can argue with, if they are sane. Of course, if you believe what God says in His Own BOOK about you, then you will have no problem with accepting these basic truths.
1. The Brevity Of Life
"For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." (James 4:14b) Our life is brief! like a vapor, or like smoke. "Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?" (Job 7:1) He is born, and then he will die! This is certain! (The exception being Enoch and Elijah, and also, those believers in Jesus Christ who are alive when He comes for His Church.)
2. The Brevity Of Your Remembrance
You will soon be forgotten. A man is remembered only a little while, and then he is forgotten. "He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him anymore. Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little, Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death; A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness." (Job 7:10 & 10:20-22)
3. The Sureness Of Trouble
Life is bale full of troubles. I have also found this very true!!! "Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not." (Job 14:1).
4. The Verity Of The White Throne Judgment
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). You will not miss this one unless YOU ARE HID in the CLEFT OF THE ROCK!
5. The Eternality And The Finality Of What You Do With Jesus Christ:
We will all be held accountable over this issue. It is a hard fact of life, my friend. Now will you take God's offer of eternal life ... purchased by His Son ... for all those who will put their trust in Him ... a thumbs down? You will everlastingly suffer the consequences!
6. That Men Never Learn From History
We learn from History That Men Never Learn From History! It is a heart problem! Men refuse to learn the "lessons" afforded by the light of HISTORY: the recorded historical events which occurred as fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Now, these are the basic truths with which we all must deal with one way or another!
7. What Should You Do?
"But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart:
that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved"; [Romans 10:8-13]
THE BIBLE :
Believe The BOOK!
The King James Bible
This is God's Holy WORD to you and I! Do you believe it? The A.V.1611 (or The King James Bible) is God's word PRESERVED in the English language for you and me. It came from the English Reformation. This Bible declares that: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." [2 Timothy 3:16] God's inspired word is preserved in the A.V.1611. The word "preserved" means maintained inspiration. "The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in the furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." [Psalm 12:6-7] “PRESERVE.” .
Home In The Hills:
[Or New Jerusalem]
Everybody is going home someday. Everybody is going to their LONG HOME. When you die, you are going to go to your “long home” whether, it be in “Heaven” or in “Hell”. Do you realize that truth? “Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:” [Ecclesiastes 12:5]. Read More?
"The Testimony of Dan Brown (author of The Da Vinci Code)"
Daryl R. Coats 2009
"Looking for that blessed hope," (Titus 2:11-14)
Yesterday (15 September 2009) was the U.S. release date for the newest novel by Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code. As part of the world’s efforts to publicize this event as much as possible, the 13 September 2009 issue of Parade features a brief interview with Brown. In response to the question "Are you religious?" Brown responded as follows:
"I was raised Episcopalian, and I was very religious as a kid. Then, in eighth or ninth grade, I studied astronomy, cosmology, and the origins of the universe. I remember saying to a minister, ‘I don’t get it. I read a book that said there was an explosion known as the Big Bang, but here it says God created heaven and Earth [sic—notice what is and isn’t capitalized!] and the animals in seven days. Which is right?’ Unfortunately [sic!] , the response I got was, ‘Nice boys don’t ask that question.’ A light went off [sic!], and I said, ‘The Bible doesn’t make sense. Science makes more sense to me.’ And I just gravitated away from religion."
Several things stand out about Brown’s testimony.
(1) Brown obviously regrets his decision to abandon the Bible. Notice the use of the word "Unfortunately" as a preface to the answer he got from a "minster."
(2) The Bible says, "The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple" (Psalm 119:130). The first chapter of Genesis, God obviously brought some light to the young Brown; but (according to his own testimony) when the young Brown rejected the only true source of light, "a light went off"—not ON.
(3) What kind of illogical fool would claim that the plain words of Genesis 1 do not "make sense," yet then claim that the concept of an explosion that created instead of destroyed—an explosion that created order instead of producing chaos and disorder—"makes more sense to me"? No wonder God must call sinners to come reason with Him (Isaiah 1:18)!
(4) Eighty million sold copies of The Da Vinci Code (with who knows how many readers of borrowed copies or of copies obtained from libraries)—almost a billion dollars of tickets for a movie adaptation of the book—all because of a "minster’s" bum answer to a Bible question. How many tracts, websites, and books have been produced refuting a novel that had its origins in an insufficient answer to a question about the Bible? How much harm has been done to the ministry because of one bad answer? Not only did a little fox spoil the vines of Brown’s mind (Song of Solomon 2:15), but that single mind of a single sinner ultimately produced a single book that has destroyed much good (Ecclesiastes 9:18).
Yes, I realize that we have only Brown’s word that he received such an answer and that he received it from a "minster" instead of from an Episcopal priest or rector—and I realize that Brown obviously was not sincere in his search for truth, because he let one faulty answer justify his rejection of the Bible. At the same time I know that when I was in seventh and eighth grades (and even in second and sixth grades), false answers from teachers and denominational literature almost derailed me spiritually. "There but for the grace of God go I."
By the grace of God, I pray that nobody will ever truthfully accuse me of giving him an inadequate answer to a Bible question. My answers may be rejected or scorned or mocked or ridiculed, but I pray God that they will at least be CORRECT.
"Looking for that blessed hope,"
Bro. Daryl Coats (Titus 2:11-14)
The LORD'S Messenger
A Message To The People
“Then spake Haggai the LORD'S messenger in the LORD'S message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the LORD.” Haggai 1:13