I have watched “The DaVinci Code,” and I still love Jesus Christ. I loved him before I watched it, while I was watching it and after I watched it.

To be quite honest, it wasn’t as good as the book, as movies are wont to be, and Tom Hanks was miscast.

The theories explored in Dan Brown’s bestseller are just that — theories. There is no need to get in a tizzy over a work that clearly says “Fiction” on it’s side.

What do I care if Dan Brown writes that Jesus married? He could have written that Jesus descended from aliens and dinosaurs and still sold books, it wouldn’t have made his claims true. Fiction is fun, an escape from the ordinary, but it all comes down to one thing.

If you believe in the Bible, you’re believing in a work which has weathered more than a thousand years. It was popular with your great-great-grandfather and will last to see your great-great-grandchild.

Dan Brown can’t and won’t be able to say the same thing about his paperback.



In other news, I only received three responses to last week’s column, but, three was more than enough. Two questions were asked; 1) Who was Cain’s wife, and 2) What’s the difference between Baptist and Methodist (or other sects).

In answering the first question, I will let those who wrote in have their say:



Scott Logan of Huntsville

Genesis 4:17 (NASB) – “And Cain had relations with his wife and she conceived, and gave birth to Enoch; and he built a city, and called the name of the city Enoch, after the name of his son.”

“God determined not to reveal specifically who this woman was, nor whether it was his first wife or another,” Logan writes. “We might assume that this was his sister, or a descendant from Adam by another of his sons or daughters, since this was about the one hundred and thirtieth year of the creation.

“There was plenty of time for Adam’s descendants to be numerous and widely dispersed. At first, Cain could marry no one other than his sister and there physically was no one else available,” he added. “What scriptures clearly teach is that all human beings are descendants of Adam and Eve, therefore there had to be intermarriage between brothers and sisters in the beginning. This really presents no problems genetically because the first few generations would have inherited perfect or near-perfect genes because it takes time for mutations to occur and accumulate in the human population. In addition, I strongly feel that God watched over the gene pool in order to accomplish His purpose in filling the earth with humans.”



Charles Brown of Oklahoma

“In the beginning, Man lived a long time for various reasons. One reason was that, even though he was no longer surrounded and filled with the Glory of God (he realized that he was naked), his genetic code DNA was not contaminated,” Brown writes. “The only women that were available then were ‘sisters.’ It was not a sin to marry your sister or to have children by them, but as time carried on, this practice became a genetic problem. Eve was Adams twin sister by nature of his DNA code. At that time there were no defective or recessive genes. Sin entered the picture, and things began to degrade.

“Noah's sons were the last living genetically pure humans,” he added. “Shem, Ham and Japeth were the progenitors of the Caucasian, Negro and Asian races, respectively. Everyone else is a mix. Even the World Book Encyclopedia recognizes this fact.”



Montie Shelton of Huntsville

Shelton sent in the following answer from the Web site answersingenesis.org.

“Many skeptics have claimed that, for Cain to find a wife, there must have been other ‘races’ of people on the Earth who were not descendants of Adam and Eve,” the Web site reports. “To many people, this question is a stumbling block to accepting the creation account in Genesis and its record of only one man and woman at the beginning of history record on which many Old and New Testament doctrines depend.

Defenders of the gospel must be able to show that all human beings are descendants of one man and one woman (Adam and Eve)—as only those people who are descendants of Adam and Eve can be saved. Thus, believers need to be able to account for Cain’s wife and show clearly that she was a descendant of Adam and Eve. (The relevant Bible passage is Genesis 4:1–5:5.)

Cain was the first child of Adam and Eve recorded in Scripture (Genesis 4:1). His brothers, Abel (Genesis 4:2) and Seth (Genesis 4:25), were part of the first generation of children ever born on this Earth.

Even though only these three males are mentioned by name, Adam and Eve had other children. In Genesis 5:4 a statement sums up the life of Adam and Eve—‘And the days of Adam after he had fathered Seth were eight hundred years. And he fathered sons and daughters.’ This does not say when they were born. Many could have been born in the 130 years (Genesis 5:3) before Seth was born.

During their lives, Adam and Eve had a number of male and female children. The Jewish historian Josephus wrote that, ‘The number of Adam’s children, as says the old tradition, was 33 sons and 23 daughters.’

The Bible does not tell us how many children were born to Adam and Eve. However, considering their long life spans (Adam lived for 930 years—Genesis 5:5), it would seem reasonable to suggest there were many! Remember, they were commanded to ‘Be fruitful, and multiply’ (Genesis 1:28).

Many Christians cannot answer the question about Cain’s wife because they focus on today’s world (and the problems associated with close relations marrying), and do not understand the clear historical record God has given to us.

They try to interpret Genesis from our present situation, rather than understand the true Biblical history of the world and the changes that have occurred because of sin. Because they are not building their worldview on Scripture, but taking a secular way of thinking to the Bible, they are blinded to the simple answers.



For the second question, Baptist, Methodist or other, the responses were a bit slimmer.

Logan:

“As far as your second question about the differences between Baptists and Methodists, I am not an expert so it would be best for me not to comment,” Logan writes. “I will say though that unfortunately, in today’s world religion is based more on an attitude of “what I want or think” rather than following the word of God that He so graciously left us and commands us to follow. There are very few people who actually know and study the scripture and base their religious beliefs on what the Bible says rather than what they want or what someone has told them (II Timothy 2:15 (KJ) – Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth) .

“No where in the Bible do I find where God condones so many different religions, so whatever you do, study God’s word and base beliefs on that. The whole story of the Bible boils down to the fact that we are all sinners, that Jesus Christ came to this earth, He suffered death on the cruel cross, He was buried, He rose again and we have the opportunity to be saved by His redeeming grace,” he added. “God could have just sent us that statement, but He chose to send us the fullness of His word in scripture so I believe the rest of it is important for us to know as well. Sorry, I’ll stop because I’m starting to preach, but I am passionate about our God.”



Brown:

1 Corinthians 3 On Divisions in the Church — Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not mere men?

“Read Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John,” he added. “When you know The Masters Business, ask yourself if you are a Baptist or Methodist.”

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